Who are we? Cécile Maisonneuve

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La Fabrique de la Cité is a think tank dedicated to urban innovations and prospective. In an interdisciplinary approach, urban stakeholders, both French and international, gather to reflect on good practices of urban development and to suggest new ways to build and rebuild cities. Mobility, urban planning and construction, energy, the digital revolution, and new usages are the five axes that structure our work. Created by the VINCI group, its sponsor, in 2010, La Fabrique de la Cité is an endowment fund, and is thus vested with a public interest mission.


Cécile is president of La Fabrique de la Cité, the think tank for urban innovations, which she joined in 2015, and a member of the scientific committee of the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS).
She previously headed the Energy Center of the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI), where she is now a consultant. From 2007 to 2012, Cécile held various positions within the AREVA group, relating to prospective and international and European public affairs. She began her career as a director of the National Assembly, where she worked successively for the Defense, Law and Foreign Affairs commissions.

Former student of the Ecole Normale Supérieure, laureate of the Institute of Political Studies of Paris and also holds a Master 2 in history from the University Paris IV-Sorbonne. Cécile collaborated with the Foundation for Strategic Research and the Center for Strategic Studies and International Studies (CSIS). She is the co-author of a biography on Benjamin Franklin (Perrin, 2008).
A former participant in the International Visitors Program (IVLP) of the State Department (2001), Cécile is a member of the VoxFemina association for the promotion of women experts in the media.

The Reemergence of the Kansas City Streetcar. Jason Waldron

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Learn how the Kansas City Streetcar went from the idea on the back of a napkin to one of the most successful streetcar systems in the United States and a catalyst for infrastructure upgrades and innovation.

Hear the story of how Kansas City’s modern streetcar program transformed its downtown with unprecedented ridership and economic development. Follow the Kansas City  Streetcar from planning, through construction and into passenger service. Understand the funding and public-private partnerships that were used to develop a funding strategy.  Learn how the project provided an opportunity to address other infrastructure needs and serve as a catalyst for Smart City innovation.

Jason  is a registered professional engineer with experience in program, project, and construction management for a variety of roadway, trailway, and railway projects.  He has been involved with the Kansas City Streetcar Project from the early conceptual planning, through design and construction and into passenger service.  Jason has spent the last four years with the City of Kansas City, Missouri and currently serves as the Program Manager for KC Streetcar.  Jason is a graduate of Iowa State University.

Young IPWEA Snappy Presentations

Determining the criticality of central Auckland’s road network

Kester Rebello
Co-authors: Karan Jaggi, Seosamh Costello, Daniel Blake, May Oo, Temitope Egbelakin & James Hughes

A new criticality framework for road networks is successfully applied to Auckland, and provides opportunities for improved resilience assessments.

The failure or disruption of critical transportation routes can have substantial impacts on societal wellbeing. Determining the criticality of transportation routes is thus of crucial importance for infrastructure providers and emergency management officials as it enables appropriate resilience assessments, and targeted improvement/intervention and investment strategies, to be conducted. We apply and validate a recently developed criticality framework for road networks to the central Auckland area. Following an initial pilot of the framework, amendments were made to the framework logic to account for roads providing little essential service in terms of the recovery function. Subsequent results, when applied to the central Auckland area, demonstrate that the amended framework is suitable for determining critical roads, and can therefore help inform future assessments of infrastructure resilience.

Kester Rebello and Karan Jaggi, from the University of Auckland, conducted the majority of research for this project and were supervised by Assoc Prof. Seosamh Costello in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Daniel Blake is a Postdoctoral Fellow for the Resilience to Nature’s Challenges (infrastructure) and QuakeCoRE programmes, based at the University of Canterbury. May Oo (Auckland Transport), James Hughes (Tonkin and Taylor) and Dr Temitope Egbelakin (Massey University) also contributed to the project.

Leveraging water supply resilience for Chatham’s from wharf upgrade
Logan Boyd
Co-authors: Richard Bennett, Kirsten Norquay, Owen Pickles

Working collaboratively with local contractors identifies a low cost option to provide resilient water supply for Waitangi and Te One.

The Chatham Islands’ remoteness and small population makes provision of a resilient, affordable water supply a key Council priority. The Waitangi community (about 200 people) relies on a single bore with summer demand exceeding aquifer sustainable yield, whilst nearby Te One (about 100 people) relies on rainwater. Several significant industries also wish to connect to the Waitangi supply or increase their take.
An opportunity was identified to use the bore constructed for the wharf upgrade project that would otherwise have been abandoned in 2018. The preferred low-cost option includes a new treatment plant and reservoir, gravity flow in network, reuse of existing reservoirs for network storage/ fire-fighting, and retains existing bore and treatment plant for emergency use.

Logan began his engineering career with Stantec New Zealand, finalising his degree in November 2016. Logan has enjoyed a variety of work in his short time at Stantec but his most notable work has been for the Chatham Island Council. This is where he gained his interest in hydraulic modelling when he was involved with designing a cost effective solution to supply remote townships with a resilient water supply.

From link to place: repurposing Te Moana Road
Chris Groom

The completion of the Kapiti Expressway in February 2017 disrupted traffic flows along Te Moana Road which is the main link between Waikanae Beach and Waikanae town centre. Overnight the traffic volume along Te Moana Road halved and traffic flowed towards the Expressway instead of through the Town Centre. This change presents Kapiti Coast District Council (KCDC) with the opportunity to redesign Te Moana Road to be more pedestrian and cyclist friendly. To take advantage of this opportunity a program of small projects was developed including new footpaths, pedestrian crossings and traffic calming. These changes will make the corridor more resilient to climate change as they help to achieve KCDC’s sustainable transport strategy.

Chris has three years’ experience as a transport planner in Wellington. Chris joined Jacobs in 2017 from the Service Design Team at Greater Wellington Regional Council which is responsible for the timetabling and route design of bus services in the Wellington Region. At Greater Wellington, Chris tool a leading role in numerous service reviews which provided improvements in reliability, capacity and simplicity for customers.

Rising expectations – sea level rise effects on the stormwater system at Auckland International Airport
Edwin Nixon
Co-author: Martin Fryer

Human-induced or not, climate change is inevitable. Auckland International Airport is building resilience by modelling and addressing future climate change disruption to their stormwater system.

Climate change, particularly sea level rise (SLR), is expected to have a highly disruptive effect on existing stormwater systems. Auckland International Airport is New Zealand’s largest airport and borders the Manukau Harbour. The Airport has piped stormwater reticulation which utilises six ponds/wetlands to provide stormwater treatment before discharging to the harbour. All of these stormwater devices are expected to be regularly inundated due to SLR, affecting their hydraulic and treatment performance. SLR is also expected to affect the hydraulic performance of the upstream stormwater system, potentially increasing flooding. How will Auckland Airport’s stormwater system and associated infrastructure cope with SLR and other predicted climate change effects? This question must be answered and the implications addressed to build resilience to climate change at Auckland International Airport.

Edwin joined PDP as a graduate engineer in early 2016. Edwin graduated with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Auckland and has gained valuable experience on a wide variety of stormwater projects in his two years at PDP. He has been involved in stormwater design, construction and modelling on innovative projects such as the Three Kings Quarry redevelopment.

Maintaining access on the Otago Peninsula, and securing access for the future
Josh von Pein
Co-authors: Andy Lyon, Kieran Trainor

The Dunedin City Council with Vitruvius engaged as project managers completed an intensive hydrological, geotechnical and safety program of works, which coincided with a significant weather event, to significantly improve resilience and safety along an isolated, slip prone, ecologically and historically important commuter and tourist route.

Highcliff Road is a narrow and winding road along the ridges of the Otago Peninsula which forms an important tourist route for Dunedin City, and access to many residents. The route is highly susceptible to landslips, for which the Dunedin City Council implemented a proactive resilience programme.
The improvement works included hydrological, geotechnical and safety a reviews using drone technology, drainage and culvert upgrades, construction of new retaining structures, road realignment, and the installation of road safety measures, in areas with high historical and ecological importance.
A State of Emergency was announced during constructing exacerbating existing slips and revealing new ones, however work was complete on time, on budget, for the benefit of counters, and commercial tourist operators alike.
The Safety improvements had and immediate effect, with a driver impacting a length of wire rope, above a 200m drop only weeks after installation.

Chartered Professional Civil Engineer with approximately 13 years of relevant design and construction experience, working for respected contractors, consultants, surveyors and local authorities in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom.

Building a Resilient Boston: The Path from Plan to Action. Katie Choe

Learn how Boston Public Works has navigated the challenging path from planning to implementation and what steps your community can take to overcome the daunting obstacles to resiliency. 

Climate Ready Boston is an ongoing effort to identify the City’s vulnerabilities and plan for the future.  The Boston Harbor, once the City’s greatest asset, has become its greatest liability as the City must prepare for monthly flooding and a projected sea level rise of 36 inches before the end of the century.  Hear about the tools and programs that the Boston Public Works Department is putting in place to protect against flooding, promote smarter development, and build a resilient community. What does it take to move a conservative and risk-averse organization to action?  Learn how Boston Public Works has navigated the challenging path from planning to implementation and what steps your community can take to overcome the daunting obstacles to resiliency.

Katie Choe, CCM, is the Chief Engineer and Director of Construction Management for the Boston Public Works Department.  She is responsible for 800 miles of roadway and 1,600 miles of sidewalk within the City, including an annual $40 million construction program, utility and private construction coordination, and infrastructure asset management.   

Katie previously served as a construction project manager, Sustainability Program Manager, and Assistant Director of Capital Programs for Massport where she oversaw the development of award-winning Sustainable Design Standards and Guidelines.  She is an active member of WTS and CMAA and serves as Vice Chair of the Construction Management Certification Institute Board of Governors.  Katie was invited in 2013 to be a delegate at the first national Green Infrastructure Summit and was awarded the 2015 Rita Barron Public Official Award from the Charles River Watershed Association. 

Katie holds a Bachelors and a Masters in Civil Engineering from MIT.

Mike Holeszko

Southern Downs: To B double or Not To B double
Mike Holeszko, Southern Downs Regional Council

Road infrastructure is a critical link to provide and grow sustainability for a rural inland Council. So how does a Council go about ensuring an aged road network will meet the current and future needs? It does so by inspired leadership and engaging with the community and other government instrumentalities. Using this feedback, Council can build the strategic program of works required to address the priorities.
Businesses need every advantage in being profitable and freight cost is a large component. To shift 1000t would take a semi 42 trips whereas a standard B Double would do it 28 trips.
Southern Downs Regional Council (SDRC) knows that sustainability is about growth both in new business, enhancing current businesses, and attracting a population to support this.
An aged rail network exists and while Council has made efforts to connect to the proposed inland rail network, it is more likely than in the short to medium term the transport of goods will be by road. The advent of the Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport has and will make further inroads to local and Asian markets by the use of air freight.
Our Mayor Tracey Dobie decided the time was ripe to engage with companies and freighters to flesh out where SDRC needed to strategically focus within its road network. In this workshop she said “As a Council we are conscious that our horticultural, agricultural and livestock industries are growing and that greater and more frequent access will be required.”

Mike commenced with Queensland Department of Main Roads in 1985 and worked with them for 28 years in all facets of engineering within District operations.For the last 4 years I have been the Roads Maintenance Engineer for Southern Downs Regional Council.

Career highlights:

  • 20 years as an Registered Professional Engineer Queensland,
  • Being a mentor and coach for junior engineers
  • 2016/17 submitted and awarded 15 out of 15 Black Spot Projects for Southern Downs Regional Council.
  • Main Roads District Representative to Black Spot and Safer Roads Sooner State Technical Committee for 4 years,
  • Winner 2007 Roads Alliance Excellence Awards
  • Leadership Excellence Winner 2005 Roads Alliance Excellence Awards – “Innovation in joint purchasing and/or resource sharing”
  • Merit Award 2006 Main Roads Excellence Awards Business – Innovation and Improvement
  • Winner 2006 Australian Safer Communities Award – Pre disaster Winner 2006 Queensland Safer Communities Awards – Pre disaster Winner 2005 Queensland Road Safety Awards – State Government Initiatives
  • Winner Geoff Wilmoth Award 2004 and again 2017 – Best Paper IPWEAQ Conference
  • Personal Interests include: Grain feeding cattle, gardening, fishing, Sci-Fi movies, being in the great outdoors, and last but not least spending quality time with my family.

Disrupting the nation for better health outcomes. Dr Lance O’Sullivan

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Dr Lance O’Sullivan is a thought leader in the NZ health space and is committed to influencing redesign of traditional health services, which he believes is not fit for purpose in an age of technology. Lance will share his story of the challenges he has overcome and risks he has taken to be considered a pioneer in the provision of digital health in New Zealand.

Dr Lance O’Sullivan is an accomplished author, national and international speaker, role model and disruptive leader and innovator.  From a young boy labelled by society as a trouble maker, Lance developed into a passionate advocate for Māori health.  He is a pioneer for equal health care in his community and a champion for creating a fairer New Zealand.

In 2012, Lance and his wife Tracy established Navilluso Medical, a healthcare company committed to developing innovative ways to ensure appropriate and quality health care reached the right people in the right place at the right time.

Lance was New Zealander of the Year 2014 and also founded The MOKO Foundation, inspired by the opportunities that he himself had experienced in life.