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Date(s) - 13/12/2017
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Owen Glenn Building Room 260-073, University of Auckland


Our final NZ Analytics Forum event for 2017 is the role that analytics is playing in infrastructure planning for New Zealand. This is sponsored by Hudson New Zealand and the Operations Research Society of New Zealand.

This analytics forum is being presented at the University of Auckland in conjunction with the joint annual conferences of the  Operational Research Society of New Zealand,  the New Zealand Statistical Association and the  International Association of Statistical Computing (Asian Regional Society).

As always, the Analytics Forum is free to attend (thanks to our sponsors Hudson New Zealand and the Operations Research Society of New Zealand), but spaces are limited, so please book early.

We have a top lineup of speakers across different elements of infrastructure, featuring

Haydn Read

Haydn has nearly 20 years international experience in manufacturing and operations management, predominantly as a senior executive in the steel industry. He returned to New Zealand in 2007 to where for the last decade and has managed large infrastructure portfolios, and in particular the strategic asset management planning and investment functions in Wellington City. In 2014 he took the Programme Director lead for NZ Treasury funded NZ Asset Metadata (shared data) Standards and Smart Cities Programmes. More recently he has accepted the role as the Head of Infrastructure Programmes at Auckland Council. His interest now lies within smart ICT in infrastructure and the possibilities inherent in new technologies, big data, analytics and evidence-based investment decisions in public infrastructure. His application of these technologies have provided the capacity to transform the design, construction and management of infrastructure assets; the management and use of existing assets; and the operations of transportation networks, water utilities, energy providers, and associated built environments. His experiences with these technologies have been transformational. Haydn has a Master’s of Science from Auckland University, an MBA in International Business and Finance from Melbourne, and currently working towards a PhD at Victoria University’s School of Government. The working title of his thesis is “Decision-making in Local Government – what influences elected member decisions in large infrastructure investments?”

Chris Vallyon

Chris is head of the Beca Analytics team that identifies the multimodal performance trends and underlying demands of the transport network. 15 years experience interpreting trade & transportation data. Use of GIS, Big Data, traffic sensors, traffic models, current and emerging technologies. Leading a team that provides analytics across a variety of modes (freight, car, bus, rail, walking and cycling).
Since 2006, responsible for delivering the National Congestion Monitoring Programme.
Since 2013, responsible for reporting elements of the NZ Transport Agency’s Statement of Intent.

Dr Steve Batstone

Stephen has 15 years’ experience in the electricity sector, including wholesale markets, portfolio and risk management, market design and transmission. His management experience in business planning, operations, and strategy analysis is complemented by being a specialist modeller in the field of decision-making under uncertainty. He typically provides advice on the selection and design of analytical approaches as well as validation, interrogation and how to integrate those approaches into business decision-making.

Stephen holds a PhD in Operations Research from the University of Canterbury, and has significant expertise in teaching at undergraduate, postgraduate and industry level.

Dr Geoff Leyland

Geoff Leyland is a recognised expert on transport optimization and simulation, and has worked as a consultant for several on NZ’s largest companies, helping them to improve operations efficiency and simplify operational and strategic decision making.

Previously Geoff worked at the The University of Auckland lecturing in optimization and commercializing operations research projects, particularly in the electricity industry.

Dr Leyland has a Bachelor of Engineering (First Class Honours) and Master of Engineering from The University of Auckland and obtained his PhD from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland. His thesis on multi-objective evolutionary algorithms can be downloaded from the EPFL.

Geoff speaks fluent french, enjoys telemarking and mountain biking, and completes the occasional triathlon.


Bookings are closed for this event.