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.

Topic tbc
Rob Desanti & Paul O’Dockerty, Deighton

Information to come

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.

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 – PhD research update
Seosamh Costello, University of Auckland

Information to come

Big Solutions competition winner
Clement Damagnez, Opus International Consultants



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.

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

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 and You, in Review.
Paul Swain & Ross Malcolm

Information to come

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.

Heavy Haulage Association and the CM
Jonathan Bhana-Thomson, CEO HHA
Information to come

CAR’s in a growing METRO
Julie Jackson, Hamilton City Council
Information to come

Collaborate our fibre future
Graeme McCarrison & 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?

Over the past 30 years Graeme has worked in the public and private sectors. Currently Engagement & Planning Manager Spark Trading NZ Ltd (Spark) providing resource management and local government strategic & technical guidance to support the development and expansion of the telecommunication industry in New Zealand. Graeme actively explores opportunities for collaborations between telecommunication companies and other organisations that have common interests. Chorus, Spark and Vodafone commonly jointly work together on submissions on Regional/District Plans & local government regulatory matters. Since 2014 Graeme has been a member of the technical advisory group (TAG) for the MBIE/MFE review of the NES Telecommunications facilities (NESTF). Lead member of the MfE working group developing the first ever fully integrated Planning Standard for Infrastructure.

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.

TMP’s – What good are they really?
Tom Kiddle, Auckland Transport

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.



URM, Unreinforced Masonry, Owners, Consultants Contractors and the CM
Michael Scott, Miyamoto NZ
Information to come

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 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 Cornforth 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.


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 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.

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

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 Kyle 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.

Topic tbc
Simon Gough, GHD

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 Fitzgerald 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!
Dawn Inglis, REG
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

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.

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

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



Day Two – Optimised Decision Making Stream

State of the IDS Nation
Elke Beca, Opus International Consultants

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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 – PhD research update
Seosamh Costello, Auckland University

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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 Arnold 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 Mode Report Review
Ross Waugh, Waugh Infrastructure & David Fraser

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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

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

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Deighton – Show casing international experience
Rob Desanti & Paul O’Dockerty – Deighton

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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 ( 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
Joanna Towler, RATA – Waikato Road Asset Technical Accord

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.

Joanna has had 22 years experience in the roading industry in New Zealand and Fiji. She had 15 years at the NZ Transport Agency where she was responsible for New Zealand’s technical specifications for road surfacings and delineation. Joanna spent 18 months working in Fiji for MWH consultants as a senior road design engineer before returning to New Zealand in late 2016. During 2017 Joanna worked for the Waikato Road Asset Technical Accord (RATA) providing expert roading asset management advice and support to nine Waikato Councils. Joanna has recently left RATA and taken up a new role as Roading Manager at Otorohanga District Council, where she continues to broaden her roading asset management and engineering skills.

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

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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.
– 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.