Urban models are models that are dominated by urban economic processes where farming, resources extraction- play little to no role. Gabites Porter Consultants have built hundreds of these types of models, several of which are listed below:
Hamilton City, New Zealand
Hamilton is a city located to the south of Auckland and has a population of 120,000. Continued improvement in the links between Auckland and Hamilton have brought the city into the Auckland commuter belt. When combined with a healthy agricultural and industrial sector the result has been a rapid growth in traffic activity. We have been involved in the modelling Hamilton from the late 1970's and since that time the model has had many uses. Some recent examples include:
- 2009 Te Rapa Bypass Assessment (Hamitlon City Council)
- 2009 Hamilton City Heart Study (Hamilton City Council)
- 2004-2009 A range of structure plan traffic impact analyses (Hamitlon City Council)
- 2006 Traffic Impact Assessment for V8 Supercar Street Race (Hamitlon City Council)
- 2005 Vehicle Emissions Modelling (Environment Waikato)
- 2005 Alternatives to Road Study - including the modelling of bus/ferry services (Environment Waikato)
- 2005 Park'n Ride Study (Environment Waikato)
We developed a Transportation Model that:
- Covers the morning, inter and evening peak;
- Has future years: 2011, 2016, 2021, 2026, 2031, and 2036;
- Is multi-modal; and
- Covers all of Hamilton City and some areas outside the city boundaries
Hamilton is used as the basis for software testing, and data for our demonstration model and tutorials.
Dunedin City, New Zealand[Top]
Dunedin is located at the bottom of the South Island and has a population of 120,000. It has a rich history both as an agricultural port and, in earlier days, as a base for gold exploration and mining. It currently houses one of NZ's oldest Medical Schools and most prestigious Universities, Otago University. This makes it a popular destination for students and helps add to a diverse and healthy economy. We have been involved in modelling Dunedin's transport system since the 1980s and have been involved in a number of substantial transport studies in the area:
- 2009 Parking survey (Dunedin City Council)
- 2007 Census 2006 Update (Dunedin City Council)
- 2006 Public Transport Service Review (Dunedin City Council and Otago Regional Council)
- 2004 Strategic Corridor Study (Dunedin City Council)
We developed a Transportation Model that:
- Includes both Dunedin City and the town of Mosgiel to the West;
- Covers the morning, inter, and evening peak;
- Has future models for 2021 and 2041;
- Contains a module that models parking demand; and
- Is multimodal.
Whangarei, New Zealand[Top]
The Whangarei District lies two hours drive to the north of Auckland and has a population of 70,000. After slow growth in the 1980s and 1990s the area bounced back quickly to become one of the fastest growing regions in New Zealand. A boom in the forestry sector, nice beaches, sunny climate and large increase in the cost of living in Auckland have all combined to make Whangarei a desirable place to both live and do business.
A new deep water port was established at Marsden Point in 2001 and a 15km long road was added to the transport network to connect it to State Highway One. Since then the area has become the centre of intense interest from Developers which hope to build everything from technology parks, retail centres, residential canals, to marinas.
We have developed a TRACKS Transportation Model that:
- Cover the entire district of Whangarei;
- Covers the morning, inter and evening traffic peaks;
- Has future years of 2011, 2021, 2031 and 2041; and
- Is Vehicle driver only.
We have been involved in the modelling of the region since 2004 when GPC were commissioned to update and expand the existing Whangarei Model to include the entire district. Our recent involvement includes those projects listed below:
- 2009 CBD Assessment of One Way Proposals
- 2009 Whangarei Urban Area Strategy Modelling
- 2009 Whangarei Refined Deficiency Assessment
- 2008 Marsden Point Structure Plan Transportation Analysis
- 2008 Whangarei Model Construction
- 2007 Whangarei Lower Harbour Bridge Proposal Traffic Assessment
- 2006 Bream Bay Transport Modelling Study
- 2006 Kamo Bypass Economic Assessment
The model is noted for its detailed assessment of all criteria under the Land Transport Management Act 2003 (NZ): Economic Development; Accessibility; Health; Safety; and Environment.