4 May 2015

Melaina Voss
Work Group Manager Planning Engagement and Policy


Melaina Voss photoMelaina is a Principal Planner and Work Group Manager for Planning, Engagement & Policy at Opus International Consultants in Auckland. She has over 14 years strategic planning and resource management experience in NZ and Australia.  She has recently finished her role as the Project Director for Regional Sustainability Strategy and Engagement at Mackay Regional Council, where she directed the Regional Sustainability Strategy and stakeholder engagement team.

Topic: An alternative future?
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Doug Mason
Engineering Geologist/Team Leader 

Doug Mason photoDoug is a senior engineering geologist at Opus in Wellington, and leads a team specialising in engineering geology, natural hazards and infrastructure resilience.  He completed bachelor degrees in geology and history and an MSc (Hons) in geology at Victoria University, and worked for GNS prior to joining Opus in 2004.  Since then he has worked in NZ and the UK on a variety of geotechnical and geoenvironmental projects including infrastructure seismic resilience, natural hazard risk studies and development of risk management strategies.

Topic: Resilience Of Road Transportation Lifelines For Porirua District
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Anna Robak
Technical Principal – Global Asset Management

Anna Robak photoAnna is a member of Opus’ Global Asset Management group.  She specialises in valuing and communicating the value of infrastructure investments to asset owners' stakeholders. Anna has researched people’s preferences and behaviours about the services delivered by their infrastructure. With experience in asset management in water, transportation and buildings assets, Anna is particularly passionate about behavioural and natural alternatives to physical infrastructure for smarter, more sustainable asset management.

Topic: What New Zealand Water Customers Are Willing To Pay For, And The Idiosyncrasies In Their Preferences And Behaviours
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Topic: Expecting the Unexpected: Scenario Planning and Human Behaviour are Two Fundamental Components of Robust Infrastructure Strategy
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Travis Gilbertson
Infrastructure Asset Management, Sector Leader, Australia

Travis Gilbertson photoTravis has over 25 years of experience in infrastructure asset management planning in Australia, New Zealand and Canada, with specialist knowledge and application in risk management, performance management, and creating ‘value for money’ asset management solutions. Travis is a Certified Asset Management Assessor (CAMA) for ISO 55001, which confirms technical competence and experience in application of this Standard.  He has also been certified by a Conformance Assessment Body.

Topic: What can local government learn from ISO 55001?
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Philip McFarlane
Director of Global Asset Management

Phil McFarlane photoPhilip McFarlane is Director of Global Asset Management at Opus International Consultants Ltd.  He is responsible for the growth of the company’s asset management market globally.

Philip has a background in the planning, condition assessment, design and rehabilitation of wastewater, stormwater and potable water systems.  He has over 30 years’ experience in civil engineering in New Zealand, Asia and England. 

Following the Canterbury earthquakes he has been involved in recovery and rebuild activities in Kaiapoi and Christchurch.  In 2011 he lead one of the design teams in the SCIRT alliance and continues to have an ongoing role with their design activities.

He is currently team leader of the research project into the Seismic Response of Underground Utilities being undertaken by Opus Research and GNS which has been commissioned by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).

Topic: Infrastructure Resilience – What Does It Mean And How Can It Be Integrated Into Asset Management
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Phil Harrison
Principal Transportation Consultant

Phil Harrison photoPhil has a wide experience in many areas of transport planning and engineering over 30 years.  He started his career with the NZ Ministry of Transport, before moving to the UK in 1990. He has worked in New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, the UK, Germany, Taiwan and Puerto Rico. 

He returned to NZ and joined Opus in January 2009 when he became Project Manager for the AMETI package through to delivery in 2014, and is currently Deputy Team Leader and Design Manager for the Northern Corridor Improvement project in Auckland. Phil is the Transport Group Manager in Opus’ Auckland office.

Topic: Ameti Panmure: A sustainable transport solution - or not? 
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Dan Stevens
Market Sector Manager - Urban Water

Dan Stevens PhotoDan Stevens is a Chartered Environmentalist and Chartered Water and Environmental Manager with over 30 years international experience in the water industry.

He is a Partner of Opus International Consultants and is their Market Sector Manager – Urban Water, based in Christchurch, New Zealand. Dan is widely recognised internationally for his work in advanced asset management. He leads a team which provides high level asset management services for a wide range of clients including Local Councils and Bulk Water Suppliers in New Zealand and Australia.

Topic: Okay who’s next? Our role in developing and mentoring the next generation of public works engineers
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Josiah Simmonds
Graduate Environmental Engineer 

Josiah SimmondsJosiah graduated from the University of Canterbury with a BE(Hons) and has been with Opus International Consultants as an Environmental Engineer for over two years. He has been involved in a number of key earthquake recovery projects in Christchurch and has experience in stormwater treatment design, hydraulic modelling, water and wastewater pipeline design, and contract management.

Topic: Okay who’s next? Our role in developing and mentoring the next generation of public works engineers
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Pathmanathan Brabhaharan
Technical Principal 

Brahba photoBrabhaharan is a Technical Principal at Opus, specialising in Geotechnical and Earthquake Engineering and Resilience, and provides technical direction to professionals operating these areas from across New Zealand and globally. He has a degree in civil engineering, a masters degree in geotechnical engineering and a MBA in technology management. Brabha has over 32 years’ experience, including 26 years based in New Zealand. He has been involved in the development of a variety of infrastructure and buildings across all sectors, and has been involved in the assessment and mapping of natural hazards, understanding the risks to the built environment, and developing and implementing strategies to enhance resilience.

Topic: Planning for sustainable communities resilient to natural hazards
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Jared Thomas
Research Manager Behavioural Sciences

Jared Thomas
Jared has a decade of experience in applied psychology, with specialty in human factors in transport, research methods, scale development, attitude shift and behavioural adaptation. Since joining Opus in 2001, Jared has developed specialist research capability across a number of transport-related fields including travel behaviour after natural hazards, travel mode shift, noise annoyance, neighbourhood quality, environmental attitudes, and the interaction of vulnerable road users (cyclists, pedestrians) with motorists. Jared has led research using innovative methods to measure human interaction within urban streetscapes. He has also tested the application of new methods to examine measures of perceived driver risk across different driving environments and between different vehicle types.

Topic: Expecting the Unexpected: Scenario Planning and Human Behaviour are Two Fundamental Components of Robust Infrastructure Strategy
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Renee Murphy
Planning Manager 

Renee Murphy 
Renee has experience in both public and private sector organisations in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.  She has particular skills co-ordinating the environmental and resource management planning aspects of large development projects, particularly those involving complex issues or multiple inputs.  Renee enjoys positive relationships with professionals across disciplines and is experienced in undertaking a co-ordinator/facilitator role both within the environmental and resource management planning fields and also in general project management.  Renee is sought after by a range of clients for her ability to clearly and simply convey complex planning issues, and negotiate successful outcomes on projects.

Topic: Expecting the Unexpected: Scenario Planning and Human Behaviour are Two Fundamental Components of Robust Infrastructure Strategy 
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Liam Foster
Planning Manager

 Liam Foster
Liam  has over 15 years experience delivering a broad spectrum of water environment projects. He is a Chartered Environmentalist and Chartered Water and Environmental Manager and a member of the Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management. He has particular expertise in flood risk management, green infrastructure, SuDS masterplanning, wastewater infrastructure planning and integrated catchment management delivery. Liam has a strong experience in developing long term asset plans to support least regrets infrastructure investment to help deliver robust and resilient communities and businesses.  

Topic: Expecting the Unexpected: Scenario Planning and Human Behaviour are Two Fundamental Components of Robust Infrastructure Strategy
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Jonathan Morris
Senior Asset Management Consultant

 Jonathan Morris
Jonathan is a Chartered Materials Engineer with substantial experience of assessing utilities infrastructure and a doctorate on the development of a non-destructive testing technique. Jonathan's speciality in Opus is understanding how things change in service and then using this condition-related information to meet asset management needs.

Paper - NZDIAM - The best thing since sliced bread?
Presentation - NZDIAM - The best thing since sliced bread?
Presentation - The path to a long and happy asset life