It was wonderful to see such a fantastic turnout of RCA members at 6 September RCA Forum (check out our photo gallery for photos of the day).
Our speakers told their stories on;
recent weather events and the lessons learned,
how does infrastructure need to adapt and change to our needs and aspirations,
how do we get our share of the CERF-22 pie,
what does adaption planning actually mean for the road corridor,
You can view speaker presentations in the forum resource list (by speaker name) or in the September agenda (under each agenda item). If you have any further questions relating to these presentations, please email them through to [email protected] and we will look to get an answer for you.
A three-day event, IPWEA NZ’s 2022 Conference ‘Sustainability through Reform – taking Aotearoa to 2050’, will connect infrastructure, people and planet.
IPWEA will take a deep dive into the depths of sustainability, through a public asset and infrastructure management lens.
How can we move through reforms while confidently securing our sustainable future? Public works professionals, infrastructure and asset managers, engineers and local government staff and elected members play key roles in delivering sustainable outcomes, along with our senior leaders and executive teams.
This year’s conference features over 50 fantastic presentations from local and international experts, with presentation streams on themes from Environment to Risk to Digital & Design and Technology. Presentation topics will take a deep dive into all areas of asset management in the face of reform including;
Join Waka Kotahi’s webinar in September to hear an update from the One Network Framework (ONF) team on their progress to implement the ONF modal layers into Waka Kotahi internal systems and processes in time for the 2024-27 NLTP development.
A specific focus for this webinar will be sharing the recent work by the team to classify current state modal networks (public transport, freight, walking, cycling and general traffic) under ONF and a live demonstration of how to update and view these within RAMM.
Guidance on classifying the modal layers will be available soon, and to help you use the system Waka Kotahi will demonstrate the use of RAMM using practical examples and point to where you can find useful guidance. An open Q&A panel will also provide an opportunity to ask questions and hear from industry guests.
The New Zealand Utilities Advisory Group (NZUAG) Board (made up of 5 Corridor Manager Representatives, 5 Utility Operators Representatives and an Independent Chair), have a key purpose of being responsible for administering the Code of Practice for Utility Operators Access to Transport Corridors. This code of practice is reviewed every three years to ensure it is meeting the objectives of the overarching legislation. The code is mandatory, and allows for a nationally consistent approach for access, enables management of Utility Operators access to transport corridors, but ultimately is focused on safety, coordination, and effective working.
The review will kick off at RIMS in August 2022 and the NZUAG Board want to hear from users of the code – current and future.
Leading into the review, there are two webinars planned to provide people with information around the review, current issues, and how feedback can be provided.
The Minister of Transport is proposing regulatory changes to make it easier for local authorities, like councils, to make street changes that support walking, cycling, public transport, and placemaking. Ministry of Transport and Waka Kotahi want to hear your views on these proposals.
Consultation is now open on the Reshaping Streets regulatory changes. These proposals would enable local authorities to make street changes more efficiently and provide new ways for communities to be involved in changes that affect them.
Some regulations for managing roads are almost 50 years’ old and outdated. It’s important to update these to reflect our needs as a country now.
The first release of the standard is now available on the AMDS Website. This includes inventory along with maintenance faults and conditions.
Waka Kotahi will continue to receive feedback by email on the release of version 1.0 of the standard and will review and incorporate changes as part of Tranche 1 implementation, with updates to the release occurring every 4 months.
The standard continues to be developed, with future phases being released as identified below.
Implementation of the Asset Management Data Standard (AMDS) will be Road Controlling Authority (RCA) led. This approach recognises that RCAs are different and have individual operating environments. It provides RCAs with flexibility about how they manage their AMDS implementation.
AMDS implementation is phased over five years starting 1 July 2022 and completing by 30 June 2027, when it is expected that all RCAs will have adopted AMDS.
There are a number of activities RCAs and sector partners can do now to prepare for implementation.
Join our May webinars to learn about programme progress, Tranche 1 and 2 planning updates, and how you can prepare for implementation.
Amendment 4 to the 3rd edition of the Waka Kotahi Bridge manual has been drafted. The majority of the changes being proposed are technical in nature, conform to appropriate best practice in New Zealand and overseas and will have a generally neutral cost implication. There are however some changes that will have an effect on the cost of building or maintaining bridges and other highway structures.
The amendment has been developed in conjunction with the industry and is offered here for comment.
Waka Kotahi is developing new guidance for temporary traffic management to keep people safe on Aotearoa New Zealand’s roads.
Waka Kotahi has released the draft New Zealand guide to temporary traffic management with an emphasis on a risk-based approach to prioritise the safety of all road users including people walking, on bikes, driving vehicles and the many New Zealanders who work on our roads. It has been developed with input from across the sector and international practices to help contribute to Road to Zero, New Zealand’s road safety strategy, where no one is killed or seriously injured on our roads.
WasteMINZ is looking at developing a guide around management and disposal of coal tar in the road corridor. The guide is intended to provide direction on identifying coal tar embedded in asphalt or sub-base materials within the road corridor, options for managing it and disposal. From the work AT has done in Auckland (and presented at the RCA Forum a couple of years ago), we know that AT rarely finds coal tar during road corridor works. We also know that Christchurch does identify coal tar more frequently as a result of the earthquakes, and management/disposal of the material is a concern.
What we don’t know is the prevalence of coal tar in the road corridor across NZ and whether other RCA members have an issue with it – either as an asphaltic material or in sub-base layers. The working group is keen to understand the prevalence and whether the proposed guide is likely to be useful to NZ RCAs.
Waka Kotahi has published an updated version of the Standard Safety Intervention toolkit. This toolkit provides guidance for road safety practitioners on the effectiveness and value-for-money cost range of proven safety interventions to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on Aotearoa roads.
Transport projects are increasingly used to transform places, rather than just to increase or improve transport links. One example is the ‘dynamic clustering’ (increased density) of businesses, residences and people in areas affected by the project, which should be included in its appraisal.
This Hub provides a platform for iwi and hapū Māori partners, government stakeholders, academics and Māori organisations to identify and prioritise the main evidence gaps relating to Māori in the transport sector, and to collectively work towards addressing these gaps through further research.
WorkSafe (with input from industry and Waka Kotahi) has drafted good practice guidelines for road and roadside worker health and safety. This draft is now out for industry consultation. If you would like to review the draft and submit feedback, please see the following link. The consultation period closes 13 September 2021.
To help with the planning process for upcoming RCA forums, a short survey that asked forum members to indicate their level of interest for nine different topic areas (and 53 proposed individual topics) was sent to all forum members (identified by RCAF).
Waka Kotahi are reviewing speed limits on 11 corridors in Northland and North-Auckland, and from 3 May through until 14 June they are actively seeking people’s feedback on ways they can improve safety on these roads.
The RCA Forum Executive is keen to hear from you. COVID-19 has put a halt to the networking programme during 2020 and the plan is to gear up to deliver a rich and interesting programme over the next three years. If you haven’t already, please engage in a short survey that will help us develop the programme to meet your needs. You can access the survey here if you haven’t already received it.