NZTA First version of asset management data standard being released

After much anticipation, the first version of the asset management data standard is being released on 31 July 2020.

In collaboration with the Road Efficiency Group, and with significant input from the local government and transport sectors, Waka Kotahi is developing an asset management data standard to enable better land transport investment decision-making.

“This is an important and significant milestone in the Asset Management Data Standard project because we are moving closer to the prototyping and testing phase,” says Giles Southwell, GM Workplace and Technology at Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency. “Our partnership with the REG in developing the AMDS is vital to its successful delivery.”

Andrew McKillop, REG Programme Manager says “the Road Efficiency Group was set up to lead change and improve public confidence in the land transport sector and is therefore fully committed to supporting the delivery of this important initiative in partnership with Waka Kotahi. The adoption of a new standard will be a significant driver to improve the quality of data across the sector and lead improved decision-making by road controlling authorities.”

The purpose of the standard is to establish a common language creating a consistent way for the local government and transport sectors to define and describe land transport assets. The AMDS will enable road controlling authorities including Waka Kotahi to make better land transport investment decisions. Other benefits include:

  • Enabling better management of land transport assets
  • Providing opportunities for sector-wide sharing and collaboration
  • Supporting better allocation of funding
  • Enabling better understanding and prioritisation of regional transport needs
  • Providing access to and confidence in all asset related data
  • Achieving possible annual saving of approximately $70m

Waka Kotahi is working with the team of experts developing the 3Waters standard to ensure synergy and engaging one-on-one with all road controlling authorities to better understand the kind of support needed to implement the data standard.

This first version of the data standard and technical specifications will be released on the AMDS webpage where interested parties will be able to download specifications and have a play around with the model.

The reasoning behind releasing the AMDS in versions is to be able to measure suitability for use, aid discussion, gather feedback, gauge impact, provide visibility to asset management software (AMS) vendors and enable early prototyping which will be undertaken by a representative group of road controlling authorities to test the impact of the new standard ‘in action’.

There will be four releases leading up to the AMDS being implemented in mid-2021. Each release will deliver new asset types, along with an environmental lens and changes or additional information from feedback on the previous release.

A series of workshops are planned for early August to give attendees the opportunity to learn more about the AMDS and provide essential feedback to its development. Feedback is being sought fromroad maintenance providers, road controlling authorities, data system developers and solution providers, and anyone with an interest in the development and implementation of the standard.

The AMDS workshops are being held in Hamilton (3 Aug), Auckland (4 Aug), Wellington (6 Aug), Christchurch (10 Aug), and Dunedin (11 Aug). Click here to register to attend a workshop.

For more information visit the AMDS webpage - or email the team at

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