So I thought I would just do a little bit of introduction about me. I started working in 1982 which is 34 years ago. I wanted to ask, is there anybody in the room that was born, before 1982? Or am I really that old? Thank you Theuns… I see your hand.
So I’ve been working for a while – for 34 years and I worked for the first part of my career in territorial local government in New Zealand. Initially, as a roading and transportation design and construction engineer. And then I did five years in urban water supplies and then ten years in waste water and storm water drainage.
And towards the end of that period, I’ve got, 1996 was when I started writing asset plans in New Zealand and I wrote some for the Council I was working for them at that time.
Those asset management plans got peer reviewed as equivalent to New Zealand’s best practice and shortly thereafter I decided it would probably the time I went and did other things.
So, I started the consulting firm in the last 18 years. I’ve been consulting right around New Zealand, up in the Pacific and in Australia in asset management planning, strategic asset management reviews, asset information systems.
Last time I’ve had a count, I’ve been involved in over a hundred AMPs, being written; which is a lot.
And I do a lot of peer reviews of AMPs. So, I did 150 additional ones I’ve peer reviewed. And that sounds like a lot but a council might have ten in suite, or 7 or 8 depending on how many they have done. So, it’s not hard to get up to that sorts of numbers.
I’ve seen a lot of asset management planning in New Zealand and I’ve seen the Australian stuff. I’ve seen the UK stuff. I’ve seen the American, North American plans as well. So, I’ve got a fair handle on what practice is worldwide in terms of asset plans.