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NZ's Wellington City Council - Ahead of the Times


SPM Assets is helping NZ’s Wellington City Council stay ahead of the times with a five year project to build BIM models (building information management) for all 2,200 social houses and units. Haydn Read (Manager Strategic Asset Planning at WCC) believes BIM will be a key contributor to their ‘digital city’ initiative over time. This will allow for evidenced-based decision-making and better portfolio management for future generations. It will increase Council's ability to anticipate and manage whole of life costs and increase asset management practice integration into other Council planning functions. SPM Assets is proud of the collaborative approach and the results to date - we will be presenting this at the upcoming IPWEA conference in June 2015, a 'must attend’ presentation.



On Holiday in Hiroshima


Kees Beentjes, Asset Management Specialist at SPM Assets, provided a different perspective of a holiday in Japan. Over the New Year, Kees travelled to Hiroshima which he describes as an opportunity to reflect on issues bigger than oneself. "When a dustman travels he notices garbage bins and waste trucks (Didn’t see a single wheelie bin in Japan). When a metal recycler travels he notices the state and size of scrap yards (they are tidy and compact). When an infrastructure engineer travels, he notices drains (The smell after rain makes me suspect combined sewage/stormwater). When an Asset Management Specialist travels, well, we notice other things."



How to think long-term


This presentation provides an overview of a process that is being used by a number of organisations in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and beyond. It focuses on a service-led asset planning approach, which starts by thinking about the people actually occupying these buildings and seeing how the facilities are providing for their needs both now and into the future. It will show you how to move from a reactive to a planned approach, what you need to do at a board level and what you need to know to get started. It will also provide some good references for understanding the theory behind long-term asset planning.



Remaining Useful Life of Municipal Assets


Chris Jenkins recently posted a response to a discussion on IPWEA’S Ask Your Mates forum about the remaining useful lives of municipal assets. Chris is SPM Assets Technical Director and has had over 20 years of experience with these types of infrastructure assets. Rather than keeping this discussion within this closed forum, we are sharing it more widely with this post. It highlights the importance of better understanding the real physical (rather than financial) lives of assets and how statistical analysis techniques can provide great insights to just how long infrastructure assets can last. This evidence based approach can significantly lower long term renewal forecasts and significantly lower the funding projections to maintain a level of service (commonly referred to as lowering depreciation).



The Strategic Weave - How to Embed Strategy in Asset Management


Kees Beentjes from SPM Assets and Oriwia Raureti of Te Wānanga o Raukawa presented a thought provoking paper titled ‘The Strategic Weave’ at the recent NAMS Advanced Asset Management Forum in Auckland. The paper examines how the Wānanga has adopted and embraced the core principles of effective asset management.




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