Geospatial Research Seminar Series (GRISS) – 28 May 2021

Geospatial Research Seminar Series (GRISS)

Saving Your Life Without You Even Knowing It


Steve Abley and Chris Morris, Abley Limited


The Geospatial Research Institute is pleased to host Steve Abley and Chris Morris from Abley Limited. NZ now has a tool that has been developed to identify high risk locations for safety interventions in order to reduce the horrific financial and emotional cost of road fatalities.  The Safer Journeys Risk Assessment Tool or more commonly, ‘MegaMaps’, and has been produced by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency with the assistance of Abley, a national professional services firm. The tool is a significant asset for New Zealand.  This presentation will explain the tool, how it came to exist and why it is unique nationally and globally.  It will be of interest to academics, practitioners involved in data analytics as well as road safety practitioners.


Our presenters


  • Steve Abley BE (Hons) NZCE FEngNZ IntPE(NZ) MInstD MICE CPEng CEng(UK): is the Chief Executive and founder of Abley, a professional services firm he founded in Christchurch that now employs some 70 people throughout NZ including Auckland, Christchurch, Hamilton, Napier and Tauranga.  He is an alumni of the University of Canterbury and a firm believer that technology and especially geospatial technology enables different ways to look at traditional problems, and opens the door towards solving those problems.
  • Chris Morris MSc BA (Hons): Chris leads the Spatial and Technology Group within Abley.  His passion for spatial and technology has taken him around the world from the UK to his adopted town of Auckland.  It is through his leadership he has successfully grown the group to now include not only geography experts, but also supporting technical areas such as digital engineering and software development.


Friday 28th May, 2021
Room 263, Ernest Rutherford Building

  • Networking lunch:  12:30-13:00
  • Seminar:   13:00-14:00


All are welcome!



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