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The Green Building Council's Romilly Madew will step into the role of Infrastructure Australia Chief Executive in April, replacing Philip Davies following his 2018 departure from the organisation.  Madew has led the Green Building Council of Australia since 2006 and has been a driving force behind Australia's sustainable building movement. Infrastructure Australia Chair Julieanne Alroe says Madew joins Infrastructure Australia at an important time for the organisation.  "We are delighted to have her on board as we prepare to release the Australian Infrastructure Audit in mid-2019 and begin work on the next Australian Infrastructure Plan,” Alroe says.  ...
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This story was first published by the Australian Smart Communities Association (ASCA) An Australian company, using a wireless solution developed by UNSW, is rolling out technology across the country that allows buildings to monitor themselves and report problems autonomously – and even talk to your smartphone. Known as EMIoT, the new wireless platform relies on LED exit signs as the backbone of a low-power meshed network that covers 99.9% of a building – even reaching underground carparks, pump systems and air conditioning. WBS Technology, which is commercialising the technology, has installed it in more than 10 apartment complexes, the latest being at ...
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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 not only make your job easier, but also facilitate personal growth and continued professional development, whether that be through technical information or networking and social events.       IPWEA’s publications, ...
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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 all stakeholders helping us deliver the government infrastructure we all need and use,” he said. “It’s a collaborative and productive way of working that will help us to better design, construct, manage and operate ...
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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 (TSA) as part of the organisation’s focus on supporting research and development that can increase local markets for tyre-derived product. Australia generates more than 56 million end-of-life tyres each year. Only ...
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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. Nige Austin from The Institute for Drone Technology says regional councils are starting to embrace drones as an effective way to automate tasks that are characterised by the three Ds – dirty, dull and dangerous. ...
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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 road death and injury, that governments of all stripes, in the country, in cities and around the world, can use. International research shows enhanced visual acuity, and brain processing, when a vehicle’s lights are ...
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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 City of Sydney has had it easier than some other cities, however, with locally based rail experts lending their skills and knowledge to future systems such as the CBD and South East Light Rail Line. Kansas City in ...
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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 Water contamination crisis. Since 1921, New Zealand’s road system has claimed more than 39,000 lives – 400-plus people per year on average. Annual roads deaths have also risen for the sixth consecutive year. So, ...
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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 social media to promote public works and build community engagement, here are some tips to help you get it right. DO Post valuable content – regularly Have a social media calendar to ensure your social ...
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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 increased interest to attendees is electric vehicles. Increasingly, organisations are introducing hybrid and plug-in electric passenger cars to their fleet and in some cases, commitments have been made to heavy electric ...
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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 of dollars. This means having the right people, right systems and the right tools to do the job. The trouble is it’s about not knowing what you don’t know. You might even be reading this and still not GET IT! ...
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Understanding labour rates

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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 life cost. You may hear labour rate defined in different ways, for example: Fully burdened labour rate: this is the hourly cost to employ a person plus the burden of additional costs such as taxes, insurance ...
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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, the event represented the largest collection of EVs in one place in the Australian market. Collectively, the drivers completed 180 laps of the 3km Lakeside Drive track at Melbourne’s Albert Park, giving them a chance ...
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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, is the process of how goods and services are acquired. Purchasing can usually be described as the transactional function of procurement for goods or services. In our daily jobs, procurement can become a very cumbersome ...
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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? Brierley: The City of Toronto’s fleet is comprised of approximately 13,000 assets spread across the city’s divisions and agencies. The city-wide fleet is still somewhat fragmented, so the Fleet Services Division ...
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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 be published in coming months which found a 41% increase in emergency department presentations in Victoria as a result of monkey bar injuries over the past decade. "There were a total of 14,167 monkey bar related ...
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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 released in 2012.   More than 400 councils, or 75% of the sector, contributed to the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) report, which was launched at the 2018 National Road and Transport Congress. Collectively, ...
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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 collaboration with organisations that see value in supporting the work being undertaken by the NAMS Committee, and investing in the development of the asset management industry. The objective of the IPWEA Consultants ...
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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 four keynote sessions. YIPWEA Australasia Chair Nicola Daaboul said that, for the first time, a dedicated YIPWEA stream has been introduced to the conference program. “This is the perfect opportunity to showcase ...
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