Programme 2018: Network Managers' Forum

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Monday 12th March Tuesday 13th March Wednesday 14th  March
Network Managers'
Strategic Summit
Day One
NZ Downstream
Gala Dinner
Strategic Summit
Day Two


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Programme - 

Held during the afternoon of 12th March, before the main 2018 Downstream conference, the forum brings together New Zealand’s network managers and their teams to discuss important sector trends and opportunities.

This complimentary event is open to all network staff involved with managing, designing, operating and building New Zealand’s transmission and distribution systems.  We look forward to seeing you there.

To register, please RSVP by email to Neil Wembridge at 

Sponsored by Nexans.



Registration - tea and coffee



Welcome from the Chair

Erik Westergaard - Senior Consultant, Advisian



Leaders’ panel: Network management priorities, responding to change

Are priorities for Network Managers shifting? The separate goals of managing day-to-day network performance are very different from preparing for a more decentralised energy system and increasingly digital future.

  • Balancing focus on the future versus present priorities (and resources)
  • Possible impacts of regulatory trends on network management
  • The changing distribution system operation role

Jason Franklin - Chief Executive, Powernet
Judy Nicholl - Chief Executive, Counties Power
Ryno Verster - GM Asset Management and Network Transformation, Powerco

Facilitator - Erik Westergaard - Senior Consultant, Advisian



Asset management response to distributed energy

As the owner and operator of the National Grid, it’s critical Transpower can continue to provide a safe, valuable and cost-effective transmission service for all New Zealanders for generations to come. When you’re working with hundreds of transmission assets, often with 30-40 year life spans, in locations right across the country, it’s a complex process to make decisions relating to these assets - and manage the risks associated with these decisions.
This presentation will explore the holistic relationships between risk, service and asset management. Traditional asset management principles can be inward focused, but as the provider of a key lifeline service for New Zealand, Transpower needs to first look outward to understand its customers, their needs and expectations, and what decisions need to be made now to ensure a sustainable, reliable electricity transmission service for tomorrow.

Julian Morton - Manager Performance and Risk, Transpower
Fiona Abbott - Asset Planning Manager, Transpower



Structured cabling solutions for smart networks

With the proliferation of connected IP devices being used in networks, the decisions around structured cabling are different to what they used to be. Nexans present learnings from energy networks in Europe.




Afternoon tea


Improved customer outcomes and network management through data

EA Networks has recently implemented a data solution to improve the monitoring and control of its scattered infrastructure and rural networks. Always a difficult proposition for the more rural and remote locations, the story of distribution automation and total grid visibility includes:

  • Network management considerations and operational learnings
  • Impacts on resilience and crew safety
  • Collaborating on the solution development
  • The business case, and post-purchase satisfaction as a whole.

Brendon Quinn - Network Manager, EA Networks



EPAAS - Convergence of digital technology and electrical protection

Using cloud-based neural networks and commercial communications, EDBs can reduce capital expenditure and fault clearance times to improve operational risk profiles for personnel and the public.

Brad Rooney – Business Development Leader, Mitton Electronet



Summary remarks from the Chair



Networking drinks and canapes


End of Forum