Lunch and Learn about the importance of data in AM with Gemma Mathieson

Thank you to the new professionals who joined us on our Lunch and Learn on Friday 2nd December.

Gemma Mathieson talked us through her career journey and the importance of data in Asset Management and turning it into information.

She shared with us her favourite graphs and explained the many hats that she wears as COO of IDS and a lecturer at the Otago Polytechnic Te Pukenga, as well as being a RIMS member with Āpōpō  and being on the RIMS organising committee she is also working on completing her PhD.

She describes herself as “nerding out with data”.

Her takeaway to new professionals was to get involved, grow your networks, and get amongst it. That is certainly what she has done in her career, moving from new grad all the way to   the boardroom.
She shared with us some systems that she uses for managing data so here is a link to the open source software ‘R’.

The other resources mentioned were the Āpōpō guideĀpōpō digital badges, International Infrastructure Management Manual and apprenticeship study at Te Pukenga.

There was an interesting discussion about the software used in the roading industry – RAMM – and there not being an equivalent industry leading standard data management software for the water industry. There was discussion about the hope the 3 Waters reform was going to solve this problem for the water industry – but since the election the outcome for the water industry is currently unknown.

IDS has a pipe deterioration software which is available to their members.

We have clipped Gemma’s presentation from the webinar – you can check it out here!

What is Lunch and Learn? 

Lunch and Learn is our monthly online web series, aimed at infrastructure asset management professionals who new to the industry. Each session will have a different speaker sharing insight on their time in the industry.

These free sessions allow new professionals to korero, learn, and connect with others who are new to working in infrastructure asset management. They are a forum to ask questions and learn best practice from a line-up of experienced experts.

Who can join?

Lunch and Learn is open to anyone who has less than five years of professional work experience – including Āpōpō members and non-members. Feel free to bring your lunch to this online session, keep in mind we will ask that you have your camera on for part of the session, particularly for the introductions and Q&A at the end (intros and Q&A will be cut from the recording before it is posted).

Here are the next two we have planned, but keep an eye on our events page for future sessions.

Leadership in Asset Management with Vaughn Crowther 

When: Friday 2 February, 12-1pm

Where: Online via Microsoft Teams

We hope to see you there!