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After less than two weeks as Acting CEO, it’s fair to say I’m looking forward to the opportunity to catch my breath during the Christmas break and reflect on what has been a busy year for IPWEA.   In the almost 9 years since I started with IPWEA, I’ve seen the organisation go from strength to strength, and 2018 was no different. With the support of staff, volunteers and our network of technical experts, we’ve continued to deliver resources that ...
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The Queensland Government will soon require the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) on all new government construction projects with estimated capital costs exceeding $50 million. Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said the new policy will help improve the way government infrastructure is designed, constructed and used. “BIM is a ‘win-win’ for designers, builders, asset managers, and ...
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The City of Mitcham, in South Australia, is leading the way in testing new mixes of crumbed rubber asphalt that can improve road durability and offer a significant recycling use for the millions of used tyres Australia generates each year. On Friday, December 7 a 335m stretch of the innovative road surface was laid at Stanlake Avenue, St Marys, in the Adelaide satellite municipality. The asphalt trial is being funded by Tyre Stewardship Australia ...
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Poet Dorothea Mackellar famously paid ode to the Australian outback, complete with sweeping plains, ragged mountain ranges, droughts and flooding rains. What she neglected to mention was the difficulties of managing infrastructure in this sunburnt country. Even before you take into account the frequent natural disasters, regional Australia’s vast distances and harsh temperatures can make public works tasks expensive, time consuming and hazardous. ...
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This story was first published in Fleet Auto News. Two adjoining central west NSW local shire councils recently introduced a lights-on 24/7 drive policy for their vehicles and equipment fleets, dubbing it Be Seen, Be Safe. “It has been proven that it will reduce fatal and injury crashes,” says Andrea Hamilton-Vaughan, Road Safety Officer for the Orange and the Cabonne shire councils. The policy is a simple, cheap and effective way to reduce ...
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For proof public transport can revitalise a city, simply look to the Kansas City Streetcar. Backed and managed by local citizens, the success of this project has led to business, tourism and education bouncing back in the city’s downtown area. When riding Sydney’s light rail system, its smooth operation and seamless integration with other modes of transport make it easy to overlook the hard work and imagination that lies behind the project. The ...
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By Vaughn Crowther, contributions from Zoe Edwards of The Muster The tragic death of 29 coal miners in the Pike River Mine triggered significant reform to our health and safety laws. The deaths of 185 people in the Christchurch earthquake has triggered huge political focus on the resilience of our buildings and infrastructure. Water service delivery is about to be stripped from local government after 5500 people fell ill from the Havelock North ...
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The rise of social media has created a fundamental shift in the way citizens absorb information and have their voices heard. Rather than calling their local government with a question about an infrastructure project, they increasingly expect the answers to come to them via Facebook or Twitter. Sidebar: The dos and don'ts of social media engagement There is a right way and a wrong way to start – and join – a conversation. If you plan to harness ...
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As I write this message, I am in Perth for the last of our 2018 Plant and Vehicle Management Workshops. As always, this series has seen a broad range of interesting topics and great engagement and discussion by attendees. For the first time we included Newcastle in the program and we look forward to continuing to provide quality professional development to our fleet community in regional centres as well as capital cities. One area that was of ...
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Penny wise, pound foolish – so the old saying goes. What’s a fleet worth? A million dollars, $10 million? What does a fleet cost to run each year? Heaps! And so, the opportunity exists to save big money as well. Some people have a mindset that by not buying resources and tools you’re saving money. Wake up! Open your eyes and look beyond the price tag. Everybody knows that you need to spend a dollar to save a dollar – sometimes save tens of thousands ...
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Understanding labour rates

By Rob Wilson, Manager IPWEA FLEET Labour Rate refers to the cost of labour, usually on an hourly basis, used to derive the cost of various activities or products. In the case of a mechanical workshop, these activities are the services and repairs undertaken. If the time taken for a particular job is recorded, then the hourly rate can be applied to the time taken and the total cost accrued to the assets operating cost and ultimately whole of ...
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First published in Fleet Auto News Australian fleet buyers have signalled a switch to electric vehicles (EVs) in the next two years, on the back of a unique EV Drive Day convened by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC). The EV Drive Day brought together 60 fleet buyers and managers from 41 organisations, who were given the chance to test drive electric passenger and light commercial vehicles. With 13 models available for testing, ...
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By Cindy McDougall, Fleet Management Officer, City of Tea Tree Gully What is the difference between purchasing and procurement? Many people use the terms purchasing and procurement interchangeably, but despite their similarities, they do have different meanings. Procurement deals with the sourcing, negotiation and strategic selection and acquisition of goods and services that are of importance to an organisation. Purchasing, on the other hand, ...
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As General Manager of Fleet Services with the City of Toronto, Lloyd Brierley was given the unenviable task of transforming operations for Canada’s largest municipal fleet department. We spoke to Brierley ahead of his keynote presentation at the 2019 IPWEA Australasian Fleet Conference, where he’ll tell delegates how the transformation was achieved.   inspire: How large is City of Toronto’s fleet? What kind of fleet assets does it include? ...
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The future of a beloved piece of playground equipment is in doubt, with experts warning the number of injuries sustained on monkey bars is on the rise. The humble monkey bar is a playground staple, but according to Dr Lisa Sharwood, an injury epidemiologist at the University of Sydney, it’s among the leading causes of injuries in children.    Dr Sharwood, who has worked with Monash University’s Victorian Injury Surveillance Unit on research to ...
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A new report has revealed the local government sector's asset management knowledge and capability is in decline, jeopardising the industry’s ability to plan and finance future services. The National State of the Assets (NSoA) 2018 report also found that despite a steady increase in infrastructure renewal spending, there’s been no improvement in the proportion of ageing infrastructure assets in poor condition since the first NSoA report was ...
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IPWEA is pleased to welcome global advisory firm Advisian to the National Asset Management Strategy (NAMS) Consultants Roundtable. Advisian is an independent subsidiary of the WorleyParsons Group and employs more than 2700 consultants in 19 countries. It provides strategic, technical and management advisory services to the energy, resources and infrastructure sectors. The NAMS Supporter Program was established in 2005. It is designed to facilitate ...
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Young IPWEA (YIPWEA) members are encouraged to submit their abstracts and secure their place at IPWEA’s 2019 International Public Works Conference (IPWC). With the call for abstracts extended until COB 4 December, there’s still time to get your submission in – but you’ll have to be quick! Set to be held 25-29 August, 2019 in Hobart, the next IPWC will see more than 120 papers delivered across three days, with five parallel streams and at least ...
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Tan Yigitcanlar , Queensland University of Technology ; Laurie Buys , Queensland University of Technology , and Md. (Liton) Kamruzzaman , Monash University Many places around the world claim to be a “ smart city ”, but what that means is often unclear. A smart city is widely seen as an urban area that uses technology to enhance performance and the quality of its services. In other words, it’s a happy marriage of technology and the ...
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IPWEA, with the support of ASCA, SCCANZ and Austrade, recently led a delegation to the 2018 Smart Cities Expo World Congress in Barcelona. This event, by far the largest of its kind in the world, brought together more than 20,000 leaders in the smart cities space, along with more than 800 exhibitors and hundreds of speakers from around the world. Based on feedback from tour participants and some of the best presentations and meetings held, here ...
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