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Board Election Results were announced on Wednesday 20th of June, at the IPWEA NZ 2018 AGM held at the annual conference in Rotorua. Congratulations to newly elected Board member Gary Porteous of WSP-Opus.  Gary is the Sector Leader – Transport Asset Management at WSP-Opus, where he has worked for 24 years.  Gary brings a wealth of knowledge to IPWEA NZ, and has been a key member of the Roading Information Management Support (RIMS) committee for several years. Congratulations to Myles Lind and Al Monro for re-election.  Myles continues as Vice-President for the next 12 months. Congratulations to Hugh Blake-Manson, Contract Manager of Citycare Water in Christchurch, ...
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By Matt Hendry Transition Lead, Insights and Performance, Customer Experience & Behaviour, NZTA The Treatment Selection Algorithm, or TSA as it has become known in the road industry, was developed during the 1980’s to help guide future surface and pavement works over the short term.  The TSA has performed well in that time, and a measure of its performance was reflected in the NZ Transport Agency’s desire to review and update the algorithm given the length of time that had passed since its creation. This led to the release of the 2016 research report RR599 , entitled “ Review of the NZ Transport Agency Treatment Selection Algorithm ”. There has ...
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While many of us were glued around television sets as NZ battled out the final overs of the cricket test match against England, the new government was about to introduce its 10 year Transport Plan. This Plan is a significant change in direction for NZ in transport funding and focus. Key points include: The Government has released its draft 10-year policy statement on land transport A fuel tax increase of between 9 and 12 cents a litre has been proposed Aucklanders face fuel tax hikes of about 20 cents a litre if the Government's increases and a regional fuel tax are brought in Funding ...
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At the Land Development Engineering Group Forum on 15/16 March 2018 there will be an election for four members of the Committee. The purpose of the Land Development Engineering Group (LDEG) is to provide leadership and strategic advice to the New Zealand Land Development industry on best practice Land Development Engineering. The Committee meets 3-4 times per year, and also has audio meetings around forum planning. Nominations are open for representation from the following IPWEA NZ Branch areas: Northern Branch x 2 East Coast Branch Otago Southland Branch If you are interested in standing for election, please contact Jacqui Carroll ...
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This diagram is designed to give you a clearer picture of how IPWEA NZ training courses map across to various council processes - helping you find the right course depending on your work needs.
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Local Government Infrastructure Management Forum 8-9 March 2018 Wellington IPWEA NZ in association with KPMG invites you to attend the Local Government Infrastructure Management Forum. Infrastructure Management is critical to our communities, to inform what infrastructure is needed to deliver the activities that our communities need, at the desired level of service; and then how that infrastructure is funded and how it is delivered. For New Zealand, a step change is needed, to deliver the right infrastructure, in an affordable manner. And how we deliver on the National Infrastructure Plan as well as to our local communities.  Infrastructure ...
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Funding   Funding of safe drinking water is not expensive.  Not when compared to the contamination of water at Havelock North which made 5,500 people sick and possibly killed three others. It’s especially not expensive when we think on a national level.  It’s a national problem, which should be approached nationally - not parochially and on a scheme by scheme basis.  We need to stop worrying about how the 250 residents of Punakaiki are going to provide infrastructure for 500,000 visitors and start thinking how New Zealand can pay for it.  Stage 2 report The real news of the Havelock North Stage 2 Report is that the authors think that far more than 700,000 ...
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UPDATE - NAMS Partners Programme The NAMS Partners Programme seeks to develop a relationship with organisations that see the value in supporting the work being undertaken by NAMS and investing in the development of the asset management industry. This includes: Progressing new and existing projects and activities of NAMS in order to provide an ongoing leadership role in the industry. Working to identify ways to improve asset management in the public sector through collaboration, exchange of information, development of tools and guidelines, and in an advocacy role. Our current partners are: The Partners meet with ...
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Are you an Enabler for Diversity? Are you giving your organisation and staff the best chance of success?  According to Priyani de Silva Currie and Samantha Almeida of Calibre it comes down to being an enabler for diversity.  This article describes the what, how and why’s of being an enabler for diversity.... Priyani de Silva Currie and Samantha Almeida, both of Calibre, think that without enablers and sponsors, diversity isn’t given the best chance to succeed.  Sam and Priyani’s research confirms that diversity trumps ability every single time, and that success and growth – of both individuals and organisations – are dependent on innovation.  ...
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Having trouble recruiting the engineers you need? Supporting this Engineering e2e research could help. Engineering e2e is undertaking research to understand more about potential barriers to recruiting engineers. The short online survey will be used to develop communications and tools to help both graduates and employers. “There’s anecdotal evidence that employers –especially small- to medium-sized companies and those outside the larger cities – have difficulty finding the people they need,” says Sir Neville Jordan, Engineering e2e Steering Group Chair. “We want to test that view and understand who is applying, and which qualifications are being ...
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Waipa District Council kindly hosted an excellent meeting of the Northern Branch of IPWEA NZ in Te Awamutu on Friday 12 August 2016. Papers were presented on a range of interesting topics, which were: Pipe Bridge across the Waikato River for the Cambridge Water Supply, Changes to the Construction Contracts Act, Coastal Asset Data Management for Auckland Council, Low Level Water Supply Intake on the Waikato River for Hamilton City, and the Frontier Road Water Reservior for Te Awamutu. All presentations were of very good quality, showing that our branch meetings are truly mini-conferences that provide great CPD for engineers and asset managers. It was clear from ...
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Crews working to repair Christchurch’s extensive system of earthquake-damaged underground infrastructure have received a helping – albeit robotic – hand. The city’s vital horizontal infrastructure – including roads, fresh water systems, wastewater systems, stormwater systems – was devastated in the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes. The Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (SCIRT) is working to repair the damage to publicly-owned infrastructure by the end of 2016. To help get the job done safely, SCIRT contractors McConnell Dowell and subcontractor Concrete Treatments NZ (CTNZ) have brought in an ultra-high pressure hydro-demolition robot, ...
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Retrospect: Raurimu Sprial

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WHAT Raurimu Spiral WHERE Raurimu to National Park, central North Island, New Zealand WHEN Constructed 1905–07 Railway workers in a cutting, during the construction of the Main Trunk Line at Raurimu. Tibbutt, Alfred George :Main Trunk Railway photographs. Ref: PA1-q-244-13. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. Considered an engineering masterpiece, the Raurimu Spiral provided an innovative solution to navigating rail lines across the rugged terrain of New Zealand’s North Island. The landscape between Auckland and Wellington is characterised by the steep slopes of the Volcanic Plateau to the east and the valleys ...
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Former INGENIUM President and Manager of City Enterprises at Palmerston North City Council, Ray McIndoe discusses living in an earthquake-prone country, the IPWEA merger, and more. by Gemma Black What originally drew you to a career in public works? As a young guy in the 1970s, I was working for a consultancy firm in the Waipara region of the lower North Island as a technician. I was having trouble finding time to do my course work, which was by correspondence through a polytechnic, so I took a job with a local authority down in Wellington to be closer to the college. That was my original reason for becoming involved in the public sector, ...
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