Keeping New Zealander’s safe as they enjoy our country’s breath-taking backcountry alpine areas.
The mountains of New Zealand offer virtually endless opportunities for the adventurous mountaineer or backcountry skier or snowboarder. But the alpine environment in New Zealand also has many risks that are essential to understand and mitigate. The NZ Avalanche Advisory required a site that quickly highlighted any areas of danger due to avalanche or weather conditions, and informs them about snow conditions in general so that people “know before they snow”.
Dramatically Improved User Experience
Since the release of the new website, NZAA has seen an increase in traffic and a decrease in time spent on the website. Previously, all the safety information was buried 3-4 pages deep in the old website. The new redesign means that all this vital information related to safety conditions on alpine regions across New Zealand was not only moved to the home page but it was displayed in a much more user-friendlier way.
Positive Feedback From Alpine Users
Users have reached out to NZAA to say how much better the new website is than the previous version. The consensus is that all the most important safety information is easily digestible on the homepage but if users want to get more information they can click through and find more detailed reports about the specific alpine region they are looking for.
Life-saving, Real-time Data
One of the new features introduced to the website is the ability for members of the public to submit their own alpine observations and have them displayed immediately.
These observations are created and controlled within the same Silverstripe content management system as the main website, and this dynamic observations system gives people real-time information which could potentially save lives. By using responsive forms, users can drop a map pin marker (including their current geolocation), upload photos, and then efficiently enter in avalanche or snowpack details straight into the website.
With years of historical test data stored in the Info-Ex system that required migration, we set out with a migration plan to ensure all data could be brought across to the new system. We worked closely with the product to ensure that all data, in its wide-ranging formats and structures, was mapped into a more well-structured database. This allowed for improved analysis and consistent display of data to users.
Nathan Watson, Operations Manager