Future-Fit Aotearoa keynotes / panels

The challenge of a Future Fit Aotearoa – the role we all can play - Alison Andrew, CEO Transpower

Alison joined Transpower in 2014 as Chief Executive. She has held a number of senior executive roles across various industry sectors, most recently as Global Head of Chemicals for Orica PLC. She is currently a Director of Ports of Tauranga, and has also been a Director of Genesis Energy. Prior to these roles, she held a number of senior roles at Fonterra Cooperative Group and across the Fletcher Challenge Group in Energy, Forests and Paper. Alison has a MBA from Warwick University, and studied Engineering (Chemicals and Materials) at Auckland University.

Responding to need, innovating to survive – Sam Johnson, Student Volunteer Army

Sam JohnsonStarting something is easy, responding to crisis is easy but maintaining an organisation to do exactly that is hard. Sam’s been working at his kaupapa of social connection for 10 years through the Student Volunteer Army and a previous company called WeVisit. In his presentation, he’ll look at the methods and patterns he’s observed, and why giving and taking robust feedback is what matters most to change the status quo. The enjoyable journey Sam will take you on will make you laugh and hopefully leave you more confident in your ability to use the skills you have to make Aotearoa future fit.

Future for local government – Susan Freeman-Greene, LGNZ

Susan Freeman-GreeneThe current reform agenda with three waters and resource management being front and centre will disrupt the traditional roles and functions of local government. While this is challenging, it’s also a massive opportunity for the sector to play a role in creating a blueprint for our own future.

In her presentation, CEO of LGNZ, Susan Freeman-Greene will look at the opportunity presented by the reform agenda.

Susan is clear that when local government is strong our communities thrive – and so does Aotearoa.

The revolution is happening - the built environment is decarbonising – Andrew Eagles

Andrew Eagles - CE of New Zealand Green Building CouncilThe construction sector has set a pathway to zero carbon. The New Zealand Green Building Council has been at the forefront of the changes to the building code and establishing ratings for existing buildings to decarbonise. In his presentation, CE Andrew Eagles will discuss how buildings are changing, both new and existing, to drive low carbon healthier homes and buildings, the dramatic rise of lower carbon buildings and what this means for material providers, engineers, investors, councils and others. He’ll look at the Climate Change Commission’s final report and steps the Government is taking therefore illustrating a possible pathway for infrastructure to also decarbonise.

Mental wellbeing: flip the script – Jehan Casinader

Jehan CasinaderAs we navigate COVID-19, there’s one word on everyone’s lips: “wellbeing”. Employers are investing in yoga classes, mindfulness apps, workshops and care packages. But are these worthy initiatives making a difference? In this challenging and inspiring presentation, Jehan Casinader explains why we need to “flip the script” on mental wellbeing.

He’ll offer a fresh perspective on how leaders can promote wellbeing in a way that leads to sustainable, long-term change.

Beyond the fruit bowl: making wellbeing matter – Jehan Casinader

Join leading journalist Jehan Casinader and leading mental health champions as they dive into mental wellbeing in our sector. Everything from fatigue, leadership views on what’s working and not, measuring success, and innovation to support ourselves and our staff. We’ll then ask some hard questions such as “are we getting in our own way” and “as a manager – where does my responsibility start and stop?”.

If making a real difference in your organisation matters to you, don’t miss this panel discussion. Panelists include Grant Pritchard.

A remarkable recovery in highly uncertain times - Jarrod Kerr, Kiwibank

Jarrod KerrJarrod will run through the global economic outlook as we vaccinate, and slowly reopen our borders.

New Zealand is well placed to heal its wounds, and prosper in the new world. The Kiwi housing market remains undersupplied, and problematic for policymakers. But steps are being taken to better balance the housing market.

You’ll also hear about the outlook for interest rates and the currency.

Your 30-year infrastructure strategy - Ross Copland

Ross CoplandOur way of life relies on the things we’ve built. The roads, the pipes, the powerlines. The schools, the hospitals, the train stations. In this presentation, Ross Copland, CE at Infracom will talk about the infrastructure we depend on to get to where we want to go, and have places where we want to live, learn and work.

Te Waihanga wants to hear your ideas on what should be in the 30-year Infrastructure Strategy, so together, we can make New Zealand a place that we, and future generations, can thrive.

Innovation - Vic Crone

Vic CroneVic will share upcoming trends, and local and international examples of innovation, to inspire you and show you what is possible. Her challenge to us is to embrace the possibilities of technology and focus on nurturing your entrepreneurial and innovative potential to realise your ambitions. The future is coming – learn how to embrace it, rather than holding on to the past.

As the CEO of Callaghan Innovation (New Zealand’s Government-backed innovation agency), Vic knows first-hand how innovation can change the trajectory of individual businesses AND of New Zealand.

While forestry, dairy and tourism have been stalwart industries in the past, it’s time to diversify and future-proof our economy and raise living standards for all – to do this, Vic says, we must turn ourselves into a hub for high-value, knowledge intensive businesses.

Her vision for innovation in Aotearoa is to encourage businesses to invest in research and development, build businesses’ confidence, and beef up the commercialisation of ideas to take overseas. We’re already doing some incredible stuff in our industry – now it’s time to amplify it and take it to the next level… and to the world. Robot lawn mowers, voice-activated household tools, 3D printers.

Panel: Innovation and disruption – are we ready for the future?

Facilitator: Sarah Lang. Panelists include Dale PaiceLauren Salisbury, Matt Bishop and Vic Crone.

From ivory-towered academic to “that pink-haired science lady” – Dr Siouxsie Wiles

Siouxsie WilesDr Siouxsie Wiles MNZM is an award-winning scientist who has made a career of manipulating microbes.

Her day job is university lecturer and head of the Bioluminescent Superbugs Lab where she and her team make nasty bacteria glow in the dark to find new medicines. But Siouxsie also has a passion for demystifying science, and she was doing this long before the pandemic. So much so that in 2019 she was appointed a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to microbiology and science communication.

When the pandemic arrived, Siouxsie joined forces with Spinoff cartoonist Toby Morris to make the science of the pandemic clear and understandable. Their graphics have been translated into multiple languages and adapted by various governments and organisations.

In her presentation, Siouxsie will reflect on what she’s learned about COVID-19, science communication, and leadership during this extraordinary time in our lives.

ACE New Zealand

Unlocking our potential - emerging challenges for today’s and tomorrow’s leaders

Join emerging consulting and engineering leaders as they challenge our industry on what we should be doing now and into the future, followed by Q & A. Ryan Orr, GHD – Courtney Chapmand, Beca – Glen Jowett, Beca

Ryan Orr, GHD

Courtney Chapman, Beca

Glen Jowett, Beca

Shaping the future by leading with the next generation

Join emerging and experienced leaders as they discuss how we can shape the future of the consulting and engineering industry. How can we create more opportunities for the next generation? How do we close the gap between senior, middle and young leaders? Come prepared with
the tough questions so that we can move forward, together. Facilitator Ceinwen McNeil, BVT and ACE board member.
Danielle Gatland, MRCagney – Simon Fenton, WSP –  Hamish Nevile, Holmes Consulting

Danielle Gatland, MRCagney

Simon Fenton, WSP

Hamish Nevile, Holmes Consulting

Facilitaor Ceinwen McNeil, BVT

Ceinwen joined BVT Engineering Professional Services as CEO in January 2019, after working alongside our team for years as a business advisor to assist us to develop our growth strategy and optimise our client services and project delivery.

Ceinwen is a strong leader with the unique and highly valuable ability to turn strategy into tangible outcomes. She is well-regarded for providing a fresh perspective and is on a mission to change the way people do business. This makes her a natural fit for BVT and our vision to revolutionise the engineering industry and shake up existing ways of working. 

After studying at Harvard Business School in 2016, and again between 2018-2020, Ceinwen was inspired to move away from her role as a business development executive with a global Top 4 firm and into business advisory and development to set up her own international strategy firm. Through her customised growth strategy development, she has now successfully positioned many businesses to navigate change and be positioned for success into the future.

HYNDS Pipe Sytems paper competition finalists

Prioritising road stormwater quality outcomes to deliver safe waterways and harbours 

• John Tetteroo, GHD
• Veenay Rambisheswar, Auckland Transport

Get ready, soak it up; here is an intelligent solution to resolve stormwater runoff pollution in the City of Sails.

John Tetteroo, GHD

Veenay Rambisheswar, Auckland Transport

How to communicate risk when it feels like no one is listening 

• Rebekah Robertson and Alex Cartwright, Tonkin + Taylor

In this presentation, hear how understanding human psychology can create more effective ways to communicate and reduce risk.

Rebekah Robertson, Tonkin + Taylor

Alex Cartwright, Tonkin + Taylor

Daldy Street Outfall – innovation for the 36th America’s Cup

• David Pattinson, McConnell Dowell

Hear how the team at McConnell Dowell installed the largest pipe laid in New Zealand at Wynyard Quarter in preparation for the America’s Cup.

David Pattinson, McConnell Dowell

Under 35 presentations

Digital innovation to connected construction – Fleur Tytheridge, Thinkproject

Fleur TytheridgeDigital disruption is transformation caused by emerging technologies. These technologies constantly change how we work, make decisions, and impact the world around us. As we advance through the digital age, our world is being designed, built and supported by innovations that were once unimaginable.

In this presentation, regional sales manager Fleur Tytheridge of Thinkproject will look at how industry 4.0 delivers an alphabet of disruptive technologies from AI, BIM, Cloud and Digital Twins to Robotics, Wearables and XR. Unlimited data and technologies accelerate our progression towards smart buildings, cities, utilities – smart everything. Connected construction is the latest in digital disruption, born from the era introducing 3D printing, 4D modelling, 5G connectivity and IoT. What is shaping our solutions’ future, and what innovations are paving the way for current and next generations?

Digital technology is rooted in innovation and rapid development. This paper explores the emerging disruptors set to revolutionise our industry as they advance through the disruption phases of market creation, mainstreamisation, and commoditisation. To drive economic, environmental, and social performance, we need technologies that genuinely connect and enhance the industry contributing ~$380b GDP across Australasia. With rapid growth expected, $12 billion of local investment, and socioeconomic trends indicating 1.8% annual population growth, innovation has never been more pertinent.

Lifting performance

Panel: Risk and liability – A diverse perspective

Risk is something that is routinely discussed on projects but often without an understanding of how its allocation affects the behaviours of all involved. While many of our projects are bespoke, why do consultants and contractors not like bespoke conditions of engagement?
In this panel session you will hear differing perspectives on risk and liability from a contractor, consultant, client, and insurer. How do we ensure that we understand and have a common view of the risks to a project? What impact is the trend for increasing liability limits having on consultant’s ability to get insurance? Is increasing the liability on a party the correct way to manage project risk? If we want to improve how the diverse parties to the construction sector work together we need to better understand their perspectives on risk, liability, and insurance.

Concrete’s journey to decarbonize. - Rob Gaimster, Concrete NZ

As demonstrated by a 15% reduction in emission between 2005 and 2018, the concrete industry has embraced the challenge to become (net) zero carbon by 2050. This journey to decarbonise will mean NZ’s emissions reduction success is built on concrete, as clean and renewable energy requires more concrete, not less!

An app to tackle commuting emissions - Benjamin Walch, Abley

Benjamin WalchIn this presentation, senior transportation planner Benjamin Walch of Abley will showcase an app developed for organisations to measure and reduce their commuting emissions while engaging employees.

Employee commuting can represent a significant proportion of an organisation’s CO2 emissions, particularly in the services sector. However, the only approach to measuring commuting emissions has traditionally been to distribute employee travel surveys asking employees how they travel to and from work. Because of the effort to design a survey, communications, and analysis, only a few organisations have measured their commuting emissions.

Abley has developed an app to record and aggregate commuting data at the scale of an organisation. The app engages with employees by providing them with individual feedback on their commuting emissions. Sustainability teams also benefit from verified CO2 outputs for use in their greenhouse gas inventories.

Our most critical assets - Aidan Crimp, Wellington Water

Aidan CrimpWhen faced with 100,000s of aging assets, where do you start?

In this presentation, , Aidan Crimp of Wellington Water will take you on the company’s journey to identify and assess the most critical infrastructure assets Wellington cannot do without.

The failure of several highly critical assets in Wellington saw political and media attention on the lack of condition knowledge for assets managed by Wellington Water. There has been a realisation at a political level that increased investment in replacing aging infrastructure is required – however, this has to be based on evidence gathered from condition assessment.

The allocation of $10 million of Government stimulus funding provided an opportunity to dramatically increase the amount of condition knowledge Wellington Water had of its assets. The company chose to focus on understanding ‘very high’ assets as these would have the most significant impact on communities and the environment if they failed.

In the presentation, Aidan will look at the process of selecting ‘very high’ assets, inspecting the assets and what it meant for the management of these assets now and into the future.

Future-Fit Aotearoa abstracts

Climate adaption and sustainability - meeting our requirements front on

Do you count the carbon impact of your road maintenance activities?

• Michael Arthur, Metis Consultants Limited

The United Kingdom has committed to net carbon zero by 2050. A challenging goal, especially in the roading and infrastructure sector. Hear how the United Kingdom is tackling the issue and what we can learn here in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Managing future uncertainties using the adaptive pathways planning approach – a water industry case study

• Vijesh Chandra, GHD

Learn how GHD applied the Adaptive Pathways Planning approach on a Callaghan Innovation project to assess effective rainwater storage solutions for water supply resilience in Auckland in this water case study presentation.

Auckland’s road to electric public transport – why so bumpy?

• Anna Percy, Auckland Transport

Imagine a city with only electric trains and zero-emission buses? Auckland Transport has committed to this by the year 2025. In this presentation, look at the roadmap to an electric public transport system.

Balancing investment decisions to prepare for a changing climate

• Cushla Loomb, Beca

The investment decisions asset and infrastructure managers make today can have long term ramifications, including committing organisations and communities to unsustainable intergenerational investments. Hear how to incorporate sustainability into infrastructure investment decision-making with a case study example from the Waikato.

Out with the old, in with the new

• Alice Grace, Morrison Low
• Rachel Trinder, Kāinga Ora

To make room for more sustainable, compact living in healthy homes, what went up before now has to come down. In doing so, Kāinga Ora is shifting from its old demolition ways towards a new relocation and deconstruction future. This step-change is underway, and there are lessons to share.

Southwest gateway: a future-focused strategy for multi-modal transport improvements to support decarbonising transport in south Auckland

• Renata Smit Auckland Transport
• Ida dowling, Waka Kotahi
• Mark Laing, Peter Theiler Aurecon

The Airport to Botany Rapid Transit and 20Connect business case, supporting a $2.5bn investment in transport improvements, demanded a collaborative approach to agree on an implementation programme with the flexibility to adapt to uncertainty and changing demands. It required a strong emphasis on mode shift and encouraging behaviour change reducing transport emissions.

Applying a cost-effective climate lens to projects and programmes

• Brigitte Hicks, WSP

Central and local government have declared a climate emergency and is preparing legislation, regulation and policy that will impact projects and programmes. We need a simple and cost-effective way to apply a climate and carbon lens to decision making.

De-carbonising Infrastructure – Councils Lead NZ’s Great Carbon Crunch

• Steve Couper, Mott MacDonald

The substantial (and growing) contribution of embodied carbon to Aotearoa New Zealand’s total GHG emissions is often underestimated. New tools and new ways of thinking are required to measure, monitor and ultimately minimise the carbon impact of large and not-so-large capital works programmes.

 Integrating climate adaption into business as normal asset management.  

• Theuns Henning, University of Auckland.

Hear about studies on the integration of climate adaption into existing or improved asset management processes.

Compact cities: infrastructure benefits, carbon benefits and financial benefits?

• James Hughes, Tonkin + Taylor

Compact cities are a controversial topic in Aotearoa New Zealand. There are polarised views on the benefits (life-cycle costs, carbon, amenity) versus the challenges (complexity, capital costs, feasibility). In this presentation, hear a case for the urgent upscaling in urban intensification to meet the challenges of both affordability and a low-carbon future.

Transforming the future of building regulation in Aotearoa

• John Sneyd, Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment

Building performance at MBIE is future-proofing Aotearoa New Zealand’s building system by bringing the Building Code to our industry in a more intuitive, interactive and user-friendly way. By working to ensure our built environment will meet the needs of New Zealanders in the years ahead without harming the planet.

Concrete’s journey to decarbonize

• Rob Gaimster, Concrete NZ

As demonstrated by a 15% reduction in emission between 2005 and 2018, the concrete industry has embraced the challenge to become (net) zero carbon by 2050. This journey to decarbonise will mean NZ’s emissions reduction success is built on concrete, as clean and renewable energy requires more concrete, not less!


Application of digital engineering (DE) in the water sector – a case study from the Waikato River to redoubt (R2R) programme

• Farzam Farzadi, Beca
• Sven Harlos, Watercare Services
• Matt Stanford, Fletcher Construction

Auckland is expanding rapidly and requires new water sources. Therefore, Watercare commenced the Waikato R2R programme to deliver additional 50 million litres of water per day to Auckland. The complex and fast nature of the programme presented unique challenges to the project teams which were addressed through implementing DE processes.

Smart water metering – a strategic investment?

• Hugh Blake-Manson, Waugh Infrastructure Management

Are you pouring precious water and money down the drain with your smart meter programme? Have you strategically aligned your programme with Taumata Arowai and reporting frameworks? Soak up the valuable strategic alignment and procurement model insights in this rapidly evolving area of 3Waters Internet of Things Services.

How does your deployment stack up? Humans: The ultimate ecosystem engineers

• Keri Niven, Aurecon

Technology has turned humans into the ultimate ecosystem engineers where technologies converge with science to create new interfaces between the digital and physical worlds. The solutions we design to solve wicked problems will profoundly shape our future. But which decisions are right, and how do we know?

Could R2-D2 inspect and fix our infrastructure?

• Ankit Chakraborty, HEB Construction
• Mircel van der Walt, Waka Kotahi

Why should we expect a better outcome while not changing what we do? In this challenging climate, is a change in mindset required? How can we enable the shift from reactive to preventative maintenance using current and emerging technologies?

Asset Resilience Management Tool

• Charlotte Dawson and Johannes van Wyk, Stantec

Knowing where to invest is critical for resiliency. Cities want to be diligent and avoid investing in assets that may not be worth the investment long-term. But how does a city do this responsibly? Tauranga City Council has figured this out, and Stantec helped them do it responsibly and efficiently.

New Zealand’s geohazard management: a shaky start to a seismic shift?

• John Kreft, WSP

What if we can use data, past, present and future, to inform on geohazard risk? What if we can help reduce the life safety risk of road users on New Zealand’s state highways? What if we can do this in real-time in proportion to the risk? What if we can?

Engineers – an endangered species?

• Matt Bishop, BVT

As a discipline-based in mathematical formulas and calculations, surely the engineer’s role is perfectly positioned for the world of Artificial Intelligence. In this presentation, Matt Bishop discusses why engineers should embrace this and how engineering will need to change radically to support the construction industry of the future.

Preparing for technological change in the infrastructure sector

• Matt Ensor, Beca

Immediate and direct interventions are required to accelerate technology adoption in New Zealand’s infrastructure sector. It requires mission-driven collaboration between central and local government and industry. In this presentation, Matt Ensor and Kieran Brown will identify the technologies that are coming, how they will improve infrastructure performance and the decisions the sector must face.

Innovating for a more sustainable future

• Chloe Smith, Fulton Hogan

In this presentation, Chloe Smith will delve into how consultants and engineers can deliver contract work for a more sustainable future via innovation, digital engineering, research, and development.

Overcoming infrastructure bottlenecks

Breaking old ground: the step-change from micro to macro site assessments

• Lean Phuah, Tonkin + Taylor
• Shane Moore, Piritahi

Innovations to create efficiencies across large-scale development projects are essential if Aotearoa New Zealand is to realise its housing goals. As part of its work on this country’s largest brownfields remediation project, Piritahi Alliance has developed a ground-breaking tool to accelerate the assessment, reporting and mitigation of contaminated soils.

Infrastructure and politics: embracing the challenge

• James Thorne, WSP

Do infrastructure professionals need to understand politics? Simply put, yes. Infrastructure and politics are intrinsically linked. It’s time to get serious about skilling up our “political acumen”; to understand the politics of infrastructure, identify the conflicts and come up with ways to overcome the bottlenecks.

Seismic Policy for Water/Wastewater assets.

• Simon Edmonds, Beca
• Parvati Patel, Hamilton City Council

Existing and new assets, water and wastewater, critical and non-critical – too many issues to consider when developing the long-term capital expenditure plans? In this presentation, you’ll get clarity around the seismic risks as Beca and Hamilton City Council discuss their journey.

Workplace Wellbeing and a Healthy Bottomline – One Can’t Happen Without the Other

• Jane Kennelly, GM Wellbeing, Skills Consulting Group

Jane will share the findings of a ground-breaking study – the 2021 Work Wellbeing Index – which outlines exactly what workers want from their workplace and how Kiwi employers are (or aren’t) responding to that need… and show you why showing real and genuine care for your people is not just feel-good, it’s crucial for business growth.

Social procurement

Setting up for success: an apprenticeship programme that goes beyond traditional qualifications

• Leeann Clark, HEB Construction

Learn about HEB Construction’s wrap-around apprenticeship programme, which focuses on life skills, numeracy and literacy, wellbeing, and pastoral care, as well as the formal industry qualification. The programme ensures the highest chance of success and fills gaps missing in apprenticeship programmes in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Practical Social Procurement – A Māori construction perspective on improving supplier diversity, engaging with Iwi and supporting our Pasifika whanau

• Warner Cowin, Height Project Management

In Māori and Pasifika culture, there is an obligation to support your community and employ locally. What practical things can buying agencies and suppliers do to leverage and encourage this capability? It helps build a supplier base that can transform communities’ economic positions and provide the sector with vital resources.

A blueprint for creating social value through infrastructure investments

• Juliet Woodward and Rochelle Hardy, Jacobs

We have an opportunity to look at infrastructure investments through a profoundly collaborative lens and deliver infrastructure to tackle some of today biggest challenges.

An engineer, a robot and a philosopher walk into a bar

• Kat Salm, Harrison Grierson

Currently, in our industry, digital is trendy, and data is central. But as we become immune to the digital buzz and swamped by a tsunami of data, we must bring a humanities perspective into the mix to serve as the critic and conscience for sustainable and impactful decision-making.

A very different long term plan

• Anthony Clarke, Wellington Water

With the looming advent of aggregated water entities, how can the needs of various communities be brought together and planned for consistently?
Nicola Chisnall and Anthony Clarke of Wellington Water will share their learnings as a non-asset owning CCO in this presentation.

Te Hono – New Plymouth Airport Terminal – delivery of a truly collaborative design solution

• Matthew Low, Beca
In this presentation, hear from Matthew Low on Te Hono, a collaboration with local hapu to create a site-specific response distinctly Taranaki.

Deep thought and doughnuts

• Stephen Jenkins, Aurecon

In this presentation, hear from Stephen Jenkins as he explores the inequality, societal self-destruction and a growing environmental disaster from the consulting and engineering systems we’ve relied on for so long.

Progressive procurement – a pathway to enabling sustainable outcomes for communities

• Darren de Klerk, Central Hawke’s Bay District Council
• Angela Hirst, Hastings District Council

In this presentation with Darren de Klerk and Angela Hirst, hear how a progressive procurement toolkit and supplier guide has enhanced the wellbeing of communities in Hawke’s Bay.

The Paradigm shift – assets that “do more” 

• Adrienne Miller, Infrastructure Sustainability Council

As an organisation the Infrastructure Sustainability Council promotes industry collaboration, and through training, upskills those looking to develop sustainability expertise. At this presentation prepared by Adrienne Miller (GM New Zealand) and Dr Kerry Griffiths (IS Technical Manager) attendees will learn the origins of the scheme, how it works, the NZ projects undertaking IS rating and which NZ organisations are already on board as members.

People development and culture

The future of mahi – an inclusive and diverse workforce?

• Kristina Hermens and Priyani de Silva-Currie, Beca

Significant investment in Aotearoa New Zealand’s public infrastructure is planned or underway over the next decade, and there is a shortage of skilled workers to meet increasing demand. Kristina Hermens and Priyani de Silva-Currie ask, does inclusivity really matter?

Practical diversity – attracting and retaining talent through creating vulnerability in an engineering business

• Warner Cowin, Height Project Management

Love, compassion and empathy are not words typically associated with engineering. However, they form the basis for attracting talent, genuinely engaging with stakeholders, and running great workshops. In this presentation, Warner Cowin will share his experience on operationalising values, targeted recruitment, and frameworks for team members to take risk, be customer-focused and personally accountable.

#youtoo – how we all have a part to play in crafting our future workforce

• Charlotte Reed and Kavita Khanna, Tonkin + Taylor

In this presentation, Charlotte Reed and Kavita Khanna will explore the science of belonging – moving beyond diversity to inclusion and psychological safety.

The diversity balancing act

• David Hogg, Stantec

As a white, middle-class general manager for a multi-national consultancy, David Hogg will talk about how he inherited and hired a leadership team consisting of two gay men and two women. Diverse in society? No. Diverse in engineering? Perhaps yes.

Is your procurement and contract strategy future-fit?

• Andrew Barron, New Plymouth District Council

Hear how New Plymouth District Council used new engineering contracts (NEC) to successfully raise the bar on risk allocation, programme and cost management for an $18m reservoirs project.

Attraction and retention: a dance of culture and compliance

• Vaughan Granier, HR Assured New Zealand

Hear from Vaughan Granier as he examines workplace compliance not as a necessary ticking of boxes but as fundamental to culture, essential to leadership, and vital to attract and retain top people.

Where are your Jedi Masters?

• Sarah Hexamer, Otago Polytechnic (Subsidiary of Te Pūkenga)
• Roger Oakley, Stantec

Where are your Jedi Masters, and are you using them effectively? Are you employing Jedi younglings or going straight for Knights? Are you part of the future or stuck in the past? So, the question is – are you developing our future engineers or are you just employing the finished product?

Drilling into root causes and building a thriving workforce

• Wiremu Matthews and Steve Hersey, Kanuka Wellbeing & Leadership

Our sector is forecast to experience increasing environmental demands over the next five years. In this presentation, Wiremu Matthews and Steve Hersey will share their insight into wellbeing and leadership strategies to retain quality employees and build a thriving collaborative workforce.

The Whanau Effect – “How we set up our whanau for success”

• Sarah Comber, Fulton Hogan

Hear how while planning the PGF partnership in Tairawhiti, the RICK model (recruit, induct, circulate and keep) helped structure employment and collaboration for Fulton Hogan staff and the communities they build in.

Take the fast lane to collaboration!

• Kirsten Bell, Fulton Hogan

The benefits of collaborative working are well known…aren’t they? The rhetoric says that collaboration supports better relationships, happier people and workplaces, and the delivery of “value”. How do we accelerate from 0 to 100kph on collaboration to realise these benefits…….and how do we prove them?

Infrastructure design, delivery and management

Spatial planning – capacity and commitment to delivering meaningful change?

• Fleur Martin-Austin, Arup

Spatial plans are a hot topic, with RMA reform and new policy direction. Are these the silver bullet required to address New Zealand’s collective challenges or are they just another layer in an already congested planning system?

Better together, thriving in the untamed natural wilderness on the South Island west coast

• Edward Guy, Rationale Ltd

The beautiful untamed natural wilderness of the west coast of the South Island presents challenges for the three local councils that want to improve the roads so that they are sustainable, fit for purpose and meet communities aspirations.

Post occupancy evaluation – getting the future-fit right

• Rhonda Jonson and Peter Rickard-Green, Jacobs

Post Occupancy Evaluations (POE) have become an integral part of the project delivery methodology. Hear about the POE approach with Rhonda Jonson and Peter Rickard-Green as they discuss the “so what” and guarantee the “ah ha” moment.

Resilient and sustainable water infrastructure solutions to anticipate the unforeseeable

• Claudia Hellberg, Tauranga City Council
• Jivir Viyakesparan and Daniel Johnson, WSP

In this presentation, you’ll learn about a future-focused, adaptive and sustainable water supply plan produced by WSP and Tauranga City Council.

Creating a loveable city

• Michala Lander, GHD

Cities should be vibrant places where people want to live, visit often, and stay longer. Too often, the focus is on infrastructure that makes our places liveable rather than what makes them loveable. In this presentation hear how to put people at the centre of planning and create loveable cities with Michala Lander of GHD.

One Network Framework – integrating business process

• Andrew McKillop, REG

Hear how the One Network Framework supports the integration of business process across businesses in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Managing risky assets

• Rudolph Kotze, Holmes Consulting

Using scary photos to get funding is not good asset management, however keeping it simple is critical. The challenge is simply to make the right decisions at the right time for the right reasons. These decisions must take risk into account – how hard can or should it be?

Maximum benefit or maxed out? Targeted investment through optimisation of inflow and infiltration management

• Andy Gibson and Bryn Larsen, AECOM

In this presentation by Andry Gibson and Bryn Larsen of AECOM, hear about an optimisation tool for addressing inflow and infiltration within wastewater systems and see results from case studies and trials in the States and the United Kingdom.

Pipe dream or reality: smart sewers

• Robert White, GHD

Robert White of GHD will look at smart pressure sewer systems and whether they’re game-changers for the wastewater industry.

How do you reduce CO2 when renewing water mains?

• Leigh John, Aquatech Solutions

Did you know that the rehabilitation of pressure pipelines improves integrity and resilience by 30 times while reducing build carbon by over 80% and reducing disruption and safety-related claims and risks during installation? In this presentation, hear from Aquatech Solutions director, Leigh John as he gives an overview of rehabilitation techniques along with a study into the CO2 reductions for rehabilitating pipelines vs traditional methods. He’ll also share recent seismic testing and an Auckland International Airport case study.

Risk, contracts and insurance

Three waters procurement manual a path forward

• Ross Waugh, Waugh Infrastructure Management Limited

In this presentation, hear about international and transportation sector procurement trends and application implications for Aotearoa New Zealand procurement practices, including three waters.

Understanding risk allocation on alliance contracts

• Alexandra Burgess, Tonkin + Taylor

A key feature of the alliance contractual model is that risk is shared between all parties. Or is it? In this presentation we’ll look into how alliance partners work together to ensure a fair risk allocation within a collaborative partnership.

Building bilingual superheroes – demystifying the shadowy world of commercial risk and using our new risk language for future good

• Hannah Bryce, GHD

Risk, contracts and insurance. Three words that might be more likely to inspire a yawn than a burst of enthusiasm. And yet, these are three of the most powerful concepts connecting every single participant at the Future-Fit Aotearoa 2021 Conference. Humble tools we can use to drive successful engineering solutions.

Enhancing risk governance, how improving risk understanding enables better risk mitigation in a world of evolving risk

• Sam Ketley, Aon

The risks we face are evolving, and the available tools may be either inadequate or outdated. What can we do to enable change? In this presentation, hear about some of the latest approaches to the issue and discusses how multi-disciplined teams can help organisations improve their risk understanding to enhance risk mitigation.