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The 3rd International Street Lighting + Smart Controls Conference is putting the latest in smart street lighting technology at delegates’ fingertips, with the announcement of Silver Spring Networks Inc as Platinum Sponsor. Silver Spring Networks delivers the Internet of Important Things™, by reliably and securely connecting things that matter, which include smart street lights. Silver Spring Networks, which has connected more than 25.5 million IoT enabled devices delivered across five continents, established its Melbourne office in 2008. Brandon Davito, Vice President of Smart Cities for Silver Spring Networks, says the conference, presented...
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When it comes to managing assets, many local government organisations struggle to get the accountants and the engineers talking the same language. This week, IPWEA held a roundtable on aligning asset and financial management, bringing the brightest minds in the business together to discuss pertinent issues such as useful life, strategic asset management plans, levels of service, assessing impairment of assets, and to answer the question: how can we get the engineers and accountants working together to achieve financial sustainability? The roundtable discussion will be published in IPWEA's digital magazine inspire , which will hit inboxes...
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The NSW Government will push ahead with planned city council mergers but will abandon pending amalgamations in regional areas. In a statement, Premier Gladys Berejuklian said all merged councils across the state will remain in place. In addition to maintaining all existing mergers, Berejiklian said the government would push ahead with the councils in Sydney that are before the courts. “Local government reform is particularly important in Sydney if we are to deliver on our commitments to increase housing supply, improve planning and deliver local infrastructure and amenity to communities,” she said. “We have also listened to concerns...
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Australian researchers have promised to modernise wastewater treatment by developing next-gen water and wastewater filtration technology. Led by Monash University, the research into new wastewater filtration products will be based on the latest advances in nanotechnology, using graphene oxide to dramatically improve performance and reduce current energy use. The research and development team behind the project recently won funding through the Australian Government’s Cooperative Research Centres Projects (CRC-P) program and aim to deliver working products in the next 2-3 years. Lead researcher Associate Professor Mainak Majumder from Monash University...
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Swarms of drones could one day be used to locate and potentially triage people trapped by debris from natural disasters. The University of Canterbury’s Wireless Research Centre (WRC) has been collaborating with Professor Ryuji Kohno and research colleagues from Yokohama National University on the use of drones for search and rescue in large-scale emergencies. WRC Research Leader Dr Graeme Woodward says researchers from the new UC DroneLab and their Japanese collaborators are developing technology to enable swarms of drones to locate, and potentially to triage, casualties by flying formations in the aftermath of earthquakes and tsunamis. The recent...
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IPWEA Australasia has recently signed Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) with the American Public Works Association (APWA), Canadian Network of Asset Managers (CNAM) and the Finish Association Municipal Engineering (FAME) - Finland. These strategic MoUs compliment the over 20 countries world-wide that are using IPWEA's IIMM as the basis for their asset management. For IPWEA's National Asset Management Strategy (NAMS) this is a significant recognition of the expertise that resides within IPWEA and the NAMS portfolio. These MoUs are already being converted into direct benefits for both organisations with 45% of our current intake for the IPWEA Professional...
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Hugh Saddler , Australian National University On the early evening of Wednesday, February 8, electricity supply to some 90,000 households and businesses in South Australia was cut off for up to an hour . Two days later, all electricity consumers in New South Wales were warned the same could happen to them. It didn’t, but apparently only because supply was cut to the Tomago aluminium smelter instead . In Queensland, it was suggested consumers might also be at risk over the two following days, even though it was a weekend, and again on Monday, February 13. What is going on? The first point to note is that these were all very hot days. This...
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Illuminating the streets of downtown Los Angeles with clear, soft white LED light has played a significant role in reducing street crime, increasing public confidence and breathing life back into the area. LA Bureau of Street Lighting Director Ed Ebrahimian. The City of Los Angeles is home to one of the world’s largest and most advanced LED street lighting deployments, which the city’s Bureau of Street Lighting Director Ed Ebrahimian says is contributing to the downtown area’s well-documented transformation from ghost town to chic metropolis, especially at night. “People feel much more comfortable coming to downtown...
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Ipswich’s commitment to digital innovation has seen it named one of the world’s Top 7 Intelligent Communities, days after it announced it would be taking ownership of street lights in new residential developments. New York-based think-tank the Intelligent Communities Forum (ICF) applauded Ipswich’s Smart City Program at a conference in Taiwan. It is now in the running to be named the Intelligent Community of the Year in June. ““The City of Ipswich has chosen to lead an economic and social transformation agenda by educating citizens, fostering innovation and enabling new ways of working and living,” City of Ipswich...
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IPWEA and the Canadian Network of Asset Managers (CNAM) have entered an agreement to identify ways to better serve our organisations, members and communities through collaboration and exchange of information, education, training, technology and management practices. The partnership agreement was signed on February 3, 2017 by John Murray, Chair of CNAM and Ross Goyne, President of IPWEA. Asset management is the primary area for collaboration between the two organisations, with both recognising that asset management is a key element in the design, construction, maintenance and renewal of municipal infrastructure and a long-term contributor to the sustainable...
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Consultation has opened on the next round of heavy vehicle safety programs to be administered by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator. Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Darren Chester said the Federal Government would provide $3.8 million a year to support the Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative program benefiting both freight operators and the community. “I want to hear from operators and industry on the next round of safety initiatives and ensure that funding for heavy vehicle safety continues to hit the mark,” Chester says. “Australia’s truck drivers help get our exports to the world, help get food from farmers to families...
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IPWEA is asking public works and engineering professionals to send in their questions about aligning asset and financial management. In the upcoming inspire magazine, IPWEA will feature a roundtable discussion on the topic of aligning asset and financial management. The best brains in the business will get together to discuss relevant topics such as useful life, componentisation, residual value, the impact of ISO 55001, sustainability issues etc. 
So, we want to know: what questions do you have on the topic of aligning asset and financial management? We'll pass them on to the panel of experts to answer. 

 Email your thorniest question/s to Emily...
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After five years as CEO of Engineers Australia, Stephen Durkin has announced his resignation. Durkin says he decided to leave the organisation to pursue new career opportunities. Reflecting on his resignation, Durkin said, "I am extremely proud of the organisational transformation over the past few years and feel that it is now time to move on." "I have enjoyed working with our staff and many stakeholders to deliver an improved organisation for our members, and to raise the status and impact of the engineering profession in Australia and through our overseas chapters." Chairman John McIntosh thanked Durkin on behalf of Engineers Australia for his...
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LED street lights have been proven to halve energy bills, slash maintenance costs, create safer roads and improve public safety and community amenity – but many councils are still unsure how to move forward with their own projects. The 3rd International Street Lighting and Smart Controls conference, featuring world-class international speakers, will give local governments the answers, information and networking opportunities needed to grab hold of this opportunity. The conference will be presented in Brisbane, 14 – 17 March by the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA), the peak industry body for public works engineers....
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Ronald J Calkins, President, American Public Works Association It is quite easy to recognise a great leader when you see one, but very difficult to define what makes that person a strong leader. Are you a strong leader? Do you really have a good perspective on this? I have spent most of my career trying to be a good manager and leader. As a young 30-something manager, I took courses on how to be a good manager and learned valuable lessons that focused on planning, organising, directing and controlling the flow of work. I looked for similar guidance on how to be a great leader, but wasn't very successful. Having a left-brain perspective, I wanted...
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*Sponsored content A problem road has created the perfect conditions for a Queensland council to think outside the box Isaac Regional Council has used an innovative Australian product to improve the safety of an agricultural haul road for cattle road trains and other traffic, whilst slashing maintenance costs. Gravel re-sheeting and maintenance grading have been used to maintain the 43km stretch of unsealed road in the past, however Manager Infrastructure (West), Pat Moore, says the remote location and poor geotechnical conditions made these methods ineffective. The procurement of an effective soil stabiliser proved a smarter alternative. ...
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Navigating the regulatory laws that govern the provision of public lighting can seem a daunting task ­– but it doesn’t need to be. Many widely-held beliefs on this topic are actually myth, according to Wallmans Lawyers’ Partner Carolyn Vigar, an expert in utility and local government laws. “The public lighting area is where I see the greatest level of misunderstanding around the actual way the law applies to a service,” Vigar says. “The experience I’ve had with public lighting projects across Australian jurisdictions is that the regulatory laws are often misunderstood, and that misunderstanding has almost...
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When Alan Leeson sat down with his team to work out how they could put their tiny Shire of Moora on the map, he never dreamed the answer would be a video of the council laying bitumen. That's why the Shire’s CEO was “pretty staggered” when drone footage of a dirt road in the shire being bituminised went viral, attracting interest and admiration from around the world. At last count, the video has been viewed a staggering 16,800,914 times and shared almost 400,000 times. The video was uploaded to the council’s Facebook page in December, but Leeson tells intouch that it really started to gain momentum during the Christmas break....
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The US, Germany, France, Thailand, Norway, Denmark, New Zealand and the UK are just some of the countries our keynote speakers and delegates are coming from for the 3rd International Street Lighting + Smart Controls Conference in Brisbane, 14 – 17 March – just five weeks away! Where else are you going to get access to top-flight international speakers who will share their experiences on street light conversions from old legacy lights to new LEDs and smart controls? How did they manage the transition from energy company ownership to local government ownership? Did you know that some cities have commercialised their street lighting and are earning...
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Uncertainty continues to surround the NSW council mergers, with reports that Berejiklian Government may backtrack on its predecessor’s policies. Newly installed Premier Gladys Bererjiklian is deemed likely to dump pending amalgamations being fought in court, the Daily Telegraph reports. This decision would affect 29 councils, and would see the planned merger of Woollahra, Waverley and Randwick axed along with the merger of part of Berejiklian’s local Willoughby Council with North Sydney and Mosman. However, it is considered less likely that she will scrap already established Sydney council mergers. There are reports that ratepayers of already...
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