Dr Theuns Henning

PhD (Civil Eng)


Dr Theuns Henning is a specialist in Infrastructure Asset Management. Theuns received his ME (Transportation) from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, his PhD at the University of Auckland, where he held a Foundation for Research Science and Technology Bridge Future Scholarship.

He has worked on many projects with various agencies including the World Bank. His research includes condition deterioration modelling, asset management systems and optimisation of infrastructure renewal and replacement programs including road pavements, water pipes and bridges.

He is a leading expert on how asset management can be used to manage long term performance contacts.


Research | Current

  • Infrastructure performance measurement, monitoring and reporting
  • Recycled Asphalt
  • Unsealed roads management
  • Road pavement performance
  • Identifying drainage needs on network level
  • Productivity in the construction industry as a function of information flow
  • Multi objective optimisation
  • Decision support for bridge assets
  • Oxidation of bitumen
  • Resilience of Infrastructure
  • Climate Adaptation

Teaching | Current

CIVIL 360 - Transportation Engineering

CIVIL 759 - Highway and Transportation Design

CIVIL 765 - Infrastructure Asset Management

CIVIL 766 - Road Management Systems

CIVIL 767 - Advanced Pavement Engineering


Postgraduate supervision

Completed PhD

Dr Megan Schlotjes

Dr Sachi Kodipilly

Dr. Hassan Husein

Dr Lin Chen

Dr Mohammad Nasir Mia

Completed Research Masters

Zuwei Deng

Carol Ma

Jude Kohlhase

Sine Foulger

Kerry King




  • SAICI Commendation for a Paper presented at 2013 TRB: Establishig Otta Seals in Tonga (2014)
  • Best Technical Paper Award during Dunedin Ingenium Conference (2013)
  • Breckenridge Award for Contribution in Asset Management (MWH Global Awards) (2005)
  • IPENZ Information and Technology & Networks Supreme Award for Engineering Excellence for the dTIMS Implementation in NZ (2001)
  • Best Paper Award 4th International Conference on Managing Pavements (1998)
  • Stanway Edwards Award for Best Research in Transportation (1991)


Director of the Transportation Research Centre

Director of the Research Platform for Climate Adaptation

Areas of expertise

  • Infrastructure asset management
  • Climate Adaptation
  • Strategic asset management
  • Pavement management
  • Water decision support
  • Performance monitoring and management
  • Asset management systems
  • Data collection


Committees/Professional groups/Services

Member of IPENZ


Member of Transport Research Board (TRB) Committee ABC 40 (Asset Management)

Member of Transport Research Board (TRB) on Pavement Monitoring and Evaluation (AFD20)

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Kodippily, S., Henning, T. F. P., & Ingham, J. M. (2014). Using a multi-phase model to predict flushing of sprayed seal pavements. International Journal of Pavement Engineering, 15 (3), 267-278. 10.1080/10298436.2013.828839
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/29265
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jason Ingham, Sachi Kodippily
  • Hussain, J., Wilson, D. J., Henning, T. F. P., & Alabaster, D. (2014). Comparing Results Between the Repeated Load Triaxial Test and Accelerated Pavement Test on Unbound Aggregate. Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, 26 (3), 476-483. 10.1061/(ASCE)MT.1943-5533.0000822
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Doug Wilson, David Alabaster
  • Bush, S, Omenzetter, P., Henning, T. F. P., & McCarten, P (2013). A risk and criticality-based approach to bridge performance data collection and monitoring. Structure and Infrastructure Engineering: maintenance, management, life-cycle design and performance, 9 (4), 329-339. 10.1080/15732479.2011.638143
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/9917
  • Henning, T. F. P., & Roux, D. C. (2012). A probabilistic approach for modelling deterioration of asphalt surfaces. Journal of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering, 54 (2), 36-44.
  • Kodippily, S., Henning, T. F. P., & Ingham, J. M. (2012). Detecting Flushing of Thin Sprayed Seal Pavements Using Pavement Management Data. Journal of Transportation Engineering, 138 (5), 665-673. 10.1061/(ASCE)TE.1943-5436.0000354
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/9766
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jason Ingham, Sachi Kodippily
  • Henning, T. F. P., Muruvan, S., Feng, W. A., & Dunn, R. C. (2011). The development of a benchmarking tool for monitoring progress towards sustainable transportation in New Zealand. Transport Policy, 18 (2), 480-488. 10.1016/j.tranpol.2010.10.012
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/16268
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Roger Dunn
  • Henning, T., Dunn, R., Costello, S., & Parkman, C. (2009). A new approach for modelling rutting on the New Zealand State Highways. ROAD & TRANSPORT RESEARCH, 18 (1), 3-18.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/13821
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Seosamh Costello
  • Henning, T. F. P., Dunn, R. C. M., Cotello, S., & Parkman, C. (2009). A new approach for modelling rutting on the New Zealand State Highways. Road and Transport Research Journal, 18 (1), 3-18.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/10038
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Roger Dunn


Contact details

Primary office location

Level 12, Room 1212
New Zealand

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