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At the Land Development Engineering Group Forum on 18-19 March 2021 there will be an election for five members of the Committee. The purpose of the Land Development Engineering Group (LDEG) is to provide leadership and strategic advice to the New Zealand Land Development industry on best practice Land Development Engineering. The Committee meets 3-4 times per year, and also has audio meetings around forum planning. Nominations are open for representation from the following IPWEA NZ Branch areas: Regions of Representation: One Member from the Otago/Southland Branch One Member from the Northern South Island Branch One Member from the Wellington/Taranaki ...
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IPWEA NZ President's Column - Getting off to a Good Start ~ Myles Lind, President, IPWEA Aotearoa Tena Koutou, As public works professionals, we are well aware that advancing technology is one of the big change-agents in our world of infrastructure-based public services. On the back on the 2020 pandemic lockdowns, the transition to low-carbon lifestyles is gaining pace, providing new opportunities for our communities to demand that we use new technologies to improve public works outcomes through enhanced energy efficiency and reducing emissions. It is no easy feat to predict precisely how technology will affect our sector, but lessons from other ...
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What’s wrong with online!! By: Anonymous Fleet Manager What wrong with these bleeding hearts? “I wanted to go to the football”, “I wanted to go to the concert”. Bla bla bla. Fact is we can’t. COVID has messed things up and some people are really doing it tough. So, let’s stop griping and get on with it! I’m using the extra time I’ve found to work on some long overdue projects at home. A mate of mine has gone back to studying. With all the great online programs and offerings there is still plenty to do. Even Jimmy Barnes is entertaining us from his lounge room! Let’s get used to it – online is going to be around for good and in many ways it’s better ...
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FBT What is FBT? A fringe benefit is a 'payment' to an employee, but in a different form to salary or wages. FBT is a tax paid by employers which is separate to income tax and is calculated on the taxable value of the fringe benefit. The employer must self-assess their FBT liability for the FBT year (1 April to 31 March) and lodge an FBT return. Employers can generally claim an income tax deduction for the cost of providing fringe benefits and the associated FBT they pay. Employers can also generally claim GST credits for items provided as fringe benefits. Types of FBT There are many types of fringe benefits and associated taxes. FBTs most relevant ...
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By Rob Wilson – Director IPWEA FLEET IPWEA Australasian Fleet Conference 2021 The 2021 IPWEA Australasian Fleet Conference is fast approaching. This year’s virtual event brings new opportunities and a new way to think about the conference experience. Some leaders in the fleet community are using the special organisational rate as a way to get more of their team and other stakeholders involved. They are making the conference an “in-house” event by getting everyone together in the lunchroom to watch and discuss the presentations. Some will use the virtual format differently – attending priority sessions live and watching others at a convenient time in ...
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Death and taxes aren’t the only two certainties in life. A third is retiring from your last job. So, like most things, it’s good to prepare in advance and have a plan for succession. A key part of this is ensuring that all your corporate knowledge doesn’t walk out the door with you. This is true even if you’re not wanting to retire or leave your job just yet. We all have a responsibility to ensure that the corporate knowledge in our heads, also exists outside of us and in the business. This enhances performance and will greatly improve your own productivity, since others can access key information independently and in a timely manner, leaving you with less ...
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Virtual Conferences are yielding surprising benefits – be sure that you know how to get the most from those virtual events you attend. This year IPWEA made the unprecedented decision to hold the IPWEA Fleet Conference as a virtual event. This is understandable, given the current uncertainty around cross-border travel and fluctuating restrictions and health concerns when hosting in person events. However, unexpected boons of virtual events are emerging as, for many, attending them has become the ‘new normal’. We all know the types of things people like about physical conferences – some like getting away from work or family commitments and being able to immerse ...
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IPWEA Aotearoa is delighted to announce that it has appointed Murray Pugh as Chief Executive following an extensive search to identify a suitable successor to Peter Higgs. Peter took up a new role as Principal Engineer, Waipā District Council at the end of 2020.   President of IPWEA Aotearoa, Myles Lind says, “We have very bold aspirations here at IPWEA NZ. Murray’s overall brief is one of building value, leveraging our proud history, and leading our transition into an increasingly digital and online world for our members. Murray will be joining a highly motivated team, and I’ve no doubt that his previous experience of business leadership, commercial development ...
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Smart Community Infrastructure: Your expertise is needed Australia, via RMIT University, is currently represented on an ISO Working Group (WG6) entitled Disaster Risk Reduction. This working group sits within Technical Committee 268: Sustainable Cities and Communities, Subcommittee 1: Smart Community Infrastructures. This Working Group needs your help in identifying examples of disaster resilient smart infrastructure across Australia . The goal of WG6 is to identify examples of disaster resilient smart infrastructure, for example, smart infrastructure systems that are resilient to disasters and which then increase the disaster resilience of communities. ...
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MEDIA RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE USE National Public Works Excellence Awards celebrate the best in New Zealand’s Public Works Sector 3 December 2020. New Zealand’s best Public Works and Infrastructure projects were celebrated at a packed Dunedin Centre, at the Institute of Public Works Conference in Dunedin last Thursday night, 3rd December. Into their 15 th year, the IPWEA NZ Public Works Excellence Awards recognise and celebrate the often invisible efforts and achievements of the public works sector including local government, central government, consultants, contractors and suppliers around Aotearoa. Their work managing our infrastructure assets is ...
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Reality is far different than lip service By: Anonymous Fleet Manager Let us as a fleet community pursue our options so that we can co-exist with the biosphere. It’s time to move from internal combustion to zero emissions. Sure. Your organisation probably has a policy in place to deal with sustainability but is it being acted on? Is it more rhetoric at a senior level and less about duty of care? We, as fleet practitioners, have a responsibility to start making choices in relation to sustainability. This should be backed by all organisational levels. What do we do with our old fuel tanks? Do we choose Hybrid EV’s, Battery EV’s, Fuel Cell or a combination ...
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By Rob Wilson – Director IPWEA FLEET The Latest IPWEA FLEET Initiatives for the Fleet Community I’m pleased to announce that registrations are now open for the 2021 IPWEA Australasian Fleet Conference. Given the situation with COVID-19 and likely continued organisational restrictions on face to face events, IPWEA has taken the decision to make the 2021 conference a virtual event. A virtual format will ensure the event goes ahead and provides a number of additional benefits such as: The ability to attend live sessions and revisit or catch up on sessions you missed for 90 days post event Lower registration pricing and no travel costs Greater access ...
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IPWEA FLEET Plant and Vehicle Management Professional Development Opportunities IPWEA is pleased to announce that registrations are now open for the 2021 IPWEA Australasian Fleet Conference . The fleet community is facing unprecedented change and challenges. Constant pressure to reduce cost, the rapid integration of new technologies and increasing compliance obligations are impacting how fleet is managed. IPWEA understand this and have designed the 2021 IPWEA Australasian Fleet Conference to be delivered as a virtual event utilising an audio-visual firm providing professional, state-of-the-art technical production and live-streaming capabilities. The Fleet ...
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Phil Jeffrey | Vic Member | 12 years How long have you been a member of IPWEA? 12 years including 6 on the Victorian board. Why did you become an IPWEA Member? I was introduced to IPWEA by a work colleague, attended a regional session, and liked the opportunity to connect with like minded people. What are the benefits for your role/career? There are numerous learning and networking opportunities associated with being a member of IPWEA. I have met many new acquaintances and reconnected with old acquaintances since being a member. Aside from the professional development opportunities, it has provided me with the opportunity to connect with numerous ...
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Les Stokes | Vic Member | 17 years Why did you become an IPWEA Member? I initially became a member to expand my networks, to engage with other Public Works Professionals and to take advantage of the information and training that was available to young and emerging engineering leaders. I’m pleased to say that as I have progressed through my career, IPWEA has continued to be relevant to the work that I do and support that I need. What are the benefits for your role/career? As public works engineers, we have an obligation to effectively provide, improve, maintain and operate public infrastructure. IPWEA has supported me to do this throughout my career. ...
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Updating Traffic Estimates - A review of industry practice by Mike Tapper - for RIMS RIMS (Roading Infrastructure Management Support) has recently completed a project to review industry practice for updating traffic count estimation.  Currently there is no guideline for undertaking traffic count estimates.  The purpose of this report was to research current methods used in the industry for updating traffic estimates in RAMM.  Part of the report also commented on these various methods to form a knowledge base to assess a best practice guide.  It is expected these guidelines will be released later in 2020. This programme is also running in parallel ...
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Justin Hinch | Vic Member | 12 years Why did you become an IPWEA Member? I had already been working in local government for 8 years and was interested in applying for an overseas study tour scholarship facilitated by the Municipal Engineering Foundation Victoria and found the IPWEA connection. What are the benefits for your role/career? I would describe it as an extension of your work environment, a group of professionals, networking and development opportunities which all supports what you do in your role. I’ve really enjoyed attending conferences and events, presenting topics to members, and feel I have a good network to connect with. What ...
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Small Problems Fixed Fast By: Anonymous Fleet Manager The truth is that, for us fleet managers, small problems can often be overlooked for an extended period of time. Sometimes these problems are only realised after an incident or major crisis that can have serious consequences including revenue loss or worse. The solution for fleet managers is to obtain the information that you need using real-time alerts. Alerts should be as detailed as required. Real-time alerts should be able to trigger an email as soon as a specific business rule is broken, e.g. rego is about to expire, PM service didn’t happen, and so on. This should allow fleet managers ...
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By NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment NSW Hydrogen Initiative – Transport and Hydrogen Registration of Interest The NSW Government recently released the Net Zero Plan Stage 1: 2020-2030 as the foundation for NSW’s action on climate change and goal to reach net zero emissions by 2050. The third priority area of the plan is investing in the next wave of emissions reduction innovation, which includes a hydrogen initiative. NSW views long-distance, heavy duty transport and the development of associated refuelling infrastructure as a critical driver of domestic hydrogen demand. This includes hydrogen powered waste truck fleets, long distance ...
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IPWEA FLEET Plant and Vehicle Management Professional Development Opportunities 2020 Virtual Fleet Management Workshop . Given the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on travel and face to face meetings, IPWEA has decided to replace the normal series of workshops around regional centres and capital cities with a Virtual Fleet Management Workshop available to everyone. The Virtual Fleet Management Workshop will include a mix of interactive professional development sessions and industry briefings in an easy to access on-line format. You will still be able to participate and ask questions of the presenters from the comfort of your office or home. Fleet Management ...
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