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Platinum Sponsor:

Steve McNeill (SCIRT) and Geoff English (Christchurch CC)

Steve has several decades experience in Transport design/construction and Transport asset management. He has held various roles during that time, mostly in the local government sector, and more recently has spent 3 years as the CCC Transport Asset owner’s representative within earthquake rebuild teams including 2 years with SCIRT. Steve’s current role is as Senior Capital Programme Advisor – Transport at Christchurch City Council where he is involved with post-earthquake programme and project integration of the horizontal infrastructure rebuild programme with business as usual and future works.

Geoff comes from a background in road lighting.For the last 15 years he has been an Asset Engineer focused on Asset Management Planning for transport assets.Immediately after the earthquakes Geoff was involved in planning for the earthquake recovery.His current role at Christchurch City Council is Team Leader Transport Asset Management.


Talk: Using data for rebuilding Christchurch’s Transport infrastructure

The extent of damage to Transport infrastructure from the Canterbury Earthquakes created the need for several damage-data collection teams. The largest groups focussed on roads, channels and footpaths, while other teams assessed bridges and retaining walls. New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) staff and consultant teams focussed solely on the State Highway network, and teams consisting of NZTA, Christchurch City Council (CCC), and consultant staff formed teams to assess the CCC roads.

The data gathered formed the basis of initial repair estimates, identified the streets and areas with the worst damage, and allowed assessment of resources needed for repair and rebuild now and in the future.

Edward Guy (Rationale Ltd)

Edward is the Managing Director of Rationale Limited, which he founded in 1999. He has extensive experience working with infrastructure assets ranging from high-level strategy to detailed technical and practical aspects. His attitude that nothing is too hard and that a problem shared is a problem solved has led organically to a strong culture of collaboration between Rationale, its clients and partners. Working with, and constantly evolving alongside, numerous infrastructure organisations - as well as experiencing different governance and business structures - has had an enormously positive outcome on Rationale’s ability to meet the needs of a wide range of clients. Edward’s attention going forward is focused on a macro perspective of infrastructure. This includes ensuring New Zealand is on the right path in terms of infrastructure management and investment; his appointment to the National Infrastructure Advisory Board is testament to this.

Talk: Shared Services Models: How will ODM fit into this process?

The road maintenance task force identified four key findings for improving the sector. These were to improve asset management, improve procurement practises, prioritisation of expenditure (classification) and undertaking greater collaboration. The Road Efficiency Group (REG) was established to implement these findings. The REG collaboration workstream worked with almost every local authority and NZTA Highways to investigate options for closer collaboration. Through this and the Highways Review and Prioritisation Team (RAPT), it was evident that decision-making on a whole of life cost basis has significant scope to improve. Does shared service through collaboration provide an opportunity to deliver better value for money decisions?

David Fraser (AMSAAM Limited)

David Fraser is the Director of AMSAAM Limited, a company focussing on strategic advice and mentoring for managers of infrastructural assets.

David retired from Hastings District Council in 2014. At Hastings he was responsible for the management of all engineering infrastructure and parks and properties assets. Under his guidance Hastings established long term infrastructure programmes that have enabled appropriate levels of service to be delivered cost effectively.

David is a Past President and Life Member of IPWEA NZ, and currently chairs IDS. He has previously chaired the New Zealand Utilities Advisory Group (NZUAG), and Local Government Working Parties on Land Transport Pricing and Road Reform Proposals. He was a member of the Minister of Transport’s Road Maintenance Task Force and is a member of the Local Government NZ/NZTA Road Efficiency Group (REG).

David continues to provide assistance to Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) on issues relating to infrastructural assets.

Talk: How to be better custodians of your network

David will share thoughts about interacting with councils and communities and the key points that he believes make a difference in gaining community support for long-term infrastructure programmes. He will also provide an update on what he sees happening in the various strategy groups he is involved with.

Simon Davis – City of Port Adelaide Enfield

Simon Davis is the Team Leader of Asset Planning and system administrator for Hansen 8 at the City of Port Adelaide Enfield. He has been working at the City of Port Adelaide Enfield for the last twelve years, initially in GIS and in the last seven years in asset management. Simon has played a key part in the implementation, system administration and development of the Pavement Model in Hansen. He has a degree in Surveying and Post Graduate qualifications in Infrastructure and Engineering Management.

Talk:  Pavement Modelling using Hansen’s Advanced Asset Management Module

Traditionally the management of roads at the City of Port Adelaide Enfield had been based on observations entered into a spread sheet and the local knowledge of the senior engineers, this process of road rating was not very repeatable and not well documented. Recently council has undertaken automated inspections of the road network with imagery taken every 10 meters. The result was over 1 million road condition images and 100000 observed road defects. With the use of Infor’s Advanced Asset Module the City of Port Adelaide Enfield has been able to develop a pavement model that is suited to local conditions and takes into account key considerations of the Pavement Engineers when deciding how to manage local roads. Thru the definition of a tight specification there have been additional benefits to the organisation such as RoadView software that is available to all users across the organisations. This in house developed software provides the planning and engineering departments with recent photography of every council owned street and frontages of residential properties and helps with the making of day to day decisions. 

Haydn Read – Wellington City Council

Haydn was brought up and educated in the Bay of Plenty and Auckland, culminating in a Master’s of Science from Auckland University in 1986. Haydn left New Zealand soon after and enjoyed nearly 20 years international commercial experience, predominantly in Manufacturing and Operations Management. He has enjoyed 10 years in senior executive roles within the steel industry and his work experiences have traversed Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. Working with BlueScope Steel, Haydn successfully completed a finance degree and more recently an MBA in Melbourne in International Business and Finance. This led to a number of experiences throughout Australia and South East Asia. Haydn returned home in 2007 to support Whakatane District Council through the Matata Disaster Projects. Following this Haydn took up the challenge of managing assets and operations in Local Government as their Director of Works & Services. More recently he has moved to Wellington City Council where he manages the strategic asset planning and investment team across its $6.5 billion portfolio. Haydn’s interest in public assets has also extended into a PhD which he is currently undertaking at Victoria University School of Government. The working title of his thesis is “Affordability in Local Government – an inquiry into decisions in prioritising investments and expenditures in local communities”

Talk:  Asset Analytics

The intent of my presentations is twofold. Firstly, it is to disturb current asset management practices to look beyond the current approaches. This entails unpacking how we currently define data and the all-important tri-partite schema in which it is couched.

Steve Abley – Interpret Geospatial Solutions

Steve is a Chartered Professional Engineer and an author of a number of innovative applied research projects.  One of those projects included co-authoring the NZ methodology for the measurement of transport accessibility.  Transport accessibility is helping to better prioritise aging roading infrastructure. 

Talk:  The Value of GIS Accessibility Modelling as a tool in the management of Hastings’ Bridges

Aging infrastructure and limited funds means an increasing need to make better business decisions.  This presentation presents a real world example that has enabled Hastings District Council to better understand the importance their bridge network.  Combining the importance of the bridge with maintenance and capital budgets has provided an improved method to consultant with the community, elected members and funding agencies as well as providing a method to optimise the transport system within the bounds of funding envelopes.   

Catherine Hoeberechts - RAMM

We welcome Catherine Hoeberechts to RAMM. Catherine has joined us to take up a new Consultancy role in our Support team, and will report directly to me (Graeme Norman).

Catherine’s recent experience has been primarily with database management. After managing both the Cervical Screening and Breast Screening databases for Health Waikato for many years, Catherine wanted a change of direction in her life. So she travelled up the road to Waikato District Council (WDC) to manage their Roading database, and thus began her RAMM initiation. 

After 3 ½ years with WDC, Catherine found that she wished to expand her knowledge of RAMM products and has subsequently moved to Auckland to now work for RAMM.

Initially, Catherine will focus her efforts on helping manage the RAMM v6.1 upgrade project, as well as learning about the new features with the UDT improvements and RAMM Detail.

Talk:  RAMM’s new User Defined Tables – Taking the next step

The enhanced User Defined Tables (UDTs) in RAMM 6.1 will transform the way you manage your assets including your parks, buildings, bridges, and more. The UDT components and linking are the key. For instance with park UDTs, you can associate the playgrounds, BBQs, seats and manage them as a group. You can programme your maintenance and add jobs against individual components. The costs are associated with the components themselves. Plus, you can now draw UDT asset shapes in RAMM GIS and use Satellite view for accuracy. Then you add the details and links in the new RAMM Detail web page.

Adam Bevins - Downer

Adam is the National Operational Improvements Manager for Downer NZ Ltd, Downer being the largest transport maintenance provider in Australasia. He has accumulated over 20 years’ experience in the transport maintenance sector, and for the last 9 years as a constructor within the transport maintenance and management sector, and as such has extensive knowledge of asset management systems and processes. Adam has a Masters in Engineering and an MBA (Major in Technology), he has a national asset management and corporate IT investment role within Downer Infrastructure providing support to the Downer Executive in articulating and delivering IT Business Application Strategies, which include the development and implementation of business systems that support asset maintenance management. Adam hates waste, asset management allows him to constantly challenge the way we do things, to produce more effective community services.

Talk:  Implementing Maintenance Management corporately

Implementing maintenance management corporately has been a long journey, and is on-going as we have yet to reach our destination at where we want to be. The point of inflection was understanding that framing the objective was the key, it was not about asset management, or even maintenance management it as about improving productivity.  Adam will share Downer’s journey, what we learnt, what would we do differently and where we are heading with maintenance management at our core.

Simon Gough – Auckland Transport & Scott Verevis – Asset Management Engineers Ltd

Scott - Asset Management Engineers Ltd, Director and Asset Manager

Scott has worked within the civil infrastructure industry for over 23 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 works infrastructure, 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. Scott’s focus is on infrastructure management undertaking a range of tasks such as maintenance contracts, performance management through to asset valuation, performance modelling and asset management plan development. Now self-employed and running an asset management business, he is engaged with a number local authority clients providing asset management services and advice.

Simon - Auckland Transport, Team Leader Asset Systems & Monitoring

Simon has over 17 years of experience in the Roading industry including almost all aspects of maintenance and operations. With 5 years as operations manager of the Auckland Traffic Operations Centre he developed and honed his interest in quality management and the use of systems to support the delivery of services. Simon then spent the last 3 years as the Roading Asset Manager for Whangarei District Council which also includes responsibility for maintenance operations and running the internal Roading Business Unit.  He has now joined Auckland Transport to focus on the systems and monitoring aspects of asset management for roads, structures and Public Transport assets.

Talk:  Are You Getting Value for Money from Roading Maintenance?

Roading Maintenance often doesn’t get the management focus that it deserves. With experienced staff it is often left to do what they always do  As long as they don’t go over budget everyone was happy.

However with the current constrained financial environment even the Minister of Transport has taken an interest by initiating a Ministerial Task Force looking specifically looking at Road Maintenance.  While the Task Force identified the need for improved (Advanced) Asset Management, Whangarei District Council (WDC) has been focusing on improving the planning and decision making involved with its main road maintenance contracts.

It set out to be able to answer the following basic questions:

• Was the right work done?

• Was the work done to the right quality?

• Was the treatment decision consistently made?

• Did the patrol truck achieve his inspection frequencies and do the right work?

WDC has taken a quality assurance approach using processes and data to systematically answer these questions. This sits on the premise that if the right processes are being followed, and monitored for achievement, then the results produced must be the best value possible for the budget that was available.

Rob Piane – Deighton Associates Limited

Rob is a licensed Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario and received his BSc. of Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto in 1983. Rob’s professional career started in 1983, working as an EIT for Anchor Shoring Limited, a large construction firm based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. During his time at Anchor, Rob gained civil engineering project experience, progressed to the position of VP of Field Operations, and became an equity partner in the firm. Rob joined the Deighton team in 1995 as Vice President in charge of Implementation. Since joining Deighton, Rob has had the opportunity to manage a wide variety of system implementations throughout the world. During his career at Deighton, Rob has assisted in the implementation of upwards of 7 State DOT PMS/AMS systems, including those for Colorado DOT, Oklahoma DOT, New Hampshire DOT, Maine DOT, and New Jersey DOT, Ohio DOT, Mississippi DOT. Rob has also participated, in the role of project manager for numerous upgrade and enhancement projects for existing Deighton clients.

Talk:  dTIMS Version 9

My presentation will focus on the changes and added functionality that are provided in dTIMS 9 from a user interface, database and analysis perspective. The new user interface will be highlighted throughout the presentation as we navigate dTIMS 9 to expose the database and analysis enhancements.

Key points in the database that will be discussed include:

  • database configuration that, as always, lets the user configure their asset database to conform to their data,
  • temporal data accommodation,
  • connections to and from external data sources,
  • managing multiple assets in one platform.

The analysis discussion will include:

  • different ways of analyzing your assets,
  • use of external data and applications in your analysis,
  • documenting your data management and analysis with dTIMS workflow,
  • sharing your data and analysis results with dTIMS wf.

Peter Allen – Business Torque Systems Ltd

Peter had an accounting business in Auckland for 20 years, and is now involved in the governance of a number of organizations, and training others in governance. He is a director of IDS Ltd. 

Talk:  Answering asset management questions from your accountants

We know accountants have a strange view of the world, and their view of asset management is no exception!

We want to arm you with answers to the questions your accountants may put to you about your asset management, like what’s the return on their investment? How can you reduce costs?

Laura McElhone – Dunedin City Council

Dr Laura McElhone is the Group Manager for Water and Waste Services at Dunedin City Council. She has spent her whole career in the Water Sector initially in the UK, with a short stint in continental Europe. She joined Dunedin City Council in 2008 as the Asset Planning Manager for the 3 Waters and began an extensive improvement programme to lift the department’s asset management capability. This has included working in collaboration with IDS and others to develop dTims based deterioration modelling suited to water network applications.

Talk:  Lessons learnt from Water Model implementation

This talk will discuss our learnings along the way, the short term benefits from the project and the longer term potential from the implementation of the water model.

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