A New Model for Asset Management: Albany Lakes Precinct
C Blom, Anguillid Consulting Engineers and Scientists Ltd; A Irwin, S Rangamuwa, Auckland Transport, NZ
An outcome based integrated asset management approach that seeks to optimise performance, maximise efficiencies and quality outcomes, whilst providing a means of managing complex, multiple function, non-standard assets.
Over the last decade, New Zealand has developed a ?Low Impact Design? (LID) approach to subdivisions and land development. The approach, sometimes known as water sensitive urban design, involves a strong focus on the management of stormwater and sustainable concepts. Whilst often effective in principle, the councils and managers of the vested assets have raised issues with the long term operation, maintenance and whole of life cost of the approach. Many of these concerns center around transportation assets, and in particular roads, as conventional maintenance contracts may not readily adapt to assets with multiple functions, non-standard solutions, or green engineering. Environmental or community stakeholders can also be disappointed when assets do not appear to deliver expected outcomes, or when amenity values or functional intent degrades quickly.
When North Shore City Council (now part of the greater Auckland "Super City") opened the Albany Lakes and Civic Crescent projects (Albany Lakes Precinct (ALP)), it was realised that there was an opportunity to anticipate likely maintenance issues and establish a new approach to asset management. A project was therefore instigated to integrate asset management requirements for stormwater, streetscapes, parks, and transportation assets (which in this instance also included a public transport hub). The project aimed to enable the sustainable concepts behind LID, to address implementation barriers, and identify and optimise interface efficiencies. It encourages asset owners to think beyond the asset, and especially beyond the pavement.
The project foreshadowed the regional restructuring of local government (and amended asset accountabilities). Furthermore, the constrained economic context also provided an additional imperative to seek cost effective means of improving efficiency, value for money, and quality long term outcomes. What started as a simple concept and strategy is now being developed into a new asset management approach and is being considered for wider roll out; not only in Auckland, but in other areas.
This paper explores this development in infrastructure management. It considers the maintenance of the high quality civic area in which LID has been heavily embedded and the ongoing operational and maintenance approach necessary to maintain the quality outcomes sought. The approach provides a more holistic and responsive approach to asset management and establishes an industry step change.
Key words: Sustainability, asset management, efficiency, holistic maintenance, outcomes.
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