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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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The Kerbside Collection Journey - Lessons learned by QLDC Infrastructure Operations Manager Erin Moogan Three months on from the roll out of its new kerbside collection service and the team at Queenstown Lakes District Council are breathing a sigh of relief. For anyone who's ever played a part in changing the way their community manages its rubbish and recycling they'll appreciate the challenge. Infrastructure Operations Manager Erin ...
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Digital badge AM 101 Introduction to AM receives positive feedback! Shane Browne gained the AM 101 badge as part of a pilot run in our refinement phase of the first IPWEA NZ digital badge - AM 101 - Introduction to Asset Management, congratulations Shane! Shane works as an Asset Engineer/Civil Engineer within Transport Service in Downer, splitting his time between providing technical structural engineer support to the Auckland region ...
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California Dreamin' IPWEA NZ fortnightly President's Column. Tena Koutou, It's been fascinating to watch around the world as cities and communities respond to China's waste import restrictions. For some, their legacy model of collection and processing recycling materials became unsustainable. One response has been to suspend recycling collection by some cities. Solid waste management is an essential, but often not well-understood ...
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IPWEA NZ are honoured to award Gary Boot with the IPWEA NZ President's Award - an award not bestowed easily.  The Chief Executive and staff of Waimakariri District Council presented the Award to Gary last week.  Gary has shone in every area considered for this award, described below. Gary received his Master of Civil Engineering in 1993 from the University of Canterbury.  Upon graduating he was employed by Opus International, followed by several ...
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IPWEA NZ's Vice President Priyani de Silva Currie reports back from the AITF Conference in France, June 2019 A positive and productive IFME meeting and AITF conference was held in Dunkerque in June with many of the participating IFME member countries including UK and Scotland, The Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Italy, France, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the US and China present.  The new and direct leadership of John Thomson ...
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New Zealand Public Works Projects receive accolades at National Engineering Excellence Awards New Zealand’s best Public Works and Infrastructure projects were celebrated at a packed TSB Arena in Wellington, at the Institute of Public Works Conference in Wellington last Thursday night. Into their 14th year, the IPWEA NZ Engineering Excellence Awards recognise and celebrate the often invisible efforts and achievements of the exceptional people ...
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