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IPWEA Fleet are getting rave reviews for the Fleet Management Certificate and have received some wonderful testimonials within Australia and overseas. Here are some examples: “After 25 years in fixed operations management in the motor industry, I have just changed career paths and started as a Fleet Manager for Forbes Shire Council seven months ago. I found the Fleet Management Certificate a great course to do to help me with things like ...
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You’ve no doubt heard about keyless technology. Maybe you’ve even thought about it for your organisation or know an organisation that is implementing it. There is no doubt a new reality exists where keyless technology has the potential to greatly facilitate vehicle sharing. So, what are some of the considerations for deciding if there’s a compelling case for its adoption? Keyless technology allows the operation of a vehicle’s locking and ignition ...
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I often wonder how the minds of some staff work. Do they think that the fleet manager has a money tree out the back, that provides an endless supply of capital for the purchase of plant, vehicles and equipment? Shiny, they may be, but does the organisation truly require those new items? What do unjustified new assets mean to the fleet manager? They potentially mean a big hole in your plant replacement program and requests for plant, vehicles ...
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Digitally transform your fleet to get your business in gear for EOFY 2019 By Jim French, Australasian Solutions Specialist at Teletrac Navman When you’re managing a fleet , it’s difficult to keep track of your assets and have your paperwork ready for tax time. After all, you’re not just managing a fleet – you’re managing drivers, maintenance schedules, compliance, workplace health and safety, audits – and the list goes on. The last thing ...
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As a fundamental asset management principle, assets should only be held to meet organisational requirement. In other words, there needs to be a direct line between what the organisation needs to achieve (its objectives), the resources needed to achieve these objectives and the fleet. Further, the organisation may have specific guidelines (policies) that define how objectives will be met – for example environmental or safety policies, again influencing ...
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IPWEA Fleet offer a fantastic resource that can help you solve problems, share information and learn about industry happenings. The resource is an online forum called Ask Your Mates (AYM) and there is a community specifically for Fleet & Plant Management. If you haven’t yet registered then you can find out more here . Below are some interesting facts about the resource: There are currently more than 3,300 individuals signed up on ...
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Idyllically situated with a view of the open sea from its lap lanes, the ‘resort-style’ Scarborough Beach Pool celebrated a year of successful operation, and the patronage of happy locals and tourists, in January. The facility, which is much more than just a pool, can now also boast an award win from the IPWEA Western Australia Division. To the community’s delight, the project was completed six weeks ahead of schedule, in time for use during ...
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Bendigo based Steve Verity is the new Principal Advisor to the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia’s Asset Management Program, the IPWEA body delivering knowledge and resources to professionals responsible for managing public infrastructure assets. The program is responsible for the IPWEA Australasia publications, Practice Notes and asset management training, both in face-to-face and webinar environments. Their work includes input ...
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Communication is the key to success in ‘Safety in Design’ processes according to industry expert, John Giles. Formerly the Chief Engineer of UGL Infrastructure and now a Safety in Design (SiD) consultant for major projects, John says communication and collaboration in the design stage significantly reduces the risks involved in a project.  “On the other hand, think about major accidents that occurred as a result of design failure; the Longford ...
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If you have never been to Hobart, or if it’s been a long while between visits, there are plenty of reasons to be at the August IPWEA International Public Works Conference, where you can connect with this unique southern Australian capital city. Yes, Hobart’s winters are icy cold with a temperature range of 3 to 11 degrees Celsius, but it is a picturesque destination that revels in having a chilly climate. The frosty season doesn’t stop the ...
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Global recruitment programme, LookSee Build, along with a group of over 60 companies and councils from across the nation have come together, with the support of Immigration New Zealand, on a mission to fill the country’s urgent need for construction and engineering professionals. Every month LookSee Build hosts event weeks where highly skilled candidates visit New Zealand for a week of interviews with employers, informative seminars, networking ...
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Training - we're at a Tipping Point It feels like we are near the cross roads, reaching a tipping point, at a jumping off point, or whatever other metaphor takes your fancy. When it comes to training people to get the skills we need in the workforce: times, they are a changing. The 2017 Open letter from NZTalent pointed out to us that we have a skills shortage that our traditional way of delivering training is not filling. Our hiring ...
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Parks Management: Fundamentals

The importance of the parks network to our communities is well established, with the raft of benefits ranging from physical and mental health wellbeing, social cohesion, biodiversity and conservation values, temperature and climate change mitigation, to economic development. However, the potential of our parks network to deliver on all these benefits could be significantly undermined by sub-standard parks planning and management practices. Indeed, ...
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Confidently presenting a robust and technically sound business case for street lighting and smart control upgrades is now even easier, with the release of the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia’s (IPWEA) Model Business Case for Street Lighting and Smart Controls Upgrades. Almost one million old street lights are likely to be replaced in Australia in the next three to four years, compelling many councils, road authorities and ...
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I mean seriously! Workshop staff shouldn’t need to know about the Work Health and Safety Act to understand when something is potentially unsafe. However, sometimes staff are so blasé and don’t think about the hazards they come into contact with. We’ve explained again and again and have procedures in place detailing the precautions that are necessary when working with harmful elements. At some point though, our mechanics need to take individual ...
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IPWEA FLEET Plant and Vehicle Management Professional Development Opportunities On-line Training Live on-line and interactive Fleet Management Training commenced on 6 June 2019. The 60-minute sessions will run through to 2 July, 2019. Another series will commence in September 2019. The on-line Fleet Management Training provides participants with essential need-to-know principles and techniques for best practice fleet management. It will help ...
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Originally posted by Marc Sibbald, Fleet Auto News, May 01, 2019. With discussion on the future of Australia’s transport fleet growing day by day, it’s time to bring the other electric vehicle to the forefront of this important conversation. Hydrogen is the perfect solution for back-to-base fleets. Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, an electric vehicle powered by hydrogen, is the lesser known zero emission technology but not for long. With long ...
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What if you had to wait at least 15 to 30 minutes every time you needed to fill up your car to get to your destination? You would probably get frustrated and look for alternatives. Right? This might be one of the key reasons why electric vehicles (EVs) struggle to be embraced by the wider community. Typically, consumers prefer to buy things that require minimal wait times, especially when it comes to fuel and energy needs. This is a key reason ...
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Join us in Charge Together Fleets, a new program to assist organisations transition to electric vehicles and future mobility models. The program includes webinars, drive days, and an online platform. The online platform will include tools, education modules, a peer to peer network and opportunities for collaborative procurement; due to go live in July. In the meantime, there will be regular webinars from EV experts and newsletter updates. ...
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Did You Know

Plant and Vehicle Idle Time Idle time is the time that a vehicle or item of plant has its engine running but is not being used effectively. Different vehicles or plant will have different idle time rates depending on their function. In some cases it is appropriate that a machine sits stationery, perhaps with the engine running at low rpm. An example of this may be when using a truck to drive a PTO driven generator to undertake a secondary task ...
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