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

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 ( 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.
– 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.