Day One – RIMS Presentations

A view from the outside – how’s the bigger picture looking?
Andrea Reeves, Office of the Auditor General

The Office of the Auditor-General (OAG) has a strong interest in the long-term delivery of essential public services. Because of the scale and importance of the services that public organisations provide and the infrastructure they manage, people expect assets that deliver those services to be managed well. The OAG has published a reflections report on investment and asset management that summarises its findings from previous reports on how well New Zealand’s public assets are being managed for today and tomorrow.
The report has reinforced what is needed to make good decisions about investing in assets, and what needs to be done to manage assets well:
• engage more effectively with people;
• take into account the whole life of assets;
• work co-operatively with other entities; and
• get better information about the condition of assets.
To understand how well local authorities are identifying and gathering information about their critical assets the OAG has looked at how five local authorities have approached this task and recently reported its findings to Parliament. There is still more work that needs to be done – and with some priority. The OAG is challenging all local authorities to consider how well they understand which of their assets are the most important and how they prioritise gathering information on those assets to effectively manage them.
Reliable asset condition information enables financial forecast and asset management plans to better inform local authorities’ 30 year infrastructure strategies which contribute to more robust future planning.
This presentation will focus on the findings captured in the OAG’s recent reports and will also share some insights into the second generation 30 year infrastructure strategies being prepared by local authorities.

Andrea heads the Office’s Local Government group, which manages the Office’s relationships with the local government, environment, and energy sectors, and Parliament’s Local Government and Environment Committee. This group advises the Auditor-General on key matters affecting these sectors. The group also maintains direct relationships with public entities in these sectors, and a range of stakeholders.
The group carries out similar work for sectors associated with local government, such as council-controlled organisations, ports, airports, and licensing trusts.
Andrea was previously a Sector Manager in the Local Government group. Before joining the Office, she was an Audit Manager for Audit New Zealand.

Transport knowledge hub – having the right data and information to support evidence-based decision making
Tim Herbert, Ministry of Transport

The transport system will be subject to fundamental change over the next 20 years and increasing uncertainty as to how we best invest in out transport system. This change will not just be driven by technology but also social and attitudinal change, greater awareness and alignment of how the transport system relates not just to the economy, but also to areas such as health, resilience and the environment. In the face of such change, this presentation will examine how we best use data, analytics and modelling to support evidence based decision making in the context of the above.

With a background in transport and urban regeneration, Tim currently heads up the information strategy, economics and evaluation team at the Ministry of Transport and has also covered the wider analytics and modelling functions. Prior to returning to New Zealand in 2013, Tim was at Transport for London in commercial management and procurement roles and at London Underground in engineering and programme management. Before moving into the transport space, Tim spent 10 years setting up and managing various urban regeneration and development projects across the UK and Europe.

You can pick your friends put not your family
Phillipa O’Shea, Downer NZ
“You can pick your friends but not your family” is a well-known saying but not where it relates to road networks and Asset Management. This presentation describes the process that Downer have developed to identify “Pavement Classification” sections and how to relate and associate one to another on different networks. The resulting classification families define deterioration curves through the results of a Transition Probability Matrix.
Pavement Classification is the name given to the process of the classification of road network sections, according to hierarchy (One Network Road Classification) and subsections by looking at parameters of similar performance influence and risk e.g. topography, geology, rainfall etc.
Through a process of association of similar Pavement Classification sections we can form “Families” of Pavement Classification groupings. When formed we can amalgamate condition and performance data for numerous analytics outcomes including the compilation of Transition Probability Matrices for use in the Downer dTIMS model and thus providing more data to provide more accurate deterioration forecasts.
Networks with little of their own High Speed Data can benefit from this process by identifying which sections of their network belong to which pavement classification family. Thereby leveraging off the transition probability matrices to model their networks, which could not otherwise do.

Phillipa has been working for Downer since 2007. She has 20 year’s experience within the asset management field across different sectors, water, rail and roading and the different delivery arms of Consultant, Principal and Contractor in New Zealand and internationally. Her experience and learnings gives her the ability to translate asset management effectively from one asset to another. Her current role is Asset Strategy and Planning Engineer.  She leads knowledge sharing and learning across the business and maintains expertise in the various tools and applications Downer uses to support Asset Management.

Manawatu Gorge Project update
Ross I’Anson, NZ Transport Agency

Update on the Manawatu Gorge Project.

Unsealed roads management
David Hutchison, Downer NZ

They probably don’t get enough attention. There are a lot of them, and they are important.
Unsealed roads are the backbone of the NZ economy. “Most of the things you use started their journey on an unsealed road.” This statement was from the keynote speaker at the Low Volume Roads conference in September 2017.
Sometimes it seems like unsealed roads are the poor cousin, but these roads are vital parts of our economy, and our communities. They are also quite different best to maintain from a sealed road.
Specifications and materials for unsealed roads have often passed down from the rich cousin which may not be the optimal solution.
Applying a different way of thinking might reap some rewards.
This was the logic behind a refresh of the way Downer manage unsealed roads and led to the development of a specific set of material requirements, logistics management techniques and environmental measures to ensure we are doing the best we can to manage unsealed roads.

David has been a practising civil engineer for over 40 years. He endeavours to balance breadth of interest with depth, and is active in both pavement materials and design as well as with a variety of structural work.
His interest in low volume roads was influenced by Alan Ferry and the late Norman Major, and a strengthened focus on geological/mineralogical considerations has been promoted by Emeritus Professor Philippa Black and Allan Tuck.
David is Chief Civil Engineer with Downer New Zealand.

Road Efficiency Group – Why the focus on data quality?
Dawn Inglis, REG

Data is increasingly underpinning the New Zealand’s transport sectors approach to asset management and investment decision making.
The Road Efficiency Group (REG) is undertaking a Data Quality Project that will help the sector to improve the quality of the data needed to deliver transparent, evidence based investment, on a consistent basis.
The Data Quality project is well underway, and it is a cornerstone of embedding the One Network Classification system (ONRC) and making better investment decisions for the 2018/21 and 2021/24 National Land Transport Programmes (NLTP’s).
The initial focus for REG has been to assess the quality of ONRC related performance measure data and develop guidelines to help Road Controlling Authorities lift their data quality to the expected standard.
The project is now focussing on the quality of data being used for road asset management, NZ’s decision support systems and further ONRC performance measures.
This presentation will focus on how a drive for greater data quality across New Zealand is changing the landscape for the investment decision making and will consider;
1. What have we learnt so far?
2. What are we doing now?
3. Where are we heading?

Dawn was the Manager Road Corridor at Waipa District Council until April 2014 when she moved via a secondment to a regional role as the Project Director for Waikato RATA (Road Asset Technical Accord). Waikato RATA was established to support increased capacity and capability in strategic asset management in the Waikato. Prior to these roles Dawn was the Roading Asset Manager at Franklin District Council. Dawn is the Chair of the Road Efficiency Group – Best Practice Asset Management Group.

Unlocking our data – and getting it into the hands of the right people
Graeme Mackin, Fulton Hogan

For years now the roading industry has been pouring terabytes of data into systems, with in many cases only expert users able to extract useful information back out.  There is huge lost opportunity for industry, business and individuals to use this data to inform minute by minute decisions that are made constantly and often without the full context that could be available.
Hear how Fulton Hogan is progressing with providing a world class analytics platform that fosters a data driven decision making culture within their organisation.  Have a look at:
– the technology employed
– the channels used to deliver insights
– how the use of live lead indicators has driven behaviour and improved data quality

Graeme is the Information and Systems Manager for Road Asset Management at Fulton Hogan where he is responsible for developing and implementing the business sectors long term systems strategy.
Graeme started his IT career at Accenture in his native Ireland before moving into the road industry with Opus International Consultants after re-locating to New Zealand 10 years ago.  He has been with Fulton Hogan for over 6 years now and is based out of the Mighty Waikato.

International Experiences Using dTIMS
Rob Desanti & Paul O’Docherty, Deighton

Deighton started developing and marketing its Pavement Management Systems as early as 1983, a few years before its official inception in 1986. Today, Deighton is proud to have more than 400 agencies of all sizes throughout the world using dTIMS to manage their roads, bridges and other assets such as culverts, guard rails, signs, sidewalks and underground utilities.  Amongst these, are twenty-one (21) US state DOT’s (the largest market share of any asset management software vendor in that market segment) and dozens of American and Canadian counties and municipalities.  dTIMS is also used by five Australian state transportation agencies and has been adopted and used by the New Zealand Transport Agency and the NZ Councils to manage all state and national roads throughout the country since 1998.
Many of Deighton’s clients currently using dTIMS started using the system more than twenty years ago when pavement management was in its infancy within their agencies. Throughout the years, as their needs and sophistication grew, dTIMS demonstrated its sustainability and scalability by growing along with them. Many of them started with a simple desktop system and have since expanded the dTIMS platform to enterprise‐level systems to manage multiple assets.

Rob is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Deighton Associates Limited, the world leading provider of strategic asset management solutions for the civil engineering transportation sector.  As EVP and COO at Deighton, Mr. Desanti oversees all operations at Deighton with a focus on strategic growth and international adoption of the Deighton software worldwide through strategic partnerships and acquisitions.

Paul is the Business Development Manager; Asia Pacific at Deighton Associates Limited. He has over 10 years of experience using Deighton’s dTIMS software for modelling the deterioration of assets and developing optimised forward works and maintenance programmes. During these 10 years Paul has worked on models and supported dTIMS for local government, state road and commercial clients across Australia and New Zealand.

Digital Engineering for transport using BIM
David Darwin, NZ Transport Agency

The Agency in partnership with the Road Efficiency Group is developing a strategy for implementing digital infrastructure asset management using BIM. This will bring the practice of infrastructure asset management into the digital age revolutionising our decision making, our ability to work together  when collecting, sharing, analysing and using all the types of information we use. A tiered approach is being developed so that the initiative is as appropriate for complex metro networks as well as simpler rural networks. This is expected to extend the 10% cost savings already occurring in the capital project build phase across the entire lifecycle of infrastructure assets and the services delivered to our customers. The project builds on the meta-data standards work, and the learnings from Councils and the Agency. It spans the entire lifecycle of asset management, all aspects of information from as-builts, maintenance manuals and schedules, spatial information, condition, demand, risk, performance and works information. The project is being developed so that the information framework is consistent and integrates with that used for other infrastructure including the three waters pipes and facilities. The project includes standards to facilitate live electronic business to business communication so that as-built information is taken on fluently, information is readily exchanged with maintenance contractors, and common data environments are readily created for projects shared between agencies. A sector governance framework is being established to ensure the data and transmittal standards are kept current and relevant.

David is responsible for the maintenance and renewal components of the State Highway Activity Management Plan and its implementation through the development & delivery of the annual programme of works.  He is a Chartered Professional civil engineer, experienced in infrastructure asset management including the development of the state highway maintenance programme, development of asset information systems, management of transport and drainage business units, and development of the National Land Transport Plan.

How innovative fleet management solutions deliver better safety outcomes
Rebecca Kemp & Guy Hocquard, EROAD

EROAD’s suite of Health and Safety services seek to improve better road outcomes through tools including advanced analytics, realtime access to road network data and nationwide benchmarking. A study of EROAD customers found that engaged operators have 38% fewer speeding events through use of driver behaviour analytics, and a reduction of speeding events by 50% where drivers logged in through EROAD’s new in cab unit, the Ehubo 2. This discussion will take a look at how operators can use high quality telematics to promote excellent driver behaviour, optimise vehicle maintenance and performance, and assist with sub-contractor management to comply with New Zealand’s new more stringent health and safety rules.

Rebecca Kemp – Senior Product Manager, EROAD
Rebecca is the Senior Product Manager for EROAD Analytics and Driver Safety. She has a wealth of international experience in the financial and technology sectors with companies including Goldman Sachs, Deloitte, Honda UK and ASB.

Guy Hocquard – Enterprise Sales Manager, EROAD
Guy joined EROAD in May 2013, working within the newly created Enterprise Team – he specialises in Transport and Infrastructure.
Guy has over 20 years’ of senior Business Development experience across the Information Technology and Services Sector; the most recent 8 years in Vehicle and Asset Telematics.

Benchmarking between networks
Seosamh Costello, University of Auckland

Most things in life that are worth doing aren’t easy. Benchmarking between road networks, when done properly, certainly falls into this category. On the face of it, it is easy to compare spending or performance of one road agency with another. However, is the comparison useful when every road network is different, given the unique characteristics of each road agency’s asset. This presentation will provide an update on ongoing attempts to allow for such unique characteristics to be accounted for in the benchmarking of road networks.

Associate Professor Seosamh Costello is the current Deputy Head of Department in Civil and Environmental Engineering, as well as past Associate Dean Postgraduate in the Faculty of Engineering, at the University of Auckland. His research interests lie in the areas of transportation asset management, performance management and benchmarking, and he has published widely in these areas. He is a Chartered Engineer (CEng) with the Institution of Engineers of Ireland (IEI) and also a Chartered Member of Engineering New Zealand (CMEngNZ).

HSD Cracking 1st Adopter – HSD Cracking in the real world
Scott Verevis, Asset Management Engineers


Whangarei District Council have always questioned the worth of what they are doing now and what could be done better. For example, many years back, +10years, WDC realised that 10%/20% Manual Rating of their roads was not good enough and was not providing the data required to make a full assessment of their network need. So, they consider the current process and changed to 100% rating of all sealed pavements, no half measures. The new process was designed to keep the cost of the survey at a reasonable level while trying to leverage the best data from the survey to better serve their planning purposes.
Being a 1st adopter or a lighthouse customer, for real world application is always risky; Cost are generally higher to start with, the processes are never well defined, some back tracking is inevitable and it always takes a higher resource input to get it right. However, the value often out weighs the risk when you consider the long-term benefits. As an asset manager I have always been a believer in early application of innovative technology, processes and methods. The short-term pain is worth the long-term gain.
It is on this basis, “what is the worth of what we are doing now and what could be done better”, that WDC embarked upon the investigation and implementation of HSD condition capture including automated crack detection for the full network, no half measures. It has been a long journey so far but has started to yield tangible results in terms of strengthening our planning process and supporting our business case approach.

This presentation will provide an overview of WDC’s journey:

  • To full HSD condition data capture inclusive of automated crack detection.
  • How this is now being applied in our planning processes, and what are the benefits.
  • Some of the “cracks” in the process and what improvement looks like.
  • Being good neighbours and what this meant for Far North District Council and Kaipara District Council and ultimately the Northern Transport Alliance (NTA)

Acknowledgements:
Whangarei District Council roading manager for putting faith in where we were heading
Kaipara District Council roading manager understanding that where WDC were heading was a no brainer even for small council such as theirs
Far North District Council for challenging what we were up to
Data Collection Limited (DCL) for supporting us in this process and being very flexible, knowledgeable and honest

Scott has worked within the civil infrastructure industry for over 26 years with experience ranging from civil contracting through to professional consultancy. This experience spans such works as green field subdivision development and Main Roads maintenance through to major capital infrastructure works, such as coal rail redevelopment and new mine infrastructure development. From 1996 to late 2010 Scott worked within road network management teams for Opus International Consultants where he further developed his professional engineering skills in Project Management, Network and Asset Management through a mix state highway maintenance contracts and assisting local authorities. Scott’s focus is on infrastructure management undertaking a range of tasks such as maintenance contracts and performance management through to asset valuation, pavement modelling, activity management plan development and data implementation. Now self-employed and running an independent asset management business since 2010, he is engaged with a number of local authority client providing asset management services and advice.

Developing the Future – Civil Engineering Cadets in Local Government
Richard Martin, NZIHT


Local Government in particular is reaching a critical mass with regard to future proofing it’s Civil Engineering teams. Many of the existing workforce is over 55 years of age and are considering retirement within the next 5-10 years. Younger team members need to be brought through and developed quickly. What is being done to prepare for this personnel change, especially within the more rural regions of New Zealand? Would your organisation consider beginning an Engineering Cadet programme? This presentation will explain how NZIHT can assist in this process.

Richard is the Business Development Manager at NZIHT. He comes from a Sales and Marketing background via the Publishing and FMCG industries. Richard has experience in improving sales performances and developing business relationships for the varying organisations he has been involved with for the past 15 years. He is responsible for developing and improving NZIHT’s market presence, and is also responsible for liaising with NZIHT’s clients and understanding the training needs and professional development of their employees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Day Two – Keynote Presenters

Integrating Climate Change into Road Asset Management

Chris Bennett

Even though climate change is widely accepted as being upon us, few road authorities have moved beyond cursory consideration of how to include this into their business processes and practices.  Unfortunately, many of the most vulnerable parts of the world for climate change impacts are also the least economically developed – meaning that the impacts will be magnified if mitigation measures are not put in place, while at the same time, resources are constrained for investing in effective mitigation measures. Asset management is an overarching business model that provides the framework upon which climate change initiatives can be readily implemented into a road authority.  There are a range of specific actions that road authorities should be considering as part of their asset management practices to prepare for climate change. The vast majority of measures to mitigate climate change needs to be put in place prior to major events to yield maximum benefit and ensure that the services provided by the road network are restored as soon as practicable and that the network is made more resilient after an event.

Chris Bennett is a Lead Transport Specialist for the World Bank and the Advisor for the transport sector on addressing environmental, social, health and safety (ESHS) issues. As ‘Cluster Leader’ for the Pacific Islands, Chris oversees a portfolio of over 25 aviation, land and maritime projects in nine countries. Addressing the challenges of climate change is a key consideration, and Chris has led key initiatives on integrating climate change into asset management decisions, as well as how to address climate change risk in performance based contracting.  As ESHS Advisor, he is helping to minimize the negative social and environmental consequences from projects.

“Infrastructure in 2027: Dad, I’ll probably never drive a car”

Warner Cowin
“Dad, I’ll probably never drive a car.” So my colleague’s eight year old told his father recently. Could it be that in eight years’ time – at age 16, when most of us were fervently trying to pass our full driver’s license – that children like this will not need to drive themselves?  Will autonomous vehicles, public or private, take them anywhere they need to go? The timescale for the complete redundancy of drivers isn’t certain, but the direction is true.
Technologies like driverless vehicles, robotics and artificial intelligence are completely transforming how we’ll move around, deliver and receive services and do business.
The way we think, plan and manage infrastructural services is on the cusp of a revolution. Technology could see us fundamentally question the need for traditional roads, allow for unbundling of big contracts as jobs large and small move to an Uber-style queuing system, or see the end of reactive maintenance as AI manages asset data and plans work.
So the question is how prepared are you and your organisations for the future?
In this session, we will explore the global trends and impact technology has had on industries and society. Then provide some practical steps and tools you can use to help understand the future of business, customers, employees, organisational structure and services.

https://heightpm.com/blog/uncategorized/infrastructure-maintenance-2027

Height is Australasia’s leading bid and procurement consultancy. We help businesses buy, sell and plan for the future. www.heightpm.com

B.E. (Mech) (Hons), Associate Diploma Engineering (Aerospace), Post Graduate Diploma Business & Admin, CPENG, MIPENZ, MAPM (UK)

Warner has over 20 years of New Zealand and international experience in tendering, procurement and project management.
In 2013 he founded Height after spotting that businesses needed support to win and deliver world-class projects in the complex infrastructure space. Height is a values-based company with integrity to the client, and the community, at its core.
Warner has extensive experience in reviewing and developing clear business strategies, planning and implementing organisational change, driving innovation, and improving operational performance. He is familiar with the full range of procurement professional services and contract delivery mechanisms.
Warner has developed solutions to improve operational productivity, cost efficiency and customer satisfaction.
He is a competent and experienced workshop and training facilitator, with a focus on business improvement and bid management. He also has strong skills in Tikanga Maori and Iwi facilitation. Height is contracted to NZ Trade and Enterprise to support their clients entering overseas markets. The company also is a cultural advisor to NZTA.
Prior to forming Height, Warner was Downer National Water Operations and Maintenance Manager ($40MPA), Senior Business Development Manager ($1B New Business), Major Capital Works Project Manager ($110M), Royal New Zealand Air Force Officer and UN Peace Keeper.

Day Two – Corridor Management Stream

NZUAG, the code review and you.
Paul Swain, NZUAG  & Ross Malcolm, Vector

RIMS 2018 marks the launch of NZUAG’s formal review of the National Code pf Practice for Utility Operators’ Access to Transport Corridors (The Code). This is the second formal review of the Code since the passage of the Utilities Access Act in 2010.
Among other things, the Code sets out the way in which the parties will work together to ensure that any access rights utility operators may have to transport corridors is balanced against the Corridor Manager’s right to set reasonable conditions for work.
NZUAG Board Chair Paul Swain and Board member Ross Malcolm will give a background to the Code, describe the formal Code review process and timeline, and invite comments on the issues that need to be considered as part of the review.

Paul is the independent chair of NZUAG. He is a former Minister of Transport and Communications, is an elected member of the Wellington Regional Council and chairs the New Zealand Fire Services Commission. Paul runs his own consultancy business based in Wellington.

Ross is an electrical engineer with over 40 years’ experience in the electricity generation, transmission, and distribution industries. He is Manager, Customer Experience at Vector. Ross chairs the Auckland Utility Operators Group and the Electricity sector representative on the Board of the New Zealand Utilities Advisory Group.

Oversize Loads and Corridor Management
Jonathan Bhana-Thomson, HHA

The transport of large oversize loads on the nation’s roads presents challenges for both the transport operator and those managing work being carried out within the roading corridor. For many years the Association has been at the forefront of manging these issues and developing solutions for how to manage the potentially adversarial situations. This session will outline the issues and discuss options for managing these situations.

Jonathan has been with the NZ Heavy Haulage Association for nearly 19 years, 15 of these as its CEO. The Association is the national advocacy body for the specialised oversize transport sector for more than 50 years. Jonathan has been instrumental in advocating for the oversize transport sector, developing better communication with organisations from road works crews through to the NZ Transport Agency.  Developing industry good practice, improved training and recognition of industry skills, knowledge and experience, as well as advocating for the preservation of oversize load routes around NZ are his current prime aims for the Association.

CAR’s in a growing METRO
Julia Jackson, Hamilton City Council


With Hamilton City experiencing record growth and fast approaching a population of 165,000 access to the Roading network and use of the Corridor is becoming a premium.
50% of this growth is from infill housing/development so space is tight for access and new utilities.
As well as all this growth Hamilton is promoting large events and still want to be known as ‘where it’s happening’.
The presentation will give a few insights to just a few of the issues we are experiencing in Hamilton and how we are dealing with these.
Julia Jackson has been the Transport Corridor Access Coordinator for Hamilton City for the past 4 years and prior to that has worked as the TMC for Waikato District Council.
Julia is part of the wider Infrastructure Alliance team and is based out at the Downer depot in Hamilton.
The Alliance contract is a 10 year collaborative model and cover all road maintenance and emergency response for the City

Collaborate our fibre future
Paul Leith, SPARK

New Zealand’s success in a digital age increasingly depends on access to high speed, reliable and resilient data services. The ever-increasing demand for more data at faster speeds in an increasingly capital constrained world is forcing network operators to rethink of traditional infrastructure deployment models. Spark has over 8,300km of existing fibre networks running up and down the length of New Zealand. This presentation explores a more collaborative way to construct fibre networks, and a regulatory environment that is changing to enable infrastructure construction. Key topics covered include:
• New opportunity for working with the fibre community and new partners
• The upfront Spark 5-year fibre build programme
• Collaboration and Partnership opportunities across multiple sectors including:
o New build fibre projects;
o Fibre swaps;
o Use of existing fibre networks with right of use agreements.
• Mutual benefits include
o Increasing the fibre footprint
o Increasing network diversity and consequently resilience
o Augmenting capacity to feed ever-increasing date demands
o Cost effective outcomes to deliver more
• Digital future what this looks like
• Spark as an experienced build partner – Connect8
• What’s in it for Councils and Corridor Managers
o Clarity upcoming and future fibre construction projects
o Co-ordination of infrastructure build projects in the same corridor
o Opportunity to design for combined infrastructure with multiple functions
o Reduced disruption to services
o Sharing information on resident service issues and needs
• Regulatory environment what’s changed since 2017?

Paul has recently celebrated 10 years at Spark. In that time Paul has worked in various Commercial roles with Telecom/Spark and now’s heads the Fibre Capability Team at Spark. Paul is responsible for overseeing Spark’s fibre assets, fibre build programme and managing Spark’s fibre build supplier relationships to ensure that Spark’s network and business objectives can be achieved.
Paul actively explores opportunities for collaborations between telecommunication companies and other organisation’s that have common interests. Supporting that approach, Spark has recently gone to market with the Fibre Community Collaboration Catalogue which is essentially broadcasts Sparks 5-year build intent. “Here at Spark, our guiding ambition is to unleash the potential of all New Zealanders. Our Fibre Network is one of our critical assets that form the foundation layer of the products and services we provide to our customers. This network needs to be robust, resilient, and reliable so that it can support both our day to day operations and the strategic goals of our wider organisation, and allow us to help more New Zealanders achieve their potential one little victory after another.” “We believe that by working collaboratively with New Zealand’s Fibre Community and across multiple sectors, we can jointly create more resilient networks that connect more people. Working together and sharing the costs will allow us all to provide better and more reliable services to all our customers.”

Reinstatement – the top layer
Tracy-Leigh Bell, Timaru District Council

The top layer of reinstatement with in the Road Corridor, whether it is asphalt, chip seal, or concrete is what the public see, use, judge and what (hopefully!) provides a visually pleasing and smooth ride.
Customer perception and most complaints received are around the visual aesthetics or roughness, when negotiating the surface, these complaints come from motorists (cars and trucks), pedestrians, cyclists, all types of vulnerable road users, residents and businesses.
Regular feedback from the public revolves around:
• “Why does my footpath looks like a patchwork quilt?”
• “Why can’t the entire road/footpath width be replaced?”
• “Why is the repair so rough and generates noise from vehicles or creates a trip hazard?”

The simple answer would be more investment, however, there is not a bottomless funding bucket so we need to think smarter about the top layer reinstatement.
Contractors tend to worry about what lies beneath the surface, but this is not what everyone sees;
I would like to take you on a journey of why the top layer is equally important, think of your own home, you have just had some plumbing installed that necessitated a hole in the wall. The reinstatement was good but the paint work is poor. Would you notice this, Yes. Is it acceptable, No.
This is the same for our roads and footpaths, so some of our focus needs to shift to the following areas;
• The Code is designed to give structure around access to the road corridor, and protect all our assets, the road corridor is an asset that needs protecting – This is sometimes forgotten.
• What improvements can we make to our processes that will benefit both the RCA and the Utility Owner.
• Ambiguous or absent reinstatement criteria provides poor direction for contractors , which ultimately costs the end user.
• Assets are being unnecessarily compromised by allowing joins in at risk areas – Eg. Vehicle wheel tracks.

Tracy has been the Road Corridor Technician for Timaru District Council for the last 7 years.  She is responsible for the Corridor Management of the Timaru District and more recently the Mackenzie District, this requires her to ensure the efficiency  of the Corridor Access Management system, which incorporates the Traffic Management Approval and Auditing process.

Due to the size of the Timaru and Mackenzie Districts, this role allows Tracy the ability to interact directly with contractors on a daily basis.
Prior to starting with Local Government Tracy spent 9 years gaining related experience in the contracting industry.

MyWorksites – Our experience
Laurence Jones, Auckland Transport

Presentation will cover
– Where we were, how we got started on the road to the new system
– Where we are at
– Pros and cons to date
– What the future holds

Laurence is the Road Corridor Requests Manager with Auckland Transport. He has held this position since April 2017.  Prior to this he work he was Works Approval Team Leader for 7 years.

7 years on and how the code has been implemented
Nick Miskelly, Chorus


Chorus has a unique perspective on the Code and how it is implemented nationally through the Ultra-fast Broadband (UFB) rollout and also being a national provider of copper services. The extension of the UFB project into UFB2 and UFB2+ has given Chorus a chance to assess how we think the Code has been implemented nationally and share this opinion with you.

Nick manages the Stakeholder, Consenting and Acquisition Team at Chorus and is a Utility representative on the Board of the New Zealand Utilities Advisory Group. Nick has over 15 years in the construction industry with the last 5 years focused on the Ultrafast (UFB) broadband rollout.

URM, Unreinforced Masonry, Owners, Consultants Contractors and the CM
Mike Scott, Miyamoto NZ


Insights, learnings and best practice approach. A case study surrounding the  2017 Unreinforced Masonry (URM) legislation, ‘Order in Council’, and the issues facing all those involved as a result of the tight legislative timeframe building owners are compelled to comply with.

Mike worked at the Wellington City Council for 22 years in a number of positions. Roles included managing the Prosecutions function, leading the Councils Property department and for the last 6 years, until his departure in late 2017, as General Manager for the Council’s Building Control Division.In among his responsibilities he led the Councils response to the November 2016 earthquake and for a period was responsible for the URM programme. He has extensive experience in mediation and dispute resolution and was known for his ability to ‘deliver’ and problem solve in the most trying and contentious circumstances.
Mike has recently taken up the role of Executive Manager for Miyamoto International, a multi disciplinary engineering consultancy, and leads the firms central region.

Plans in your hands – the art of protecting your essential underground infrastructure from third party damages
Phil Cornforth, Pelican Corp / Beforeudig

Asset owners and operators spend many millions of dollars designing, building, operating and maintaining their essential infrastructure. This investment by water, electricity, gas, telecommunications, transport and government organisations is often put in jeopardy by actions that could have been prevented had the contractors/workers followed convention in locating and protecting these assets prior to commencing works.
These activities often include third parties damaging owners assets whilst performing civil excavation works. The issue arises when these companies and individuals do not have data available on which a proper analysis of assets can be performed to avoid damage.
This presentation will discuss via the use of a case study about Rotorua Lakes District Council and how access to information by those working near council assets and sensitive sites assisted from an operational continuity, health and safety and financial standpoint.
By transforming and automating the response to www.beforeUdig.co.nz enquiries they have successfully eliminated the manual and time consuming process by delivering a single asset plan pack within minutes. Rotorua have achieved improved accessibility to council information and ensuring a safer work environment. In addition, Rotorua have also incorporated a second line of defence ensuring the safety of those working within areas where geothermal activity is present.

Phil is a damage prevention specialist who has worked in the utility sector in the UK and New Zealand for more than 25 years with roles in fixed and mobile telecommunications and electricity distribution operations.
Phil has extensive experience dealing with the physical implications of unwanted third party damage which can not only cause serious disruption and loss to the asset owner and their customers but also serious harm to the persons whom caused the damage. Through the implementation of positive methods of damage prevention such as the provision of plans and other methods of physical protection Phil has a proven track record to reduce the volume of damages to network assets.
Phil has been with beforeUdig for three years now ensuring that users and members of the service are aware of the health and safety and asset protection benefits that beforeUdig offers.

How do we comply? A Corridor Manager view
James Ting, Christchurch City Council

The NZUAG Code of Practice was introduced 7 years ago and has seen varying levels of compliance   across the country and experiences reported by all Parties, including Utility Operators, Contractors and Road Controlling Authorities. The Code document itself is not hard to read but understanding its spirit may prove difficult for some. Hear how the Christchurch City Council team has gone about introducing the Code in a post-earthquake rebuild environment, whilst driving innovation and challenging our ability to continuously improve with projects like the Forward Work Viewer and MyWorksites. Beyond the numbers, interaction between Parties are key to making the Code work.

James has been the Asset Protection Engineer and Corridor Manager Representative on behalf of the Christchurch City Council for the past 5 years. Before joining The Council, he worked in the Chinese construction industry after graduating from the University of Canterbury. Having been involved since the launch of the NZUAG National Code of Practice in Christchurch, James has the unique experience of implementing the Code of Practice in an earthquake rebuild environment, on top of business as usual such as the Fibre roll out. This requires communicating successfully at all levels and utilising the latest available technology to improve industry compliance and outcomes.

 

 

Day Two – Procurement Stream

Using Procurement as an Opportunity for Improving Social and Environmental Outcomes
Chris Bennett

Like doctors, engineers often approach their projects from the perspective of ‘first do no harm’. But investment projects also provide opportunities to have positive outcomes by contributing to the wider social and environmental agenda that society is increasingly embracing. Often, these outcomes can be achieved at little or no additional cost to the client. This presentation will touch on how the World Bank is using its procurement practices as a vehicle for positive change in areas as diverse as managing the influx of workers to road safety to environmental management.

Chris is a Lead Transport Specialist for the World Bank and the Advisor for the transport sector on addressing environmental, social, health and safety (ESHS) issues. As ‘Cluster Leader’ for the Pacific Islands, Chris oversees a portfolio of over 25 aviation, land and maritime projects in nine countries. Addressing the challenges of climate change is a key consideration, and Chris has led key initiatives on integrating climate change into asset management decisions, as well as how to address climate change risk in performance based contracting.  As ESHS Advisor, he is helping to minimize the negative social and environmental consequences from projects.

What does a successful procurement model look like?
Rowan Kyle, Opus International Consultants

Many Road Controlling Authorities (RCA’s), both here in New Zealand, and internationally, continue to seek improvement to their current procurement strategies. This desire is often a result of changing business environments, changes in demand, customer expectations, and/or disappointing outcomes from existing contract models. In some instances, it can be simply a perception that there must be a better way delivering the services required to maintain the assets within, and operation of, the road corridor in the future.
New Zealand is in the fortunate position of having trialled a variety of contract models over many years across a range of similar road networks. That this evolution is continuing suggests that a “one size fits all” solution does not actually exist. While the current version of Network Outcomes Contract (NOC) has been applied to nearly all the state highways, there is a much broader spectrum of contract model types in operation across local authority roads. Consequently, there is still considerable opportunity to learn from what has been generally accepted as successful, what has not worked so well previously, and how these lessons can be applied.
This presentation will briefly examine some of the reasons for this contract model variance, what common outcomes many RCA’s are seeking, the reasons why they remain disappointed by the outcomes being delivered, what they should aim to do differently next time, and ultimately how they might know if they have been successful.

Rowan graduated from Canterbury University with an Honours Degree in Civil Engineering in 1994. He is currently a Chartered Professional Engineer, and a Member of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand. Rowan is presently a Principal Asset Manager based in the Napier Office of Opus International Consultants. Since 1995 he has held the positions of Engineer to Contract, Team Leader, Asset Manager, Engineers Representative, Project Manager, and Site Engineer across the full range of State Highway and local authority road maintenance contracts, as well as other asset management functions.
Over last 9 years Rowan has been involved with the development and implementation of Performance Based Contracts (PBC’s) for road maintenance in New Zealand, India, Mozambique, Sri Lanka, and Liberia. He has presented at an International Road Federation (IRF) PBC Workshops in Uganda in 2013, and 2016, at the Asian Development Bank Transport Forum in Manila in 2014, the First IRF Asian Congress in Bali in 2014, the second Asian Congress in Kuala Lumpur in 2016, and for the Ministry of Public Works in Sarawak in 2017.
Rowan is part of a combined Malaysian and New Zealand team that has prepared the pilot Performance Based Contract for the Federal Road Network for the Ministry of Public Works for Southern Region of peninsular Malaysia, and a PBC model for the North South Expressway.
Rowan won the Best Paper award at the 6th International Conference on Managing Pavements held in Brisbane in 2004 (represented at the Transport Research Board Annual Conference in Washington DC 2005), and jointly presented the winning Hynds paper at the 2006 Ingenium (now IPWEA) Conference in Auckland.

Road Efficiency Group (REG) – Procurement Work-Group 2018
Shawn McKinley, Central Hawkes Bay District Council

REG is the implementation authority responsible for delivering the recommendations of the Road Maintenance Task Force. There have been numerous successes in the various streams of work including the establishment of ONRC, the data quality project, performance measurement and the data quality reporting tools, and embedding the business case principles into all Activity Management plan development. Many of these products are both new to our industry, and also industry leading. It has taken a huge team effort between the wider transport sector to accomplish these and we should all be proud.
Over the coming period the focus will be maintained on developing those tools further in addition to a new focus for REG being on developing or thinking and pholosphy in the procurement arena. Taking a high level approach to procurement will assist us to achieve the strategic outcomes we are seeking on our transport need works and also meet the needs of our customers.
The focus of my presentation will be on the REG approach to planning and delivery of successful contracts for your community, what the REG procurement work-group will deliver over the upcoming year, along with how we are committed to assist local authorities in developing a common thorough understanding of procurement, delivery models and integrating ONRC into your procurement offerings.

Shawn attended Acadia University between 1970 and 1972 majoring in Business Administration and Contract Law. He spent 8 years working for the Ministry of Highways in Nova Scotia in road construction and surfacing. He subsequently re-located to British Columbia and was employed by the Ministry of Transportation for 22 years in various roles including road maintenance, avalanche control, communications, tender preparation and procurement. He was selected as one of 3 regional negotiators to evaluate and negotiate 28, ten year road maintenance contracts for the province valuing between 5 and 28 million each per year.
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led a team of professionals to compile contracts used to construct the toll roads for the winter Olympics to be held in 2010 held in Whistler.
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then immigrated to New Zealand to work for Opus where I managed their office in Taupo for 2 years before being enticed to work for Downer in Napier. Shawn currently works as the Land Transport Manager for the Central Hawke’s Bay District Council and is the chair of the REG Procurement sub-group

One for all, all for one – a common road maintenance contract for Northland’s Councils
Simon Gough, GHD

The Northland Transportation Alliance (NTA) was formed in July 2016 to deliver benefits for the management of Northland’s roads. With the three Council’s existing road contracts aligned to end in June 2018, the NTA decided to undertake a single procurement process (for 5 contracts) for the maintenance and renewal of its 5,800 km of combined road network.  This is therefore one of the largest road maintenance procurements undertaken in New Zealand.
This process has provided the NTA with an early opportunity to demonstrate the benefits of collaboration and sharing of knowledge.  This included a back to first-principles approach for the procurement and work specifications to allow the different organisations to seek alignment as well as mixing in a number of different best practice approaches into the new common form.
This presentation will walk through the NTA’s key objectives for the preparation of the contracts, the process used to collaborate in the development and procurement of the contracts as well as some of the work activity and management differences established in these contracts.

Simon has 24 years of experience in the roading industry including all aspects of asset management, maintenance and operations. With previous roles including Manager of the Auckland Traffic Operations Centre, Whangarei District Roading Asset Manager and Asset Systems team leader at Auckland Transport, Simon is currently an Executive Advisor for GHD Advisory.  Simon’s main focus these days is on business improvement and transformation using his wide industry knowledge and his experience in business process design and the use of systems and data to support business activities and outcomes.

Performance review and benchmarking achieving more with less
Babak Bigdeli, Ventia

Ventia is one of the largest infrastructure companies in Australia and NZ ($2.5b+) providing asset management services to infrastructure assets such as road networks, motorways and tunnels, hospitals, schools, city councils, utilities and telecommunication businesses.
This presentation describes a methodology developed based on 9 elements of best practices in asset management to provide quantitative and objective performance analysis on infrastructure projects. It also describes a proprietary tool, its functionality and its application on several imminent Australian infrastructure road network and motorways/tunnels projects.
The result of the performance review on individual projects have also been used to benchmark projects against each other as well as against the best practice, whilst predicting locked value in terms of dollar value on each project.
The presentation also, shows how the findings of such study have been used to compile tailored improvement roadmaps (in terms of action list with full resources and costings) to realise identified locked value on each project.

The learning outcomes include:
– What do we mean by “best practice in asset management” as practiced in one of the largest asset management service providers businesses in the region
– Hint and clues on how audiences could develop their very own performance review tool as it was achieved at Ventia
– The concept of “Locked Value”, and how to quantify that in terms of dollar value
– How to use this methodology (and the tool) to selectively target improvement opportunities and to achieve more with less

Dr Babak Bigdeli is a PhD educated Mechanical Engineer (UNSW) with over 20 years working experience in Infrastructure, utilities, mining and resources sectors as a consultant as well as in operational asset management roles. A select list of his clients or companies he worked for includes Australian brand names such as Covaris, Mincom, KPMG, BHP, BMA, Sydney Ferries, Downer and Ventia.
Babak has registered and owned an Innovation Patent in asset management (2016) on the application of ISO 55001 to services companies, following which he had secured two formal ISO 55001 certificates for two major infrastructure assets in Australia.
Babak is recently leads asset management function in Ventia, and has presented his findings in forums such as AMPEAK 2016 (Adelaide) and IAM/IET 2016 (London).

How to do Procurement Collaboration?
Dave MacDonald
The four Local Authorities and NZ Transport Agency formed the Northland Transportation Alliance, a Collaborative arrangement in 2016 for their internal professional transport related services.
To meet the Agency requirements a combined procurement strategy for the Councils was required to be developed and adopted during 2017.  This presentation covers the challenges, successes, pitfalls, problems and learnings of that journey.

Dave commenced work with the MOW in 1971. He has held various technical and management roles within Government departments and Local Authorities including periods as a Borough and City Engineer.
He was the Northern Regional Manager for Transfund from 1996 to 2005. From 2005 he has run his own business serving both private and public sectors in strategy development, procurement and advisory services. Recently he has become associated with the Institute for Collaborative Working where collaboration is recognised as a professional discipline with a structured methodology that underpins successful business relationships.
His qualifications include BE, MBA and Diploma in Facilitation. He is a life member of IPWEA and an Associate Member of CCNZ

Tracking operational performance measures
Danny Fitzgerald, Fulton Hogan

The Operational Performance Measure auditing process for NOCs requires input from Maintenance Contract Managers (MCMs) from beginning to end, however providing transparency and ease of access to MCMs was a challenge for Fulton Hogan in the early days of the NOC maintenance model.
As a result, in 2016, we decided to invest in the development of a tool that would ease collaboration with our MCMs, in addition to strengthening our OPM data quality so we could improve our ability to analyse trends.  We also wanted to improve productivity within our contract teams by driving operational consistency over contract preference; use technology to reduce the time needed for auditors to prepare for and carry out audits; and ultimately free our teams to focus on improving operations, rather than being consumed by reporting on them.
In this presentation we will tell you about our journey, and the results, including these three points of learning:

  • Automating where possible
  • All Interpretation is misinterpretation
  • How to teach old dogs new tricks

Danny is a Senior Business Analyst in Fulton Hogan’s National Asset Management Team.  His responsibilities include identifying and implementing opportunity’s to improve operations using technology, and he is the Product Owner for the OPM Tracker, which you’ll be hearing about today.  Danny is Irish and moved to New Zealand from London in 2016, where he spent the previous 7 years working as a consulting Business Analyst and getting to know a persuasive kiwi, who is now his wife! Together they have been enjoying raising their young son in New Zealand’s Garden City.

Looking ahead: How the one network classification performance measure reporting tool is showing the way!
Simon Fendall, NZ Transport Agency
The Road Efficiency Group (REG) recognised the need to support the sector in assessing the One Network Road Classification (ONRC) performance measures and developed the ONRC Performance Measures Reporting Tool, a user-friendly information management system which road controlling  authorities can have confidence in.  The Tool was the recipient of the 2016 RIMS innovation award.  The tool is continuing to be developed and this presentation will highlight the tool’s current functionality, and how this can be used to support investment decision making, and also show the road map for development through to December 2018.

Key learning points covered –
1. The current functionality in the that has been developed by the sector, guided by the REG Data Work Group
2. How the tool is meeting the needs of the sector in evaluating their data, and enabling assessment of outcomes compared with peers
3. The development road map that is planned for the tool to continue this journey together
4. How the sector can provide feedback and input into the tool’s future development

Simon works for the Transport Agency as part of System Management and is also a member of the REG Data Working Group. Having cut his teeth working for Hamilton City Council, he is passionate about enabling local authorities to deliver best practice. He stays at the forefront of analytics and measures, with a particular focus on maintenance and asset management, and is managing the development programme for the ONRC Performance Measure Reporting Tool.

NZ Transport Agency Procurement manual Amendment 4c
Bernie Cuttance, NZ Transport Agency

The NZ Transport Agency’s Procurement Manual has been updated. The presentation will describe the changes, the reasons for making them and the implications for purchasers and their suppliers. Most of the changes have been made to ensure that the manual is equivalent to the Government Rules of Sourcing. A new rule has been introduced which with demand clearer communication with suppliers when ‘standard documents’ are used in contracts and the Transport Agency’s requirements in relation to procurement strategies have been clarified.

Bernie is now part of the new Procurement Centre of Excellence within the new NZ Transport Agency, with particular responsibility for improving procurement practice by the Transport Agency and its funding partners. He has worked for the Agency for many years and has been involved in developing its procurement policy for over 15 years. He led the recent work to update the Transport Agency’s Procurement Manual.

NPDC and sustainable supply chain contracting
David Langford, New Plymouth District Council
NPDC has adopted a new strategic approach to procurement and is aspiring to achieve enhanced value for money for its community by becoming a “Supply Chain Leader”. NPDC’s Infrastructure Manager, David Langford, will tell the story of how their new procurement strategy was developed, what it means to be a Supply Chain Leader, the results this new approach has delivered so far and what the next step on their journey will be.


David
is the Infrastructure Manager and part of the New Plymouth District Council senior leadership team and is responsible for the district’s municipal Infrastructure. David has transitioned into local government after 12 years working for Tier 1 contractors mainly in the roading sector. With his background he brings a wealth of knowledge regarding procurement and contract management best practice from both here in New Zealand and the UK.
As the Infrastructure Manager, David is responsible for providing strategic direction and leadership to the District Council’s teams for Transportation, water, wastewater & storm water, solid waste & Recycling, infrastructure projects and asset management. Development of the NPDC Infrastructure procurement strategy is part of David’s aspiration to move NPDC from being just a Client to a Supply Chain Leader.

Expert panel Q&A session – What is the best type of delivery model for Local Authorities
Panel:  Shawn McKinley, Bernie Cuttance, David MacDonald, Dave Proctor and David Langford

 

 

Day Two – Optimised Decision Making Stream

State of the IDS Nation
Elke Beca, Opus International Consultants


Infrastructure Decision Support (IDS) provide infrastructure management support to New Zealand asset owners, predominantly road and water infrastructure.
IDS have made a considerable effort during the past year to better understand the clients’ experience of their service offering and how it is delivered to them.   This presentation will provide a ‘State of the Nation’ overview, highlighting technical modelling advances as well as initiatives in place to improve communication and outcome delivery to decision makers.

Over the past 10 years, Elke has held integral roles in the Asset Management field both within New Zealand and internationally. As part of the Asset Management Team in the Western Bay of Plenty One Network Maintenance Contract (WestLink), Elke is responsible for long and short-term planning, programming and compliance. Elke has become increasingly involved with Opus Research, utilising her analytical skills matched with field experience in research and development projects within NZ and abroad.
Specialising in asset condition modelling, Elke also holds the position of IDS Technical Manager, leading the technical development of the dTIMS project in New Zealand (IDS is a not for profit company established in 2008, as custodians of the Asset Performance Modelling IP in New Zealand). Elke holds a BE in Engineering Science from the University of Auckland and Masters of Technology in Pavements from the Centre for Pavement Engineering Education, Australia.

Benchmarking between networks
Theuns Henning, IDS


Most things in life that are worth doing aren’t easy. Benchmarking between road networks, when done properly, certainly falls into this category. On the face of it, it is easy to compare spending or performance of one road agency with another. However, is the comparison useful when every road network is different, given the unique characteristics of each road agency’s asset. This presentation will provide an update on ongoing attempts to allow for such unique characteristics to be accounted for in the benchmarking of road networks.

Theuns is the Director of the Climate Adaptation Platform, Transportation Research Centre and senior lecturer at the University of Auckland. He is specialising in the areas of Asset Management, Performance Monitoring, Performance Based Contracts and Benchmarking. Theuns received his ME (Transportation) from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He has completed his PhD in 2009 at the University of Auckland. Theuns has been the author of 28 international journals, primary author of four RIMS Body of Knowledge guidelines and two World Bank Guidelines for developing countries.

Moisture testing for roads
Greg Arnold, Road Science


High moisture within the pavement accelerates pavement deterioration, and ensuring the water is kept out of these pavement layers will increase life and save in maintenance costs. A high-speed moisture survey technique used overseas, which utilises ground penetrating radar combined with video and laser LIDAR was used on a range of roads in the lower North Island. A unique Moisture Damage Index was developed for use in New Zealand to enable the identification of high moisture levels at three different depths (top; middle; bottom) in 2m increments along the road using results from the ground and air coupled radar. The results and benefits of these trials will be reported to the group with feedback requested on potential benefits uses and needs for this technology in New Zealand.

Greg is a member of the technical team with Road Science. He graduated with a Doctor of Civil of Engineering at the University of Nottingham in 2004. His thesis topic investigated the rutting behaviour of granular materials. Prior to joining Road Science, Greg worked for NZTA as their Engineering Policy Manager and was the director of Pavespec Ltd undertaking pavement research and Repeated Load Triaxial testing.

IDS initiatives following strategic review
Ross Waugh, Waugh Infrastructure
 

The IDS Strategic Review was completed in 2017, with a progress report presented to the RIMS Conference in March 2017.
Following the completion of the Strategic Review report mid-2017, the IDS Board and Management have acted on the report findings and are working to develop a range of additional resources and training support.
This presentation provides an update on:

  • IDS developments and next steps since the Strategic Review
  • Current IDS Initiatives
  • Industry Initiatives that are associated with IDS modelling
  • What the next part of the ODM journey with IDS looks like

The presentation will provide attendees the opportunity to be updated on progress of the IDS initiatives following the Strategic Review, and assist with the forward planning of their own ODM programmes.

Ross is the founder of Waugh Infrastructure Management and is an asset management and systems integration specialist with over 30 years’ experience in municipal infrastructure asset management and engineering. Ross has been consulting in infrastructure management for 18 years, in the areas of transportation, utilities, community facilities, buildings and property.
Ross has contributed to a number of New Zealand national data capture, research, advisory, government enquiry, and infrastructure standard setting projects, and is a section author of the International Infrastructure Management Manual 2011 and 2015.
Ross has experience of six cycles of integrating infrastructure asset management planning with long term financial planning within the New Zealand context. He has also completed infrastructure asset management assignments in Australia and the Pacific.
Ross was recipient of the IPWEA Presidents Award in 2016 for leadership in the field of infrastructure asset management and for commitment to IPWEA over many years.
Ross takes an active interest in on-going International infrastructure asset management trends and is the author of Inframanage Blog, which has an international focus http://inframanage.com/inframanage-blog/.

Back to the future AMPs – learnings from 2017 AMP round
David Fraser


David will share his observations on how the sector is progressing towards achieving AMPs that deliver optimised decisions, and in particular, some of the structure and mindset challenges we need to come to grips with to help move from theory and compliance to delivering leading edge Asset Management as a way of life.

David has been around for a long time!  He is the Director of AMSAAM Limited, a company focussing on strategic advice and mentoring for managers of infrastructural assets.  In 2013 he retired from Hastings District Council where he was responsible for all engineering infrastructure and parks and properties assets.

David is a Past President and Life Member of IPWEA NZ, a previous Chair of IDS, the New Zealand Utilities Advisory Group (NZUAG), and Local Government Working Parties on Land Transport Pricing and Road Reform Proposals. He was appointed to the Road Maintenance Task Force by the Minister of Transport and was an inaugural member of the Local Government NZ/NZTA Road Efficiency Group (REG) Governance Group established to oversee the implementation of the Task Force’s recommendations.
A significant portion of his current work involves facilitating workshops for the Road Efficiency Group (REG), in the Northland, Auckland, Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions.

Benefits in Systems Integration
Rob Desanti & Paul O’Docherty – Deighton


Through global experience, Deighton has learned how to assist with ensuring agencies receive optimal return on their investments. To better manage assets, Deighton recognizes and respects that agencies have invested significantly in a multitude of applications.
dTIMS in recent years has evolved in its own capabilities and in its ability to leverage these external applications to provide a more holistic view of how best to manage assets. In addition to integrating with existing platforms, we have also begun leveraging advances in data hosting.

Rob is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Deighton Associates Limited, the world leading provider of strategic asset management solutions for the civil engineering transportation sector.  As EVP and COO at Deighton, Mr. Desanti oversees all operations at Deighton with a focus on strategic growth and international adoption of the Deighton software worldwide through strategic partnerships and acquisitions.

Paul is the Business Development Manager; Asia Pacific at Deighton Associates Limited. He has over 10 years of experience using Deighton’s dTIMS software for modelling the deterioration of assets and developing optimised forward works and maintenance programmes. During these 10 years Paul has worked on models and supported dTIMS for local government, state road and commercial clients across Australia and New Zealand.

Multi-Speed deflectometer – an innovative tool for local authority network asset management
Gina Schmitz, GeoSolve

The Multi-Speed Deflectometer (MSD) is a new, innovative technique for determining pavement structural capacity and remaining life at normal traffic speeds. It combines the efficiency and continuity in relation to testing speed and test spacing of the Traffic Speed Deflectometer (TSD) with the compactness of the Falling Weight Deflectometer (FWD). Like the TSD, the MSD is a network screening device, which captures images and collects data from multiple sensors, averaging them to 10m or 20m intervals, enabling a near-continuous profile of pavement structural life. It is not intended for use on highways with high structural capacity (i.e. high volume roads) because these require the greater resolution obtained from TSD testing. However, the MSD is ideal for most low volume roads and is therefore particularly useful for New Zealand local authorities requiring effective asset management as it combines manoeuvrability, reliability and availability with collection of pavement structural data at minimal cost.
The testing vehicle can be readily equipped with sensors on each side, collecting structural data from both wheel paths of low volume roads. Additional sensors can be added for simultaneous high speed surface condition data (rutting, roughness, cracking, macrotexture and skid resistance). Where roads are found to have more than 25 years life, no further investigations are warranted. Where roads are found to have minimal life from the preliminary screening with MSD, more costly testing and analysis (e.g. deflection testing) need only be applied to those sections of each road which are identified as critical. The outcomes are Forward Work Programmes using mechanistic methods for informed asset management without the inconvenience of traffic control and substantial cost savings for local authorities.

Gina is part of GeoSolve’s Pavement Analytics Group and is involved in deflection data analysis (TSD and FWD), pavement design, research and development. She is a regular contributor to the latest developments in pavement structural evaluation (http://www.pavementanalysis.com/index.php/download-menu/download-pavement-menu). Recent focus has been on the Regional Precedent Performance Project, establishing and verifying “regional” pavement structural design criteria for roading networks in individual provinces in New Zealand. The emphasis of this study is to facilitate implementation of mechanistic procedures encompassing all distress modes, to provide more reliable prediction of pavement life and more efficient rehabilitation design for both unbound granular and stabilised pavements. This research was originally based on FWD data and is now being applied to TSD data as well.

A regional data collection strategy for Waikato Councils
Dawn Inglis, REG

In 2014 the Waikato Mayoral Forum resolved to establish a Waikato Centre of Excellence (to be known as the Road Asset Technical Accord – RATA) in road asset management to deliver more advanced asset management than could be achieved independently, thus assisting better council decision making and reducing whole of life costs for roading assets. In 2015 it was agreed that RATA should be a permanent business unit.
The consistent collection of minimum road asset management inventory and condition data has been in place since 2015 for the 9 RATA Councils. Much has been achieved in establishing a consistent asset management process and philosophy across the nine councils.
RATA Councils have indicated their willingness to move to a more comprehensive data collection strategy to enhance asset management practices and investment decision making.
RATA has developed a Regional Data Collection Strategy for the 9 RATA councils, and prepared a business case supporting the anticipated future higher level of funding requests to the NZ Transport Agency under Work category 151: Network and asset management.
This paper outlines the journey RATA has taken, to the current point, and the development and benefits of the Waikato Regional Data Collection Strategy.

Dawn was the Manager Road Corridor at Waipa District Council until April 2014 when she moved via a secondment to a regional role as the Project Director for Waikato RATA (Road Asset Technical Accord). Waikato RATA was established to support increased capacity and capability in strategic asset management in the Waikato. Prior to these roles Dawn was the Roading Asset Manager at Franklin District Council. Dawn is the Chair of the Road Efficiency Group – Best Practice Asset Management Group.

New technologies and approaches to deterioration modelling in the operational context
Fritz Jooste, Lonrix


This presentation discusses new technologies that can lead to improved deterioration models. This presentation focusses specifically on short to medium term deterioration modelling in an operational (as opposed to strategic) context, and explains the different needs and focuses of these two modelling scenarios. The need for operational models has become more crucial to meet the needs of asset engineers involved in Network Outcomes Contracts (NOCs) in New Zealand. The implementation of new modelling approaches and technologies such as machine learning and “big data” concepts are discussed and illustrated. The presentation also discusses the impact of data variation on model accuracy and presents alternatives to the use of single number statistics to represent modelling segments (e.g. using an average or percentile value to represent rut depth on a segment). The possibility of developing models which seamlessly take into account available data to determine most likely short term increments in performance parameters such as rutting or roughness is discussed. The use of machine learning to determine erroneous trends and remove them from the model using data mining and pattern identification techniques is also discussed. The presentation concludes with specific suggestions for how emerging technologies can be used in deterioration models in New Zealand.

Fritz Jooste has been working in the field of pavement design and asset management for more than 25 years. He earned his PhD from Texas A&M University in 1997 and since then has been involved in primarily in research and development of systems related to pavement design and asset management.  Fritz is a founder and director of Lonrix Ltd.

Predicting the wall of wood
Hamish Featonby, Downer NZ

Many rural Councils across New Zealand are struggling to manage the impact of forestry on their road networks. This is expected to get worse over the next decade, as the dreaded ‘wall of wood’ becomes a reality. Whanganui District Council, through the Whanganui Alliance, have focused on improving their understanding of the impact it will have on their service delivery. The increased confidence in demand management, by understanding the impact of changing traffic volumes over time, has allowed decision makers to strategically focus investment in maintenance, renewal and improvement – increasing value for money.
As part of development of the 2018-21 Activity Management Plan, Whanganui incorporated the predicted change in traffic volumes within their pavement deterioration model. This has provided long term level of service and cost of service indications, enabling the confirmation of funding levels required to deliver appropriate customer levels of service, which takes into account the impact of forestry harvesting activities – something not widely done in New Zealand.
The presentation will discuss how by using a methodical approach we were able to map the expected forestry harvesting, predict the changing traffic loading, then use dTIMS to determine the expected impact on a year to year basis. This indicated how the demand changes on the network would impact condition over time, then use the information to proactively focus renewals investment to minimise the logging effects. It will also highlight how dTIMS was utilised with support tools such as MS Excel, QGIS and Google Earth to quantify and visualise the changes over time.

Hamish is the Asset Engineer for the Tararua Alliance and is a contributor to many national Downer Asset Management projects including being part of the Downer dTIMS team, for both NOC and Local Authority Contracts. He has been with Downer for almost 10 years including time in both contract management and asset management roles. Hamish has used an IT and Business background to reshape and innovate systems and processes for the Tararua Alliance and the wider Downer group while maintaining the operational asset management for Tararua.

ODM through an array of tools
Theuns Henning, IDS

Industry often makes two common mistakes concerning asset management software tools: 1. Some people believe that there is a “silver bullet” a single application that will solve all your problems; and, 2. Others also spend considerable time comparing applications to decide which one will give them the most of what they want from a system.  This presentation will show how IDS believes that when software are combined in the right manner, the outcome for councils could be extremely valuable.  Fundamental to this is an understanding of the development and analyses principles underpinning applications.

Dr Theuns Henning is the Director of the Climate Adaptation Platform, Transportation Research Centre and senior lecturer at the University of Auckland. He is specialising in the areas of Asset Management, Performance Monitoring, Performance Based Contracts and Benchmarking. Theuns received his ME (Transportation) from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He has completed his PhD in 2009 at the University of Auckland. Theuns has been the author of 28 international journals, primary author of four RIMS Body of Knowledge guidelines and two World Bank Guidelines for developing countries.

Can you see the cracks – HSD cracking collection
Scott Verevis

For some time now, Whangarei District Council (WDC) haven been involved in automated data capture for local roads.  Capturing High Speed Data (HSD) to State Highway standards since 2009.  This presentation will explore what WDC and now their partners, have been up to in the space of the HSD collection, specifically HSD automated Cracking Data collection for sealed roads since 2013.  The presentation will look at:

– How WDC kicked the process off, what drove us to go there? Considering the system by age standards was in its infancy in New Zealand
– What we found in the process? Exposing some of the cracks on the way and realising some benefits
– How are we using the data today, what has been the impact?
– What are the next steps, exploring the eternal questions; Are we there yet? And where is there?
This presentation will look at the process the inputs and outputs but will not deive into the real boring techo stuff.  We will also discuss how two neighboring councils, relatively poor and small were keen to get involved and what this meant to the process, cost savings, efficiencies and the opportunities this presented.  The presentation will provide the audience with a broad understanding of the HSD Cracking collection in an applied environment.
Acknowledgements:
– Whangarei District Council roading manager for putting faith in where we were heading
– Kaipara District Council roading manager understanding that where WDC were heading was a no brainer even for small council such as theirs
– Far North District Council for challenging what we were up to
– Data Collection Limited (DCL) for supporting us in this process and being very flexible, knowledgeable and honest

Scott has worked within the civil infrastructure industry for over 26 years with experience ranging from civil contracting through to professional consultancy.  This experience spans such work as green field subdivision development and Main Roads maintenance through to major capital infrastructure works, such as coal rail redevelopment and new mine infrastructure development.  From 1996 to late 2010 Scott worked within road network management teams for Opus International Consultants where he further developed his professional engineering skills in Project and Network and Asset Management through a mix state highway maintenance contracts and assisting local authorities.  Scott’s focus is on infrastructure management undertaking a range of tasks such as maintenance contracts and performance management through to asset valuation, pavement modelling, activity management plan development and data implementation.  Self-employed and running an asset management business since 2010, he is engaged with a number local authority clients providing asset management services and advice.