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Women & Leadership Australia (WLA) is administering a national initiative to support the development of female leaders across Australia’s construction and engineering sector. The initiative is providing women working in the sector with grants to enable participation in a range of leadership development programs. The leadership development programs are part-time and delivered nationally via WLA’s blended learning model. Scholarship funding ...
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Board Election Results were announced on Wednesday 20th of June, at the IPWEA NZ 2018 AGM held at the annual conference in Rotorua. Congratulations to newly elected Board member Gary Porteous of WSP-Opus.  Gary is the Sector Leader – Transport Asset Management at WSP-Opus, where he has worked for 24 years.  Gary brings a wealth of knowledge to IPWEA NZ, and has been a key member of the Roading Information Management Support (RIMS) committee for ...
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A booming international flight market, a rapidly growing local population and seventeen years of uninterrupted traffic growth have placed greater urgency on infrastructure investment in and around Melbourne Airport. intouch  toured the airport and surrounding estate courtesy of investment manager AMP Capital, which owns and manages 27.3% of Australia Pacific Airports Corporation (APAC), the owner of Melbourne and Launceston Airports. AMP Capital ...
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A slice (or five) of pizza is just the thing to fill an empty stomach. For communities in the US, this beloved disk of sauce and cheese is also helping fill potholes.   Well, sort of. Pizza chain Domino’s is partnering with cities across America to help repair neglected roads, in a project called Paving for Pizza. They’ve asked people to nominate their town; successful (and willing) towns and cities are given grant money to perform the works themselves. ...
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It's hard to get good help – especially heavy vehicle and plant mechanics. The short-sightedness of our 'leaders' over the past 10-15 years to become the 'smart country' has focused on discouraging our young to take up a career as a tradesperson, which was once held as a well-respected profession and Australian tradition. Instead, they encourage everyone to complete Year 12, then off to university to rack up a hex debt. Some of these young people ...
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Over the next few issues of FLEET  intouch we will look at the management system you need to have in place to ensure 'healthy' fleet management. We’ll start by looking at the high level, but critical areas of fleet management: inventory and utilisation. Inventory How well defined is the scope of your fleet? Do you know what you have and where it is? It seems obvious, but the truth is sometimes assets come into a fleet through various departments ...
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In the last issue of FLEET intouch we discussed the management system you need to have in place to ensure 'healthy' fleet management. We started by looking at the high level, but critical areas of fleet management inventory and utilisation. In this issue we will continue our journey by considering the important management tools of policy, procedure and planning. A fleet policy is essential for robust fleet management. The fleet policy is a ...
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Many smaller organisation still rely on paper-based documents and records, spreadsheets and maybe a white board to manage their fleet maintenance program. Unfortunately, this increases day-to-day pressures on fleet staff and carries risk in terms of data availability, good decision making and demonstrating due diligence. To meet this challenge IPWEA has partnered with Connected Asset Management to provide a Maintenance Planning Tool (MPT) for ...
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By Naomi Oostlander As alternative types of fuel flood the market, more thought needs to go into understanding your fleets’ needs – but how do you identify the right fuel for the job? The drive to develop and utilise more sustainable and cost-effective vehicles has led to greater choices, especially when it comes to engine and drivetrain options – and there’s a lot of factors to consider. But what’s the most effective strategy for your fleet? ...
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It’s no secret – the baby boomers aren’t getting any younger and they’re leaving the workforce in droves. So, as this experienced and skilled group of individuals disappear over the horizon, caravan in tow, how will your organisation fill the gap? Losing organisational knowledge is well-recognised in human resource and senior management circles, but despite this recognition, is often not given the attention it deserves. When an experienced employee ...
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Jason Byrne , University of Tasmania ; Dave Kendal , University of Tasmania ; Emma Pharo , University of Tasmania , and Kate Isabel Booth , University of Tasmania Hobart is a city known for its risk of catastrophic fire, such as the devastating wildfires of 1897-98 and 1967. A storm caused flooding in the CBD as it swept through Hobart. Patrick Gee/The Mercury. Used with permission As the second-driest ...
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Once considered a toy, drones are fast shaping up to become one of local government’s most essential and valuable tools. But first there are several challenges to overcome. When policy adviser Carrie Hillier was tasked with researching and writing a report on the benefits of drone use to local government, she wasn’t convinced it would lead anywhere. It would likely be a one-off project ending with a paper circulated to councils, and then she’d ...
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Melanie Davern , RMIT University ; Carl Higgs , RMIT University ; Claire Boulange , RMIT University ; Jonathan Arundel , RMIT University ; Lucy Gunn , RMIT University , and Rebecca Roberts , RMIT University Research on the liveability of regional cities in Victoria has identified an important element: liveability in these areas requires fast, reliable and frequent rail connections to capital cities. Previous research ...
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Words by: Penny Burns and Jeff Roorda, www.TalkingInfrastructure.com We are on the brink of a new phase in asset management. To understand what the Third Asset Management Revolution is, why it is important, and where we are going, it is necessary to understand the First Asset Management Revolution (where we were) and the Second Asset Management Revolution (where we are now). The First Asset Management Revolution: Data collection Asset management ...
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By Anna Wang,  Research and Communications, NATSPEC Community growth is outpacing the resources available to manage and maintain infrastructure. To meet community demand and expectation, local governments need to manage assets to ensure associated services are delivered economically and sustainably. It is estimated that 20% of a project’s total cost consists of the initial design and construction stages, while the remaining 80% is attributed ...
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Shared spaces – where street signs take a back seat in favour of a desegregated sections that sees commuters share the street with pedestrians – are on the rise. Also known by its Dutch moniker woonerf, or living street, the concept is that the absence of separation will make everyone more cautious, so that commuters slow down, make eye contact and negotiate. There's plenty to like about the idea; existing shared space schemes have demonstrated ...
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Infrastructure challenges present the leading risk to local government in 2018, according to a survey of the sector.   In their 2018 Risk Report: Australian Local Government , global professional services firm Aon found that the combination of funding squeezes and rate capping alongside rising ratepayer expectations ensured infrastructure topped the list of 10 leading risks as perceived by local government, followed by financial sustainability ...
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BIM Object standardisation is now achievable with the release of the NATSPEC BIM Object Properties Generator. NATSPEC CEO, Richard Choy says the key issue restricting the exchange and interoperability of BIM objects between disciplines and projects is the inconsistencies in properties, property naming and object designation. The Properties Generator resolves this issue. It is an upgraded and extended online version of the NATSPEC BIM Object/Element ...
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Project: Bickford Terrace, Major Drainage Project Budget: $2 million Who: City of Holdfast Bay and Lucas Total Contract Solutions Using innovative trenchless technology for a major drainage project in South Australia radically reduced the project’s footprint, greenhouse gas emissions and impact on the community. In October 2016, residents in the City of Holdfast Bay found stormwater lapping at their doors. The area’s drainage network ...
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NAMS Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of Nicole Allen  PEng MSc as its inaugural Executive Director. Nicole has specialist experience in strategic planning, asset management and transportation. Nicole’s expertise in infrastructure asset management has focused on training and support of small and large rural and urban communities across Western and Northern Canada. In Nicole’s words, “this is such an honor and opportunity to further ...
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