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Auckland / Webinar – Innovating Infrastructure: From Data-Driven Decisions to Climate-Resilient Development in New Zealand

21 March @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

This will be a hybrid event, with options for those who can attend in person and those who would prefer to access the event online. This event showcases a dynamic duo of presentations that spotlight the forefront of infrastructure resilience and data-driven management in New Zealand. With a focus on innovative approaches to asset management and climate adaptation, attendees will gain insights into cutting-edge practices and collaborative projects aimed at enhancing the sustainability and efficiency of urban infrastructure. From pioneering data collection methodologies to integrating environmental insights into asset management, these presentations promise to deliver valuable perspectives and strategies for addressing contemporary challenges in infrastructure planning and climate resilience. Join us to explore the synergies between technology, data, and environmental foresight in shaping the future of New Zealand’s transport and urban landscapes.

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  • 5.00pm: Arrival and registration
  • 5.10pm: Event opening by AMCouncil NZ Chapter
  • 5.15pm: Preparing for the worst: Asset Management with Environmental Insights, by Jason Blac, Senior Consultant – Strategic Advisory (Digital), WSP; and Dr Rowan Dixon, Associate Director – Strategic Advisory, WSP
  • 5.50pm: Cracking the Transport System: A National Future-Ready Approach to Consistent Condition Data Collection, by Shaun Lion-Cachet, Principal Consultant, Invise Ltd
  • 6.25pm: AMCouncil NZ Chapter AGM
About the presentations and speakers:

Presentation 1: Preparing for the worst: Asset Management with Environmental Insights

Our journey supporting Hastings District Council (HDC) began back in 2019 when we collaborated with them to digitise the Toitoi Arts and Events Centre using laser scanning, 3D modelling, and linking key asset information. This project has expanded over the years to include the adjacent Toitoi Municipal Building, culminating in a comprehensive Asset Information Model (AIM) of both buildings.

A key development has been the integration of climate change data within the asset information model to enhance building resilience. This initiative demonstrates the potential of digital technologies, and particularly Asset Information Models, in fostering climate-resilient urban infrastructure.

Key Points:

  • Objective: To illustrate the integration process and benefits of including digital climate change data into an asset information model.
  • Methodology: Overview of the process, how we discussed strategic climate priorities and challenges for HDC, how these informed the next steps, and how this was used to inform the Asset Information Model.
  • Challenges and Solutions: Discussion on merging climate data with the existing asset information model and how we navigated them.
  • Outcomes and Benefits: Adding value to enhance asset resilience, improve risk assessment, and support informed decision-making for climate adaptation strategies through digitisation.

This presentation aims to showcase the project’s approach to leveraging an existing asset information model to assist in understanding and mitigating the impacts of climate change on critical infrastructure.

Jason Blac, Senior Consultant – Strategic Advisory (Digital), WSP

With over a decade of experience in Project Management and Digital Advisory from the UK and the burgeoning digital sector in New Zealand, Jason harbours a deep passion for supporting and guiding clients on their transformation journeys. He served as the Project Manager for the award-winning projects at Auckland International Airport (AIA), Auckland District Health Board (ADHB), and Hastings District Council (HDC) – specifically, their Digital Twin initiatives. These projects entailed developing client workshops, crafting strategic roadmaps, leveraging emerging technologies, and fostering partnerships across multiple teams. A significant focus of Jason’s current and past roles has been on project governance and reporting, ensuring transparency, accountability, and efficiency in leading successful, multi-talented teams. He brings an in-depth understanding of designing and implementing outcome-focused strategies to this project.

Dr Rowan Dixon, Associate Director – Strategic Advisory, WSP

Dr. Rowan Dixon heads the climate and futures insights advisory at WSP NZ. His extensive training and experience across both government and private sectors have honed his expertise in scrutinizing climate and sustainability policy and practice in Aotearoa and with its international partners. Rowan is dedicated to assisting decision-makers throughout Aotearoa in navigating, enhancing, and realizing their infrastructure ambitions. He holds a PhD in Political Economic Geography and a Master’s in Planning. Throughout his career, Rowan has occupied pivotal roles in the built environment, climate, and commercial sectors, including positions at the Ministry for the Environment, Dunedin City Council, and Fairtrade ANZ.

Presentation 2: Cracking the Transport System: A National Future-Ready Approach to Consistent Condition Data Collection

Consistent condition data is increasingly important in the New Zealand transport sector’s approach to lifecycle asset management, benchmarking, performance management, and investment decision-making. Te Ringa Maimoa is leading the implementation of a consistent approach to the collection of pavement and surfacing condition data for all local authority sealed roads. The Consistent Condition Data Collection (CCDC) project is being developed collaboratively by sector representatives from councils and Waka Kotahi, supported by industry subject matter experts. This presentation will focus on how a new Centre of Excellence will collaboratively co-manage the national delivery of the pavement condition data collection programme for the state highway and local road networks from July 2024.

Shaun Lion-Cachet, Principal Consultant, Invise Ltd

Shaun Lion-Cachet is a Chartered Professional Engineer with over 30 years of experience in leadership, engineering, asset management, project management, and staff management across both the public and private sectors. His technical skills encompass transport infrastructure planning and engineering. His most recent role was as RATA Manager at Co-Lab (Waikato Local Authority Shared Services), providing shared transport asset management services to ten Waikato councils. This role involved offering strategy, guidance, and engineering services in complex and diverse operating environments across those ten organisations. Shaun is currently a Principal Consultant at Invise Limited, providing advisory services to address challenges for NZ infrastructure owners. A current project includes the Consistent Condition Data Collection (CCDC) project for NZTA, where his key tasks involve the establishment and management of two new data collection contracts.




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