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Australia is ahead of the pack when it comes to integrated stormwater designs, and should be sharing its deep pool of knowledge with the world. That is according to Adam Berry, Floodplain Management Engineer for Ipswich City Council, who has helped his team successfully deliver two projects, largely designed in-house, that have received recognition from industry, the community, media and even internationally.  Redbank Recreational Reserve stormwater project The $1.6 million Jim Donald Parklands Integrated Stormwater System took out the Excellence in Integrated Stormwater Design gong at the 2016 Stormwater Queensland Awards, and the $4.6 million ...
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Having just returned from the American Public Works Association’s PWX conference in Orlando, Florida, I found it insightful to experience the US and Canadian markets first-hand.  The numerous international asset management meetings that the Australian and New Zealand IPWEA contingent attended highlighted the similarities of asset management principles, yet also the vast differences of standards and knowledge that exits across the globe.    We were also delighted to host an Australian study tour at the same time to the Street and Area Lighting Conference (SALC) in Austin, Texas, ensuring that our SLSC Programme remains at the leading edge of world developments ...
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The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) is developing a register of potential community infrastructure projects around Australia. ALGA will draw on this register in building the evidence base to strengthen the case for a Commonwealth funding program to help councils undertake vital projects to meet community needs. In every town and every community across the nation, Australians are using council-owned and managed community infrastructure. Facilities such as public pools, libraries, children’s playgrounds, sports fields, youth drop-in centres, bike paths, arts centres and parks enhance the quality of life and enrich the experience of people every ...
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This story was first published in the July/Aug edition of inspire magazine.  Earlier this year, asset management guru Peter Way announced he would be stepping down from his position as NAMS Chair after 12 years. His replacement is Murray Erbs, a veteran of local government and passionate advocate for best practice asset management. inspire: Murray, what do you aim to bring to the role of NAMS Chair? Erbs: My primary aim is to continue the asset management conversation. It is important the conversation emphasises the role of asset management as being a framework for providing efficient and effective ‘core’ community services. We have had many ...
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An inquiry into the effectiveness of Australia's road safety strategy has been launched, amid fears of growing complacency on our roads.  Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester has commissioned an inquiry into the National Road Safety Strategy 2011–2020, which will assess current actions and help find new ways to reduce the number of road fatalities and serious injuries. “I'm worried that we are too accepting of the fact 1300 Australians will die on our roads and tens of thousands will be injured this year,” Chester said. “Road trauma has an enormous social impact and in economic terms, road injury costs our nation an estimated $30 billion ...
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Remote airstrips in need of attention can now get a share of Federal Government funding, under round five of the Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program.  Officially opening the current round of funding, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said said airstrips in remote areas were crucial pieces of community infrastructure. “For many communities, air services are essential for providing mail, supplies, transport and medical services,” Chester said. “Improving the safety and capacity of airstrips provides major benefits to the thousands of Australians who would otherwise have to use slower or less reliable transport options. “I would urge the ...
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The Federal Government has announced $162.53 million in funding to repair or replace 186 bridges across Australia in Round Three of the Bridges Renewal Program.  Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the government's contribution under Round Three has been limited to $5 million per project "to allow for a wider distribution of projects."  “The Australian Government's financial commitment in this round will be matched by successful proponents, delivering a total investment of at least $345 million towards upgrading bridges," he said.  “The bridges renewal program gives local, state and territory governments the support they need to ...
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Christian Tietz , UNSW Increasing urbanisation , denser city living , more expensive apartment prices and higher rents are reshaping our access to and use of urban space. Room-sharing websites are one sign that the cost of city living is driving people to consider sharing rooms with strangers out of necessity. Those flats are not homes anymore. Cities and their residents’ needs in public space have changed, but the type and function of the furniture are stuck in the past. Carlos Neto/shutterstock.com If people can’t spend time in their flat – because it is too crowded, too noisy or not safe enough – they end up spending more ...
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Engineers from Thames Water have begun a three-week battle with a monster fatberg blocking a stretch of Victorian sewer beneath Whitechapel. The 250 m behemoth is one of the largest ever found. The rock-solid mass of wet wipes, nappies, fat and oil weighs in at 130 tonnes – the same as 11 double decker buses – and is about 10 times the size of the infamous Kingston fatberg that was discovered in 2013.  Work to remove the fatberg involves an eight-strong crew armed with high-powered jet hoses to break up the mass before sucking it out with tankers, which take it away for disposal at a recycling site in Stratford. They are painstakingly removing on average ...
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By Pip Wallace , CC BY-ND Pip Wallace , University of Waikato ; Iain White , University of Waikato , and Ross Martin , University of Waikato The drone market is booming and it is changing the way we use airspace, with some unforeseen consequences. The uptake of remotely piloted aircraft (RPAs) has been swift. But despite their obvious benefits, concerns are growing about impacts on wildlife. In our research we investigate whether regulation is keeping pace with the speed of technological change. We argue that it doesn’t, and we suggest that threatened species might need extra protection to ensure they aren’t harmed by drones. ...
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I was recently speaking to a fleet manager who was in the throes of justifying the value of his department’s contribution to the organisation. This is not unusual and I’ve had conversations like this many times before. The difficulty for anyone in this situation is that often it feels like a rear-guard situation where the fleet manager needs to create a justification in defence of a pre-determined outcome. This situation leads to high stress levels, disenfranchised staff and quite possibly not the best outcome. In my view, the best approach to this situation is to be proactive. As fleet managers, we need to ensure our service delivery is competitive, we ...
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By Anonymous Fleet Manager Although there’s nothing morally wrong about staying in your comfort zone, it does however tend to have a negative impact on the business outcomes of managing your fleet. In a world where technology is providing extensive opportunities for improvement, cost reduction and ensuring compliance, I find it strange that some fleet professionals stick their head in the sand and hope that this won’t affect them. Don’t get me wrong; I fully understand that there are challenges involved with change, especially securing funding and convincing senior management that it is good for business. However, with the right attitude, commitment ...
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Mercedes-Benz Trucks has taken 3D printing a stage further. The first printed spare part made of metal, a thermostat cover for truck and Unimog models from older model series, has passed all the stages of the stringent quality assurance process at Mercedes-Benz smoothly, and is now celebrating its premiere. This means that Mercedes-Benz Trucks is now the technological leader in the challenging segment of cutting-edge 3D printing processes for metal components. "With the introduction of 3D metal printing technology, Mercedes-Benz Trucks is reasserting its pioneering role among global commercial vehicle manufacturers," says Andreas Deuschle, Head of Marketing ...
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NHVR have released two easy to use reference charts for heavy vehicles. The first, Heavy Vehicle Configurations, provides a pictorial representation of the heavy vehicle, a description and associated mass and dimension information. The Common Heavy Freight Vehicle Configurations chart can be found here. A second chart, Classes of Heavy Vehicles is also available and presents which vehicle types fit into each heavy vehicle class defined under Heavy Vehicle National Law. The chart provides a graphical representation of the vehicle, a description and associated definitions. The Classes of Heavy Vehicles chart can be found here
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International provider of fleet management software systems, Chevin, has cemented its commitment to the Australian market, relocating its Brisbane-based staff to 303 Coronation Drive, one of Milton’s landmark office buildings. Located in the city’s business district, the new office is centrally located with strong transport connections and fantastic views of Brisbane River. Reflecting business growth, the new location brings with it better accessibility, improved facilities and additional office space – all of which will help to enhance Chevin’s presence in the area and allow for regional development. On Thursday 7 September, Chevin celebrated the move ...
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By Kevin L. Schlangen, Fleet Manager, Dakota County Fleet Management  Rosemount, Minnesota  Member, APWA Fleet Services Committee Every public entity has a need for fleet services in their organisation. The number of units, replacement value and the type of equipment or vehicles will vary from one agency to another. A common factor is that we have a mixed fleet with a large variety of mechanical systems and most of the time people don’t understand what fleet is. The fleet industry continues to evolve and has seen massive change during the past 10 years, but we continue to work in the background of most organisations. We don’t reach out to the community ...
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Drones are expected to play a key role in hurricane-devastated Houston’s recovery effort, by helping locals assess damage to homes, roads, bridges, power lines, oil and gas facilities and office buildings.   According to Wired , there are some 2000 licensed UAV operators in the Houston area.  “This is the one of the first big disasters where we can show how valuable drones can be,” Brandon Stark, who directs the Center of Excellence on Unmanned Aircraft System Safety at the University of California, Merced, told Wired. The Federal Aviation Administration has restricted airspace over the affected region, banning the majority of professional drone ...
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IPWEA has a number of members sitting on various Standards Australia committees. Periodically, we will provide status updates on these committee activities for members’ information and to provide the opportunity for feedback by contacting the committee representative directly. Standards Committee CE-001 has commenced reviews of AS2890.2 Off-Street Commercial Vehicle Facilities and AS2890.5 On-Street Parking. The initial meeting reviewed the issues identified in the project proposal for the revision of the standards. Some of the considerations are: AS2890.2 Off-Street Commercial Vehicle Facilities Provisions for road trains, performance based vehicles, ...
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Nearly half of female engineers in Australia say they have experienced discrimination because of their gender, according to a new report.   In Professionals Australia’s report Women in Engineering: Realising Productivity and Innovation Through Diversity , 47.1% of female respondents reported that they had experienced discrimination on the basis of gender. The survey also found a gender pay gap, with female engineers’ reported average earnings 89% of their male counterparts. The report authors say the pay differential was due to the concentration of women in roles of lower levels of responsibility, with males being more likely to be employed at higher levels ...
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Following the successful production of Parks Practice Notes 10.1, 10.2 and 10.3, IPWEA is now ready to develop the fourth practice note in the parks series. This series is designed to provide practical guidance for all issues relating to the operations and maintenance of parks and open spaces. Invitation to participate in industry reference group To ensure we represent industry-wide best practice, we are inviting parks practitioners and contractors with experience in parks management and operations to join a reference group to provide input and feedback to assist the project managers, Xyst Australia Pty Ltd, in the development of the Practice Note. ...
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