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.
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