26 April 2011 - 15:14

As part of its response to the 22 February Christchurch earthquake, the Christchurch City Council has now published a public notice setting out 'Permitted Temporary Accommodation and Temporary Depots and Storage Facilities' under the powers available to it under the Canterbury Earthquake (Resource Management Act Permitted Activities) Order 2011. We summarise what this means for displaced residential and business activities and the new approval process for these activities.

21 April 2011 - 12:47

ViaStrada is hiring a Traffic Engineer / Transportation Planner for the Christchurch office. Please check the careers page for more details.

20 April 2011 - 13:01

The New Zealand give way rule is due to be changed in early 2012. The latest version of SIDRA INTERSECTION (version 5.1), released in April 2011, has a convenient feature for changing the models from 'New Zealand rule' to 'Standard left model'. For more information, please see pages 6 and 16 of the v5.1 update notes.

To learn more about SIDRA modelling in New Zealand, industry training courses are available in Auckland in October 2011.

8 April 2011 - 17:09

The 2011 Transportation Conference was held in Auckland from 28 to 30 March. It was a well organised and attended conference, including interesting technical tours, a great conference dinner in a historic church, a good networking opportunity and excellent continuing professional development opportunities. ViaStrada contributed with four papers and technical notes, presented as posters and presentations.

Attendees from ViaStrada were Jeanette Ward, Axel Wilke, John Lieswyn and Andrew Macbeth.

1 March 2011 - 15:29

Many thanks to the numerous well-wishers who have contacted us from all over New Zealand and abroad. Thanks too for enquiries about how "out-of-towners" can help - we have some thoughts on that...

25 February 2011 - 18:31

Following the 22 February 2011 earthquake, some parts of the central city are still inaccessible. ViaStrada began operating from new premises just north of the central city on 28 February. We occupy a two storey villa (wooden; no brick chimneys!). And it's not just the team from ViaStrada, but we took the team from Egressive with us who had lost their offices because of the Boxing Day earthquake. Our friends and colleagues from QTP are also with us in Bishop Street.

ViaStrada is open for business. Please see our contacts page for further details.

22 February 2011 - 16:01

We've had a pretty bad earthquake in Christchurch, as you might have seen in the media already. The office looks rather messy, but we all got out fine. The city looks much worse than in September last year.

We are pleased to be able to say that all ViaStrada staff, their partners, spouses and families are unharmed.

28 January 2011 - 17:02

Christchurch City Council's Variation 48 - Management of the Flood Hazards in Christchurch, became operative on 31 January 2011. 

Variation 48 identifies areas of the city subject to a greater risk of flooding as Flood Management Areas (FMAs) and imposes controls on filling and floor levels for development within those areas. Generally, all new buildings, building additions and earthworks within FMAs will require resource consent

18 January 2011 - 11:58

ViaStrada has been joined by our good friends from Egressive, developers of fine websites (including ours) and guardians of IT networks. Since the Boxing Day aftershock, their premises have been "red-stickered". We now have a half dozen additional people here on a temporary basis. Home baking at morning teas are much more common now!

17 January 2011 - 22:21

ViaStrada's Andrew Macbeth and Christchurch City Council's Simon Ginn recently tested Melbourne's new bike share scheme, while on a trip looking at public transport futures for Christchurch.