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RAMM Software Ltd provides exceptional road asset management software to councils, their consultants and their contractors. We are committed to the continuous improvement of the RAMM suite of applications, as our aim is to deliver to our customers the most productive software experience, at the best possible price.




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With more than 1,800 employees across New Zealand, WSP Opus is proud to now be part of the globally 45,000 strong WSP group. Our collaborative approach with clients is as strong as ever, supported by the unrivalled local commitment and the understanding that only a network of more than 40 local offices can bring. All backed by a global team of leading specialists from 6 continents. Even within such a strong global team, our NZ business is proudly known as a world leader for professional infrastructure expertise; including fully integrated asset development and management services at all phases of the lifecycle. This stretches from concept development, to planning, consenting, detailed design, procurement, construction, monitoring-compliance, commissioning, operation, maintenance, rehabilitation and upgrading.

Silver Sponsors

Waugh Infrastructure Management is a niche consultancy that assists Councils and agencies with the full range of infrastructure management planning, from strategic planning, policy development, and asset management plans, through to operational service delivery.



The New Zealand Utilities Advisory Group (NZUAG) Inc is a not-for-profit, joint consultative group of road and rail owners and utility operators working together to create outcomes to benefit all road users and communities.  The NZUAG is the guardian of The National Code of Practice for Utility Operators’ Access to Transport Corridors (the Code).  Through its Board, NZUAG is responsible for the administration and effective implementation of the Code.



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Data Collection Ltd

Data Collection Ltd specialises in collecting accurate, reliable and relevant pavement condition data.  Whether you require information on a small section of road or the whole network, we have the resources to help you make sound engineering decisions. And we don’t stop at roads, with many of our capabilities expanding into the airport, ports and railway industry. Do not hesitate to contact us if you require:

High Speed Data Surveys
Roughness Surveys
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Day 2 – Corridor Management Presenters

NZUAG – the year ahead.  Paul Swain, NZUAG, Ross Malcolm, Vector and Ian Cox, NZ Transport Agency

The New Zealand Utilities Advisory Group (NZUAG), which is a silver sponsor of the 2019 RIMS conference, is responsible for the oversight, maintenance and review of the Code of Practice for Utility Operators’ Access to Transport Corridors (the Code). Ross Malcolm, Ian Cox and Paul Swain will set the scene for the Corridor Management stream on Day 2, will explain the role of NZUAG, provide an update on the current Code review and outline the 2019/20 work programme”.


Paul is the independent chair of NZUAG. He is a former Minister of Transport and Communications, is an elected member of the Wellington Regional Council and is the Chairman Fire and Emergency New Zealand. Paul runs his own consultancy business based in Wellington. 


Ross is an electrical engineer with over 40 years’ experience in the electricity generation, transmission, and distribution industries.  He is Manager, Customer Experience at Vector.  Ross chairs the Auckland Utility Operators Group and had previously held the position of Electricity sector representative on the Board of the New Zealand Utilities Advisory Group.


Ian is currently Principal Adviser Network Management for the NZ Transport Agency. He has been employed in the roading industry and particularly road management activities for over 30 years. He is a former Chair of the NZ Utilities Advisory Group and a Board member since 2007 representing the Government Roading Sector. Ian was involved in the National Code development and the subsequent reviews.


There are lies, damned lies and Key Performance Data.  Charles Agate, Wellington City Council

The National Code of Practice for Utility Operator’s Access to Transport Corridors seeks to achieve several worthy aims. One of these is to deliver reports that indicate the performance of the code and how it is or is not delivering the desired outcomes. There are four Key Performance Data indicators. The number of Corridor Access Requests submitted each year, the number of completed Works Completion Notices each year, the number of Non-conformance notices issued each year and last but not least the number of Third Party Damages Incidents each year. Count four things, compare the figures with preceding years spot the trends, job done, too simple! No it isn’t and here is the story about how we wrestled with this seemingly innocuous monster.

Charles is the current Traffic Management Coordinator (TMC) / Corridor Manager for Wellington City Council. With a small team of 5 they are responsible for the coordination, approval and compliance of all third party works within their Network. From Major Water Renewal Projects, 18 Story Apartment Block Developments to Accessing Utility Chambers and Installing Driveways, they know about.
With more than 10 years Local Government experience Charles is passionate about the local roading network and how it is used.

The use of UAV’s to assist Road Corridor Management.  Dave Stewart, WSP Opus

The use of UAV to capture imagery and video of the road corridor from unique viewpoints opens up a number of applications for network managers.  As part of inspection activities on the Wellington Network,  Opus, on behalf of Capital Journeys and NZ Transport Agency, has been using utilising UAV’s to enhance data collection and risk assessment.
The use of UAV’s has primarily been used as part of geotechnical investigations associated with management of the network.  This paper discusses examples of the use of UAV on the Wellington network and elsewhere for : (i) incident response and (ii) assessment of difficult-to-access sites geological threat sites.
The use of UAV can provide significant safety and efficiency benefits by removing the need to : (a) expose site staff to high risk site conditions or (b) implement costly / disruptive traffic management measures.
The paper will provide examples of where this has been implemented as well as outlining the benefits and limitations of UAV inspections.
NZTA has implemented rules for approving UAV flights over NZTA land.  These include the requirement for pilots to be certified under CAA Part 102 (August 2015) and UAV flight access restrictions based on the traffic flow (AADT) of the road.  The examples provided will cover safe working practices developed for flights at difficult and high flow sites, which involved consultations with NZTA.
In addition to photos and video obtained from UAV’s, post processing of imagery with dedicated software can produce 3D models which in many cases surpass those from conventional surveying. UAV generated survey data can be utilised for a wide range of applications ranging from terrain analysis for risk and resilience assessments, site visualisations for presentations to stakeholders, development of remedial or upgrade options and survey cross sections and plans for designs.  Examples will be presented of these applications.  Future applications include use of sensors to detect condition of pavements and structures.

David Stewart is a Principal Geotechnical Engineer (and Engineering Geologist) and UAV operator at WSP Opus in Wellington with over 30 years of experience in slope assessments. He specialises in assessment of slopes and management of risks for a range of clients and types of landforms / infrastructure around NZ, particularly highways. David oversees the slip assessment for the Wellington Highway network and also carries out slope assessments for other clients such as KiwiRail and Local Councils.

Collaboration with Utilities – How do Local authorities survive?  Tracy Bell, Timaru District Council

Clever collaboration can have last impacts on all providers, and provide benefit to the shared customer, the Public.
Territorial Local Authorities (TLA’s) and the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) are responsible for managing and maintaining the road corridor network up and down the country.  As part of this management process NZTA and TLA’s are required to allow access of Utility Operators to the road network, in order for these Utility Operators to build, maintain and renew their own networks, such as three waters, power, telecommunications and gas.  NZTA and TLA’s also have a need to build maintain and renew the road asset.
Embedded in current legislation “The Code of Practice for Utilities Access to the Road Corridor”, it is required that the Local Authority (Corridor Manager) allow access but at the same time ensure the Public are not inconvenienced.
Many local authorities, utility operators and contractors try to work together to make sure that when works are carried out in the road corridor, it is done efficiently and expediently.  Ensuring project alignment is crucial for not only project management purposes but to ensure Council’s limited renewals budgets are not needlessly squandered.  This causes frustration to all parties, particularly those on site, explaining to shared customers why they are digging up new footpaths or roads to put in underground assets!
It all comes down to relationships between the various utility’s providers, and everyone needs to work together for the benefit of their shared customers. The best advice that I can give from my own experience is to become friends with your Corridor Manager. If you are the Corridor Manager become friends with the Utility Managers.

Tracy has been the Road Corridor Technician for Timaru District Council for the last 8 years.  She is responsible for the Corridor Management of the Timaru District and more recently the Mackenzie District, this requires her to ensure the efficiency  of the Corridor Access Management system, which incorporates the Traffic Management Approval and Auditing process.
Due to the size of the Timaru and Mackenzie Districts, this role allows Tracy the ability to interact directly with contractors on a daily basis.
Prior to starting with Local Government Tracy spent 9 years gaining related experience in the contracting industry.


An alternative to steel plates.  Oliver McLean, Vanguard

As part of a family-owned business, we exist to provide the New Zealand market with fit-for-purpose products that help to minimise and prevent safety incidents on work sites, whether that be in warehouses, carparks, construction sites or civil sites.
Steel plates have long been the go-to solution anytime an excavation/hole in the road or footpath needs to be temporarily covered to allow vehicle and pedestrian access. However, steel plates pose numerous challenges, such as wasting valuable operational time getting steel plates delivered to site and manoeuvred into place; the danger of swinging heavy steel plates around on site; steel plates being used without anti-slip coatings posing slip risks for vehicles and pedestrians; or even the harsh noise of steel when vehicles drive over them.
We will be presenting a comparison between the use of steel plates compared to fibreglass road plates, as an educational insight into how temporary hole/excavation covers can be handled in a safe, efficient and professional manner. In addition, we will have product samples at our stand for viewing and discussion.

I’m part of a family-owned and operated business and in my 4th year with the business.

My role is visiting and working with civil contractors/utilities companies around the country, doing our small but important contribution of helping them to improve safety and efficiency on their work sites through the use of innovative products.


The changing face of urban mobility.  Claire Pascoe, NZ Transport Agency 

New Zealand towns and cities are aspiring to be better places to live, work and play and the transport system plays a significant role in their journey. Changing urban mobility systems however is as much an ‘adaptive challenge’ as it is a technical problem which means we need to think more broadly about how we tackle the challenge. With national and local objectives to increase the number of people travelling on foot, by bike or on public transport, we’ll need a comprehensive approach to change that includes reviewing many of our business as usual processes.


Claire Pascoe is the Lead Advisor Urban Mobility at the New Zealand Transport Agency. In her current role, she provides technical expertise and leadership in relation to rebalancing the transport system, providing people with genuine options for getting around our towns and cities and making them healthier places to be.  She was previously involved in developing and delivering the Urban Cycleways Programme and managing the national cycling culture change team.


Temuka Trunk Water Main – Urgent unplanned replacement. Ashley Harper, Timaru District Council

At 4.45 pm on the 5th of December 2017 advice was received that the Temuka Water Supply contained ‘enormous amounts of asbestos fibres’. This advice was received following the analysis of water samples that were causing washing machines and shower heads to block with ‘fluffy like’ material.|
Medical advice was urgently obtained which confirmed that when ingested asbestos fibres were not a health hazard but when inhaled they could cause health issues such as lung cancer.
A comprehensive media plan was put in place while a strategy was urgently developed to overcome the immediate problem and determine a long term solution.
A filtration plant was assembled and commissioned by the 20th of December 2017 and on the 12th of January 2018 an extraordinary meeting of the Timaru District Council approved the replacement of 9 km of 300 mm Asbestos Cement trunk water main with a budget of $3.5 million.
By the 26th of March 2018 the 450mmm HDPE replacement pipeline had been installed and made operational.
The pipeline components and the physical work were generally procured via competitive processes and at the peak of construction 15 excavators were involved across six work fronts.
The presentation describes the timelines, communication techniques, procurement methods, construction details and the outcome of this urgent work.

Ashley Harper is the Infrastructure Group Manager for the Timaru District Council and has held this role under various titles since 1989. He is a Chartered Professional Engineer, Life Member of IPWEANZ and was Chairman of this organisation from 2007 to 2009.
Ashley’s role is overseeing the management of the Roading, 3 Waters and Waste Minimisation Infrastructure for an urban and rural district with a population of 47,000. He has a particular focus on infrastructure strategic planning and strongly supports comprehensive Activity Management Planning as a methodology to deliver agreed Levels of Service to the community.

It’s not always a pretty picture: Roadworks and what they mean to Utilities.  Tanya Bowers, Chorus 

For many NZers access to broadband and phones is a fundamental part of life! Not having access can be both frustrating and at times life threatening. The same applies to power, water and gas.
Damage to telecommunication infrastructure impacts on New Zealand, imagine no:

  • Eftpos
  • access to 111
  • communicating with loved ones here and overseas

We chose this topic as we need your help to ensure decisions made around what happens to infrastructure in the road corridor includes engagement with the owners of those utilities.
Decisions made have a direct impact on New Zealand and New Zealanders. Working together is the key!


Tanya has been a Stakeholder Operations Manager with Chorus for 5 years with a total of 27 years in the telco industry. Working as part of a small team within Chorus she looks after the operational management in the field ensuring Code compliance and issues are managed. This involves communication with RCA’s on a regular basis.

Traffic control devices (road signs, marking and signals).  Mark Edwards, NZ Transport Agency

Legislation, best practice and guidance in relation to the use of traffic control devices (road markings, road signs and traffic signals) are constantly evolving. Most recently Part 5 of the Traffic Control Devices Manual (Traffic control devices for general use – between intersections) has been the subject of public consultation as this section of the manual is updated.
The purpose of traffic control devices is increasingly under challenge by modern society’s expectations and technology. Whilst all traffic control devices need to reflect modern needs and expectations they also must retain their core function in order to contribute to the safe and efficient operation of our road network.
In order to achieve this traffic control devices need to be uniform in form, appearance and placement.
Road Controlling Authorities play a key role in promoting road safety through the use traffic control devices and in applying engineering judgement in the context of what they must do, what they should do and what they may do.
Road Controlling Authorities are also vital in trialling new traffic control devices. Trials take place regularly and the learnings from trials are shared with the sector in order to help determine whether the trial has proved successful.
This paper will delve a little into what is expected of Road Controlling Authorities, how the sector works collaboratively and what the difference is between must, should and may.
It will describe how the traffic control manual is updated, some of the aspects in the recent Part 5 consultation, what is in the pipeline and how new traffic control devices are trialed.


Mark joined Transit in the early 2000s as the Wellington Region’s safety engineer prior to taking up a role at the National Office. He has recently re-joined the NZTA having been at Greater Wellington Regional Council for nearly five years.
Mark’s current role is primarily a regulatory function in relation to the Traffic Control Devices Rule and the related specifications, standards and guidance for traffic control devices. This includes working with RCAs in trialling new signs, markings and traffic signals.


beforeUdig Technology Snapshot & Drone Usage.  Andrew Healy, beforeUDig and Justin Bell, Sub Surface Detection & Leak Detection NZ

beforeUdig has significant Intel on dig sites right throughout the country & is working on a number of fronts to make location of essential services and damage prevention even better. Hear about those initiatives in your area and see in real time some eye opening stats. In conjunction with one of our users who is an expert in drone technology, receive jaw dropping insight into to how this technology is delivering time saving information to contractors, reducing excavation footprints and minimising time spent disrupting the road corridor.

Andrew has in recent years been instrumental in ensuring NZ utilities and central and local government capture the asset protection and H&S benefits beforeUdig offers. Prior to that he has an extensive background working with Local Government and Utilities delivering solutions around billing, rating, archiving and compliance.
As New Zealand Country Manager for beforeUdig he strives to bring a ‘next level’ of value and benefit to the industry by delivering innovative software solutions and programmes, as well as promoting best practice in a sector where protecting infrastructure and lives is paramount.



Founder/Managing Director SUB SURFACE DETECTION Ltd (8 years) and owner LEAK DETECTION Ltd NZ (11 years) currently employing a total 16 team members based in Auckland, Waikato and Bay of Plenty Regions, New Zealand.


Applications of satellite imagery for Road Risk Analyses.  Selwyn McCracken, Stantec

Satellite imagery data is emerging as an alternative data source for some road management and risk assessment applications, given the recent improvements in price, spatial resolution and frequency of data collection.

This talk will outline:

  • A case study where satellite imagery was used to identify sites at risk of vegetation encroachment across a 4,415km electricity distribution network.
  • An overview of other applications of satellite data that could be used for road related activities such as: land/slip movement monitoring; measuring flood extents and road side drainage issues; capturing 3D terrain/surface models and monitoring erosion; identifying logging activity that could lead to increased road damage; and assessing fire risk from dry vegetation.

For vegetation risk assessment and monitoring purposes, satellite imagery analysis was found to be a cost-effective and reasonably accurate method of high-risk site identification, relative to other significantly more expensive data collection techniques, such as ground based assessments or Aerial LiDAR / photogrammetric surveys. As such, it is highly likely that other routine road-related risk assessments will also begin to make greater use of satellite data, especially when large assessment areas are required.


Selwyn is a Principal Data Scientist at Stantec where he specialises in delivering strategic advice based on predictive analytics, scenario modelling and the extraction of actionable insights from large and challenging datasets.

Much of his work at Stantec focuses on identifying cost savings for asset management and infrastructure planning.

He has a PhD in the obscure field of Occupational Epidemiology which, unexpectedly, turned out to be extremely useful in modelling the survival of roading infrastructure.



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We provide comprehensive expert support for procurement professionals, including:

  • On-tap expert procurement advice and support
  • Tender document development (RFTs, Response forms, Procurement Plans, Evaluation Plans, Evaluation Reports)
  • Practical Procurement Training and NZQA qualification*
  • Qualified Tender Evaluators
  • Probity auditing

*The well-known two-day Clever Buying™ workshop covers Procurement Planning, RFx Development, Tender Processing and Evaluation, and application of Government Rules of Sourcing. The course leads into the NZQA Level 6 Procurement Certificate (valid for NZTA Qualified Tender Evaluator) – the only practical NZQA procurement qualification specifically designed for government procurement professionals, in all sectors.

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It started with the first ‘talking telegraph’ trial in 1877 which led to the formation of the New Zealand Post and Telegraph Department in 1881. What followed was 130 years of communications evolution that saw telephones in nearly every home, the privatisation of the network and birth of Telecom in 1987, and the arrival of the internet and mobile phone technology.
Now optical fibre ushers in a new era. Chorus was formed in March 2008 as a Telecom business unit operating at arm’s length from the rest of the organisation, to give all service providers access to the local fixed line network.
In December 2011, Chorus reached a major milestone, formally becoming a separate entity and listing on the New Zealand stock exchange.
Today, as New Zealand’s largest telecommunications infrastructure company, Chorus continues its long heritage of building and looking after the country’s fixed line telecommunications network for present and future generations.


Day 2 – Optimised Decision Making Presenters

Optimised decision making for the transport sector.  Myles Lind, NZ Transport Agency

New technology will allow the transport sector and our partners to optimise our decision making through the best collection and management of asset data digitally.
This will deliver the safest, most productive transport and utility corridors on our network – now and into the future.
The NZ Transport Agency is now exploring ways to do this, in collaboration with our local government and contractor partners.
We have identified 24 critical work programmes where effort needs to be placed over the next three years to help achieve these goals, in conjunction with the National Land Transport Programme (NLTP).
These programmes are prioritised against the Government Policy Statement (GPS) and address key organisational risks, deliver identified short-term priorities and contribute to deliver the big shifts required for land transport services.
The new approach is expected to extend the 10 percent savings already occurring in the build phase of capital projects across the entire lifecycle of infrastructure assets and the services delivered to customers.
We will develop a programme to implement a digital approach to infrastructure asset management using Building Infrastructure Modelling (BIM). The result will be appropriate for both complex metro networks and simpler rural networks.
This will bring the practice of asset management into the digital age, revolutionising decision making and the ability to work together when collecting, sharing, analysing and using all types of asset management information.
It spans the whole 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 Transport Agency will have the capability to provide valuable insights, create efficiencies and deliver cost savings to every decision we make across the asset lifecycle of New Zealand’s 92,000 kilometres of transport corridors.

Myles is a chartered engineer with over 20 years of experience in managing public infrastructure.  He has worked throughout New Zealand as well as Asia and the UK. Myles has held previous senior roles at Franklin District Council, Metrowater Limited and Watercare Services. He was recently the Commercial Manager at Queenstown Lakes District Council and has now returned to Auckland where he is employed with the NZ Transport Agency on the digital engineering and transport operating programme.
Myles is a member of the Institute of Directors, a past independent chair of the New Zealand Utility Advisory Group and is currently the vice president of the Institute of Public Works Engineers in New Zealand.  He is a proud father, keen golfer, and international playwright.

Using road network performance analysis for effective road asset management.  Ross Waugh, Waugh Infrastructure Management Ltd

Imagine having to manage your personal finances without having access to bank account statements? Likewise, managing infrastructure requires complete and accurate information on the full extent of the network, its performance over time and the costs it requires to maintain and operate. Through initiatives such as the Road Efficiency Group’s – One Network Road Classification (ONRC) and its associated performance framework has greatly enhanced the ability to report and better planning of road maintenance investment. The ONRC performance framework is perhaps the most significant ‘lens’ on the performance of roads that, with other frameworks make a complete set of performance metrics road manager uses. Some other frameworks include the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA), Council specific frameworks and Treasury’s Living Standards Framework. This presentation covers the development of a RIMS Body of Knowledge Guideline for the “Road Network Performance Reporting and Analysis.” The aim of this guideline is to put performance frameworks and its performance measures into perspective for the monitoring of road performance and its use for tactical and strategic level road management.


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 20 years this year, 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 seven 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.


Roadmap to LTP 2021.  Elke Beca, WSP Opus

Long term plans (LTP) are critical planning documents that set the context for future land transport investment based on goals agreed with the community.  Activity management plans align the strategic objectives of the LTP to day to day business.  These plans are developed every three years and together with the 30-year infrastructure plan inform the Regional and National investment programmes.
Are you on track for 2021?  Are you making progress with Improvement Plans?  Is your data strategy in place and underway?  Have you booked in your performance modelling?  This presentation provides a roadmap to LTP 2021, outlining the key milestones and a planning outline with a focus on evidence based analytics, to ensure you are on track for a quality delivery.


Over the past 15 years, Elke has held integral roles in the Asset Management field both within New Zealand and internationally.  Elke currently holds the position of Technical Principal Analytics for WSPSpecialising in performance modelling, Elke also holds the position of IDS Technical Manager, leading the technical development of the dTIMS project in New Zealand.
Elke holds a BE in Engineering Science from the University of Auckland, a Masters of Technology in Pavements from the CPEE and is an ISO 55000 Certified Asset Management Assessor (CAMA)

IDS Project update.  Analytics for the short and medium-term planning of unsealed roads.  Theuns Henning, University of Auckland

Unsealed roads remain the backbone of the New Zealand’s economy. Less than 40% of local roads in New Zealand are sealed, yet most of New Zealand’s farm produce, significant tourism and forestry harvest start its journey to the international market on unsealed roads.  Although much cheaper to maintain compared to sealed roads, the optimal expenditure on gravel roads are difficult to determine, and there is no national program for local councils to adhere.  This presentation covers the development of analytics for the managing of unsealed roads. It optimises the gravel use and grading of unsealed roads in the context of material performance, traffic loading, road classification and topography. It also takes account of user’s perspective of the road performance.

Dr Theuns Henning is the Director of the Climate Adaptation Platform, Transportation Research Centre and senior lecturer at the University of Auckland, specialising in the areas of Asset Management, Performance Monitoring, Climate Adaptation, Performance-Based Contracts and Benchmarking.  He is Chief Executive of IDS (a company of IPWEA) responsible for the dTIMS project in New Zealand.  Theuns has been the author of 34 international journals, primary author of 4 RIMS Body of Knowledge guidelines and 5 World Bank Guidelines for developing countries.


Steps toward multi-asset treatment optimisation.  Fritz Jooste, Lonrix Ltd

This presentation discusses the use of deterioration modelling and optimisation techniques to develop a Forward Works Programme (FWP) across several categories of assets.  Over the past two years, discussions at conferences and industry forums have highlighted the need to consider multiple categories of assets in the development of a FWP.  For example, contractors need to optimise the allocation of resources when designing a comprehensive FWP that addresses the needs of the pavement network as well as off-road assets such as drainage, line-marking and footpaths.  In this presentation, approaches to develop an algorithmic deterioration model that considers and integrates several asset classes at the same time will be discussed.  A literature and industry survey of key needs and constraints with regard to multi-asset FWP development will be presented.  This presentation will also present – in as much detail as possible – the approaches that are currently being deployed in the JunoViewer deterioration model engine.  Key challenges and constraints will be highlighted and discussed and a roadmap for further developments will be presented.  The presentation concludes with specific suggestions for how the findings can potentially 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 20 years. He earned his PhD from Texas A&M University in 1997 and since then has been involved primarily in research and with the development of systems related to pavement design and asset management. Fritz is a founder and director of Juno Services Ltd and Lonrix Ltd.


Communicating the Investment story – IDS Dashboard Development.  Tim Cross and Elke Beca, WSP Opus

IDS and WSP Opus have recently completed development of a minimum viable product (MVP) aimed at enabling LA Executive decision makers to understand the investment story for maintenance and renewals of road surface and pavements.

The objectives of the MVP are:

  • to help connect governance and technical decision makers (bridging the gap), and
  • to more clearly understand the ‘why’ and sense of purpose

The MVP solution will be demonstrated live at the session, with a supporting presentation about the project and lessons learnt from the pilot development.


Tim is Business Intelligence Lead for WSP Opus, holding national directive roles in Transport Data Knowledge and Highway Structures Data Management, and leads New Zealand inputs to WSP’s Global Digital Services strategy.  Tim has worked in the Road and Rail Asset Management sector in New Zealand and Australia for 20 years, and is passionate about designing simple, useful information that helps users gain full benefit and value from data.


Over the past 15 years, Elke has held integral roles in the Asset Management field both within New Zealand and internationally.  Elke currently holds the position of Technical Principal Analytics for WSPSpecialising in performance modelling, Elke also holds the position of IDS Technical Manager, leading the technical development of the dTIMS project in New Zealand.
Elke holds a BE in Engineering Science from the University of Auckland, a Masters of Technology in Pavements from the CPEE and is an ISO 55000 Certified Asset Management Assessor (CAMA)


How strong is your bridge?  Optimising New Zealand’s longest road bridge.  Jeremy Waldin, WSP Opus

Many nations around the world have a significant proportion of their road bridges approaching end of life. As an example, over 25% of New Zealand’s existing State Highway bridges were constructed over a 15 year period between 1926 and 1941, many of which are expected to require significant repairs or replacement within the next 10-15 years. In addition to an aging asset, vehicle load requirements are also continuing to increase with a strong demand for heavier vehicles on roads. In New Zealand, the introduction of high productivity motor vehicles (HPMV’s) has significantly increased the demands on existing road infrastructure, causing loads in excess of the capacity of most road bridges constructed prior to the early 1940’s. Therefore, it is becoming essential for asset owners to utilise modern optimisation techniques to extend the life of these structures to avoid having to replace or strengthen a large number of bridges over a short period of time.
This presentation outlines a case study of how modern optimisation techniques have allowed the longest bridge in New Zealand, the Rakaia River Bridge, to support increased loading without the need for costly strengthening or replacement. Optimisation has involved a wide range of conventional and state-of-the-art techniques, including materials testing, verification of boundary conditions, advanced modelling calibrated with field testing, and calculation of a statistically appropriate load factor and bridge specific impact factor. By refining both the capacity of the structure and the load demand, a significant increase in the bridges theoretical capacity was achieved, saving the asset owner over $10M in strengthening costs.

Jeremy is Technical Principal for Bridge Asset Management with WSP Opus in Christchurch, with over 11 years’ experience. He is Team Leader of the largest NZ Transport Agency Bridge Management Contract in New Zealand, and also national Sub-discipline lead for Bridges and Structures as part of the WSP Opus Road Network Management Centre of Excellence. His particular areas of expertise involve whole of life asset management, bridge analysis and assessment, vehicle load effects, structural response monitoring and earthquake and flood recovery. Jeremy also leads multidisciplinary teams to deliver road and rail bridge projects.



Back to the 70’s – The birth of New Zealand Road Management.  John Hallett, Beca

The presentation gives a brief overview of the development of road asset management in NZ and covers the following:

  • The roading industry in the 1960’s and how the need for more formal road asset management arose in the mid-1970’s.
  • The birth of road asset management in Dunedin NZ in the 1970’s with the Street Asset Management (SAM) system
  • The birth of road maintenance management in the Ministry of Works and Development in the 1970’s.
  • The further development of the SAM system in the early 1980’s
  • The development of the RAMM system from the mid 1980’s onwards
  • The development of prediction modelling is discussed
  • Institutional issues are discussed
  • Adoption of new technology is discussed


John is a senior engineer in the Beca organisation with some 50 years’ experience in the roading industry.  He has specialist capability in road asset management which extends to the design of pavement rehabilitation and surfacings.  John has particular knowledge of road design and construction in the Pacific, having worked extensively in NZ as well as in Papua New Guinea, Samoa, New Caledonia, Fiji, Solomon Islands and Indonesia. John joined Beca in 1994 after having practiced as a private Road Management Consultant for four years. Prior to moving into private enterprise, he worked for three New Zealand Local Authorities as a Roading Engineer. John is currently a member of the National Pavement Technical Group in NZ and currently presents pavement design short courses for the NZ Institute of Highway Technology.

The next step – modelling Footpath Assets in dTIMS.  Paul O’Docherty, Deighton and Andy Bartlett, Central Otago District Council

Since 1998 dTIMS has been used predominately as a modelling and optimised decision-making tool for road pavements in New Zealand.  dTIMS can manage any asset class and is used in many other countries for managing a wide range of infrastructure assets.
Central Otago District Council is currently piloting a model for managing footpath assets. This presentation will discuss the methodology and development of a simple model to predict deterioration of footpath assets and how the same approach can be applied to other asset classes.
Through the collection of new quantitative data – in this case network-wide footpath roughness levels – the model has been developed to bring traditional visual condition rating, asset age and a measure linking both customer and technical requirements together. The survey data can be stored against asset records, alongside the existing construction and condition information held for the footpath network. This is being developed into a measures-based forward works programme to address the critical renewals, demonstrated with a clear evidence base.
This tactic gives CODC the opportunity for optimisation of infrastructure renewals across asset groups, enabling engineers to align footpath renewals with water main replacement programs.

Paul O’Docherty is the business development manager for the Asia Pacific Region at Deighton Associates Ltd. He a specialist asset management consultant with extensive experience in 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.


Andy has eighteen years of international career development within multi-disciplinary consulting engineering and Local Government infrastructure management. His experience spans across infrastructure, civil, highways, environmental, building services and structural engineering projects. In his current role as Central Otago’s Asset Engineer, he is taking organisational responsibility for technical management of RAMM, Assetic and dTIMS asset management and modelling capabilities.


Empowering senior asset investment planning and decision making.  Steven Finlay, 1.EquiP, Local Government New Zealand

LGNZ EquiP and IDS have completed a study on infrastructure decision making that has highlighted some limitations in the modelling outcomes councils have received. One of the main issues was the disconnect between a robust technical outcome not being connected to councils’ executive and political strategic questions. As a result limited comprehensive information is available to enable governance and senior decision makers to reach the best possible decisions for their infrastructure investment. IDS and LGNZ EquiP have partnered to assist councils in bridging the gap between asset management and governance. By provide another layer of services and support for Local Government Senior Management and Councillors, together we will create compelling business cases which will provide investor confidence.

Steven joined LGNZ as Manager Business Solutions in April 2014 to drive the operational delivery of EquiP, LGNZ’s Centre of Excellence. Steven’s PhD developed a new theory of indigenisation, using a comparison of a Scottish Celtic (his own background) and a Maori organisation to understand how indigenous knowledge enables organising practices.  The PhD won a scholarship from Victoria Management School.   Together with wife Susan, Steven leads a busy life on the Kapiti Coast. With their three girls, they love exploring the underwater treasures of Kapiti Island and the tracks of the Tararuas. Steven is also active in the Kapiti Boating Club and Paraparaumu College Parents’ Association.


Transforming foothpath data to dollars – Lessons learned.  Gregg Morrow, WSP Opus

There is a growing need for local governments to provide condition and performance information on their footpath network, since the release of the Government Policy Statement on Land Transport in 2018, because the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) will now assist in funding footpath renewals.  This presentation will describe the lessons learned by WSP Opus during their first year of collecting and analysing data from surveyed pathways.  These lessons will be helpful to other local governments for transforming data to information for evidence-based, transparent asset management planning and business cases.
Smart data collection ensures the data collected can be combined with other sources to produce required information about now, and the future.  Examples of useful information from work completed to date includes:

  • Identification of safety hazards requiring immediate action (Trips);
  • Dashboards benchmarking investments and performance for defined Areas;
  • An advanced algorithm for defining treatment segments that balance renewals to address poor condition with aesthetic impacts;
  • A suggested forward works programme made up of candidate sites, used to align footpath renewals with other road and utility works to create projects, whole of corridor approach.

The following lessons were learned for work completed to date:

  • Road inventory data such as centreline and carriageway direction need to be accurate as well as footpath data to generate useful information;
  • Updating both footpath inventory and condition data at the same time can be more complicated than expected
  • There is a balance between correcting data to improve information, and correcting data solely for mapping purposes.
  • Separating the footpath FWP from the road FWP will require new processes and additional coordination.

Upon completion of the survey the client now has a significantly improved dataset, used secure funding and ensure it is spent in the right place, on the right thing, and at the right time, to achieve the required outcome.


Gregg is a qualified civil engineer with over 26 years’ experience in the delivery of asset management (AM) related services, both as a Local Authority Engineer, and a consultant.  He is currently the Group Manager of the Asset Management Team in WSP Opus’ Auckland South office.  Identification of the required datasets to support informed decision making has been core to Gregg throughout his career. This includes base inventory (locational and characteristic information) as well as condition data required at the three AM hierarchy levels. Gregg is recognised within the industry as a thought leader in identifying data requirements and data capture and storage processes to support informed decision making and better Asset Management practices. This approach led to him being assigned the Technical Manager’s role in the Austroads Data Standard for Road Investment and Asset Management. 

Day 2 – Data to Delivery

Better data quality – it’s not magic.  Glenn Fawcett

Agencies managing transportation networks have not been immune to the mega trends surrounding “disruptive technology” and “big data” over the past 30 years. It is projected that by the end of 2020, about 1.7 megabytes of new information will be created every second for every human being on the planet (Forbes, 2017). That is more data over the next three years than has been generated since the invention of writing in the 4th millennium BC. The challenge for us all in this rapidly changing environment is how to filter out the noise, make sense of the data while maintaining data quality and find the game-changing innovations that will transform the services we provide to our customers. It’s a kind of magic.
Management thinker Peter Drucker is often quoted as saying that “If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.” You can’t know whether or not you are successful unless success is defined and tracked. With a clearly established metric for success, you can quantify progress and adjust your process to produce the desired outcome. Without clear objectives, you’re stuck in a constant state of guessing.
The REG data quality project has established a framework to annually measure the national and each RCAs One Network Road Classification (ONRC) and asset management data quality. Several years of results show that achieving better data quality is not going to happen by magic and that we need to work together to improve data quality to lift investor confidence.
This paper will build on Dawn Inglis’ and Glenn’s Day 1 presentations on the REG data quality project and the science of Business Transformation and will explore how better data quality can improve business performance, insights and investor confidence.


Glenn is a civil engineer with a background in transport and water infrastructure management. He has spent the latter part of his 27 year career in management consulting and business transformation and recently returned to NZ after 7 years in Asia and 3 years in the US.  He has led more than US$40M in consulting services to strengthen enterprise asset management systems within infrastructure agencies.
Glenn was a recipient of the ACENZ Future Leader award in 2003 and the IPENZ Young Engineer award in 2004.  He is currently working as an independent consultant providing infrastructure management advice to development agencies operating in the Asia Pacific region including the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Australian DFAT and New Zealand MFAT.

ONRC – An Evolution.  Ben Wong, Selwyn District Council and Simon Fendall, NZ Transport Agency

The One Network Road Classification (ONRC) has become a key driver in how RCA’s understand and make decisions about transport networks. For the 2018-21 National Land Transport Programme (NLTP) the ONRC was influential in informing the development of RCA’s Activity Management Plans. REG has now shifted its focus to what needs to be understood prior to the 2021-24 NLTP and 2021-31 Council Long Term Plans.
For the 2018-21 NLTP, the ONRC has driven significant improvements in asset management practices allowing comparative reporting and benchmarking to drive increased value from maintenance investment. This year, REG is drilling deeper and looking to moving beyond asset management by enhancing the ONRC Framework, improving the suite of performance measures to support RCA’s in “telling their District’s story” and understanding the expected form/physical output by ONRC road category.
Managing complex urban networks has necessitated the creation of a variety of tools from network operating plans to CBD strategies. REG wants to enhance the ONRC and create a framework that recognises the value of places and the strategic use of corridors against a common framework, the One Network Framework.
This presentation is an opportunity to hear from two key people, Ben Wong and Simon Fendall, who are co-ordinating the efforts to evolve the ONRC.

Ben is the Transportation Asset Planner at Selwyn District Council and is responsible for preparing Council’s Transportation Activity Management Plan to inform Council’s Long-Term Plan and the National Land Transport Programme processes.
Ben also provides advice around integrated land use within the district in conjunction with our Greater Christchurch Partners whom Selwyn works closely with through the Urban Development Strategy.
Ben is also the current Chair of the REG Customer Outcomes Work Group.


Simon works for the Transport Agency as part of System Management and is also a member of the REG Evidence and Insights Working Group, having come from Hamilton City Council. On top of working with Waikato and Bay of Plenty councils and managing REG’s Performance Measure Reporting Tool, he’s also looking to understand what the future of network management looks like in an increasingly joined-up world.


Central Otago’s respones to embed ONRC: The change from operational to tactical management of our unsealed roads.  Andy Bartlett, Central Otago District Council

Central Otago District Council have been working to align their roading maintenance, renewals and improvement programmes with the ONRC Customer Outcomes and Performance Measures from the very earliest stages of the Road Efficiency Group’s journey.
Central as a District has 1400km’s of maintained roads, which are unsealed. This is nearly three-quarters of the length of the network, managed with approximately one-third of the total transportation investment.
The costs of our unsealed road programmes are trending upwards, driven by higher customer expectations, increased traffic demand and reduced material availability. Central Otago has been a key partner in the development of a data-driven response aimed at ensuring acceptable Customer Levels of Service can be delivered on our gravel roads – and remain affordable.

Andy has eighteen years of international career development within multi-disciplinary consulting engineering and Local Government infrastructure management. His experience spans across infrastructure, civil, highways, environmental, building services and structural engineering projects. In his current role as Central Otago’s Asset Engineer, he is taking organisational responsibility for technical management of RAMM, Assetic and dTIMS asset management and modelling capabilities.


Coming soon – a national Roading Asset Management Data Standard.  Myles Lind, NZ Transport Agency

In 2015, the National Infrastructure Plan recommended that New Zealand use shared data standards across all infrastructure assets to allow better benchmarking, understanding and coordination of the services these assets provide and the dependencies between them. In 2017, a sector-wide collaboration produced pilot versions of metadata standards for the three main public infrastructures – roading, buildings and the three-waters.
In 2018, NZTA released a programme business case, developed with the sector, to reconfirm the benefits and confirm sector support to complete, publish and embed the roading standards. In late 2018, with the support of Local Government New Zealand, Treasury and LINZ, NZTA approved funding to complete the asset metadata standards for roading. The project for roading standards started in December 2018 when government and sector representatives worked together in an intensive two-day ‘sprint’ to design the best process to complete the standards.
This presentation describes and explains the approach NZTA is following to complete the national roading data standards for launch by July 2019. A cornerstone of the process is working with the sector to ensure the data standards can be easily accessed and applied sector-wide.
Key Words: asset metadata standard, design thinking, national infrastructure, roading.


Myles is a chartered engineer with over 20 years of experience in managing public infrastructure.  He has worked throughout New Zealand as well as Asia and the UK. Myles has held previous senior roles at Franklin District Council, Metrowater Limited and Watercare Services. He was recently the Commercial Manager at Queenstown Lakes District Council and has now returned to Auckland where he is employed with the NZ Transport Agency on the digital engineering and transport operating programme.
Myles is a member of the Institute of Directors, a past independent chair of the New Zealand Utility Advisory Group and is currently the vice president of the Institute of Public Works Engineers in New Zealand.  He is a proud father, keen golfer, and international playwright.

Downer Survey – digitising our operational business.  Andrew Dickson, Downer NZ

Paperwork has long been an adversary to the data scientist – trend analysis of a stack of paper forms is quite an endeavour. Audits, inspections, discussions, quality assurance and even timesheets all done on paper certainly help with compliance but make it difficult for taking the next step towards turning the data into knowledge.

Transport Services has recently joined the Utilities division of Downer NZ in utilising the Downer Survey system to remove some of the paper forms from our business and to help drive data based decision making further into the operational and health and safety side of the business. The system uses the ArcGIS Survey 123 system to input data in the field using smart forms and then once submitted provides a live input into reporting and workflow tools such as Power BI and sharepoint.

Utilities have had the system in place for a while and have been able to use it to demonstrate compliance and quality assurance that their clients have required whilst highlighting areas for improvement in an open and transparent way utilising client facing dashboards that in some cases have replaced monthly reports. Transport Services has started use of this system with a focus on on-site health and safety auditing but has begun the development of Roading specific quality assurance auditing including traffic management audits and road resurfacing advisory / quality assurance tools with more being developed and prioritised as uptake increases.

Andrew Dickson heads up the Technical Capability & Supply Chain teams for the Utilities business unit within Downer. Andrew is a qualified Telco Technician having worked in the field for 20yrs before moving into Telco Design and Project Management with key involvement in the technical architecture for the UFB and RBI Projects. Andrew’s role currently supports the operational business in implementation of the Critical Risk Project, HSE operational documentation, Subcontractor Management and Training & Competency among many other activities.

The dark art of data and analysis – What we do in the shadows.  Richard Lovell, Timaru District Council

In recent years technology has advanced to a level where common electronic devices are increasingly capable of collecting useful data. It is relatively easy to collect data, but it is more difficult to analyse the data in a way that is useful for facilitating good quality decision making. The need to provide evidence in an easy to interpret way is becoming ever more critical, especially when social media platforms give a wide range of stakeholders more opportunity to let their opinions be heard. No longer can we rely on our experience and gut feelings alone to communicate the way we manage our road networks. We have to find better ways to manage more demanding customer level of service expectations.

Data is collected on the Timaru Districts sealed road network by various methods using well established and emerging technologies. These data are all collated and interpreted to provide a baseline of the condition of the road network, as well as being used as supporting evidence for business cases.

On the more dynamic unsealed roads, Timaru District Council utilise Roadroid to measure roughness and also have a series of objective question sets to provide network level trend data.

So, why bother? What do we do with this information?

By adopting a holistic approach to data collection and interpretation, tangible benefits can be achieved through project co-ordination and communications with both internal and external stakeholders.

Join us as we delve into the darkest corners of the open plan office to shed light on how technology and data interpretation can be used to manage maintenance and renewal activities on the network, and also support the handling of customer expectations.


Richard Lovell is the Asset Management Systems Analyst in the Roading Unit at the Timaru District Council.  A large part of Richard’s work is transforming data in RAMM to a more accessible format and using analysis of pavement data to solve real world issues on the road network.  Before moving into the Roading unit three years ago Richard was a GIS specialist at the Council for over 10 years, digitising and analysing data from a wide range of sources.


Data driven maintenance and renewal contracts.  Simon Gough, GHD

The Northland Transportation Alliance (NTA) has launched 5 large Road Maintenance & Renewal Contracts which have now been in operation for almost 9 months.  From the beginning of the contract preparation the NTA had a desire to make data and the use of RAMM at the heart of how the contracts will be run and managed.  This presentation explorers how this focus on data has gone, the challenges faced getting and using good data, and the lessons learnt along the way.
In support of these contracts, GHD has partnered with the NTA to build data setups and support tools to manage RAMM data across a number of business needs for the management of the 5 contracts.  This ranges from a significant development to support the management of the contractor’s inspections through to the automation of the production of routine work achievement reporting to reduce the monthly data reporting time from 2 hours down to 20 minutes.  These developments are revealing significant insights into Maintenance Contract operations not seen before by the Northland Councils.

Come along and hear whether we failed or (hopefully) succeeded in our journey towards data driven decision making.


Simon has 25 years of experience in the roading industry including all aspects of asset management, maintenance and operations. With previous roles including the Roading Asset Manager at Whangarei District Council and the Asset Systems team leader at Auckland Transport, Simon is currently an Executive Advisor for GHD Advisory.  Simon’s main focus these days is on business improvement and transformation using his wide industry knowledge and his experience in business process design and the use of systems and data to support business activities and outcomes.

Together in perfect harmony.  Kris Garner, Fulton Hogan

In October 2017 Fulton Hogan’s National Asset Management team facilitated an internal workshop with senior managers and regional operational staff from across the Country.  The aim was to help refresh and shape the future of road maintenance within Fulton Hogan, and identify the part our national team could play in taking our contract performance to a new level.  From this workshop, there was a resounding call from our operational staff for more support to implement our smart systems and tools which we had been developing, and to provide better benchmarking of performance and delivery against contract requirements and our other contracts.  And an even clearer message from our executive was to “harmonise” our offering, so we are consistent in our delivery.|

RAMM Contractor, Pocket RAMM and Contract Workspace are our core tools used across our contracts and became the focus of what was to be known as “Project Core Harmony”.

A key part of the Project Core Harmony was refreshing the skills of our staff in RAMM Contractor and Pocket RAMM, covering using the tools, programming, and claiming.  Competency assessments were carried out following training, and recorded in our People Development Platform. Our target audience was all staff involved in managing RAMM dispatch data, programming, and claiming, as well as contract management staff.  The overarching goal of this project was to ensure that no matter where in New Zealand we are operating, we are providing the same high quality service to our Clients.

This presentation will explore the journey we have taken during this time, the benefits we have realised, how this helps our customers and how we continue to develop harmonised solutions across our maintenance business.


Kris is the National RAMM Manager for Fulton Hogan, and brings his expert knowledge of RAMM Contractor and Pocket RAMM.  He has 15 years experience across various aspects of civil construction administration including financial analysis, operational support, IT systems, IT support and general administration.


Implementation of asset management standard ISO 55000 for Road Network Maintenance Management contract.  Nabin Pradhan, Downer NZ

With the introduction of Asset Management Standard ISO 55000x, more and more road controlling authorities are now working towards adopting this standard for better utilization of the assets and increase value for money.

As road network management service provider, Downer Transport and Infrastructure, is working on aligning its asset management and operations management systems to comply with this standard requirements and guidelines. This adaptation has helped in developing cohesive framework and means of ensuring that asset management is driven top-down, is properly resourced and co-ordinated in a way which helped in significant improvement of operation efficiency with focusing in data driven decision making.

The adoption process has been challenging as Downer is managing of road network for various road authorities in different states in Australia with considerably different asset management policies, strategies and contracting models. However adopting ISO 55000 has helped to align our objectives and services to the asset management strategies of road controlling authorities and to ensure that their goals to realize best value from assets are well address in the service delivery.

This paper discusses on how various challenges have been tackled for successful adoption and ISO 55001:2014 certification of Road Network Asset Management System for North-East Sydney state highway network contract. Use of asset management framework state of art Asset Management Information Solution (AMIS) suite for managing road network and maintenance operation,  and utilization of the historic maintenance effort data as well as automated data collection for the whole of the lifecycle analysis undertaken based on the predictive modelling considering optimization based on financial and technical risk assessment has resulted the asset management plan more robust and credible and well appreciated by client.


Dr Pradhan is world renowned Asset Management Specialist, with more than 30 year experience. He was responsible for implementing road asset management systems in more than 15 countries throughout the world, including Australia and New Zealand. He is currently working as Manager Asset Management Services for Downer at Transport and Infrastructure division and is providing necessary support to Downer managed maintenance contracts throughout Australia and New Zealand with information management system and asset management best practices.


Client Leadership closing the competency gap.  David Langford, New Plymouth District Council

High skilled talent is in short supply and already struggling to meet the construction sector’s workload demands. A recent report by Austroads paints a bleak picture of the future as its forecasts the NZ roading sector workforce will shrink by 25-30% over the next 10 years as people retire faster than new talent is trained.

This presentation will explore the role client organisations, particularly central and local government agencies, have in creating a sustainable future for the construction sector. This will be supported by examples of how the New Plymouth District Council is taking a strategic approach to procurement and creating a culture of Supply Chain Leadership in order to respond to the issues of sustainable procurement, workforce capability & capacity and future talent pipeline management.

As the Infrastructure Manager David is part of the New Plymouth District Council senior leadership team. As the Infrastructure Manager for New Plymouth District Council (NPDC), David Langford is responsible for the maintenance and operation of a $2.6 billion dollar asset portfolio that covers Three Waters, Roading, Solid Waste & Recycling and Parks assets. With over 15 years in the construction industry, David’s experience spans both the local government and contracting sectors. Collaboration and Supply Chain Leadership are key values that David brings to managing relationships with the extensive supply chain that NPDC relies on to deliver combined operational, maintenance and capital annual budgets of over $100m.

age risks associated with it.


Step-change in procurement capability: How’s it done?  Caroline Boot, Clever Buying 

Poor procurement capability seems to be the official weed in New Zealand’s infrastructure garden. According to the blogs, it’s a key factor in the collapse of large construction firms; its methods vary wildly in their effectiveness. While some organisations seems to ‘nail’ procurement, others right next door have confused, unfair and inefficient processes.

While procurement in the roading sector is generally acknowledged to be head-and-shoulders ahead of many others, we still face challenges in achieving consistent good practice. What can our industry do, to spread good procurement practice better across our RCAs? The task of upskilling procurement professionals who are under-resourced, under huge pressure, and time-starved, is daunting.

This presentation looks at the challenges and the success stories of a few RCAs who have tackled their procurement demons, tidied up their processes and managed to equip their staff with workable, practical skills and tools to make life easier and deliver better value.

It explores the journeys of procurement staff from the Far North to Whakatane to Westport to Gore – and everywhere in-between to change procurement practices to simpler, more powerful and more consistent formats.

In this presentation, you will hear about:

  1. Key challenges experienced by RCAs in procurement
  2. Turn-key mechanisms and models that supported change in procurement practice
  3. Measures of success: the tangible proof of effective change in procurement practices.

The input to this presentation comes directly from procurement staff working in NZTA offices and Councils, whose experiences over the past five years have contributed to enhanced procurement capability across their organisations.

Over the past 20 years, Caroline Boot has been heavily engaged in improving tendering practices, for both clients and suppliers across the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.  She is well known as the developer of the Clever Buying course for procurement professionals and as the most experienced assessor for the NZQA Procurement qualification.

She has become a keen advocate for standardisation and extension of procurement capability development and qualification throughout NZ public sector organisations, including, Councils, NZTA, Government Ministries, and health sector organisations.

Through Clever Buying, she and her growing number of colleagues also increasingly provide practical procurement support, including procurement planning, RFx documentation development, probity auditing, tender evaluation and scoring scale development.

Caroline is a recognised leader in best practice procurement, who loves working with organisations to sharpen the tools and processes that they use to make public expenditure decisions.