In March, I had the opportunity to attend and speak at the IDS conference in Wellington.
During this conference Philip McFarlane, Principal Engineer, Opus International presented on the new dTIMs Utilities Deterioration Model that has been developed by Infrastructure Decision Support Ltd.
Dunedin City Council commissioned some of the initial analysis using this model. The work completed by Dr. Laura McElhone and her team at DCC Water and Waste Services, in conjunction with Opus International, has been thorough and has led to a robust model in my opinion.
Subsequent to this presentation in March and because I was quite interested in the application of this model in our infrastructure management industry in New Zealand, I took the opportunity to go to Auckland in May.
I spent some time discussing the model and drilling into detail with Dr. Theuns Henning (disclaimer – we work with Theuns on occasion on Transportation Asset Management Projects).
I went away happy with the logic, robustness, and application of the dTIMs Utilities Deterioration Model in New Zealand. I have no hesitation in recommending it to my clients.
The Model IP is owned by IDS Ltd (which is in turn owned by Ingenium – i.e. New Zealand public infrastructure engineers).
If you own a copy of the dTIMS transportation model in your organisation then you are well on the way to deploying the utilities deterioration model and gaining benefits from the analysis.
As this Model IP rests with IDS Ltd it can be used by your own team or any of your professional services partners.
With AMP rewrites and updates coming on stream over the next few months it is worth considering how the use of this model and analysis might strengthen your Asset Management Plan improvement programme.
If you require additional information please contact Dr. Theuns Henning