Seminar Series 2018

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 

Valuation of Infrastructure Assets

10th April Christchurch

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Using the ISO Asset Management Standards

10th April Wellington

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Strategic Asset Management for Recreation Facilities and Open Spaces

16th April Wellington

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Advanced Asset Management Planning for Recreation Facilities and Open Spaces

17th April Wellington

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Introduction to Asset Management

1st May Wellington

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Writing, Living & Updating Asset Management Plans

2nd May Wellington

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Asset Management for Central Government

15th May Wellington

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Assessing & Improving Asset Management Maturity

16th May Wellington

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Asset Management for Buildings

14th June Wellington

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Seminars That We Run  


Assessing & Advancing Asset Management Maturity

This course is designed to help Government agencies to understand the asset management maturity and asset performance 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 

The course is relevant to those people trying to make infrastructure decisions at many levels - strategic level of service decisions, compiling a prioritised ‘optimised’ programme of work or determining the best capital project or operational programme solution to a specific problem. 

In this course attendees will learn about key aspects of decision making and work through the decision process from defining the problem and establishing objectives through to evaluating the effectiveness of the decision made and the benefits achieved. A comparison of decision frameworks will be presented including the NAMS ‘Optimised Decision Making’ process, Better Business Case and Investment Logic Mapping.  Guidance is given on when and how to use different decision techniques (Net Present Value, risk frameworks, Multi criteria analysis, etc) and establishing decision criteria. The seminar will also cover ISO 55001 requirements with respect to asset management decision making.


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.


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, Living & Updating Asset Management Plans

Asset (Activity) Management Plans are a key planning document for organisations which deliver levels of service through assets. This course is a practical course on how to write, review, update and use AMPs as a core business tool. The course is aimed at those involved in AMP development, review or implementation.

 In 2017, local government will be focussed on developing AMPs that address issues and strategic responses identified in the Infrastructure Strategy and deliver the activity’s inputs to the draft 2018 Long Term Plan. Central Government will be focused on addressing weaknesses identified as part of the recent ICR ratings process, including asset management maturity and asset performance. This course will specifically address how this year’s AMPs can most effectively deliver on these expectations.

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. 


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. 

The ISO Asset Management Standards (55000-55002)

The ISO Asset Management Standards (55000-55002) aim to provide a global standard for management of assets.  ISO 55001 sets out the requirements for an asset management system* that provides a structured approach for more reliable decision making for the development, coordination and control of activities undertaken on assets.  This course is aimed at organisations that wish to align with the requirements of ISO 55001, working within NAMS Guidelines (which were updated in 2015 to ensure all ISO requirements were covered), however it is not intended to cover formal ISO certification and auditing processes.  Alignment or certification with an internationally recognised ISO standard can provide governance and executive management with more confidence that an effective asset management system is in place.


*a management system, not just a computer-based information system.




If you are interested in any of these courses 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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