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The constantly evolving state and national laws require that I need to stay up-to-date on current legislation. Doing this means I need new and different ways to stay ahead of trends shaping the fleet industry whilst keeping the organisation safe from penalties or something worse for me and the executive team. Thinking positive now! The amount of data available to improve fleet operational efficiency has never been more abundant in the fleet industry. However, as the fleet manager, I need to find ways to leverage this data based on calculated insights being vigilant to protect the welfare of the business, as well as my drivers on the road. Get out of my way! ...
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Check out IPWEA's latest FLEET events and plan your year for professional development. Mechanical Maintenance Supervisor Training provides a valuable overview of the key skills and attributes of a Workshop Supervisor. This one-day course delivered by fleet practitioners is essential professional development for any aspiring supervisor, or current supervisors looking to hone their skills. Newcastle NSW - 24 September 2019. On-line Training Live, on-line and interactive Fleet Management Training will commence in September 2019. This training provides participants with essential need-to-know principles and techniques for best practice fleet management. ...
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The fleet management industry has such a diverse range of people and roles, and everyone has a unique story of their journey in our industry. This month we talk to Graham Morris, Manager Fleet Services, Infrastructure Services at City of Greater Geraldton. Graham has recently been appointed to the IPWEA FLEET Council helping to provide guidance in best practice plant and vehicle management and to support the IPWEA Fleet program. FI: How did you get started in fleet and plant, and what was your first job in the industry? GM: I qualified as a heavy-duty mechanic and worked for many years in municipal and long-distance passenger transport. My ...
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Providing professional development for the fleet community is a key objective of IPWEA FLEET. We see professional development as critical, not only because it keeps fleet practitioners in the know with up-to-date fleet management and industry knowledge, but also because it means we develop as a profession and an industry. On a personal level, professional development allows time for an individual to invest in themselves and to get away from the daily pressures of work to reflect and consider new ways of doing things. With this in mind, we are now well underway with planning for the 2019 IPWEA Plant and Vehicle Management Workshop series. These workshops ...
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Written by Caroline Falls and originally posted by Marc Sibbald, Fleet Auto News , August 2, 2019 One of the fantastic stories at the AFMA fleet Management Conference was the one told by GoGet general manager Justin Passaportis, about the car share company’s foundation and trajectory. “What we’re offering here is an alternative to car ownership,” said Passaportis. “We know we need to have our vehicles as close as possible to where people live and work. Each share car takes 10 privately held vehicles off the road.” Passaportis joined GoGet five years ago, from Hertz where he headed fleet operations for carshare. He’s overseen a trebling of GoGet’s ...
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By Robert Wilson – Manager IPWEA FLEET How well do you know the assets that comprise your fleet? Generally, the first response is “we know our assets very well” – but is this really the case? Inventory management is fundamental to the effective management of the fleet. You must know what you’ve got, where it is and who is responsible for it. Further, there is a base set of data that must be recorded describing the asset and associated attributes. Finance Asset Register or Fleet Asset Register Often management may consider that recording the plant item or vehicle in the financial asset register is sufficient. However, the financial asset register is ...
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The IPWEA Magic Tie lives on

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For those of you who don’t know the history of the IPWEA ‘magic tie’, it entered IPWEA folklore when it was worn by Kristin McKechie from OPUS International Consultants at the 2005 Adelaide IPWEA International Public Works conference. The tie became notorious as a famous – and valuable – accessory when it was cut in half and returned to one piece on the night, by ‘magic’. Leo Kaloglou, Komatsu Australia GM Mining & Construction, receiving the tie from its previous custodian, Bill Woodcock from Complete Urban The tie made a comeback at the Darwin conference Gala Dinner and it has continued its run as a conference fixture ever since as a charity ...
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The Regional Australia Institute (RAI) has called for a new national awareness campaign to promote the opportunities of living in regional Australia and help drive a population shift in coming decades. The recommendation is part of its new report launched on 7 August in Melbourne,  Regional Population Growth: Are We Ready?  – exploring the economic consequences of alternative population scenarios that could alleviate Australia’s megacity future and supercharge regions. The report was launched by Minister for Regional Development, The Hon. Jaclyn Symes, as part of the RAI’s national roadshow,  Regions Rising . RAI co-CEO, Dr Kim Houghton says this ...
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A new research report by Austroads presents initiatives being implemented by Australian and New Zealand road and transport agencies to deal with growing vehicle congestion in major cities and regional centres. Case Studies of Critical Learnings in Network Operations, Congestion Management Relief Initiatives and Planned Activities  was published on 6 August. “Agencies use a diverse range of treatments and operational improvements to tackle their traffic congestion,” said Richard Delplace, Austroads Network Program Manager and co-author of the report. “Key trends include ’sweating’ existing assets and infrastructure by using technology for real-time ...
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The Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group (MWRRG) has been supporting councils to respond to the temporary closure of major recycling facilities operated by SKM Services. SKM has contracts with 33 councils across Victoria. During July, SKM and associated glass recycling facility, GRS have been subject to Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) actions to cease accepting material. In response, MWRRG is proposing new collaborative procurements for recycling services, working with 11 council clusters comprising more than 60 councils across the state. The move to large-scale contracts signals a potential revitalisation of the sector. ...
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Automated transport is set to commence in Newcastle with the City’s brand-new driverless shuttle bus unveiled in July. Keolis Downer Hunter General Manager, Mark Dunlop with the Newcastle Lord Mayor and Keolis Downer New Mobilities Manager, Sue Wiblin The branded 11-seater vehicle is undergoing safety testing before passengers can enjoy the unique new transport service along the harbour foreshore in a 12-month trial. “This is a major milestone for the city’s smart city journey, and I look forward to working with Transport for NSW and partners Keolis Downer on this unique opportunity to make the future of automated transport in Newcastle a reality ...
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Jim Appleby is general manager of Reconomy at Downer. Last year, under his watch, Australia made global news for resurfacing roads and pavements using a product made from recycled plastic materials and glass fines. Next in Jim’s sights for diversion from the waste stream are road sweepings and excavation mud, as ingredients for a range of construction products. He will be a keynote speaker at the IPWEA International Public Works Conference in Hobart, 25-29 August. Jim Appleby, general manager of Reconomy - Downer inspire : How much recycled material has gone into road surfacing since Downer developed recycled asphalt? Appleby: After three ...
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Peter Way retires

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In 2006, after a long career of community service, Peter Way PSM, retired after 27 years spent at Logan City Council. He continued his contributions to the profession at IPWEA for another 11 years as Chair of the NAMS Council. He subsequently represented IPWEA on the ISO Technical Committee 251, becoming convenor of its finance working group. Below, Peter gives a history of his achievements and the progression of asset management priorities and resources. Words by: Peter Way Most of my career has been in civil engineering infrastructure provision in local government, giving me an appreciation of the need to match the services being provided with the ...
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IPWEA is represented on the ISO Technical Committee for Asset Management Systems, which is responsible for the development of the ISO 55000 family of standards that define good standards and requirements for a management system. Here’s an update on the committee’s most recent activity. The ISO Technical Committee 251 (TC 251) overseeing work on the suite of ISO asset management standards met in May in Nanjing, China. The committee comprises 32 participating member countries and 15 observer member countries. Peter Way from IPWEA was part of the Australian delegation. He was also convenor of the finance working group of TC 251 and director of the ...
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IPWEA’s Professional Certificate in Asset Management Planning is quickly becoming the global standard for developing sound asset management plans. Part of the reason is that the course content is not based on theoretical discussion and lectures. Instead, students draft real asset management plans using their employers’ real data, while their work is overseen by experienced mentors like Allen Mapstone and Steve Verity, both employees of IPWEA. “The students’ creation of a valid workplace resource is what sets the Professional Certificate apart, by giving it immediate and practical value to the student and their employer,” said Verity. Across ...
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IPWEA NZ's Vice President Priyani de Silva Currie reports back from the AITF Conference in France, June 2019 A positive and productive IFME meeting and AITF conference was held in Dunkerque in June with many of the participating IFME member countries including UK and Scotland, The Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Italy, France, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the US and China present.  The new and direct leadership of John Thomson from UK/Scotland is improving the outcomes and objectives of these meetings. (see picture below.) Four technical subcommittees also met during the IFME meeting to progress objectives in key areas of Asset Management, ...
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Whisper-quiet electric vehicles took over Sydney’s Eastern Creek speedway on July 4 when fleet managers test drove one of the largest selections of EVs assembled in Australia. The Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) organised the NSW EV Drive Day to demonstrate why EV (electric vehicle) sales are gaining momentum around the world and encourage fleet buyers to use their market influence to super-charge Australia’s move to electric fleets. CEFC CEO Ian Learmonth said fleet buyers could play an important role in helping Australia tackle one of its toughest emissions challenges – transport. Australia has some 19,000 organisations operating fleets with ...
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Tyre recycler Green Distillation Technologies, which operates a processing plant at Warren in Western New South Wales and is in the capital fund raising stage for another in Toowoomba, Southern Queensland, will conduct the first industrial trials of a revolutionary new thermoelectric device from the United States that converts heat to electric power. The devices, which fit around the exhaust flue, have some similarities to the rooftop polyvoltaic panels used in solar energy generation, but convert heat to electric energy. So far , all the prototype testing has been confined to the laboratory in the US and this will the first field trials to ...
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IPWC 2019 Keynote Q&A – Mike Ritchie, Managing Director, MRA Consulting Group. Ahead of the IPWEA International Public Works Conference in August, keynote speaker Mike Ritchie outlines the present state of waste processing, and the action needed to unite all levels of government on targets to give the waste stream its appropriate economic potential. inspire : What recent waste innovation has been most important? Ritchie : Weight-based billing (WBB) is revolutionising the way the industry measures client waste generation and loads, especially for small and medium operators. It is the equivalent of ‘smart metering’ for electricity sales ...
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Komatsu has released a new grader, the GD655-7, incorporating a number of technology innovations compared with its predecessors as well as other graders on the market – aimed at making it easier to use and more productive. The equipment will be exhibited at the IPWEA International Public Works Conference from 25 to 29 August in Hobart. The GD655-7 is powered by a Komatsu SAA6D107E-3 Tier 4 Final-compliant variable horsepower engine, rated at 134-165 kW (depending on gear and operating mode) and with an operating weight of 19.3 tonnes with rear ripper. Technology innovations include updates to the transmission and control improvements that make it easier ...
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