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Collaboration between Waka Kotahi, The Road Efficiency Group (REG), local government and the transport sector is essential for the success of the AMDS programme to develop and deliver a national, shared standard for roading asset management.

How is the data standard being developed?

The success of the AMDS programme to develop and deliver a national, shared standard for roading asset management relies on a collaborative effort between Waka Kotahi, The Road Efficiency Group (REG) and the wider local government and transport sector.

Waka Kotahi is accelerating the development of the data standard to ensure sector benefits can be realised sooner. 

In collaboration with SMEs from maintenance contractors and professional services consultants that include; Fulton Hogan, Downer, Higgins, WSP, we are developing inventory assets and the management of the asset over its lifecycle (eg defects, conditions, observations and controls).

The standard is being released in assets groups by cycle for feedback from the sector. These cycles will produce outputs in usable formats (xls, xsd, pdf) to support the toolsets used by our sector partners.

How are we doing it?

  • Waka Kotahi is working with transport sector SMEs to create a common language in asset categories.
  • Developing inventory assets and the management of the asset over its lifecycle (eg defects, conditions, observations, controls) enabling key performance measures to be captured.
  • The standard will be prototyped and tested within a mix of small – large sites representing Road Controlling Authorities (RCAs) and Network outcomes contracts (NOCs).
  • Working with technology vendors to ensure their systems can function using the standard.
  • The  published standard will be publicly available for Asset Management Solution (AMS) technology providers to use in their AMS systems.
  • Understanding the type and level of support RCAs need to implement the standard, and working with RCA data experts, maintenance contractors and professional services to facilitate rollout of the standard.
  • Roll out of the detailed implementation plan and support will start in Mid - 2022 and continue over four years.

Prototype – validating the standard

The AMDS programme is testing and validating the ability to implement the standard with the RCAs, maintenance contractors and professional services through our prototype activities. This will provide the information required to develop a repeatable model to implement in July 2022.

Prototype work has started with Marlborough Roads in collaboration with Fulton Hogan, HEB, WSP and Waka Kotahi. Prototype activities will overlap at appropriate times with planned sites with a mix of small to complete sites to ensure enough level of detail and impact is understood to move to the implementation phase with certainty. The prototype work is being developed in partnership with Company-X, to analyse and validate the data, and with thinkproject to develop the solution as the incumbent AMS technology provider.

Timeline for development of the data standard

April to June 2021

  • Surface Layer
  • Pavement Layer
  • Subgrade
  • Structures group (Bridges, Culverts, Underpasses)
  • Poles
  • Outreach
  • Barrier
  • Crash Cushion

July 2021

  • Marlborough Prototype activities ongoing
  • Prototype site 2 begins

July to September 2021

  • Non-Electronic Sign
  • Traffic Control Devices Group
  • Luminaire Group
  • Environmental zone Pavement Surface Subgrade - Lifecycle

October to December 2021

  • Barrier - Lifecycle
  • Surface Water Channels
  • ITS Assets
  • Mechanical & Electrical Plant


  • Structures group (Tunnels, Retaining Walls, High Mast, Gantry)
  • GeoTech Assets
  • Network Group (Carriageway, Network classification zone, Road centreline, Multi Modal Networks, Kerb Extensions, Kerb Ramps, Pathways)
  • Lifecycle assets (all)

July 2022

  • Sector Implementation

Data standard resources


Introduction to AMDS [PDF, 161 KB] A one-page document provides a summary of the key activities and milestones of the Asset Management Data Standard programme
AMDS factsheet [PDF, 256 KB] Information sheet about the Asset Management Data Standard (AMDS) programme for better land transport investment decision-making.
AMDS RCA list [PDF, 180 KB] Information sheet about the Asset Management Data Standard (AMDS) and its Road Controlling Authorities (RCAs) list.
AMDS benefits [PDF, 115 KB] A one-page document provides a summary of benefits tested and validated with stakeholders.
AMDS prototype [PDF, 101 KB] Overview of prototype timeframes and activities.

Output files

The following zip file contains entities and associated attributes for review.

As the data standards are published, they will be circulated for feedback and then further enhanced. It is the project's intention that 'major releases' will be published at regular intervals. Please email with your feedback.

Name Version
Pavement layer, surface layer and subgrade, poles, barriers, crash cushion, outreach [ZIP, 864 KB]  1 (provisional)

The visualiser

The visualiser is a high-level process overview of the assets within the data standard. We invite you to play around to explore the asset types being proposed, their structures and relationships.

View the visualiser(external link)

Data standard references

Waka Kotahi and AMDS are aligned with local and global asset management and open data information. This section provides links to resources about digital engineering, building information modelling (BIM) and open data across New Zealand and overseas.

Building information modelling (BIM)(external link) MBIE’s resources about BIM in New Zealand.
UK BIM Alliance (UKBIMA)(external link) Information about the UK BIM Alliance and its activities to help promote the use of BIM in the UK.
Centre for Digital Build Britain(external link) Information portal of the partnership between the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and the University of Cambridge to deliver a smart digital economy for infrastructure and construction for the future and transform the UK construction industry’s approach.
Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia (IPWEA)(external link) Overview of BIM in Australia.
Australian Institute of Architects(external link) Information portal on BIM by the Australian Institute of Architects. Includes the glossary, Q&A, reports etc.
Austroads(external link) Austroads is the peak organisation of Australasian road transport and traffic agencies. The portal contains useful resources on asset management, BIM and other topics. link) Information about open data in New Zealand.
NSW Government – Digital Engineering(external link) Overview of digital engineering in New South Wales.
The Local Authority Guide to Emerging Transport Technology(external link) A practical guide to assist local authorities in planning, specifying and procuring future transport systems.