Seminar Series 2016/17

NAMS Seminars consist of one-day courses that are run throughout the year in different locations around New Zealand.

Our Seminars cover all aspects of Asset and Activity Management, ranging from introductory and advanced learning levels.

All NAMS Seminars begin at 8.30am and finish by 4.15pm. NAMS provides coffee/tea on arrival, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea throughout the day.

NAMS can also arrange to provide these trainings in-house if required (conditions apply). Please contact Trina Paul if you wish to look at this option (


Upcoming Seminars 


Making Effective Infrastructure Decisions

16-17th February - Wellington

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Asset Management for Central Government

21st February Wellington

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Updating & Living Asset Management Plans

22nd February Wellington

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Introduction to Asset Management

2nd March Dunedin

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Writing Asset Management Plans

3rd March Dunedin

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Asset Management for Parks & Community Facilities

15th March Christchurch

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Updating & Living Asset Management Plans

21st March Christchurch

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Developing & Reviewing Levels of Service Measures

4th April Christchurch

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Developing & Reviewing Levels of Service Measures

11th April Wellington

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List of Seminars that we run  


The IIMM 2015 - Leading the Way Forward   

The recently released 5th Edition to the IIMM 2015 has undergone a number of enhancements to continue to provide the latest guidance for all infrastructure and property businesses at any level of asset management advancement.  For those seeking alignment with the international asset management standards (ISO 5500 series) the IIMM is now a complete and comprehensive toolbox.   30 new case studies (bringing the total to 124 case studies!) provide practical examples of how organisations have achieved benefits through implementing IIMM guidance.  Further details on content changes are detailed below.

An overview of the key changes made to the IIMM 2015 and some tips on how best to use the Manual.  Sessions focused on the new and significantly updated topic areas including the updated AM Maturity Index, the business case for AM, AM leadership, infrastructure resilience, decision making, auditing, management systems and AM systems, the Strategic AM Plan and Policy, AM objectives and operational planning.  Workshops based around new case studies – comparing and contrasting different approaches.  Guidance on using the IIMM to achieve ISO alignment or accreditation.

Assessing & Advancing Capital Asset Management Maturity

This course is designed to help Government agencies to understand the asset management maturity and asset perfermance sections of the NZ Treasury Investor Confidence Rating (ICR) and gain the most benefit from advancing capital asset management (CAM) maturity. 

Valuation of Infrastructure Assets  

A key component of good asset management practices is the completion of reliable, consistent and comparable valuations of infrastructure assets. Such valuations also contribute to better accountability to stakeholders and, of course, better decision making by those who manage these assets.

Whether you intend to undertake part of the asset valuation yourself, or you intend to engage someone else to undertake it on your behalf, it is important you and your colleagues understand the principles of valuing infrastructural assets.  Valuing infrastructure assets can be tricky unless you know what is involved.


Optimised Decision Making 

Asset Management as a practice has been used successfully in New Zealand for the last 15 years and in that time many organisations have mastered the core asset management techniques. ODM and Risk Management are two of the more advanced asset management techniques, and are somewhat trickier to master. This seminar will take attendees through a series of presentations, open forums, case studies and workshops with the outcome of developing and applying ODM and risk frameworks to a level relevant to the assets they manage. 


Developing & Reviewing Levels of Service Measures 

This course aims to help organisations develop a practical performance management framework which aid the organisation in improving its performance and which stakeholders and the community can understand.  Based on the NAMS Developing Levels of Service and Performance Measures Guidelines this seminar covers; linking levels of service to community/strategic outcomes, consulting with the stakeholders and the wider community, developing focused and meaningful levels of service and performance measures and implementing and reviewing levels of service. The concepts covered in this seminar are reinforced through examples and practical workshops during which attendees will gain hands on experience writing levels of service and supporting performance measures.


Here for the Long Haul(Incorporating Sustainability into Local Government Planning) 

While sustainability is an inherent concept in asset management planning, this workshop shines the light on seven key processes in local government where sustainability and asset management are particularly inter-connected. The workshop examines how sustainability dimensions can be infused into Decision making, Levels of Service, Lifecycle Asset Management, Project Management, Service Delivery, Financial management and in processes for developing Long Term Plans. 


Asset Management for Parks and Community Facilities

Although Asset Management as a practice has been used successfully in New Zealand for the last 15 years many public sector organisations have realised that there are some differences in the application of asset management principles to recreation and community assets. This seminar is designed to explain asset management planning processes specifically as they relate to the management of parks, reserves and community facility assets. 


Accounting for Infrastructural Assets

This practical one-day workshop covers the key aspects of inter-relationships between the concepts of asset management and accounting.

It is important that Asset Managers understanding the legal and accounting requirement that their data is used for. It is equally important that accountants understand the types and reasons for the expenditure how this should be accounted for correctly.

The workshop discusses the reporting requirements and relationships between operational, maintenance and renewal strategies for infrastructure assets.

The seminar will also examine the linkage between the financial strategy and infrastructural strategy


Introduction to Asset Management 

Introduction to Asset Management has been refreshed and will accommodate those people who have been managing assets for a while at an operational level and need to understand the strategic context of what they do. Asset management as a practice has been used successfully in New Zealand for the last 17 years with those organisations applying its principles seeing real business gains in the management of infrastructure assets. The Introduction to Asset Management seminar is designed specifically for managers and staff for whom asset management is a new process.


Writing Asset Management Plans

Asset Management Plans are a key planning document for organisations which deliver levels of service through assets. Complementary to the Introduction to AM seminar, this seminar is a practical how to write and update an asset management plan. The seminar covers each topic of the asset management plan in turn - what is needed, the linkages to others sections of the plan, good practice examples and how these might relate to different situations. The seminar will help participants to identify what they should focus on to get the most organisational value from their plan. 


Capital Asset Management in Central Government CAM

This seminar has been updated in 2015 to cover Treasury expectations for enhanced investment and asset management detailed in the recent cabinet circular.  The seminar covers the basic principles and drivers for asset management as a business process for Central Government. The workshop sessions explore the nine elements of the Treasury CAM framework and the use of these to drive increased asset management capability. The seminar will help participants to identify what they should focus on to get the most organisational value from CAM in a way that also meets Treasury requirements


Mutual Comfort; Building Audit Relationships **New Seminar still in development** 

This workshop is to provide asset and activity managers of audited public sector organisations with the background of the why, what and how of an audit relevant to asset management issues and long term plans .It will look at the audit mandate, the audit process, the likely lines of inquiry and the audit reporting mechanisms. Common audit issues and concerns will be examined with the intention that a better understanding of respective roles and responsibilities will bring enhanced outcomes for all parties. 


Updating your Asset Management Plans

This course is aimed at people who have an existing asset management plan that needs updating. The workshop objective is to provide participants with the skills to update their plan to enable the organisations asset management story to be told in a logical manner using language that is easy to understand. Industry best practice examples will be highlighted. 


Asset Management for Property

This seminar is designed for those managing publicly owned property assets. Based on the NAMS Property manual, property case studies are utilised to demonstrate the key considerations when managing property assets. The seminar specifically covers: an overview of asset planning frameworks and lifecycle management, asset information management, condition and performance assessment, using levels of service to define property needs, demand and demand management, capital project decision making. 


Its the Putting Back that Counts

This workshop will examine the inter-relationships between operational, maintenance and renewal strategies for assets - in many ways the heart of asset management. It will explore the different activities that make up each of these strategies, how best to define the boundaries between each strategy and how best to forecast and disclose the activities, both in a descriptive and financial sense. The workshop will also tackle the vexed question of how best to record, disclose and communicate deferral of maintenance and deferral of renewals. 


If you are interested in any of these course and want to know when they are coming to your area, please contact  

We give out NAMS Certificates of Attendance for our courses. If you have not received a certificate please email Trina

NAMS Seminar Cancellation Policy
You may transfer your registration to another person or another NAMS seminar up to 48 hours prior to the start of the seminar without incurring a fee. Cancellations of registration will incur a $50 administration charge and must be received 7 days before the event start.

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