RIMS Forum 2022: Save the date

Programme  |   Call for Abstracts  |   Sponsorship

IPWEA NZ and RIMS are delighted to bring to market a two-day event, following on from the success of previous forums. In 2021, we had over 180 attend over the two days of the forum and we are planning for similar numbers in 2022. We are excited about supporting regional New Zealand and having our forum in Palmerston North.

Roading Infrastructure Management Support Group (RIMS) is New Zealand’s authoritative voice on road asset and information management. We provide leadership, strategic advice and promotion of best practice to ensure consistency and efficiency across New Zealand roads. RIMS is an IPWEA NZ Special Interest Group.



DAY  ONE    will include presentations which are aimed at the broad roading infrastructure management industry. It will have a strong focus on sharing asset management good practice examples, data collection, works management, transforming data into intelligence and the use of systems and data in optimised decision making and the management of assets.



DAY TWO  starts with a light breakfast in the exhibition hall.

The presentations on day two will include more detailed technical talks and workshops for sharing difficulties & learning’s, debating and digging further into some key issues in these parts of the industry. An important goal of day two is to provide a forum for professionals in the sectors of the industry that do not often get the opportunity to meet as a community to come together and make contacts/network.


The organising committee of the RIMS Forum 2022, invite you to submit an abstract (papers not required) for the 2022 Road Infrastructure Management Forum. The committee is looking for papers which are topical and of interest to forum attendees.

The theme of RIMS 2022 is 'The Carbon Equation' - how can the sector contribute to the Governments’ goal to reduce carbon?

  • Improved construction/maintenance practice
  • Material options and selection
  • Business Case development – how do we value carbon?
  • Assurance that the sector is performing (measuring carbon)


The Forum will be showcasing ingenuity, with examples of leading best practice and thinking around adapting to current issues, innovating and managing better with what we have. This is a chance for you to share your experiences and knowledge with your peers and we encourage you to submit an abstract.


ABSTRACT REQUIREMENTS (due Monday 18 October)

Maximum 300 words and must include three key points of learnings.

Instead of a focus on the production of papers the organising committee emphasise the quality of the presentation required.



There are four options to choose from;

  1. 20 min presentation plus Q&A
  2. 12 min presentation plus Q&A
  3. Rapid Downloads (Table presentation). Each presenter will speak for 8 mins to one of 10 tables followed by table discussion. The presentation is repeated three times and not to be a ‘sales’ session.
  4. Under 35’s – 10 min presentation plus Q&A.



Submit by email: joanne@conferenceteam.co.nz

Your submission requires the following:

  • Snappy title & mini overview (max 300 words)
  • Topic
  • Mini bio and recent photo
  • Presentation option 1-4
  • Referee – name and contact details of someone who has heard you present
  • Papers are NOT required; however, your PowerPoint presentation must be submitted by 3 March 2022, three weeks prior to the Forum.



Awards will be chosen from the Forum presentations for three categories:

  • Innovation Award
  • Peoples Choice
  • Under 35’s

RIMS Innovation Award will be judged by a panel, while Peoples Choice and Under 35’s will be judged by the attendees.


  • What the stats tell us – Are we improving, holding the line or going backwards
  • Code Review – What Changed
  • RCA Experiences – District Councils, City Councils, NZTA
  • Utility Operators Experiences – Gas, Power, Telco.
  • New products and treatments which lower our carbon demand and reduce emissions.
  • Asset and carbon performance – how do you communicate this to your customers.
  • Business case approach in Roading
  • Innovation in predictive analytics and asset forecasting
  • How is ONF changing the landscape of road asset management
  • Developments in utilities management. What’s going on underground?
  • Emerging data for network management.
  • Forward works programming – and its carbon impact.
  • Are decisions driven by data?
  • Customer Levels of Services
  • Technology supporting the changes in road asset management
  • Collaboration to reduce our impact on the environment.
  • Long-term strategies and their impact
  • Good case studies modeling examples
  • Linking Customer Levels of Service to Investment Decision Making
  • Benefits of working Collaboratively
  • Performance Measurement and Benchmarking
  • Contract Model Case Studies
  • Smart Buyer and smart supplier.
  • Motivators vs Behavior’s
  • Total cost of delivery vs tender box
  • Taking a Business case approach to Procurement
  • Road Safety – Are we making a difference?


If you would like to discuss packages or sign up for a sponsorship /exhibition stand, then please contact Joanne at The Conference Team at 03 359 2600 or joanne@conferenceteam.co.nz.

Key dates

Mon 18 October  Call for abstracts close
Fri 19 November  Authors advised
Fri 4 March  PPT presentations due
23-24 March 22  2022 RIMS Forum

Contact Joanne:  03 359 2600 or joanne@conferenceteam.co.nz

^RIMS 2021