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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 (Mexico), 27 - 29 November, 2019. ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability ICLEI is a global network of more than 1,750 local and regional governments committed to sustainable urban development. Active ...
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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 a water-sensitive city, Government procurement rules update from NZTA and MBIE, reflections of a more philosophical nature on what it means to be an ' Asset Management Native ', addressing the skills shortage, ...
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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 Moogan remarks that for QLDC adapting the way the district’s waste is managed has been a long process.   “When we started working on our waste contracts 4 years ago we had 11 different contracts across the district. ...
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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 and providing asset engineer support to the Auckland region as well as the wider national group. Shane says, "In the Auckland region I have been looking at using better asset data to improve decisions around treatment ...
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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 public service. It doesn't typically gain the attention that transport or water infrastructure services get - it is generally out of sight out of mind. But now and then, solid waste can get our attention. Due to ...
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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 years at Connell Wagner Limited, before taking up his role at Waimakariri District Council in 2002 as the Utilities Manager. During that time he was the recipient of the Maunsell Young Leaders Award 2005, the NZWWA ...
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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 from UK/Scotland is improving the outcomes and objectives of these meetings. (see picture below.) Four technical subcommittees also met during the IFME meeting to progress objectives in key areas of Asset Management, ...
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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 working in local government, central government, consultants, contractors and suppliers around New Zealand. Their work helps our communities to thrive – managing our infrastructure assets. A new fifth award category ...
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Global recruitment programme, LookSee Build, along with a group of over 60 companies and councils from across the nation have come together, with the support of Immigration New Zealand, on a mission to fill the country’s urgent need for construction and engineering professionals. Every month LookSee Build hosts event weeks where highly skilled candidates visit New Zealand for a week of interviews with employers, informative seminars, networking and a taste of the Kiwi lifestyle. With a community of over 2,500 qualified, interested and available international candidates in LookSee Build alone, they are here to help with your recruitment needs – LookSee ...
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Training - we're at a Tipping Point It feels like we are near the cross roads, reaching a tipping point, at a jumping off point, or whatever other metaphor takes your fancy. When it comes to training people to get the skills we need in the workforce: times, they are a changing. The 2017 Open letter from NZTalent pointed out to us that we have a skills shortage that our traditional way of delivering training is not filling. Our hiring policies haven’t moved with the times either and we are still asking for degree based qualifications and limiting our pool of potential employees. Learning is evolving too. How do you, or more likely your kids, ...
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Morphum excited to sponsor IPWEA’s first Environment and Sustainability Award Morphum Environmental is excited to announce our sponsorship of IPWEA NZ’s very first Environment and Sustainability Award.  For the 2019 NZ Excellence Awards , IPWEA have created a new category for excellence in environment and sustainability, something Morphum is proud to support.  The aim of this award is to promote examples of projects that have identified and managed environmental impacts and have improved the quality of the environment in a tangible and ongoing way.  The award will be presented to the winner at the IPWEA NZ Annual Conference taking place 26-28 ...
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Nominations are invited for the IPWEA NZ President and the following IPWEA NZ Board positions for which the terms will commence at the completion of the 2019 AGM on 26 June, 2019. To be eligible for election to the Board, nominees must be current financial members of IPWEA NZ (including nominated members of Corporate Members) or Life Members.  No member shall be eligible to stand for more than one position on the Board. Note that Branch Chairs are members of the Board by virtue of holding that position. The current Board has indicated a preference of diversity and skills in the make-up of the Board given the changing public works environment. Current Board ...
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Morrison Low join the NAMS Partner Programme Morrison Low has had a long association with NAMS and its parent company IPWEA through our strategic asset management practitioners. Our team members have significant experience in advising a variety of government organisations in New Zealand and Australia on strategic asset management.  We have been a member of the NAMS Consultants Supporters Group in Australia since its inception by IPWEA in 2005.  Cushla Anich, a Director of Morrison Low and leader of our Asset Management practice is the Chair of the Northern Branch of IPWEA NZ. We think it is important to support the industry.  Our recent engagements ...
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What if you could snap your fingers and magically wake up every day with a smile on your face? You’d do it in a heartbeat, right? Thing is, this sorcery exists, and you don’t even need to snap your fingers – or recite any hocus pocus. As detailed in a recent issue of Harvard Public Health, there’s an inextricable link between your health and your mood; improve one and you improve the other. Thankfully, even the tiniest lifestyle changes – swapping out a key part of your bedding or adopting a new way to cook (or not cook, in some cases) your vegetables – can bring about these magical mood boosting benefits. So, if you want to wake up every day with a smile ...
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Otago Southland Branch have welcomed new honorary IPWEA NZ member Jasper Jones Jasper is the first child of Otago Southland Branch Chair and RIMS Chairperson: Erin Moogan. Jasper arrived a bit over a week before Otago Southland’s annual Clyde meeting in November with Deputy Branch Chair Craig Hughes providing Erin’s apologies for missing the meeting and welcoming Jasper to the IPWEA NZ family. Erin popped into the meeting in the afternoon to catch up with attendees and said she was blown away by the support shown by the industry. Everyone was really keen to check in on the family, and the infrastructure community shifted the conversation from asset ...
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By Tom Simonson, Principal Regulatory Advisor, LGNZ. Roughly two-thirds (65 per cent) of New Zealanders live within five kilometres of the sea, so sea level rise is a major issue for us.  Councils recognise that communities’ resilience to climate change depends in large part on what we are doing to adapt to sea level rise.  To create greater clarity on this subject, on 31 January LGNZ released its report Vulnerable: The quantum of local government infrastructure exposed to sea level rise .   Until now, councils have not had accurate information on the type, amount and replacement value of their infrastructure exposed to sea level rise, and therefore ...
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  Vice President's eNews Update Happy New Year   Welcome to 2019 – It’s an odd year. (maths joke, sorry)   As custodians of some of our community’s largest value assets, we engage with many; advisors, suppliers, politicians and members of the public as part of our professional responsibility. Together, we seek to optimise the asset lifecycles as they provide essential services to our communities and customers. Unlike some other sectors, we have to be focused on the long-term. Our sector cannot operate as a boom-or-bust industry. Therefore, we need to collectively focus and engage on those issues that impact long-term value and sustainability to ...
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The Conscious Beginning of Cities - Our Engineered Environments Myles Lind, Vice President of IPWEA NZ   I was looking for something to read while I had my lunch the other day. And in the pile of magazines stacked against the window of the office kitchen area was an Engineering New Zealand magazine. I grabbed it. Inside I found a great article on the engineering of New Zealand. There was one observation from a founding engineer that took my attention. They said, the cities we live in are engineered environments. The quality of life we have today is because we engineered buildings, essential services and amenities to make it that way. I’d never heard ...
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In June 2017, Jenna Neame was awarded the AECOM / IMNZ Young Leaders Award - in recognition of her ongoing outstanding performance in her work.  Over the next few months Jenna participated in the IMNZ Accelerate Programme , a transformational leadership programme.  IPWEA NZ Communications Manager Freda Wells asked Jenna a few questions about how she found the course, below. Q: In your presentation at the 2018 conference, you spoke about valuable take home learnings, I think you said 'unpeeling the layers'.  Can you explain what you meant by that? Here is an extract from my presentation which I think answers this one: Before now I never appreciated just ...
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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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