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.