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Innovating Capital Project Portfolio Management for Stormwater

Auckland Council leverages FulcrumHQ for infrastructure management in the face of rapid urban growth and changing weather patterns 

Facing unprecedented weather patterns and an aging infrastructure, Auckland, New Zealand's fastest growing and largest city – spanning 1,086 km², needed an innovative solution to manage its $1 billion, 35-year stormwater capital infrastructure program. Enter LeapThought, delivering a world-class platform to support the protection of people and property from increased pressure on the city's stormwater systems.

The Context

Protecting people and property

Auckland Council’s Healthy Waters business unit is responsible for managing the Auckland region's stormwater flows and run-offs through pipes, drains, and waterways.

With key drivers focused on managing growth, renewals, flood mitigation, and environmental impacts, significant focus is given to the ongoing planning and delivery of capital infrastructure projects required to meet the Region’s rapidly changing stormwater and floodplain management requirements.

The Challenge

Critical data is contained in spreadsheets

  • Stormwater-related issues and opportunities identified from multiple sources need to be formally captured and managed to an outcome.
  • Stormwater capital and renewal projects need to be identified, registered, scoped, approved, prioritized, and programmed for delivery as part of a consolidated project portfolio spanning a 35-year horizon.
  • The end-to-end tracking of project outcomes across the whole project lifecycle and multiple teams are required, including integration between portfolio projects and delivery projects.
  • Use of spreadsheets managed by individuals to manage portfolio projects as opposed to a robust system and consolidated database.


The Solution

  • An extensible cloud-based platform used to track an extensive portfolio of stormwater capital and renewal projects across the end-to-end project lifecycle – from planning to delivery, and handover to operations.
  • Comprehensive capture of stormwater Issues, linked to portfolio projects and extended to manage stormwater catchment planning and modeling work packages, as well as the region's register of models over time.


Key Outcomes

  • FulcrumHQ has enabled a leading practice with global industry validation underpinned by a methodology enabling end-to-end lifecycle visibility of stormwater capital infrastructure projects portfolio.
  • Dependency on spreadsheets eliminated with the consolidation of high-quality business-critical data in one place that is accessible, standardized, and enriched.
  • Integration with other project management toolsets and associated critical data sets enabled.

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Auckland Council 


Government – utilities

New Zealand 

Auckland Council is the unitary authority governing New Zealand's largest and fastest-growing city, Auckland.

“LeapThought is a key strategic partner who understands the complex nature of our business as well as the ongoing strategic and operational challenges we deal with.”

Craig McIllroy
General Manager, Healthy Waters

LeapThought provides Healthy Waters with rich data-centric solutions and services critical to how we plan, deliver, operate, and renew stormwater infrastructure to meet the demands of growth and changing environmental factors. Their approach and cloud-based solutions have enabled us to rapidly establish, adapt, and grow a common-data platform underpinned by advanced data analytics that informs our business. It is one of the factors that propelled us to a leading position across 25 countries in one of the most prestigious asset management benchmarking surveys.

Nina Sardareva
AM Team Lead, Healthy Waters



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