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Dr Penny Burns, Chair, Talking Infrastructure Economists speak of the ‘natural level of unemployment’, arguing that even in the best run and most vibrant of economies there would still be unemployment. It is called ‘frictional’ unemployment and refers to those people temporarily ‘between’ jobs and it is necessary if the economy is to adapt to changing circumstances and opportunities. Is backlog maintenance similar? Can we say that in the best run of agencies there would still be backlog for ‘frictional’ reasons? Say, because unexpected breakdowns required parts to be flow in from overseas, or because it was more efficient to deal with a number of related ...
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Congratulations to our Buildings.PLUS second chance draw winner: Hobart City Council! Bill Hanley from Hobart City Council entered IPWEA’s competition for a two-year subscription worth $8200, which was open to attendees of the 2017 International Public Works Conference. Hanley was excited to score this great prize for his council.  Updated component ‘unit rates’ for Buildings.PLUS released IPWEA has just released to Buildings.PLUS subscribers a spreadsheet with updated building component prices for use in the building’s asset management software. It is recommended that subscribers update their component Reference library annually to ensure that financial ...
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CleverScan, a new manhole scanner from SECA, performs a comprehensive, fully automated assessment of manhole condition in just two to three minutes. It captures visual and dimensional data, and presents the user with three powerful deliverables: A flat scan with detailed image data covering every inch of the manhole wall, A dense point cloud for 3D visualization of the manhole structure and easy CAD integration, and A virtual view inside the manhole, where an operator can pan, tilt and zoom to areas of interest. Manholes generate a disproportionate amount of infiltration and play a unique role in the structural integrity of roadways. When ...
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Councils applying for Roads to Recovery funding in the future will be required to demonstrate their projects’ road safety benefits. Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester launched the first ever Roads to Recovery (R2R) 'Statement of Expectations' in an address to the Australian Local Government Association in Western Australia. Chester urged local councils using funding from the Roads to Recovery Program, to focus on improving road safety outcomes when undertaking local road upgrades. “When selecting projects, I am strongly urging councils to consider the likelihood they will reduce fatalities and serious injuries,” Chester said. ...
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A team of UNSW research students are urging regulators to properly consider green infrastructure – such as natural drainage, tree canopies and green walls – when setting charges for new property developments. A review by Masters of Urban Policy students found that a new approach to green infrastructure that involves better funding and regulation is essential to keep pace with Sydney’s population growth and housing density. The research comes on the back of the NSW Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) calling for public submissions to its review of the costs developers pay to provide water, sewerage and stormwater infrastructure to new developments. ...
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The number of girls taking part in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects has been declining at an alarming rate and has caused Australia to fall behind compared with other developed countries, a new study has found. The  Girls' Future - Our Future  report was developed for the Invergowrie Foundation by a team of researchers from Deakin University and the University of Melbourne. Deakin University School of Education researcher Dr Linda Hobbs said the participation rates of girls in STEM had declined since the 1990s. "This trend is similar in many Western countries, but particularly prominent in Australia," Hobbs said. "There ...
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One year on from the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that rocked New Zealand’s South Island , plans to reopen State Highway 1 north of Kaikōura before Christmas have been confirmed. The earthquake on November 14 2016 caused widespread damage throughout the South Island districts of Hurunui, Marlborough and Kaikoura, closing both State Highway 1 (SH1) and the Main North Line railway between Picton and Christchurch. It shook loose more than one million cubic metres of earth from the hills, burying the road, destroying bridges and ripping railway lines out into the sea. The road was cut off in two places: a 21 km stretch north of Kaikōura and an 8 ...
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Western Australia’s Water Corporation is harnessing the power of virtual reality to ‘walk through’ new assets before they are built, in an effort to eliminate potential safety concerns and faults.   The Water Corporation now converts design drawings into three-dimensional virtual reality; operators at the corporation’s Northam office recently experienced a 3D walkthrough of the design for wastewater recycling plants at Kellerberrin and Wyalkatchem. The operators were able to provide feedback to improve the design from an occupational health and safety perspective. Water Minister Dave Kelly says while the technology is not new, the idea for its use is particularly ...
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Claire Mason , CSIRO ; Andrew Reeson , CSIRO , and Todd Sanderson , CSIRO Advances in digital technology are changing the world of work. It has been estimated that more than 40% of human workers will be replaced by robots. This probably overstates the scale of displacement , but developments in the fields of artificial intelligence and machine learning will affect all sectors of the economy. However, the impacts of digital disruption will not be evenly distributed. Previous waves of technology had the greatest impacts for workers in routine jobs, but now a growing number of roles may be at risk. High level interpersonal and problem ...
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Two of the industry’s leading asset management organisations have signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) to promote a nationally consistent approach to managing public infrastructure assets.   IPWEA and CT Management Group have signed a formal MOA that will see IPWEA’s NAMS (National Asset Management Strategy) and NAMS.PLUS tools be adopted and recommend by CT Management Group and their Associates.  IPWEA Australasia CEO Robert Fuller said: “What this means is that councils in Victoria, Queensland and elsewhere who are using CT Management’s STEP Asset Management Program will be encouraged to adopt the nationally recognised NAMS and NAMS.PLUS methodology ...
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IPWEA has a number of members sitting on various Standards Australia committees, and periodically is asked to provide representation on additional committees.  We are looking for expressions of interest to represent IPWEA on Standards Australia committee CE-026: Precast Reinforced Concrete Box Culverts.  If you are interested, please email IPWEA CEO Robert Fuller at robert.fuller@ipwea.org
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Investing in research and innovation has paid big dividends for Queensland’s Department of Transport and Main Roads, with millions of dollars saved in the wake of Cyclone Debbie through more resilient pavements. The Department’s foamed bitumen pavements, which when constructed in the right environment with appropriate stabilisation are more resilient to flooding, have survived unscathed in some of the worst-hit parts of the state. When 3 m floodwaters inundated Camp Cable Road on the Mt Lindsay Highway, district staff understandably feared the worst. When waters receded, however, the foamed bitumen pavement was found completely intact. While some conventional ...
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The economy is showing strong growth in jobs which may start to impact recruitment and retention for engineers. SEEK Employment Trends reported that “job ads rose by 12.1% in September compared to the same time last year and the positive results were shared across every state and territory.” IPWEA’s own jobs board, www.Hoopla4Jobs.com.au has also experienced an increase in use by member organisations as it grows in popularity through delivering high quality candidates.    According to SEEK, the number of job advertisements in recent months have returned to the high levels experienced in 2010.  While this is a good early indicator for the economy, it also ...
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UPDATE - NAMS Partners Programme The NAMS Partners Programme seeks to develop a relationship with organisations that see the value in supporting the work being undertaken by NAMS and investing in the development of the asset management industry. This includes: Progressing new and existing projects and activities of NAMS in order to provide an ongoing leadership role in the industry. Working to identify ways to improve asset management in the public sector through collaboration, exchange of information, development of tools and guidelines, and in an advocacy role. Our current partners are: The Partners meet with ...
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IPWEA is proud to welcome Tasmania’s Matthew Greskie as its new President. Mr Greskie has been IPWEA Vice President and Chair of IPWEA’s Audit and Risk Committee for the past two years. Hailing from Devonport on the Apple Isle’s north-west coast, Mr Greskie is CEO of Dulverton Waste Management, which won the Waste Management Association Australia Landfill Excellence Award 2017 against many much larger and internationally-backed waste facilities. In accepting the honour, Mr Greskie said he saw only positive things ahead for IPWEA. “I feel quite humbled to be taking on the stewardship of this highly respected organisation for the next two years,” he said. ...
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Ashley Sowerby, Managing Director, Chevin Fleet Solutions Of all your fleet management responsibilities, vehicle selection and allocation are likely to present one of the greatest conundrums, so it’s important to conduct thorough research. Taking into consideration everything from practicality and safety to maintenance and employee satisfaction, you will be able to optimise the total cost of ownership (TCO) for each vehicle, streamline efficiency and get the most out of your investment. To help guide you through this complex process, we have outlined the top five things to consider when selecting your fleet vehicles. 1. Use and operation The use ...
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“Don’t send any work out, we'll lose our jobs.” What a load of rubbish.  If your repair ‘turn around times’ are being extended because you don’t want to send work to external suppliers, then you’re at risk of being outsourced. It’s time to wake up. Your clients don’t care who does the repairs, they want their fleet assets returned as quickly as possible, so they can get back to work.  Guess what? Your client’s areas are at risk of being outsourced as well, so best you get their assets serviced and repaired in a timely manner, so they can continue working. Are you starting to see a trend? You should be, and if you’re not seeing the trend, then you’re ...
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By Andrew Watt, Chain of Responsibility Australia The Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) is in transition to impose personal liability on local government executives. Although the HVNL has been around in one form or another since 2004, the 2018 changes will apply a direct duty of care on local government executives. NHVR advice is that “In mid-2018, the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) will be amended to provide that every party in the heavy vehicle transport supply chain has a duty to ensure the safety of their transport activities.”. This is in addition to the current fines for parties in the chain of responsibility and applies to the transport activities ...
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Data does not equal strategy

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Ken Goldberg, Managing Director, Modus Management When it comes to managing a fleet of vehicles with some plant and equipment thrown in, large amounts of data are generated. With all the zeal around analytics and visualisation tools, you’d be right in thinking that a treasure-trove of information lies hidden within all this data. Uncover it and you’ll be able to gain insights into key business areas like asset utilisation, financial, behavioural and environmental concerns to name a few. However, attempting to analyse data and make key strategic decisions without having a core diagnostic process means fleet management strategy may largely be inadequate. ...
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Robert Wilson, Manager IPWEA FLEET  During the week of 23 October 2017, Ross Moody and I had the pleasure of hosting the IPWEA Plant and Vehicle Management Workshop series in NSW and Brisbane. The events were well attended and we had the opportunity to hear from experts on matters such as: Final Tier 4 Engines for off-road plant, Chain of Responsibility (CoR) compliance, Vehicle Electrical Specifications and much more. As always, the comments and knowledge sharing from those who attended was a highlight. The 2017 series continues in Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth on the 14, 15 and 16 November respectively. The Workshops highlighted that CoR compliance ...
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