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Check out IPWEA's latest FLEET events and plan your year for professional development. The 2019 Plant & Vehicle Management Workshops have been designed to provide ongoing professional development and networking opportunities, improve practice and provide an update on the latest technology in the various fields of plant & vehicle management. Be sure to register early as follows: Register here for Casino 29.10.19 Register ...
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Interesting topic – in my experience fleet software tends to invoke plenty of emotion when discussed. Well here’s a thought - Don’t blame the product – look within!! No doubts fleet management software can provide huge benefits to the business; however, the software cannot be successful on its own – you will need to do something (yes you!). The user organisation needs to commit resources to the project to ensure success. For example, the ...
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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 Sue McLean – State Manager QLD/NT, Summit Fleet Leasing and Management (a Sumitomo Corporation Group Company). FI: How did you get started in fleet and plant, and what was your first job in the industry? SM: I Started back in 2002 with LeasePlan in South Africa, where I spent ...
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​ A new platform launched this week is set to do for the electrification of vehicle fleets what Xero has done for accounting: make it simpler, more affordable, and more accessible. The ARENA-funded platform, developed by the fast-growing eMobility start-up Evenergi, is a revolutionary fleet software-as-a-service (SaaS) being released as part of a national fleet electrification program - Charge Together Fleets.   The Charge Together Fleets program ...
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The interest in electric vehicles (EVs) certainly continues to grow in our industry. By Rob Wilson – Director IPWEA FLEET It was just a few short years ago that some fleet managers thought EVs were not much more than concept vehicles and never likely to form part of a functional fleet. However, it is clear now that this is no longer the case and that EV technology continues to rapidly evolve. EV battery efficiency is rapidly improving as sales ...
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Great Minds Gather at Wellington Branch Meeting on 26 September. A sun-filled room at Engineering New Zealand offices in Wellington greeted a good turn out of attendees at the last Wellington Taranaki Branch meeting. ENZ CEO Susan Freeman-Greene delivered a warm welcome, followed by attendees officially voting in Raj Suppiah as the Branch Chair. Attendees enjoyed presentations covering a breadth topics including: how to transition to ...
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A global study ranking 105 cities for AI resilience found none are ready now for technology’s potential impact. No city in the world is prepared for the disruptions that will be brought on by the Age of AI, according to a report by the US based Oliver Wyman Forum, which says significant improvements must be made by governments and private sector institutions to fully prepare for what lies ahead. The research released this month found that even ...
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Blue Mountains City Council has adopted a target of carbon neutrality by the end of 2025. The voluntary standard, measured through the National Carbon Offset Standard (NCOS) certification process, ensures organisations are applying best practice when managing carbon emissions. It also provides a rigorous, credible and independently verified assessment prior to achieving carbon neutral certification. To meet this target, BMCC must measure its ...
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A public statement from Standards Australia signifies action taken on product safety after almost two years of comprehensive industry consultation. In early 2018, the Building Ministers Forum asked Standards Australia to develop a permanent labelling system of Aluminium Composite Panel (ACP) products. Standards Australia has since worked with a range of technical experts to develop industry-backed guidance to support the identification of these ...
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Mackay Regional Council has won Best Tasting Water in Queensland for the second year in a row. For the second time in two years, water from the Mackay’s Marian Water Treatment Plant was chosen as the ‘top drop’ in a taste test that promotes the work of water service providers. In 2018, the title went to Mackay’s Nebo Road Water Treatment Plant. The award was made at the Ixom Best of the Best Queensland Water Taste Test, held at the Qld Water annual ...
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A New Zealand climate change framework is complete, but the task needs a place-by-place approach, says LGNZ. Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) is calling the release of the National Climate Change Risk Assessment (NCCRA) framework a good first step in balancing New Zealand’s response to climate change. The sector has long argued that central government needs to put adaptation policy on an equal footing with mitigation policy, particularly ...
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Brianna Barnett was interviewed by IPWEA Qld for their September issue of Engineering for Public Works about her career in regional public works. IPWEAQ member Brianna Barnett is Senior Works Manager at Western Downs Regional Council (WDRC), 400km west of Brisbane. After completing projects in past roles spanning residential, industrial, energy, mining, ports, water, fleet and asset management, Brianna has found work-life balance serving her community ...
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The paper below, presented at the IPWEA International Public Works Conference 2019, is a case for breaking down silos by moving people around so they can learn by experience.   Senior Engineer Strategic Asset Management at TasWater, Adela Parnell, is a Young IPWEA member. She is on the IPWEA Tasmania committee, as well as being its secretary. Adela presented a session at IPWC 2019 about TasWater’s professional development initiative, where head-office ...
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IPWEA is proud to announce the launch of the new ISO Technical Specification 55010: Guidance on the alignment of financial and non-financial functions in asset management. The specification helps non-financial personnel understand why their financial departments need relevant and timely information to compile accurate reports. ISO 55010 provides guidance to bridge current gaps between these two worlds. Peter Way PSM represented IPWEA on the ...
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A University of Queensland professor has been ranked among the best civil engineers in the world for his outstanding research. Professor Chien Ming Wang ranked 14th globally in the latest Stanford University Worldwide Survey, which analysed data for six million scientists in 22 fields and 176 sub-fields. This analysis ranked him first in Queensland and second in Australia. “I was surprised to see that I was ranked so high,” he said. Professor ...
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A handbook about government responsibilities during emergencies and disasters has been updated to help authorities plan for future incidents. Produced by the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience, the  free Australian Emergency Management Arrangements Handbook  was guided by a working group, which included the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA). It includes additions to reflect changes in approaches to managing an emergency and ...
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A new study puts councils’ contribution to arts and culture at 26.2 per cent of the national total. Demonstrating the increased importance of art and culture to local communities, the proportion of local government supported art is up from 22.4 per cent a decade ago, according to the The Big Picture report by the Australian Academy of the Humanities, which calculates the total government commitment to the arts at $7 billion annually. “Governments ...
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Australian cities’ night time economy produced $134 billion in 2017-18. The Council of Capital City Lord Mayors (CCCLM) has released updated research on the Australian night time economy for 2017-18. CCCLM Chair, Lord Mayor of Hobart Anna Reynolds said, “Now in its ninth year, this important research captures the scale, diversity and direction of the development of local, state and territory and national night time economy activity. This research ...
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Residual funding is available to support the development of female leaders across Australia’s construction and engineering sector.   The initiative is providing women with grants of between $2,000 and $7,000 to enable participation in one of three programs that cover such things as reinforcing resilience and wellbeing, engaging with challenge and conflict, creating future focus, leading authentically and driving performance.  The scholarship ...
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A new report by Austroads advises against a change in standards for producing cement. Australian Standard AS3972:2010 specifies that general-purpose cement may contain up to 7.5 per cent limestone as a mineral addition. The cement industry proposed an increase of up to 12 per cent without changing the cement designation from general-purpose or providing alternative cements in the market with lower limestone content. Austroads commissioned research ...
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