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The EEA has developed a new two day course on asset management, tailored especially for the electricity supply industry. The course is intended for people working in the electricity sector who wish to gain an understanding of the full breadth of modern asset management practice.

Attendees may be asset managers new to the field, people working in a related field such as operations or finance, or those who already have considerable experience in aspects of asset management who wish to broaden their understanding.

The course is applicable to those who manage assets at an operational level as well as those who are responsible for strategic aspects of asset management. The course is based on training material offered in public courses by the New Zealand Asset Management Support (NAMS) organisation, but is customised for the electricity sector. The customisation builds on the recent experience of NAMS in delivering in-house asset management training for Transpower.

Table of Contents:

Course Overview

Day 1 – Understanding Asset Management

The first day provides a comprehensive overview of asset management. It is customised for the electricity sector, but uses the International Infrastructure Management Manual as a key reference.


Gain an understanding of the basic principles of
 asset management          
Know what tools are available to use
Understand the key asset management concepts See what others have done
Take the opportunity to discuss AM planning with          
industry peers


Regulations, Framework and Guide                    Strategic Planning        
Levels of service Demand forecasting
Asset information Asset condition and performance monitoring
Decision Techniques Managing risk and resilience
Operational Planning Capital Works Planning
Financial Forecasting Plans and information systems
Improving asset management

Day 2 – Telling the Asset Management Story

This seminar is a practical ‘how to’ course on communicating the asset management story to internal and external stakeholders. Asset Management Plans are a key output from the asset management planning process and have a vitally important role in communicating asset management issues, investment needs, solutions and expenditure forecasts.

The seminar will help participants who are involved in writing, contributing to or reviewing asset management plans to identify what they should focus on to tell the story most effectively and in accordance with good practice.

The workshop will enable attendees to answer the following questions:

    • What is good practice, and how is everyone else doing it?
    • What should I focus on to get the most value into my plans?
    • What options are there for format and delivery of AMPs?
    • What organisational resource and structure is required?

On completion of the course, attendees will be able to write, review and/or update AM plans that:

    • Tell the organisation's asset management story in a logical manner
    • Use language that is appropriate for the reader
    • Support the higher level strategic documents
    • Provide a robust basis for long-term forecasts

Our training facilitators: NAMS - IPWEA

New Zealand Asset Management Support (NAMS) has led the development of asset management best practice within New Zealand since 1995. NAMS is a non-profit industry organisation established to promote asset management through the development of best practice guidelines and training. NAMS provides a hub through which industry professionals can both gain and distribute information on the latest developments in asset management. The NAMS Group’s manuals and guidelines are not only distributed worldwide, they are also well recognised and represent the world’s best practice.

NAMS is recognised as the knowledge centre for asset management and offer a range of seminars to support those in the industry. All training seminars are regularly updated and presented by experienced practitioners. Every NAMS Course is a mix of theory and analysis of actual case studies and practical examples with a range of exercises to assist in demonstrating the concepts.

Note: NAMS is a subsidiary of the parent company ‘Institute of Public Works and Engineering Australasia New Zealand’ (IPWEA NZ)

Course Instructor and Industry Guest Presenters

Lisa Roberts

Lisa has been working in the infrastructure asset management field for nearly 20 years and has helped to lead NZ and international asset management practices as the project manager and contributory author of all editions of the International Infrastructure Management Manual as well as for most of the other NZ NAMS Manuals. She is a highly experienced trainer and facilitator across all infrastructure asset management functions.

Other areas of expertise which support her broader infrastructure management role include organisational change, performance management and emergency/risk management. In the latter field, Lisa is an advisor for the NZ Lifelines Committee and assists a number of regional lifelines groups (forums where the region’s infrastructure providers work together to improve the resilience of the interdependent infrastructure networks). Her work in this area provides her with a good working background across all lifelines infrastructure sectors including energy, communications, transport and water.

Richard Griffiths, Strategic Asset Manager, Meridian Energy

As Strategic Asset Manager Richard is responsible for both reliability and strategic engineering services, comprising condition monitoring, risk management, asset management policy, planning and development of asset and maintenance strategies. Richard is also responsible for the implementation of all major projects across Meridian’s electricity generating asset portfolio.

Richard contributes to the wider industry with an executive committee role on the Board of the Electricity Engineers Association (EEA), is a member of the EEA Asset Management Group and is a founding member of Staylive, an industry group focussed on improving H&S across the electricity supply industry through sharing and developing best practices and consistent procedures across NZs electricity generation companies.

Dave Brannigan, Infrastructure Lifecycle Manager, Orion

As the Infrastructure Lifecycle Manager Dave is part of the team responsible for the management of Orion’s network. His key responsibilities centre on the development and documentation of Orion’s whole of life asset management strategies. These strategies use asset condition monitoring, and system reliability analysis to guide expenditure planning.

A key focus of Dave’s role is developing the end of life replacement programmes for network assets. Orion was an early adopter of Condition Based Risk Management modelling, which Dave was responsible for establishing and integrating into Orion’s asset management practices. He also had an active role in the preparation of Orion’s CPP application to the Commerce Commission with a focus on the restoration of the Orion electricity network post-earthquake.

Dave has over ten year’s asset management experience in the distribution sector at Orion, and is also a member of the EEA Asset Management Group

Asset Management Training 2 day Course Overview

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Dates for next Training

The next Asset Management Training is scheduled for July in Hamilton. Email to register your interest.

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