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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 until December 2019. He set up Asset BowManagement Ltd with the personal mission of contributing to reducing and managing the risk of flooding, both now and into the future, which he believes the most effective way ...
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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 the current situation and future infrastructure demands by leveraging the collaborative nature of LookSee that already exists as we work with over 80 organisations in the infrastructure sector. ​ The focus for ...
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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 it can be very expensive to set up life in Queenstown, says Polly Lambert, Acting Strategy & Asset Management Planning Manager in the Property & Infrastructure Team at Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC). ...
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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 in hindsight, showing us what we are truly capable of at a collective level. As Viktor Frankl famously said, we cannot choose our circumstances, but our great freedom, has always been that we can choose how we respond. ...
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IPWEA NZ COVID-19 UPDATE

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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 for 14 days on their arrival to New Zealand New Zealanders are advised not to travel overseas if they don't have to and also advised, no hugs, hongi or handshakes All cruise ships have been asked to not come ...
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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, their representatives, suppliers and contractors to understand requirements in the different areas. There are significant gaps in the standards that have been identified which are causing frustration across the sector. ...
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IPWEA NZ 2019 Key Achievements

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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 across NZ to assist with Long Term Planning needs. Introduced Microcredentials - Digital Badging – over 120 people enrolled since September. This has been developed from our Fostering ...
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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 Group (RIMS) have developed the Road Network Performance Monitoring & Management Guideline. The guideline will assist authorities in better decision making for investment in maintenance programmes through ...
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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 bound but on-site providing specialist inspections to improve asset and service knowledge, such as asset condition surveys and specialist test reporting. As Wellington Water is owned by the Hutt, Porirua, Upper Hutt, ...
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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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