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Auckland Transport and Mooven innovate safety management

Mooven’s software and hardware offerings are helping to increase the accuracy and effectiveness of infrastructure monitoring and reporting.

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The month of May has been filled with road safety awareness campaigns across Australia and New Zealand, with time to reflect on the hard work achieved building safety improvements for roading, and a risk based approach to delivering these.

A recent case study highlights this in the Mooven-Powered Ponsonby Road and Pompallier Terrace vulnerable road user safety improvement project.  It has been one of the significant challenges, public spotlight, and ultimately, a huge success through collaboration and innovation.

The team at Auckland Transport led to a new approach utilising Mooven‘s AI-powered platform, delivering the project more safely, swiftly, and with less disruption.  Micah Gabriels, CEO of Mooven commented “This is a great example where understanding local businesses through Moovens impact assessments helped to deliver a safety improvement a lot faster than planned.  Safer delivery and lower impact on the public – what a great outcome”.

Handling over 100 live road and infrastructure projects, Auckland Transport oversees the entire project lifecycle from investigation to maintenance, ensuring a comprehensive approach to urban transport solutions.

The Driving Force: Commitment to Safety

The primary motivation behind this particular project was a commitment to safety. Ponsonby Road-Pompallier Terrace, a bustling part of Auckland’s inner city, posed significant risks for pedestrians due to its popularity. The project aimed to implement safe system designs, such as raised crossings, to reduce vehicle speed and enhance pedestrian safety in high-risk areas.

Adopting the New Zealand Guide to Temporary Traffic Management’s (NZGTTM) risk-based approach, AT focused on minimizing risks for both work crews and the public.

Mooven‘s infrastructure delivery platform was pivotal in assessing risk management and traffic impacts throughout the project’s planning and execution stages. The platform enabled real-time monitoring of traffic conditions, providing insights that allowed AT to adopt a novel approach: “super weekends.” Instead of the traditional 12-week schedule, the project was completed in just two weekends and three nights. This innovative method balanced project needs with community interests, earning positive feedback and minimizing disruption.

Girish Neelapu, the Principal Project Manager at Auckland Transport who used Mooven throughout the project lifecycle shared that:

“The approach adopted aims to complete projects efficiently within fewer days, minimising the duration and risk profile. Unlike traditional methods that look to reduce time on the road per day, a risk-based approach allows flexibility in closing and opening roads to minimise total risk”.

Mooven‘s data allowed the team to monitor traffic speeds and conditions in real time, ensuring safety measures were dynamically adjusted based on actual conditions rather than assumptions.

Blake Hill, Mooven‘s Account Manager for this project His work with the Ponsonby team and other customers sees practical examples where he commented that “Gaining pre-construction speed data and traffic patterns allows informed decisions on TMPs. It also identifies high-risk projects by monitoring active work zones., including live SMS alerts.  This ability to manage delivery and inform super closures with confidence unlocks a step change in safety.  For this project, the total risk exposure was reduced from 488 hours to 83 hours, a 83 per cent reduction in risk exposure which was amazing”.

Ongoing monitoring using Mooven ensures the project’s long-term effectiveness, with real-time data tracking speeds, journey times, and the success of safety interventions.  Andrew Garrett, Transportation Principal & Engineer for the project commented “Even after construction, Mooven continued to be valuable in monitoring network impacts and assessing the effectiveness of design interventions, such as speed changes at raised crossings, giving us the ability to demonstrate benefits and continuously improve delivery”.

The project has been a testament to effective collaboration among stakeholders, including Auckland Transport, and contractors such as Fulton Hogan, and Mooven. The success of this project showcases the power of teamwork, data-driven decision-making, and innovative thinking in delivering impactful solutions.

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