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IPWEA NZ Asset Management Digital Badges hit a millenia! Back in September 2019, the team at IPWEA NZ could not have predicted the pace at which our freshly launched digital badges programme would take off. The rate of badge registrations has confirmed the need that digital badges were designed to address - a looming asset management skills shortage and a dirth of accessible and affordable training.  The journey from original ...
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What is a ratepayer NPV? By Stuart Cross, Senior Consultant, Morrison Low Stuart is Wellington-based.   Is it time to reconsider traditional Net Present Value assessments? Net Present Value is becoming the de facto method of measuring and comparing the whole of life costs for major projects in most councils in New Zealand. This is for good reason too, with Net Present Value being a favoured approach by economists and investment ...
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IPWEA NZ Digital Badges build AM capability in the Pacific IPWEA NZ digital badges are already proving their value and delivering on their objectives of upskilling asset managers, this time with our neighbours in the Pacific. On September 8th, 35 asset managers from government agencies, government corporations, and the private sector in Fiji, received certificates at a ceremony to acknowledge their successful completion of IPWEA NZ's four ...
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BUILD NEW ZEALAND NOW is an industry-led hub for the infrastructure sector in New Zealand. With the immense activity in the sector in terms of projects, the huge demand for talent and the need for educating the next generation of infrastructure professionals, it was clear that there was a hole in the market for an initiative that covered it all in one location. BUILD NEW ZEALAND NOW has been introduced to support all stakeholders involved ...
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Public Health and Gravel Roads

Public Health and Gravel Roads Road managers in New Zealand have been investigating more customer-focused approaches to the operation of gravel roads Myles Lind , CPEng President, IPWEA NZ This article was originally published in the APWA Reporter , July 2020 issue Introduction Around 40% of New Zealand's road network is gravel (unsealed) roads. During dry periods, particularly in the summer months, dust is generated as ...
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NOMINATIONS FOR 2020 ARE NOW CLOSED. Nominations are invited for the following IPWEA NZ Board and Branch Chair positions for which the terms will commence at the completion of the 2020 AGM on 25 September, 2020. ELECTED BOARD MEMBERS WE INVITE NOMINATIONS for the following IPWEA NZ Board positions for which the terms will commence at the completion of the 2020 AGM on 25 September 2020. To be eligible for election to the Board, nominees ...
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Digital Badge AM 204 has it's first official graduate! Natasha Baldwin recently gained the prestigious title of First Graduate – of IPWEA NZ’s 4 th Digital Badge to be released, ‘ AM 204 – Asset Management Enablers ” .  IPWEA NZ's Communications Manager Freda Wells caught up with her to ask what she thinks of the badges so far. FW: What is your educational background in? NB: I have a BSc in Chemistry and Geology and I am nearing ...
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The IPWEA NZ Board met recently to discuss the implications of COVID-19 on IPWEA NZ's scheduled events for 2020. After careful consideration the Board made the following decisions:   NAMS Forum 2020 - 2 & 3 November The biennial NAMS Forum 2020 will continue as planned in Rotorua this November. The theme of NAMS 2020 is Challenges | Opportunities | Connections. Abstract submissions are currently invited, due July ...
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IPWEA NZ’s Digital Badges Reach the South Pacific   Back in November 2019, Jerry Cole, C apacity Building and Partnerships Manager with USAID’s Climate Ready project in the Pacific, contacted IPWEA NZ’s Training & Marketing Manager Jodie O’Doherty to explore training opportunities. But then two extremely unfortunate events took place - first a measles outbreak, then Cyclone Harold… necessitating a refocus on immediate disaster management. ...
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We are constantly inspired by the IPWEA NZ members that we meet, their stories, journeys and achievements.  This month we talk to George Bowman, Flood Risk Engineer and Director of Asset BowManagement Ltd.   George Bowman (27) is a Flood Risk Engineer and Director of Asset BowManagement Ltd . George immigrated to New Zealand from the UK in July 2017 where he worked in the Flood Protection department of the Greater Wellington Regional Council ...
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A recent update for our sector is how LookSee, who were part of last year’s IPEWA conference, has responded to change brought on by COVID-19. LookSee focused on creating a sector solution for talent, largely around skilled migrants joining our industry. This is a service used by many of our members. Here’s an update on future skills demand and how LookSee has adapted to ensure we attract and retain the talent to BUILDNZ NOW.   We want to support ...
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IPWEA NZ’s Digital Badges show their value to the industry for council staff recruitment and induction during lockdown… IPWEA NZ’s Communications Manager Freda Wells recently caught up with staff from Queenstown Lakes District Council to talk about IPWEA NZ's Digital Badges . There is a common misperception that the whole world wants to move to Queenstown, with its fast-paced, adrenalin-junkie, adventure-tourism image, but in reality ...
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We (all 6 billion of us) currently find ourselves in a world suddenly very different to our 'normal', calling us to be 'agile' at a whole new level. As Dr Paul Wood states in his COVID-19 Resilience Video Series - our "least least least least!" favourite thing, as humans, is uncertainty - and here we are living it. And yet - isn't uncertainty the only certainty in life?  This time presents us with a challenge that may prove to be a gift ...
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IPWEA NZ COVID-19 UPDATE

IPWEA NZ: COVID-19 Update, Monday 16th March 2020 To read the NZ Ministry of Health Update 15 March 2020 click here . There is an advisory to not travel internationally but no advisory to avoid meetings in New Zealand. On Saturday 14 March 2020, the New Zealand Prime Minister made further announcements; KEY POINTS Effective from midnight Sunday, all travellers, except for those coming from the Pacific islands, will have to self-isolate ...
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LDEG Forum 2020 - A Unified Approach to Subdivision and Land Development Standards, By Peter Higgs. A Collaborative Case for Change. Come along to the LDEG Forum to be held 19-20 March in Palmerston North and have your say. The use of NZS4404 varies across the country with many regions and individual councils using their own standards for infrastructure.  This creates a patchwork environment making it difficult for developers, ...
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IPWEA NZ 2019 Key Achievements

What have we done!?  for you this year... Our focus is support you in achieving excellence in engineering and asset management for sustainable communities.  Below is a list of the work and achievements that have been keeping us busy in 2019: inform... Released our Outcomes Document from the November 2018 NAMS Forum - click here Increase in training offerings and range – increased number of Writing AMPS courses ...
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RIMS to launch Road Network Performance Monitoring and Management Guideline Imagine having to fly an aircraft with no instruments. There is some information we would wish we had at our fingertips! Likewise, managing infrastructure requires complete and accurate information on the full extent of the network, its performance over time and the costs required to maintain and operate it. To this end the New Zealand Road Infrastructure Management Support ...
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Customer Planning Engineer Wellington Based - Project / Operations Planning – 3 Waters Come and be part of one of the largest Water Utilities in New Zealand. Sitting in the Customer Operations group and part of a team of three Planners, the key purpose of the role is to oversee the planning of maintenance works programmes across your assigned region. This would also include some asset management. It’s an active role and you won’t be desk ...
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2018 Hynds paper Award Recipient invited to present in Mexico Irmana Garcia Sampedro, winner of the Hynds Best Paper Award for her presentation of her paper, How to plan for an earthquake event: Essential data collection approaches for underground infrastructure condition assessment” , (view here ) has been invited to present at the XIIIV Mexico, Central America and Caribe ICLEI international conference to be held in Puerto Morelos ...
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Great Minds Gather at Wellington Branch Meeting on 26 September. A sun-filled room at Engineering New Zealand offices in Wellington greeted a good turn out of attendees at the last Wellington Taranaki Branch meeting. ENZ CEO Susan Freeman-Greene delivered a warm welcome, followed by attendees officially voting in Raj Suppiah as the Branch Chair. Attendees enjoyed presentations covering a breadth topics including: how to transition to ...
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