Relevant Experience


Chris Shaw has been involved with the RAMM system since 1990 when he developed and presented the first user training workshops throughout New Zealand. At the time Chris was employed by Taranaki Polytechnic as a tutor in the Information Systems Dept. Over the next 10 years Chris developed and presented workshops on behalf of Transit New Zealand, Taranaki
Polytechnic, and NZIHT (New Zealand Institute of Highway Technology) in the following areas:

  • RAMM database management and report Writing
  • Using SQL and ACE report writer
  • RAMM inventory management
  • RAMM maintenance costs
  • RAMM asset valuation
  • Inspecting roads and establishingmaintenance needs
  • RAMM road condition rating
  • Excel for RAMM users
  • NOMAD forward work programming

Chris is also accredited by Transit New Zealand as a trainer for RAMM Inventory field data collection and validation including data loading and updating of TNZ’s databases.

Roughness data collection

In 2004 Chris Shaw (through SCS) was engaged by ARRB Road Info Ltd as Marketing Manager. During this year Chris gained in-depth knowledge of both the operational and technical aspects of the High Speed Data collection industry. Chris has also received training on operation of multi laser profiling systems, texture data collection, road geometry collection systems and continuous imaging systems. Recently Chris has undertaken extensive training in the use of the ARRB two laser profiler purchased by SCS.

SCS is fortunate to have secured the full time employment of Bruce Macfarlane, one of New
Zealand’s most experienced and highly regarded roughness survey operators. With over 16 years experience surveying roads in nearly every city, town and rural network throughout the country.  We are confident that we can provide an extremely high level of service in the most efficient and cost effective way possible. Few people, if any, could claim more experience and better professional reputation than Bruce in this type of work.

RAMM Road Condition Rating

Chris Shaw has been an accredited trainer of RAMM raters since 1996 and has been the sole
national trainer of RAMM raters since 1999. In this capacity Chris has facilitated the development and updating of the RAMM Road Condition Rating Manual on behalf of Land Transport New Zealand.

  • Chris also has a thorough understanding of the requirements of the RAMM rating and Treatment Sele  This knowledge is essential in the process of extracting road rating section data from client’s databases, management of the data collected and loading of the completed survey data back into RAMM. He also has a thorough understanding of the LTNZ requirements for RAMM data in terms of qualifying for central government subsidies of road maintenance and capital works. This funding could be placed at risk if rating data is not collected accurately and completely.

Bruce is also a certified RAMM Rater who has 14 years experience in surveying local roads in the majority of local authority regions throughout New Zealand. This experience is vital to SCS in developing this new aspect of the business.

From time to time SCS will employ sub-contractors for rating work. These sub-contractors will be experienced and reliable qualified raters and will be supervised and audited by SCS staff.
SCS believes that with the background described above we are able to provide a service of
uncompromised quality and efficiency with full compliance with the national standards defined
by LTNZ.

Data Management and Processing

In addition to the RAMM experience stated above SCS has also been involved in a number of IT
projects for a variety of clients including;

  • Development of reports and SQL scripts for Transit New Zealand
  • Documentation of reporting systems for Transit New Zealand
  • RAMM database auditing and exception reporting for several Local Authorities
  • Consulting and advisory work on maintenance cost collection for LA’s
  • Development of automated data conduits designed to transfer data between systems
  • Development and maintenance of database systems for clients including
  • Transit NZ (COPTTM)
  • Netball Taranaki
  • Ngati Mutunga Iwi Authority
  • Ngati Tama IWI
  • Taranaki Iwi Trust

Other Experience
Chris Shaw is a Transit accredited trainer for STMS and TC operators (Level 1) under the COPTTM Manual and has developed and presents the following workshops on a nationwide basis on behalf of NZIHT

  • Health & Safety on Civil Worksites
  • Operate Safe
  • Environmental Management on Civil Worksites
  • Unit 6006 (Asset Management) for the Diploma and Degree in Highway Engineering Degree in Highway Engineering






Track Record

Shaw’s Consulting Services Ltd has completed road roughness surveys for the following New Zealand Local Authorities

  • Ashburton DC
  • Buller DC
  • Carterton DC
  • Christchurch CC
  • Far North DC
  • Gisborne DC
  • Grey DC
  • Hamilton CC
  • Hastings DC
  •  Horowhenua DC
  •  Hurunui DC
  • Hutt CC
  • Invercargill CC
  • Kaikoura DC
  • Kaipara DC
  • Kapiti Coast DC
  • Masterton DC
  • Nelson CC
  • New Plymouth DC
  • Opotiki DC
  • Porirua CC
  • Queenstown Lakes DC
  • Rotorua DC
  • Ruapehu DC
  • Selwyn DC
  • Sth Taranaki DC
  • Stratford DC
  • Tasman DC
  • Taupo DC
  • Tauranga CC
  • Upper Hut CC
  • Waimakariri DC
  • Waimate DC
  • Waipa DC
  • Wellington CC
  • Westland DC
















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Shaw's Consulting Services Limited    Chris Shaw - Director   Tel. (06) 755 0115   Mob. 021 459 617