Paul Swain & Ross Malcolm
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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
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CAR’s in a growing METRO
Julie Jackson, Hamilton City Council
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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
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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 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.