UAV Demonstration

Harry is the Chief Pilot and part of a 15 strong team of CAA Certified UAV operators at Opus working across our transportation, water and building sectors. Harry will demonstrate  the power of a UAV in operation and provide some examples of how this technology is being utilised to get better outcomes for our clients, greatly improved staff safety and enhanced customer expectations.



Road Science has two high speed data surveying vehicles – the Hawkeye 1000, and the Hawkeye 2000. These vehicles are operated by Road Science’s highly skilled technicians who survey roads right throughout New Zealand. In a live demonstration the presenter will explain the Hawkeye 2000 system which has the latest digital camera technology that produces crisp, high-resolution video frames that ensure a continuous digital record of the roadway. The calibrated video cameras accurately log digital images of roadside assets against other parameters such as distance and GPS. Hawkeye also has a profiler (a class 1 instrument, which is the most accurate type). At the demonstration you will have an opportunity to use this instrument. The lasers measure texture in accordance with AG:AM/T013 and roughness in accordance with AG:AM/T00.

Closure Breach Protection

When a full motorway closure is in place, the AMA and its subcontractors rely on traffic to be absent from the carriageway with the exception of site traffic operating at low speeds & aware of on-site activities. However, the reality is that closure breaches do occur creating a critical hazard to staff in the closure. Our teams continue to look at ways to prevent closure breaches and reduce the risk that this places on our staff.


Reflectivity Testing


ŠKODA – Simply clever

ŠKODA is based in the Czech Republic and is one of the oldest automotive companies in the world, founded in 1895 and in 1991 joined the Volkswagen group. It is a company that has successfully reinvented itself repeatedly throughout many eras of history, making adaptability one of the company’s core strengths. As a result, ŠKODA has produced over a million cars annually for the 3rd successive years in a row now and is one of the fastest growing car brands in many areas of the world. Hugh Delany ŠKODA Product & Planning Manager will be presenting on their “Simply clever” assistance systems in the context of ŠKODA’s values.

Vehicle Simulator

John Smith is a senior safety manager with Fulton Hogan and part of the team who researched the need to implement driver training within the organisation. His research led him to look at a variety of training options including in-house and external driving courses, defensive and advanced driving programmes. A visit to Australia looked at advanced driving simulators which could replicate numerous driving conditions and environments as well as hazards.
The simulators are in use within Fulton Hogan and all staff undertake driving sessions that can be tailored to their specific needs. The simulator is able to be demonstrated within the conference.

Autonomous Driving and the Future of Roadside Infrastructure

Digital technologies have been used for quite some time for increasing road safety: variable message signs, radar activated speed signs, or school zone signs are all great value and will continue to be improved and to be rolled out. Intelligent roadside infrastructure is used to determine traffic conditions and travel times, detect cyclists, black ice, or high priority vehicles. More recently, HMI has developed new technologies to disseminate location-dependent and context-aware road safety messages to road user’s Smartphones. Messages can be in the user’s preferred language and adapt to their habits, e.g. when they are in their home country driving on the right side of the road. For automated and autonomous driving, roadside infrastructure is emerging that is not primarily communicating to the driver, but rather directly to vehicles – and provide them with safety relevant information. The presentation will give insights in the state of those technologies.

Instrumental Bike

Jared is a behavioural scientist with the Opus Research team. Jared will demonstrate the Instrumented Bike that the Opus team have developed for the purposes of recording/data capture, including the ability to map rider comfort on the network under different traffic conditions and locations on the road network. He will also briefly discuss the use of computer vision as a new tool for conflict analysis, using an example of potential conflict at intersections.


Texture Meter (T2)

Darren has been based in New Zealand for the last 12 years, holding the role of Project Manager, for W.D.M. Limited’s interests in New Zealand and Australia. He oversees all aspects of the projects and manages the day to day running of the field data collection and data processing, Quality Assurance, through to client delivery. Darren has 17 years’ experience in highway surveying ranging from High Speed Data, SCRIM and surface Crack Detection. Darren is hands on with equipment operation, validation and repair & maintenance.

Instrumental Bike

As part of a doctoral research programme undertaken at the University of Auckland, an instrumented bicycle has been developed which will collect information on location, direction of travel, gradient, acceleration in 3 axes, proximity to overtaking traffic, as well as video footage. Unlike traditional safety studies that rely on collision data, an instrumented bicycle is used to capture factors that influence cyclists’ safety. The intention is to be able to estimate cyclists’ perception of risk on a route based on objective measures of the surrounding infrastructure and traffic.