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Courtney Groundwater

Associate Transportation Engineer
MSc(Eng) BE(Hons) CMEngNZ CPEng

Courtney leads Abley’s People and Places team, focused on transport in urban environments.

Courtney and her team provide transport design and planning expertise, with an aim of  ensuring safe, happy and healthy people and the environment. They also lead Abley’s travel insights initiatives, assisting organisations to understand staff and business travel, measure emissions and improve associated staff wellbeing.

About Courtney

Courtney completed a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) at the University of Canterbury, followed by a Masters of Transport Planning and Engineering at the University of Leeds (UK). Courtney’s masters dissertation was entitled “Valuing Citywide Walking and Cycling”, a body of knowledge she continues to draw on in her everyday role.

Courtney holds the record for number of times employed at Abley. Currently in her third stint, her time at Abley has been interrupted by working internationally in the UK and Colombia and completing her Masters internationally. Courtney also has experience working in Local Government through secondment roles at Christchurch City Council and Auckland Transport.

While in the UK Courtney led a range of business cases including for the pedestrianisation of Oxford Street, London and for strategic development corridors in the North of England. Courtney also led a study for the UK National Infrastructure commission considering Urban Transport Network capacity.

Courtney is a qualified project manager and is experienced working in multi-disciplinary teams and presenting to elected members and key stakeholders within Councils. In 2019 Courtney complete a year-long Te Reo Māori course through Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.

Courtney works in transport because she understands the impact that a well designed transport system can have on wellbeing for people and the environment. This passion led her into the field and continues to drive her enthusiasm for the work she does.

How they can help

Contact Courtney to discuss projects on urban streets, walking and cycling or transport emissions measurement. Her team spans from design engineers to planners and draw on Abley’s wider expertise, e.g. our spatial and software development teams, where necessary.

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