EVENTS: Southern Branch
28 November 2013
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First Guest Speaker: Simon Underwood, NZ Transport Agency Projects Team Manager
Abstract: Cyclists are one of the most at risk group of road users on Dunedin’s SH1 one-way streets, with three cyclist fatalities since 2003, two of which were in the past two years. The NZ Transport Agency, the Dunedin City Council and cycle advocacy group Spokes are working to improve cycle safety in the central city, with some short-term cycle safety improvement measures already completed. The focus is now shifting to long-term cycle safety improvements as an expanded cycle network is developed for the city and this proposal is a key part of the development.
28 November 2013
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Second Guest Speaker: Kelly Blackie, MWH Transportation Engineer/Planner
Abstract: Model Communities are a NZ Transport Agency funded initiative which began in 2010 following 22 proposals from interested local authorities. This key investment decision was made to concentrate walking and cycling funding on fewer more targeted activities and to encourage integrated transport planning in urban environments. The presentation will explore the initiatives being undertaken to make walking and cycling irresistible in Hastings through the iWay programme and how we can use this information to strengthen our own walking and cycling networks.
30 January 2014
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Guest Speakers: Neil Cree, State Highways Outcome Planning Manager, and Matt Barnes, Senior Transport Planning Manager, the NZ Transport Agency
Abstract: The NZ Transport Agency has adopted a new approach to the manner in which it requires transport activities seeking NZTA investment to be developed. The Business Case Approach is an approach adapted from Treasury’s “Better Business Case Model”. The approach is a structured way of identifying whether a transport investment is needed and the scope of that investment. The approach brings together stakeholders at the outset to identify and agree the problem, the consequences of the problem and the benefits associated with correcting it, before deciding what interventions (if any) are needed. The Business Case Approach will change the way Organisations work with the Transport Agency to progress investment proposals. The presentation will cover the reviews which led to the new approach being developed, what the approach is in more detail and also some early lessons learnt from operating in the new space over the last six months.
6 March 2014
Guest Speaker: Keith Mason, Southern Operations Manager for Fonterra, based in Edendale
Productivity improvements in milk collection, key drivers and resulting changes on the dairy industry journey from 2003 (post Fonterra formation) of Cow-Container segment of supply chain.
Summary Report by Eddie Cook, Invercargill City Council:
“There were 28 attendees in Invercargill including members from the RTA, contractors, consultants, road controlling engineers, heavy vehicle commercial and tertiary education sectors. Five people from Dunedin also joined the presentation via Skype video-conferencing.
“The guest speaker was Keith Mason, Fonterra’s Edendale Site Manager and the topic was ‘A Bigger and Better Dairy Factory’. Responsible for the safe and efficient collection & conversion of 2.4 billion litres of milk annually from across Southland and Otago, Mr Keith Mason provided the group with an interesting insight into the logistical and operational aspects of the Fonterra milk supply chain process from farm gate to factory. His presentation was captivating and interesting, which kept all attendees focussed for the whole length of his talk.
“It is 384000 km from earth to the moon. The Fonterra fleet travels 300000 km per day. The combined Fonterra fleet nearly travels to the moon each day”. This statement from Keith Mason was one of many that provided much food for thought. There were many questions afterwards which also indicated how interesting his presentation was. Many of the attendees said to Eddie Cook from the Invercargill City Council afterwards that they enjoyed the presentation.
“For future events held in Invercargill, a better microphone system will be required such that the Dunedin attendees can hear the questions being asked by the Invercargill group. There was a breakdown in communication between the two groups due to this technical hitch. All other aspects of the Skype operation came off well on the night.”
7 April 2014
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Host: Peter Brown, Commercial Manager for Port Otago Limited
Summary Report by Jane Turnbull, Otago Regional Council: “On this quiet Monday evening, 7th April, seven of us watched the Dawn Princess, the second-last cruise ship of the season, depart its berth (see photo). Although not the largest cruise ship to visit here, the Dawn Princess is still an impressive size, carrying 1950 passengers (mostly Australians) and 830 crew members.
“From our host Peter Brown, Port Otago’s Commercial Manager, we learnt that the Port is a major NZ port of call for cruise ships because Dunedin is able to offer a good mix of tourism experiences. Since last October, cruise ships visited Dunedin 78 times, bringing a total of 134,000 passengers and 59,000 crew members. This is less than in the past two years, because seven of the expected cruises bypassed Dunedin in adverse weather. Cancellations are bad news for the port because it doesn’t receive any income from these. On the positive side, 85 ships are expected next season.
“As well as providing tugs and berthage for these ships, the port company also provides pilots. From Peter, we learnt about the Port’s subsidiary company, Fiordland Pilot Services, set up a few years ago to provide pilot services in Fiordland, a compulsory politage area. In the cruise season, this employs three pilots full-time.
“Peter also told us much about the Port’s other income streams, particularly container shipping and log exports, and about the next stages of development planned to accommodate larger ships. The port intends to deepen the channel to Port Chalmers to 14 metres by late 2014 or thereabouts. This dredging will make the Port capable of receiving ships carrying 5,000 TEU. (A TEU is the equivalent of a 20-foot container, and the ships up to 4,500 TEU are calling at Port Chalmers already). Half of the channel length is 14 metres deep but 2.6 m3 of material needs to be removed to make it uniformly this depth. The Port then plans to deepen the channel to 15 metres to allow 8,000-TEU ships, at a time dictated by commercial demand. Peter explained that economics dictate that ships must get bigger and that more than 60 percent of all ships being built now are greater than 4,000 TEU.”
22 May 2014
Guest Speaker: Eddie Cook, Senior Traffic Engineer (CPEng , MIPENZ), Invercargill City Council
Abstract: We have all been unnecessarily delayed at traffic signals by the ‘red man flashing’ needlessly after the pedestrian has safely crossed. Practitioners currently base the ‘red man flashing’ time on a conservative but safe walking speed rate of 1.2m/s. This value corresponds to the 15th percentile speed obtained from an Austroads pedestrian walking speed survey conducted in Melbourne during 2001. This safe approach of catering for the slower pedestrian at traffic signals is to be commended. However this approach does create unnecessary traffic and environmental disbenefits. A recent University of Canterbury Masters Degree Research project affirms this assumption and provides the quantitative and qualitative background for this paper. Paramics modelling to date indicates that substantial annual benefits ($ millions) can be realised by the use of a faster walking speed rate and reduced ‘red man flashing’ interval. A Traffic Control Devices Trial Application recently submitted to NZTA discusses the trial application of a modified pedestrian call unit which provides 2 ‘red man flashing’ times. A slower time for the more vulnerable, slower pedestrian and a faster time for the more able, confident pedestrian. This ingenious, innovative device uses smart thinking in the approach to this engineering challenge. Importantly the paramount concern, the safety of the pedestrian, is not compromised in the quest to increase the efficiency of our transportation networks.
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