Day One – RIMS Presentations

A view from the outside – how’s the bigger picture looking?
Brent Burton, 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.

Brent is a Senior Performance Auditor with the Office of the Auditor-General. His role involves leading focussed audits of public organisations’ effectiveness and efficiency, to provide independent assurance to Parliament and to contribute towards a better performing public sector.  Before this, Brent had a career within the New Zealand banking industry, specialising in managing operational risk and compliance.

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
David McGonigal, DMCG Consulting

 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.

IPWEA NZ Focus for 2018 and beyond
Samantha Gain, IPWEA NZ

An opportunity to hear from IPWEA NZ President about the organisation’s current priorities and work programme




International Experiences Using dTIMS
Rob Desanti & Paul O’Docherty, Deighton

Deighton started developing and marketing its Pavement Management Systems as early as 1983, a few years before its official inception in 1986. Today, Deighton is proud to have more than 400 agencies of all sizes throughout the world using dTIMS to manage their roads, bridges and other assets such as culverts, guard rails, signs, sidewalks and underground utilities.  Amongst these, are twenty-one (21) US state DOT’s (the largest market share of any asset management software vendor in that market segment) and dozens of American and Canadian counties and municipalities.  dTIMS is also used by five Australian state transportation agencies and has been adopted and used by the New Zealand Transport Agency and the NZ Councils to manage all state and national roads throughout the country since 1998.
Many of Deighton’s clients currently using dTIMS started using the system more than twenty years ago when pavement management was in its infancy within their agencies. Throughout the years, as their needs and sophistication grew, dTIMS demonstrated its sustainability and scalability by growing along with them. Many of them started with a simple desktop system and have since expanded the dTIMS platform to enterprise‐level systems to manage multiple assets.

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.

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.

David is responsible for the maintenance and renewal components of the State Highway Activity Management Plan and its implementation through the development & delivery of the annual programme of works.  He is a Chartered Professional civil engineer, experienced in infrastructure asset management including the development of the state highway maintenance programme, development of asset information systems, management of transport and drainage business units, and development of the National Land Transport Plan.

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
Seosamh Costello, University of Auckland

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.

Associate Professor Seosamh Costello is the current Deputy Head of Department in Civil and Environmental Engineering, as well as past Associate Dean Postgraduate in the Faculty of Engineering, at the University of Auckland. His research interests lie in the areas of transportation asset management, performance management and benchmarking, and he has published widely in these areas. He is a Chartered Engineer (CEng) with the Institution of Engineers of Ireland (IEI) and also a Chartered Member of Engineering New Zealand (CMEngNZ).

HSD Cracking 1st Adopter – HSD Cracking in the real world
Scott Verevis, Asset Management Engineers

Whangarei District Council have always questioned the worth of what they are doing now and what could be done better. For example, many years back, +10years, WDC realised that 10%/20% Manual Rating of their roads was not good enough and was not providing the data required to make a full assessment of their network need. So, they consider the current process and changed to 100% rating of all sealed pavements, no half measures. The new process was designed to keep the cost of the survey at a reasonable level while trying to leverage the best data from the survey to better serve their planning purposes.
Being a 1st adopter or a lighthouse customer, for real world application is always risky; Cost are generally higher to start with, the processes are never well defined, some back tracking is inevitable and it always takes a higher resource input to get it right. However, the value often out weighs the risk when you consider the long-term benefits. As an asset manager I have always been a believer in early application of innovative technology, processes and methods. The short-term pain is worth the long-term gain.
It is on this basis, “what is the worth of what we are doing now and what could be done better”, that WDC embarked upon the investigation and implementation of HSD condition capture including automated crack detection for the full network, no half measures. It has been a long journey so far but has started to yield tangible results in terms of strengthening our planning process and supporting our business case approach.

This presentation will provide an overview of WDC’s journey:

  • To full HSD condition data capture inclusive of automated crack detection.
  • How this is now being applied in our planning processes, and what are the benefits.
  • Some of the “cracks” in the process and what improvement looks like.
  • Being good neighbours and what this meant for Far North District Council and Kaipara District Council and ultimately the Northern Transport Alliance (NTA)

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 works 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 Management, 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. Now self-employed and running an independent asset management business since 2010, he is engaged with a number of local authority client providing asset management services and advice.

When a modelling process for an asset does not exist … use analysis of your existing validated programmes of work to create one
Terry Goldsbury, Downer NZ

How can you develop a FWP for an asset with when a modelling process does not exist? The HCC database had 70-90+ years of concrete performance data for footpaths and 20years for bitumen surfaces but no modelling process existed to generate a FWP and support the logic behind it.

Analysing the data showed that with concrete footpaths the deterioration rate was practically nil by 90-100yrs.  Failure was generally by external mechanical force and not predictable. So only an estimated nominal quantity per year was to be included in the FWP. For asphalt surfacing there was a definite time related deterioration. Back analysis of the current validated programme gave a good hit rate (80%) to indicate that the estimated 20yrs was a reliable indicator. An age based limit of 25yrs was used in the prediction “model” to show a willingness to “stretch” the asset.

In the absence of 100% condition rating of the asset, ratings were assigned based on expected deterioration through age, from Very Poor (>25yrs) through to Good or better (<15yrs) for the Bituminous surfaced lengths. This enabled better inspection planning to focus data collection on those areas expected to be in worse condition and at greater risk of failure.

After installation of the footpath data tables on Juno we were able to create a footpath FWP. This allows us to use the Juno FIT tool to validate future programmes to support the FWP and where they aligned with pavement renewals.

Based on the current age and an indicated “condition rating” we developed a trigger model to “model/predict” the expected condition in future years and formulate a FWP quantity to predict our funding requirements…over several quantity scenarios based on a differing achievement on a yearly basis, as well as predicting the KPI achievement for those years as a % of the network in varying conditions.
Terry is a Senior Asset Manager with Downer and has worked in the Roading Industry since 1976 after joining MOW as a Civil design draughtsman cadet in Gisborne.  Terry joined the maintenance management side of the business in the early 90’s and graduated into Asset Management in 2006 in Northland
Terry lives on a lifestyle block with 600 macadamia nut trees in the beautiful Bay of Islands.  It is a great place to go home to after work; to see the sheep mowing my lawns for me and to check on the still bubbling away in the spare room.   

Developing the Future – Civil Engineering Cadets in Local Government
Richard Martin, NZIHT

Local Government in particular is reaching a critical mass with regard to future proofing it’s Civil Engineering teams. Many of the existing workforce is over 55 years of age and are considering retirement within the next 5-10 years. Younger team members need to be brought through and developed quickly. What is being done to prepare for this personnel change, especially within the more rural regions of New Zealand? Would your organisation consider beginning an Engineering Cadet programme? This presentation will explain how NZIHT can assist in this process.

Richard is the Business Development Manager at NZIHT. He comes from a Sales and Marketing background via the Publishing and FMCG industries. Richard has experience in improving sales performances and developing business relationships for the varying organisations he has been involved with for the past 15 years. He is responsible for developing and improving NZIHT’s market presence, and is also responsible for liaising with NZIHT’s clients and understanding the training needs and professional development of their employees.

The Transport Evolution – A call for action
Andrew McKillop, REG