The Asset Management Data Standard (AMDS) project. Michaela James, NZ Transport Agency

The Asset Management Data Standard (AMDS) project is a collaborative project between the NZ Transport Agency and the Road Efficiency Group (REG) to improve the management of land transport infrastructure asset information, so we can make the best decisions about New Zealand’s land transport assets – our roads, highways, bridges, cycleways and what sits on and under them.
The project will develop and implement a national data standard for land transport assets. It will establish a common language the sector can share. A way of defining and describing land transport assets, their attributes, characteristics, properties, location and performance to enable efficient and effective end-to-end life cycle asset management.
Promoting greater data standardisation and sharing in land transport will realise significant benefits through improved efficiencies, network planning and resilience.
The AMDS project will prepare the foundations for the land transport sector to be able to work towards a digital engineering and BIM (Building Information Modelling) approach.

Michaela is a civil engineer with a strong interest in asset information and data management. Currently Asset Data Consultant to the Asset Management Data Standard (AMDS) project, she been with  the NZ Transport Agency for 10 years. As Asset Information Manager, then Senior Asset Manager she managed the annual High Speed Data contract, the Long Term Pavement Performance contract and the annual State Highway Valuation.
Prior to this she gained experience in a variety of disciplines in the civil domain, variously as a structural engineer, drainage design engineer and project manager.

The use of genetic algorithms in Road Maintenance Optimisation. Fritz Jooste, Lonrix

The use of deterioration models for predicting future network condition and maintenance needs has become an essential element in the asset engineer’s toolkit. Since the inception of the World Bank’s HDMIII models a few decades ago, significant strides have been made in computer technology and statistical approaches to model development. Sophisticated multiple regression methods in conjunction with Benefit Cost Analysis (BCA) techniques are now widely used in most commercial deterioration modelling software. Despite these advances, the high variability and associated uncertainty in road condition data has remained a challenge, with most road condition prediction models having fairly low coefficients of determination (R2) (values less than 0.5 are common). In such domains, some research has shown that models based on simple heuristics (i.e. rules of thumb) can perform as well as – or better than – more sophisticated regression and machine learning models. This presentation investigates the use of these so-called “Fast and Frugal Forecasting” techniques in the context of road deterioration modelling. The paper will present the background of these techniques and describe a simulated case study in which simple heuristic models and trigger rules are compared with more sophisticated approaches. Advantages and disadvantages of each approach are discussed. The presentation concludes with specific suggestions for how the findings can potentially be used in deterioration models in New Zealand.


Not ABC – Another business case! Grant Holland and Ross Waugh, Waugh Infrastructure Management Ltd

The Business Case is all about telling the investment story.
In this presentation Grant and Ross will talk an alternative view to story-telling and investment.

  • What does good story-telling look like?
  • What is the deal with investment?

By stepping back sometimes we get a different view.
This interactive session will help us sharpen us focus by taking a different view and give us a direction in the production of our investment stories.

Grant Holland is an Asset Management specialist with a wide variety of experience in Local Government AM and Engineering.  Grant has been employed by Waugh Infrastructure Management Ltd since August 2004 and works with a range of Local Authorities throughout New Zealand. He is also working with clients in Australia, Niue and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Ross is the founder of Waugh Infrastructure Management and is an asset management and systems integration specialist with 36 years’ experience in municipal infrastructure asset management and engineering.  He has been consulting in infrastructure management for 21 years, in the areas of transportation, utilities, community facilitates and property.    

Deb’s Diversity Download. Dr Deborah Lind


Deborah leads a regular member focused session at Northern Branch meetings of IPWEA NZ. These sessions provide a platform for sharing global, national and local thought leadership. There is no time more important to take bold leaps in attracting people to our resource short sector, and ensuring that infrastructure design and services meet the needs of everyone in our communities. Join Deborah and your peers for this entertaining and insightful session.

Deborah is passionate about promoting infrastructure as a career opportunity and driving diversity and inclusion within our sector.
She has a reputation for delivering successful outcomes, introducing best practice and innovation to NZ. She is an IPWEA Excellence Award winner and a regular conference speaker.
In an attempt to have more letters after her name, than in her name, she is a Chartered Scientist, Chartered Chemist and a Member of the Institute of Directors.
Her alter ego “Deb Lind” is a theatre director, producer, actor and singer.