PhD Candidate in Planning, MUrbRegPlan, BUrbPlan
Senior Transportation Planner / GIS Lead
PhD Candidate in Planning
University of Auckland, ongoing
Master of Urban/Regional Planning
University of Tehran, Iran, 2009
Bachelor of Urban Planning
University of Mazandaran, Iran, 2004
High School Diploma
Alborz High School, Iran, 1999
Member of the IPENZ Transportation Group
Member of the NZIS
Second prize in the Poster Competition, Exposure (Postgraduate Research Exposition)
University of Auckland, 2011
Saeid is a Degree and Masters qualified Urban Transport Planner. He is currently in final stages of his PhD in Planning at Auckland University. Saeid has over 15 years of professional experience in urban, transport and regional planning in Iran, New Zealand and Australia. Since moved to New Zealand in 2011, Saeid has been involved in land use and transport planning projects for regional government clients in New Zealand and Australia.
Saeid is an experienced project manager and team leader. His career has focused on integrated transport planning considering a wide range of complex socio-economic and land use issues. His conceptual thinking and technical capabilities enables him to deliver innovative strategic solutions to transportation issues and articulate this at varying degrees of complexity. Saeid is a specialist at translating complex concepts into simple messages through stakeholders’ workshops, meetings and training modules.
Saeid is an expert in the application of GIS in land use planning and transport planning. He has is experienced in developing and leading GIS teams. Saeid’s advanced urban design theories and spatial design technologies underpin his skilled understanding of development processes, transport, land use, and consultation to ensure innovative results.
2018 – present
2012 – 2018
2012 – present
2010 – 2011
2007 – 2010
2006 – 2007
2003 – 2004
Selected Project Experience
Housing New Zealand Corporation (HNZC) is in discussions with the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) about increasing the supply of social housing in the NZ market. Saeid was a lead analyst, undertaking development capacity analysis and preparing market summarises to inform HNZ discussion with MSD.
Saeid was the lead planner/analyst on this cycling network planning project for Auckland Transport. The purpose of this project was to provide a conceptual framework for identifying and communicating the benefits of cycle network investment, including investments in higher-quality facilities. He addressed the key determinants of cycle network demand and how investment can respond to them. Additionally, an ArcGIS-based model for prioritising between alternative cycle network investments or packages of investments was developed based on the different levels of accessibility that they can deliver (i.e. the potential size of the “market” opened up by new cycling investments).
Saeid was involved in this project as the lead planner/analyst. Saeid’s main responsibility was gaining the necessary understanding of the existing transport networks in the study area, their current performance, issues and committed short-term improvements. Additionally, an understanding of the likely future state of the network was developed based on his review of proposed changes to both land use and the transport network.
Saeid was the lead planner/analyst on the network planning work stream of the Auckland Light Rail project. The main focus of his work was selecting existing major bus corridors for upgrading to light rail rapid transit. The purpose of this project is to improve network operational efficiency, increase network utility and ridership, and to relieve capacity constraints at city centre bus corridors and termini. Network development was based on the assessment of existing ridership and travel demands through ticketing data; interrogation of model projections; and full integration with existing and planned bus, ferry and heavy rail networks. This process required the application of sound network design principles to create a network that can deliver fast and reliable trips, good passenger experience, minimised operational expenditure and the optimal return on capital investment.
Auckland Council was conducting a comparative study of accessibility in Auckland, Sydney, Brisbane, and Vancouver. The main objective was to benchmark the distribution of transit-based and car-based accessibility. As technical lead for this project, Saeid developed a model of car and transport accessibility based on open data (GTFS, Census and OSM) using Python scripting for ArcGIS.
This project is designed to assess the accessibility of current bus rapid transit stops, train stations, and ferry terminals in the Auckland Region and assess each in terms of both customer and service provider perspectives. The study includes a systematic evaluation of walking and cycling access to each station and ranks the stations on their potential for patronage growth from these two groups. Saeid is responsible for conducting a GIS analysis based upon these two major tasks.
Auckland Transport designed a new bus network for the Auckland Region between 2018 and 2025. Saeid was responsible for generating segment-based frequencies of the current and new network corridor. These maps highlighted the differences in bus frequencies by corridor from current to the proposed New Network.
For this study, Auckland Transport was reviewing the current state of modern bus technologies and commenting on their suitability for deployment. The study included a review of costs and benefits of various “clean” bus technologies. Saeid used Python scripting to create a noise level model of selected streets based on GTFS data for three bus fleet scenarios, including diesel, hybrid and electric buses.
Saeid was responsible for generating an origin-destination matrix of all PT trips made in South East Queensland, and measuring the equivalent driving times and distances for making the same trips by automobile. He was also responsible for mapping the value for money measure for Translink.
MRCagney was responsible for reviewing the modelling used for ITP scenarios, in order to identify inconsistencies, issues and items for further investigation. Saeid was responsible for generating plots of model outputs using GIS.
Saeid was responsible for converting CAD designs into GIS geo-databases for this study for a feasibility study of the Henderson to Albany Bus Rapid Transit Corridor. The study included estimating land acquisition prices based on proposed design lines and land improvement information from Auckland Council.
Strategic & Long-Term Network Planning
Auckland Transport is developing a journey planner as a consultation tool that enables people to compare the new and old transit network in Auckland, using an interactive GIS website. Saeid is responsible for data cleaning and maintaining data compatibility of the current and proposed network.
The Minister for Transport and Main Roads announced a review of South East Queensland’s bus network to improve service reliability, affordability and frequency, in accordance with the new Queensland government priorities. Saeid provided GIS analysis of land use, demographics and changes to the network as well as providing mapping support.
Auckland Transport led a “clean-slate” redesign of Auckland’s bus, rail and ferry system with the goal of developing a single integrated network to deliver an efficient, effective and dependable public transport system. Saeid provided GIS analysis of land use, demographics and changes to the network as well as mapping support for this project.
Transportation Planning Products
Traditional measures of housing affordability are expressed solely as a function of housing cost and income. affordability.org.nz quantitatively examines intrametropolitan combined housing and transport affordability in Auckland, New Zealand, inspired in part by the article "Housing and transport expenditure: Sociospatial indicators of affordability in Auckland" by K. Mattingly and J. Morrissey. Saeid was responsible to develop the methodology and generate underlying GIS data from Auckland 2013 Census and Auckland open street map data
The open data in general transit feed specifications (TFS) format hidden under the hood of trip planner software (such as google map) can be used to simulate transit network for transport planning purposes. transitflow.net utilizes the GTFS to map to draw the transit flow on Auckland, New Zealand. Saeid was responsible to develop the methodology, to convert and fix current Auckland's GTFS data and generate the GIS database for the website in GeoJSON format.