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New Zealand has proven its expertise in civil engineering to the world, winning the 2018 Institution of Civil Engineers People's Choice Award for the Kaikōura earthquake recovery project.  The project, which was a partnership between KiwiRail and the New Zealand Transport Agency, beat nine other shortlisted projects including city railways in India, innovative British windfarms and a huge river bridge in Scotland.  On 14 November 2016, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit in Kaikōura, New Zealand. The epic jolt resulted from the country’s strongest ground acceleration on record. Nearly 1 million cubic metres of rock and debris fell onto roads and the rail line ...
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Following the successful production of parks Practice Notes 10.1, 10.2, 10.3 and 10.4, IPWEA is now ready to develop the fifth practice note in the parks series, which is designed to provide practical guidance for all issues relating to the planning of parks and open spaces. To ensure we represent current best practice, from across the industry, we are inviting parks practitioners and contractors with experience in parks management and planning to join a reference group to provide input and feedback to assist the project managers, Xyst Australia Pty Ltd, in the development of  Practice Note 10.5. Parks Management: Planning . You will be required to respond ...
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Technology seems to be changing everything, and community consultation is certainly not immune. About five years ago, community consultation professionals went through a little navel gazing, according to Kylie Cochrane. The Global Service Leader, Stakeholder Engagement and Communications at Aurecon has spent a quarter-century in community engagement, including as an adviser under three NSW Premiers, and serves on the board of the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2). Cochrane says the need for reflection those years ago was driven by the difficulty of reaching stakeholders with busy lives and ‘huge chunks’ of the population not having ...
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About one million square metres of the ACT road network will be resurfaced this year, some with recycled product Plastiphalt.  Minister for Roads, Chris Steel, announced the start of the ACT Government’s annual resurfacing program, which will start in 2018 in Tuggeranong suburbs on municipal streets. “The 2018-19 $16 million resurfacing program will see approximately 230 lane kilometres, or approximately 1,000,000 square metres of roads resurfaced, across the ACT road network. This is about the same size as 140 football fields. The majority of this work will be the road resealing, which comprises 900,000 square metres,” Steel says.  “One exciting innovation ...
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The International Infrastructure Management Manual (IIMM) is indisputably the master manual for asset management practitioners. For those who are new to asset management, however, the IIMM’s level of detail can result in a case of information overload. Enter IPWEA’s new publication, AMBasics: Applying Infrastructure Asset Management Principles.    As a companion document to the IIMM, the newly launched AMBasics has been written to assist people and organisations new to asset management that need to gain a grasp of the basic requirements of asset management planning. Murray Erbs, IPWEA’s NAMS Chair, says the publication is essential reading for junior ...
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These days, public works professionals are spoiled for choice when it comes to technology. But, of course, this wasn’t always the case. There was a time, before computers, when every design was meticulously drawn by hand and slide rules were relied on to perform calculations. Here, Terry McIvor looks back at a career spanning 50 years, and asks whether the bevy of digital tools now available have made it easier to get the job done – or just create more complications.  By Terry McIvor, Senior Civil Designer, Toowoomba Regional Council  Drafting was done by sitting or standing at a drafting table. I commenced work fresh out of high school in ...
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A New Zealand bridge that was the first in the world to feature innovative seismic strengthening technology has been named one of the country's outstanding concrete structures. KiwiRail's South Rangitikei Viaduct, one of the North Island's tallest and longest rail bridges, received the NZ Concrete Society's Enduring Concrete Award. "The viaduct is one of three major pre-stressed concrete viaducts that were built on the North Island Main Trunk line (NIMT) as part of the Mangaweka deviation, which opened in 1981," says KiwiRail Acting Chief Operations Officer Henare Clarke. Clarke says prior to the deviation, the NIMT between Mangaweka and Utiku involved ...
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China’s grand plan, known as One Belt One Road, has raised endless questions. Business writer Chris Sheedy, having spent much of the past 12 months in China, supplies the answers.  When I arrive at the cavernous main lecture hall of the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, there is standing room only. Long before the guest lecturer, a professor of economics from Poland, begins speaking, every seat is taken. Soon, keen students, other academics and outsiders such as myself fill aisles and crowd the spaces along the walls. The professor is speaking about One Belt One Road (OBOR) and the topic, quite clearly, is one that interests ...
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Parks and landcare fleet is used in the maintenance of parks and reserves and can be among the most expensive items to maintain within a public works plant and vehicle fleet. The 2018 Plant and Vehicle Management Workshop session on park fleet will examine key drivers and priorities around cost, environmental considerations and gaining efficiency. The seasonal nature of most grounds care and the spread of locations does not always lend itself to efficient operation of plant. It can also require multiple roles for low-utilisation items of plant to meet optimum utilisation levels. These issues are a major factor in the plant selection process or ...
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Loading heavy vehicles safely is vital in complying with CoR, preventing injury to people and damage to property, as well as providing economic benefits if the load arrives at its destination intact. Loading heavy vehicles safely is a vital component of complying with CoR laws.  A load on a heavy vehicle must not be placed in a way that makes the vehicle unstable or unsafe, be secured so it is unlikely to fall or be dislodged, be restrained using an appropriate restraint method and be placed, secured or restrained in a way that meets the loading performance standards listed in Schedule 7 of the Heavy Vehicle (mass, dimension and loading) National ...
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By Ross Moody, Director IPWEA FLEET Modern engines and emission standards mean fuel and oils need to be in pristine condition. New fuel doesn't necessarily equal clean fuel, and it's important to understand the damage that contaminants can do to an injector system. Today's engines use high pressure common rail fuel injection systems that operate upwards of 40,000 psi. These systems require very clean fuel to operate as designed for their entire service interval. Unfortunately, in most cases, new fuel does not mean clean fuel. While is may seem to be fairly straightforward, delivering clean and dry fuel consistently to an engine's fuel injection ...
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By Ross Moody, Director IPWEA FLEET If your organisation is considering outsourcing fleet services or equipment, it is important that decisions are not simply based on upfront costs. It is essential that the fleet manager undertakes a comprehensive process to ensure they are making informed decisions. To complete this process, you must: Define the problem.  Identify limiting factors.  Consider the alternatives. Analyse the alternatives. Select the best alternative. Implement the decision. Monitor and evaluate the results. Overall, the decision-making process is completely dependent upon the right information being available to the ...
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Words by Ross Moody, IPWEA Director Fleet  Public works organisations like to benchmark with their peer organisations and the private sector, but this can be worthless – if not misleading – if not done properly. Ensure you're making an apples with apples comparison when benchmarking labour rates. The basis for establishing fleet workshop labour rates can differ from one organisation to another leading to invalid comparisons and even worse poor decisions. To benchmark labour rates meaningfully, it is essential to know it is an 'apples with apples' comparison and that requires an examination of all the elements that make up the rates.  That ...
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You idiot! Why the heck didn't you follow the written procedure? What do you mean you haven't been trained? How can you not understand the procedure? It’s in black and white! What do you mean that's not how things are done? You’re just making excuses! Sound familiar? Is it possible the fleet manager, in trying to ensure compliance with every imaginable piece of legislation and code of practice written since Noah was handed the plans for the Ark, may have unwittingly made it so complicated that even Stephen Hawking could not unravel its mysteries? Maybe next time someone claims not to have understood procedure, perhaps we should take a good hard look at ...
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Words by: Duncan Ferguson, CEO FleetRisk In a country where 46% of workplace deaths and serious injuries are motor-vehicle related, adopting good habits that can reduce crash risk makes great sense. A habit that can achieve this is called eco-driving, which can benefit your safety and hip-pocket both inside and outside the workplace. Good eco-driving practices can be broken down into two components: 1. Proper vehicle set-up and maintenance. It’s straightforward, easy to implement and all part of good compliance. Simple things like: • Keeping your vehicle regularly serviced: It helps keep your vehicle at peak efficiency. • Keeping tyre pressures at ...
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First published in Fleet Auto News In September Pickles released their quarterly report on the used vehicle market, which covered the last quarter of the financial year (April to June 2018). There were no surprises as the prices soften into the cold winter months and the reasons for consumers to purchase a new car increased as manufacturers chased volume at the end of the financial year. As manufacturers push dealers for more sales the number of trade-ins increase giving them access to stock which impacts wholesale auction volumes. When this is combined with low interest rates, extended warranties and additional ‘cash back’ style offers; clearance rates ...
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Collaboration is so important these days. Not only because of the power of collective problem solving, but also because collaboration provides a basis for comparison and can even help demonstrate due diligence. We all know that when we share our thinking and encourage contributions some terrific and innovative outcomes can be discovered. In fact, the ability to nurture, encourage and build on the team’s knowledge and thinking is a core leadership skill. Once we start to work together we can assess our processes and outcomes compared to our partners. This benchmarking provides a basis for continuous improvement as the cycle of planning, implementing improvement, ...
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Lower Stony Creek Dam, located 40km out of Melbourne in the Brisbane Ranges National Park, is the world's third oldest concrete dam and the oldest in Australia.  Standing 16m high and measuring 69m across, the dam has a storage capacity of 630 million litres. It cost £17,000 to build and an extra £12,000 was spent on a new water pipe to transport water to Geelong. Newly appointed Chief Engineer for Water Supply George Gordon and Resident Engineer Edward Dobson were the driving forces behind the new dam. Dobson, who had the greatest experience in field construction, strongly recommended the dam be built with Portland cement. At the time of the dam's construction ...
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The Bureau of Meteorology has updated the Design Rainfall website to provide additional information and improved functionality. The following features have been included in response to user feedback:  Subdaily rare design rainfalls The design rainfall suite has been expanded to include rare design rainfalls for durations from 1 minute to 1 day. This means that design rainfalls are available for durations from one minute to seven days and for probabilities from 12 exceedances per year (EY) to one in 2000 Annual Exceedance Probability (AEP). Increased number of standard durations The standard durations for the design rainfall system have been increased ...
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The Australian Government has announced $72 million in water infrastructure funding for drought affected regions in a special round of the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund.  Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack says the drought round was announced as part of the Government's $1.8 billion drought package. “Just as the drought evolves, so must our policies. There is no place for set and forget. We will continue to engage with farmers to ensure our drought response meets their needs," McCormack says.  “Australia has a great story to tell about our farmers and we need to make sure we do what we can to support and protect them now, more than ...
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