Asset Management

Asset Management Committee 2018-20

We are driven by the interests of our members, and you are most welcome to contact us with any ideas and enquiries for this network. 


Geoff Hales, Director and Principal Consultant, Barnwell Resources 
- Chair
Geoff is a principal civil engineer, with over 30 year’s professional experience, of which a significant portion has been in relation to asset the water industry. Through his company, Barnewall Resources Pty Ltd, Geoff has provided asset management consulting services to numerous and various size water utilities/businesses in QLD, NSW, VIC, NT and overseas. 

He is passionate about asset management, and in particular capacity development.  As such he has been actively involved with this specialist network for the past 5+ years.  This included being chairman from 2015 to 2017. Asked how he would like to help to contribute to the network through the committee over the next 2 years, Geoff says he would like to help facilitate professional development and collaboration/networking – through different types of forums, publications, and communications. 

Norbert Schaeper, Service Planning Manager, Sydney Water - Assistant Chair
Norbert Schaeper worked in the water industry for over 25 years with experience in operations and maintenance, asset creation, planning, urban growth and asset management. He has a Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering from UNSW and a Master in Engineering Asset Management from University of Wollongong. Norbert enjoys working with others to make positive organisational change that delivers community and the environmental benefit. 

His current role is leading a team of strategists and analysts to deliver asset lifecycle strategies and standards that align equipment performance with business requirements (balancing cost and risk). Norbert enjoys working with others to make positive organisational change that delivers community and the environmental benefit.  His current role is leading a team of strategists and analysts to deliver asset lifecycle strategies and standards that align equipment performance with business requirements (balancing cost and risk). 

Zoubir Ait Mansour, Suez Water Asset Manager, Suez Water ANZ
Zoubir has spent the last 15 years dealing with asset management issue in all sort of industries in France and worldwide. The positions he has occupied include maintenance engineer, contract manager and business manager for the French leader in industrial maintenance and capital works services (Endel Suez). The various industries I’ve evolved in include metallurgy, paper industry, power plants, and automotive.

Zoubir joined Suez Water in 2011 in Paris, to work on the development of asset management methods & tools and to provide support & guidance to our water treatment operations around the world. Since joining Suez Water Australia in 2015, he is focused on developing the BU asset management framework, including the implementation of an ISO55000 roadmap across all our operations and the improvement of our asset management system (Infor EAM).  

Danny Azavedo, Retired Asset management Specialist, Retired from Sydney Water
Danny is an Asset Management (AM) expert recognised in Engineers Australia, Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA) and Asset Management Council. Danny has implemented AM systems effectively for Sydney Water and built Risk, Maintenance and Reliability tools that are still being practised for the last 20 years in Australia and overseas. He is a mentor and trainer for AM and Engineering disciplines and a great negotiator in implementing improvements.
Danny has the following qualifications:
•             Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical), University of Nagpur - India, 1969.
•             Master of Technology (Production Engineering), University of Nagpur - India, 1973.
•             Post Graduate Diploma (Business Management) University of Nagpur - India, 1974.
•             Post Graduate Certificate in Project Management Institution of Engineers Australia 1998

Tom Carpenter, CEO, Institute of Quality Asset Management
Tom is the CEO and Director of the Institute of Quality Asset Management Pty Ltd (IQ-AM), he is currently a working group member of TC251, the ISO Committee who developed the ISO 55000/1/2 suite of International Asset Management Standards, and Australia’s representative on ISO/CASCO WG39, who developed ISO/IEC 17021-Part 5 (competence requirements for auditing and certification of asset management systems).    He assisted Downer Utilities achieve the first accredited certification to ISO55001 in Australia for its water recycling plant at the MCG.   

He is an existing member of the AWA Asset Management Specialist Network and has actively participated in activities such as the Committee led Ozwater workshops and providing report backs, updates and feedback inputs on TC251 activities.    He actively trains, assesses and audits asset management practice across the water industry.Tom has more than 35 years’ professional experience in technical, management, training and consulting roles in asset management, regulatory compliance and auditing, development of regulatory compliance frameworks, process and organisational benchmarking, strategic planning, operations and maintenance, risk, emergency and program management.    

Marion Derochet, Senior Engineer - Water, Aecom
Marion is a hydraulic engineer with 5 years’ experience in the water industry including, a variety of asset data collection, processing and checking. She has international experience having worked in New Zealand and Australia. She has intensive experience in water supply, storm-water and wastewater model build and calibration, system performance analysis and options analysis using a variety of proprietary software packages. She is also trained in developing and maintaining custom databases to manage asset data information. Environmental monitoring experience including wastewater and stormwater flow monitoring, inflow and infiltration (I/I) analysis, rainfall gauging. Marion is focussing on developing tools and processes to use the newest technologies in the water sector.

Stephanie Hastings, Process Safety Engineer, Melbourne Water 
Originally from Melbourne, I majored in Science and Mechanical Engineering at Monash University.  I have experience in design, project engineering, capital projects, construction and asset management.  During my engineering career I have worked in Manufacturing, Mining, Food and Beverage, Water and Wastewater industries.  
Some memorable site-based roles include being on-site in Wonthaggi for the construction of the Victorian Desalination Project RO building, at a Nickel mine in Indonesia undertaking investigations for an expansion project, and working at the Eastern Treatment Plant in Bangholme, Melbourne.  In my current role, as a Process Safety Engineer at Melbourne Water, good plant design and on-going asset integrity are crucial to prevent the occurrence of process safety events. 

Rebecca Kendall, Senior Adviser, Inside Infrastructure
Rebecca graduated from university six years ago with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours) and has worked in the water industry for the past eight years. Rebecca has worked in Asset Management teams since commencing in the water industry. Her career, so far, has focused on risk management, renewal and maintenance planning, strategy development and program management.

Rebecca has worked at City West Water (Melbourne)  and Queensland Urban Utilities (Brisbane). Her current role at Inside Infrastructure (Geelong) focuses on supporting clients with their Asset Management challenges across the elements of the asset lifecycle.

Rebecca is always keen to learn new things and is excited to join the Asset Management specialist network committee. 

Michael Ridger, Senior Reliability Engineer, Sydney Water
Michael is a civil engineer with 15 years’ experience in the water industry. He started his career as a client’s designer with Severn Trent Water (UK), and moved to consulting design (MWH UK), construction (4D Brighton and Hove), planning (MWH Australia) and project engineering (Atlas Engineering), before returning to a client organisation as senior reliability engineer with Sydney Water.

He has had the pleasure of working near Sydney’s’ iconic Bondi beach, but share in the responsibility for looking after the plant that keeps it clean. Michael is involved at a site level in a broad range of asset management activities. From asset condition monitoring to root cause analysis, preventive maintenance planning, infrastructure investment and capital project delivery. He is interested in BIM for asset management and IIoT condition monitoring.  Michael was born and brought up in Italy, studied and worked in the UK and have called Australia home, where I live with wife and 2 boys, for the last 8 years.