Auckland University’s Centre for Infrastructure Research (CIR)—created to improve infrastructure decision-making and management through research, training and policy development—was launched yesterday in Wellington at a function held at Parliament.
Professor Davies says CIR will provide those building and maintaining the country’s infrastructure with greater access to emerging technologies developed within the University and associated overseas universities.
“We recognise that as a leader in infrastructure design and innovation we have an important role to play in the Government’s plan for infrastructure development within New Zealand,” he says.
CIR director Dr Jim Bentley says the centre has already begun working with water utilities on asset management and investment prioritisation, on social housing projects, with EcoMatters Trust on its Auckland Sustainable Development Centre, and on a Low Impact Stormwater Design project in Waitakere.
The centre is set to work with the new Auckland Council on a number of infrastructure investments. The centre’s director Dr Jim Bentley says the formation of the new council creates a large infrastructure responsibility that will affect over 1.3 million Kiwis.
“This responsibility also brings opportunities to work together to find ways to solve some of the city’s stormwater, water and transport issues,” says Bentley.
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