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 Bright Future Scholarship. He is a founding member of the Climate Adaptation Platform, specialising in Asset Management, Performance Monitoring, Climate Adaptation, Performance-Based Contracts and Benchmarking. 

His research includes condition deterioration modelling, asset management systems and optimisation of infrastructure renewal and replacement programs including road pavements, unsealed roads, water pipes and bridges. 

Dr Henning is a published author of numerous international journals, six Road Infrastructure Management (RIMS) Body of Knowledge Guidelines and is the primary author of four World Bank Guidelines for developing countries. 



Research | Current

  • Climate Adaptation
  • Infrastructure performance measurement, monitoring and reporting
  • Unsealed roads management
  • Road pavement performance
  • Recycled Asphalt
  • 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
  • Sutainability

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

Dr Garry Miller

Dr Simon Bush

Dr Kerry Griffiths

Completed Research Masters

Zuwei Deng

Carol Ma

Jude Kohlhase

Sine Foulger

Kerry King

Ross Waugh

Mark Allen



  • 2017 K.B. Woods Award for the outstanding paper published in the field of design and construction of transportation facilities at the 96th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) in Washington D.C.
  • 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)


Group Leader of Transportation Engineering 

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 Engineering New Zealand


Member of Transport Research Board (TRB) Standing Committee on Pavement Management Systems -- AFD10

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • 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
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jason Ingham
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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


Contact details

Primary office location

Level 12, Room 1210
New Zealand

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