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Local Companies Lead the Way in Traffic Software

Media Release
24 May 2006

Local Companies Lead the Way in Traffic Software Development

On the 15th of May two locally based companies, Gabites Porter Consultants (GPC) and Forum8 (NZ) Ltd, signed a landmark international agreement to integrate and jointly market their respective traffic and animation software packages.

The agreement was signed at the head offices of Forum8’s parent company in Tokyo, Japan and a demonstration tour of the software through Japan, Korea and China generated significant interest in the two Christchurch firms. Both companies hope to build on this international exposure over the coming months, and in the process, cement Canterbury’s reputation as a leader in technology and innovation.

GPC is the developer of the transport planning software package “Tracks” while Forum8 (NZ) Ltd is the developer of the virtual reality simulation software package “UC-win/Road”. Both companies have won major awards for their innovations in software development and the agreement signed in Tokyo represented the culmination of a process to integrate the two packages.

Tracks is widely used by civil engineers and transport planners throughout New Zealand, Australia and Malaysia to plan transport and landuse systems. UC-win/Road will enable outputs to be taken directly from Tracks and turned into virtual reality animations.


ENDS


About Gabites Porter Consultants

Gabites Porter Consultants provides a range of transportation, traffic, roading and planning advice to central and local Government and private clients. It has built a reputation in New Zealand, Australia and Malaysia for high quality technical performance, supplemented by award winning traffic planning software. For more information about Gabites Porter Consultants please visit http://www.gabites.co.nz


About Forum8

Forum 8 (New Zealand) Limited is a software house specializing in Civil Engineering CAD (Computer Aided Design) software. Their Japanese parent company Forum8 (Japan), markets and sells this software along with products they have written. For more information about Forum 8 (New Zealand) Limited please visit http://www.forum8.co.nz/


About Tracks

Tracks is a software programme used by city planners and traffic engineers to plan urban transportation and landuse systems. The programme provides:

- Modelling private vehicle trips, light commercial trips, heavy commercial trips, public transport services, pedestrians, and cyclists

- Detailed assessment of road user costs, accident rates, and vehicle operating costs for cost benefit analysis

- Detailed quantification of environmental effects and accessibility

- Advanced tools for conversion of outputs into GIS compatible formats

- High quality illustrations showing vehicle volumes, network speeds, intersection movements, intersection delays, network efficiency (LOS), and vehicle emissions (noise, Carbon Dioxide, Carbon Dioxide, and Particulate Matter etc) [pictures available on request].

For information about TRCKS please visit: http://www.gabites.co.nz/tracks.html


About UC-win/Road

UC-win/Road is a real-time VR program that allows generation and use of 3-D virtual reality (VR) through simple PC operations. Dynamic 3-D spaces can be controlled in real-time and the program can be used not only for road planning and designing, but as a common language for those involved in consensus building in public projects and private developments of a general nature. The superb VR generation features such as abundant visual options, and running and flight simulations in diverse modes, are supported. The VR of UC-win/Road is highly effective in landscape evaluation, discussion of designs and construction, examination of comparative ideas, and technical propositions.

For more information about UC-win/Road please visit: http://www.forum8.co.jp/english and select the UC-win/Road link in the top right hand corner of the website.

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