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Why do we need a standard?

The Asset Management Data Standard (AMDS) project will develop and implement a national, shared data standard for land transport infrastructure assets. It will be a way of defining and describing land transport assets, their attributes, characteristics, properties, location and performance to enable efficient and effective end-to-end life cycle asset management.

AMDS is one of the building blocks to enable a Digital Engineering for Transport (DefT) approach by providing an agreed set of definitions, labels, categories and data requirements for land transport assets across New Zealand. With the increased Government emphasis on infrastructure investment eg NZUP, the AMDS will build on the maintenance work to date, including additional zones and multi-modal assets as part of capital projects, providing the asset information requirements. 

The 2018/19 Government Policy Statement (GPS) sets an expectation of Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency to ‘deliver the right infrastructure at the best cost’ as part of the ‘value for money’ theme. This calls for a more mature approach to whole-of-life asset and activity management, and greater consistency across the land transport sector. 

The Treasury’s National Infrastructure Plan also highlights the importance of the development of ‘national, shared, open data standards for infrastructure’ as one of the key focus areas.

Other public infrastructure owners such as the water and broader utilities sector are also progressing their national, shared, open data standards. This means we are working collaboratively to ensure the interdependencies are better understood and, where necessary, the data standards for similar land transport assets are aligned to give a joined-up view of public infrastructure.

What are the benefits?

The data standard for land transport assets will offer a consistent, integrated approach to data structures and asset management. It will enable better asset data acquisition and analytics, better management of land transport asset data and greater opportunities for sharing and collaboration. This will help with forward work planning, strategic asset management and improved sector-wide investment decisions because of a richer, consistent, spatially-enabled evidence base.

Who benefits?

  • Direction setters and investors: more confidence in benefits, costs and timeframes.
  • Customers: better reputation from better value for money of activities, and more comprehensive response to service rather than technical issues.
  • Asset managers, engineers, planners: greater impact from expertise enabled by time freed from finding, reworking recreating data.

How does the AMDS enable us to better serve our customers?

This better enables us to see all the aspects of our service delivery and networks that our customers see, rather than from a technical, or single outcome basis. It therefore enables more comprehensive responses to be developed and implemented that deliver on safety and better transport options and improved freight connections and climate change. It is the “and” that matters because we create fewer disruption to services during implementation and get better value from two for one investments.

View here a list of short-long term benefits tested and reviewed with the AMDs programme stakeholders.

List of short-long terms benefits tested and reviewed with transport sector stakeholders [PDF, 115 KB]


Learn more about the benefits of AMDS.