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When asked about the performance of Topcon’s new HiPer HR, Survey Manager for Survey Management Solutions’(SMS) Western region, Dean Ramsay said: “It’s definitely the best we’ve ever had. It locks on faster, it tracks satellites a lot faster and overall it’s a really quick and easy to use instrument.” Used predominantly for subdivision set out and grade checks, SMS uses 18 Topcon HiPer HRs across its Western, Northern and Eastern regions of ...
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IPWEA’s conferences, whether presented by Australasia or each of our Divisions, offer real value for money. We keep the registrations prices low (considerably lower than commercial conference organisers) and we provide top expert speakers who really know their topics. We’ve all experienced commercial conference organisers spamming us with their ‘must attend’ spiels. But what do they put back into the industry? What support does the industry get ...
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At the recent International Public Works Conference (IPWC) in Perth one of the top prizes given away was a two-year subscription to Buildings.PLUS worth up to $8000*.  The council that won the prize on the day has advised that as they are a very small council, they do not have the internal resources to be able to load the data and get all the benefits of the Buildings.PLUS package. They also don't want to deny another council the opportunity to ...
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This story was first published in the July/August edition of inspire magazine.  By Rumer-Grace Archer, Opus International Consultants.  Avalon Park’s transformation story began in 2009, when the proposed demolition of the existing derelict timber fort triggered community uproar. The iconic structure, which stood on a concrete peninsula in a duck pond, had been popular with local children for thirty years despite its degraded condition ...
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It may seem contrary to conventional wisdom, but councils are being encouraged to introduce risk into their community playgrounds. Numerous studies have shown that engaging in play with an appropriate level of risk helps children become more active, develops their social and risk management skills and increases their resilience and self-confidence.  One of the latest studies in this body of work is from the University of Newcastle. Working with ...
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Madeleine De Gabriele , The Conversation ; Michael Hopkin , The Conversation , and Wes Mountain , The Conversation The federal government has announced its long-awaited energy policy. As expected it has scrapped the Clean Energy Target proposed by Chief Scientist Alan Finkel, and has instead adopted a National Energy Guarantee , which focuses on ensuring electricity supply and putting downward pressure on energy prices. Here’s ...
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Researchers from the University of British Columbia have developed seismic-resistant, fibre-reinforced concrete. The material, called eco-friendly ductile cementitious composite (EDCC), is engineered at the molecular scale to be strong, malleable, and ductile, similar to steel. Researchers say just a thin coating of EDCC is capable of dramatically enhancing the earthquake resistance of a seismically vulnerable structure. They put the material ...
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An urban greening project across six councils in Melbourne’s west has successfully reshaped the area’s tree cover, a study has found. The RMIT University study examined Melbourne’s Greening the West program, which has seen almost one million trees planted across Brimbank, Hobsons Bay, Maribyrnong, Melton, Moonee Valley, Wyndham and surrounds since its inception in 2011. Lead researcher, Dr Casey Furlong from RMIT’s Centre for Urban Research, ...
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By Caroline Boot, Clever Buying and Kerrie McEwen, Plan A Tender Specialists. With every infrastructure dollar stretched to the limit, clients are taking a long, hard look at their procurement processes. While debate rages around ideal delivery mechanisms and complex contractual structures, some organisations are focusing on the basics. • How well do our procurement processes identify and select the best value for money options? • Is the process ...
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A stockpile of approximately one million tyres has been removed from a Victorian site at a cost of about $5 million. Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) CEO Nial Finegan said 9500 tonnes of tyres and shred had been removed from the Stawell site, after repeated failure by the site’s owners to comply with orders to reduce the risk of fire at the site. “On 2 August 2017, it was decided that little to no effort had been made by the stockpile’s ...
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Billie Giles-Corti , RMIT University and Jonathan Arundel , RMIT University This article is one in a series, Healthy Liveable Cities , in the lead-up to the Designing Healthy Liveable Cities Conference in Melbourne on October 19 and 20. We know what makes for healthy and liveable communities , which in turn produces massive payoffs. But we often lack comprehensive policies and frameworks to deliver on the promise. In producing ...
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This story was first published in Fleet Auto News.  By David Brown  The Australian New Car Assessment Program rates the crash performance of news cars on a one to five scale. But the requirements to meet each rating level have increased and will continue to do so into the future. So, a car that has achieved a five star rating this year is likely to have more safety features and perform better in a range of crash scenarios than many previous ...
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Described as New Zealand's first heavy equipment playground, a digger-based theme park has opened in Invercargill.   At the one-hectare site, customers are offered the opportunity to operate bulldozers, skid steers and excavators weighing up to 15 tonnes.  Instructors – communicating through headsets – are on hand to give advice to customers as they drive, and are also able to activate a kill switch on the vehicles if anything starts to go wrong.  ...
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Lifelong learning and continuous professional development are part of the corporate lexicon – and for good reason. If we don’t keep up with trends and development in our industry we fall behind. Beyond that, there is a satisfaction that comes from being informed and engaged in our vocation. Training and professional development are core parts of IPWEA’s mission and we always look at how we can meet the needs of the industry. This year’s series ...
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Do your cleaning products go missing? Why is it that whenever the fleet department provides cleaning products, such as truck wash, sponges, chamois etc, at the wash bay these dingbats steal them? They won’t clean their truck, plant or equipment during the hours they get paid for but will knock off the equipment every chance they get. How about the depot that emptied a 200 litre drum of truck wash a month – the ridiculous thing was that there ...
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First published in Fleet Auto News.  The Metropolitan Police Service is helping reduce harmful emissions in London’s air by launching a trial to test hydrogen powered scooters. In line with the Mayor of London’s work to tackle London’s toxic air, the Met’s fleet services will, from September, trial seven Suzuki ‘Burgman Fuel Cell’, zero emission hydrogen scooters as part of their operational capability. The trial will last for 18 months ...
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By Ross Moody, FLEET Director An aim of asset management planning for fleet is to align resource allocation on providing, operating and maintaining fleet assets in line with the needs of the customer in terms of reliability and safety considerations. This is termed 'level of service'. What is the customer’s expectation for a fleet asset? An example in fleet is the customer does not want the machine/vehicle to break down on the job. In terms ...
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This story was first published in the July/August edition of inspire magazine.   Three years ago, Ku-ring-gai Council signed up for an IPWEA Buildings.PLUS subscription. The decision was a proactive effort to improve the way building assets were managed. “The council lacked asset knowledge of its buildings and generally worked reactively when components failed,” Andrew Heathcote, Building Asset Coordinator for Ku-ring-gai Council explains. ...
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In the aftermath of this week’s senseless shooting of innocent, concert-loving people in Las Vegas, some of the Australian media are canvassing for ‘quick fixes’ and ‘lessons learned for Australia.’   As overseers of many large gatherings of ordinary citizens, governments at all levels should not succumb to overly restrictive new measures that further reign-in the freedom loving and outdoors which is so ingrained in the Aussie and Kiwi way of life.  ...
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A new report has highlighted the varying roles and levels of engagement that councils play in regards to leadership, organisation and delivery of local and regional economic development in Australia. According to the University of Technology Sydney’s Centre for Local Government (UTS CLG) report, the promotion of economic development is a relatively recent feature of the activity of local government in Australia. “The principle that economic ...
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