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 & Tom Kiddle, 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.