Inspire : Public Works July Aug 2014
37 allocated risk. At times, the reward was more a stick than a carrot. However, the infrastructure has stood the test of time -- albeit time that has required in some cases signifcant maintenance or refurbishment – and it is ft for purpose in many respects. Resilience is about predicting the future to ensure what is being constructed can accommodate the current and an acceptable future demand. Auckland Harbour Bridge is a case in point, in which the capacity had not been identifed or allowed for in the budget, requiring additional lanes to be clipped on within 10 years of its opening. Resilience is also about accommodating operational and maintenance activities, and about building in the fexibility, redundancy and durability required of our infrastructure to withstand catastrophic events. We now have sophisticated tools to predict the future and deter mine the required capacity for a project. We also have the materials and work methods to constr uct projects safely -- but it is at our peril if we ignore the lessons of the past when we look at resilient infrastructure built by our forefathers. We need to use the knowledge and the tools that have been developed based on experience to deliver infrastructure that meets our current and future demands -- infrastructure that allows us to respond and recover in the wake of a catastrophic event. ••• contracts, reward is determined based on the risk that each party identifes it is prepared to accept -- there is no sharing of risk. Alliance contracts require decisions to be made in an open, transparent and collaborative relationship. In traditional for ms of contract, decisions are skewed to cover the affected party's risk, perceived risk or the risk that was not allowed for at the time of tender. 'Collaboration' is what happens in a contracting situation when the risk, reward and relationships are all working towards a shared goal. It is also what happens when there is transparency within the relationship. While each party has their own unique objectives, they are accommodated within the contract and supported by the relationship. I really believe the best contracts to work on are those where the relationships are strong and all parties work collaboratively, and what I think we have learnt from this word is to deliver better outcomes. 'Resilience', now what about this latest buzzword? Our forefathers built a large part of our country's infrastr ucture using materials and work methods that required a great deal more labour and energy resource in many for ms. The work methods used did not always consider the environment and were defnitely not what we would call sustainable. Furthermore, we injured or killed many of our workers through unsafe work practices. The contractual relationships were often adversarial based on unidentifed or unfairly These words don't make us better, they are simply words -- what matters is the infrastructure we construct, operate and maintain for our communities.
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