Case studies

The work we have done has helped inspire positive change for our clients. Discover more in our feature project stories.

Case study

Measuring employee commuting emissions to meet carbon neutrality goals

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is committed to Aotearoa’s Carbon Neutral Government Programme and reducing their carbon emissions.  

After researching various tools, Waka Kotahi chose Abley CarbonWise to measure their employee commuting emissions, a tool which is able to capture complexity and can be customised to meet requirements.

Expertise: Transport Planning + Engineering, Location + data technology, Software Development, Climate + Sustainability

“Carbon Calculator” for more sustainable cargo movement

Abley developed a Supply Chain Carbon Calculator for Ports of Auckland, to help customers identify the most efficient shipping route for their cargo, and to help importers and exporters reduce carbon emissions.

Seeing the different routes visually, along with a diagram that shows the carbon emissions for the different modal options, helps users make more informed decisions

Expertise: Location + data technology, Software Development, Climate + Sustainability

Road safety tool provides evidence-based safety decisions for NZ roads

Abley worked with the Speed and Infrastructure team at Waka Kotahi to build a new Pipeline Development Tool for the road safety programme.

This tool helps road controlling authorities and their funding partners plan road safety interventions, understand their benefits, including the expected reduction in death and serious injury, and approve the most effective interventions at a local, regional, and national level.

Expertise: Transport planning + engineering, Road Safety, Location + data technology, Software Development

Transport modelling helps plan for population growth in Selwyn District

From 2011 to 2021, Selwyn’s population exploded by 66%, making it the second-fastest growing district in New Zealand.

Selwyn District Council first engaged Abley to do transport modelling to inform their long-term planning process. The Rolleston and Lincoln transport models identify future traffic flows and help to start planning for upgrading transport networks.

Expertise: Transport planning + engineering

Harnessing the power of FME to improve efficiency for Ballance and NZ farmers

Abley’s data technology team supports Ballance through development and optimisation of tools they create for farmers.

Learn more about the three major data integration projects, where Ballance and Abley together evolved three key Ballance tools to add more value to their customers, while also delivering operational and business benefits for Ballance.

Expertise: Location + data technology, Climate + sustainability

Supporting organisations to reduce their commuting emissions

Commuting and business travel is a significant contributor to global warming, but most New Zealanders still rely on cars to travel to work.

Queenstown Lakes District Council are leading the way when it comes to taking responsibility for their organisational environmental impact. Abley worked with QLDC to develop a travel plan, designed to reduce their commuting and business travel carbon emissions.

Expertise: Transport planning + engineering, Climate + sustainability

Helping Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency to save lives on our roads

One of the first large pieces of work we did with the Agency was developing SafetyNET. This project mapped risk across the state highway network using both proactive and reactive risk metrics. This was used by Waka Kotahi to identify locations needing road safety improvements.

Expertise: Road Safety, Location + data technology

Data automation for repetitive potholing tasks creates efficiencies

How rethinking potholing for Fulton Hogan saves time and money, prevents disruption and makes their team safer.

Fulton Hogan specialise, among other things, in building and maintaining roads and transport infrastructure. Abley manages and maintains their GIS technology and supports their Engineering Solutions team with both geospatial system support and digital engineering services.

Expertise: Location + data technology

Integrated Transport Assessment for new supermarket and emergency management centre

The complexity of a new Foodstuffs facility and the built-up nature of the site, with residential, industrial and commercial properties surrounding, made the resource consent process intricate and demanding.

Foodstuffs were juggling many elements under extreme time pressure. They needed a team of resource consent specialists they could trust.

Expertise: Transport planning + engineering

Equipping Tekapo to handle intense growth in traffic

The Mackenzie District Plan, written in the early 2000s, did not foresee the pace of growth that has occurred in the area. The increase in visitors to Takapō (Tekapo) has impacted traffic, parking and road safety. Abley has been working closely with Mackenzie District Council for five years, providing strategic level master planning and transport design. 

Expertise: Transport planning + engineering

Helping farmers protect New Zealand’s waterways

Ballance Agri-Nutrients is one of the largest suppliers of fertiliser in New Zealand. With 13.9 million hectares of farmland, much of that land using agri-nutrients to increase crop yield, Ballance is central to our agricultural industry.

Location intelligence is critical to Ballance for their operations, sales and customer service. Ballance have built a client facing application called MyBallance, which is a custom SAP and Esri integration.

Expertise: Location + data technology, Climate + sustainability

Business case to improve cycleways, walking routes + public transport in Dunedin

In January 2020, Transport Planner Stephen Carruthers and Transport Engineer and cycleway specialist Jeanette Ward headed south, to work with Dunedin City Council’s Transport Group on a business case for eight new cycle routes.

Expertise: Transport planning + engineering, Climate + sustainability

Developing a safer roads evaluation framework for Victoria

In November 2020, Abley’s Road Safety team began working with the Victorian Department of Transport’s Safer Roads team to identify suitable statistically robust methods to evaluate road safety projects and programs.

Expertise: Road safety

Measuring supply chain carbon emissions and providing GIS support for Ports of Auckland

Ports of Auckland have a strong focus on measuring and reducing carbon emissions. They came up with the concept of a supply chain carbon calculator as an opportunity to add value to their customers by presenting the carbon impacts of their supply chain.

Expertise: Location + data technology, Climate + sustainability

How essential transport data supports transport strategy for Taupō District Council

In 2019, Taupō District Council accepted a proposal from Abley to support them in developing their Transport Strategy. The strategy provides long-term direction for council investment in transport services and infrastructure.

Expertise: Transport planning + engineering