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Australia’s first cloud-based plant safety platform, Plant Assessor, is very pleased to have been helping IPWEA members manage plant and equipment compliance for more than a decade. With more than 150 clients in the local government sector, Plant Assessor recognises the contribution that local councils make to the success of its leading on-line safety management platform. “We saw a need to help councils manage since we attended our first IPWEA conference in early 2008,” explains Managing Director, Matt Turner. “Since then we have worked closely with IPWEA and councils across the country to make the onerous aspects of plant safety more manageable. “Councils ...
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Australia’s national transport research organisation ARRB has introduced new guidelines to assist local councils and road asset managers in properly using High Friction Surface Treatments. You can download ARRB’s High Friction Surface Guide to Good Practice here. It’s recommended reading for all LGAs and road asset managers. To discuss with ARRB how the National Transport Research Organisation can help with skid resistance measurement, contact Richard Wix at richard.wix@arrb.com.au
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Australasia’s peak body for public works engineering has responded to a damning report on Australia’s road safety with a call for greater investment in road maintenance and technology. IPWEA applauded the release of the Australian Government-initiated inquiry into the National Road Safety Strategy, which found that Australia’s road safety performance had stalled and a ‘dramatic’ change was needed. IPWEA CEO Robert Fuller said the human and economic cost of inaction outlined in the report – 12,000 people killed and 360,000 injured at a cost of $300 billion by 2030 – was too great for governments of all levels to ignore the safety benefits of better road ...
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Although automation is undoubtedly benefitting many industries, an experienced forensic engineer has warned that “weird things happen” when automation collides with humans. Forensic structural engineer Dr Sean Brady opened the Queensland Mining Industry Health and Safety Conference on the Gold Coast with a keynote address titled ‘The Ironies of Automation’, exploring how increasing automation in an industry often results in unexpected and negative results. Using the near-catastrophic partial meltdown of the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant and a study into Swedish maternity hospitals as examples, Brady said “weird things happen” when automation is ...
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The Federal Government has released a Request for Proposal to build Perth's new METRONET rail lines, described as Perth's most ambitious public transport program.  The RFP calls on construction companies to deliver the Thornlie-Cockburn Link and the Yanchep Rail Extension under a bundled competitive alliance model. It will represent one of WA's biggest ever package of infrastructure works. Federal Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population Alan Tudge said METRONET was a city-shaping project and a critical investment to meeting the demands of population growth for Perth. “The projects will bring together new rail infrastructure and new urban ...
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The NZ Transport Agency has unveiled details of a $16.9 billion program of investment planned for New Zealand’s land transport system during the next three years. The National Land Transport Program (NLTP) is a partnership between local government – which invests local funding on behalf of ratepayers – and the NZ Transport Agency which invests national funding through the National Land Transport Fund (NLTF). Funds for the NLTF are collected from petrol excise, road user charges and vehicle registration and licensing fees. The $16.9 billion 2018/21 NLTP includes $12.9 billion from the NLTF, with $3.4 billion from local authorities. The NZ Government will ...
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Living in Australia and New Zealand, bushfires are an accepted but unfortunate part of the fabric of our much-loved summers. What is alarming however is that in NSW, and as a forerunner for other states and NZ, the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) official bushfire alert season has been brought forward by two months, starting already on 1 September. With 100% of NSW now being drought declared, new records broken for the hottest midday temperatures for August (6 degrees Celsius above the average), and the least amount of rainfall since 1965, we are facing a tinderbox of dry conditions and undergrowth fuel just waiting for the wrong spark at the wrong time to ...
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Queensland Urban Utilities is nearing the end of a $55 million, 4.25km sewer in the Brisbane suburbs. The gravity-led sewer was designed too deep for standard open-cut methods, so the construction team opted for modern trenchless methods, which are becoming the standard for urban pipe works around Australia. With the housing market growing in every major city around the country, Brisbane leads the pack, with recent estimates putting growth around 13% by 2021. Queensland Urban Utilities (QUU) is preparing for the influx with nearly $175 million worth of major water and sewerage projects currently underway around the city. Many of these areas are dense enough ...
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Maintaining local roads is a perennial challenge for councils. Here, AUS-SPEC Manager Nandini Mehta outlines four treatment options to prolong the lifespan of pavement. Sprayed preservation surfacing treatments are generally applied to low-volume sealed roads where primary distress is caused by environmental factors from binder oxidation. If road surfaces are left untreated, microcracking and potholes can develop. This could result in localised pavement failure. A need was identified at various IPWEA events to develop a generic specification for pavement preservation treatments to help councils effectively maintain their inventory of road assets. In response, ...
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The difference between the various types of oil filters available today can be confusing. There are conflicting views in the industry as to which is the best type to use. The three most common oil filtration methods are: full flow, bypass and two stage.  Check out this quick guide for a brief explanation of each:  VIEW THE GUIDE NO
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On 1 October 2018 new Chain of Responsibility (CoR) laws come into place in all jurisdictions other than WA and the NT. CoR is not new, but the 2018 updates mean CEOs and other senior managers will need to ensure appropriate systems are in place to manage risk and apply due diligence in meeting their obligations. The changes move CoR more in line with Workplace Health and Safety Law that we’ve been complying with for decades. Earlier this year our fleet community told us they needed help to meet the new obligations. In response IPWEA partnered with Latus Risk to produce CORSaMS – a suite of resources comprising; frameworks, policies, procedure, training ...
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Don’t you hate it when Charlie wants what Johnny has? In fleet management we see this regularly. It riles me when some of our internal customers see someone has something new that is bigger and brighter – and suddenly, they need it too! Why is this so? Is it the culture we're working in? Is it the mindset of the different generations? Is it giving the staff too much input into their requirements? Poor management of these situations can escalate into bigger issues like 'kingdom building' and this can equate to a very needy, precious workforce. How do people deal with these issues? Sometimes being patient won’t cut the mustard! Being in fleet procurement ...
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In recent issues of Fleet intouch we have discussed various activities that are critical to effective fleet management. In this issue we discuss the issue of fleet asset disposal. It’s easy to think that once we’ve reached the end of the asset lifecycle that the job is done. Wrong!  Fleet disposal carries risks that need to be actively managed. Think about the reputational risks associated with not properly de-identifying your vehicles before disposal. Someone uses the vehicle in a dangerous, illegal or inappropriate way and the public think it’s your organisation. Your processes need to ensure your fleet is de-identified before disposal. This just doesn’t ...
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First published in Fleet Auto News.  The fleet industry's ability to attract and retain the younger generation was one of the major challenges discussed at IPWEA's Australian Fleet Conference earlier this year.  Fleet Auto News’ Caroline Falls talks with Robert Wilson, Manager at IPWEA FLEET about the issue. FAN: How do young people presently come to find work roles in fleet control and management? Wilson: People find themselves in a fleet role through various pathways. Many come from a trade background, as say a mechanic and work their way up through the workshop, others come from a professional engineering background or administrative roles ...
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As the National Transport Research Organisation, ARRB is committed to helping those within the industry achieve best practice through the sharing of knowledge. ARRB has bridge inspection workshops scheduled for Hobart from September 18-20 and Brisbane from November 20-22. The workshops are primarily aimed at, but not limited to: Road and bridge maintenance field staff Existing Level 1 and 2 Inspectors Leading hands Works Supervisors Inspectors Engineers Consultants Contractors You can register for the workshops in Hobart and Brisbane now
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In an Australian first, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator is holding a dedicated heavy vehicle access seminar for council engineers in conjunction with IPWEA. The key objectives of the seminar are to provide the road access decision makers in councils with comprehensive knowledge on how to manage their local freight tasks. Sessions will include: How to use the full options of the Heavy Vehicle National Law to best manage local freight tasks to reduce red tape for industry and reduce administrative burden on councils How to use the full options of NHVR portal to manage heavy vehicle access applications and freight planning How councils can reduce ...
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Professor Peter Newman wants entrepreneurial engineers to solve our infrastructure problems rather than politicians. Australia’s ever-expanding cities are placing significant burden on vital infrastructure, such as transport, housing and energy supply. Peter Newman, Professor of Sustainability at Curtin University, will address the liveability, workability and sustainability of our cities – and the way in which they might be improved – during a session at this year’s  Australian Engineering Conference (AEC) . Newman will interview Sir Rod Eddington, former Chair of Infrastructure Australia, whom he met on the football field in Perth more than five decades ...
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The signs are there: billions of dollars in infrastructure spending is taking place on both sides of the Tasman and experts warn there may not be enough skilled workers to deliver the projects. According to Engineering NZ, 7% of Kiwi graduates studied engineering, compared to the OECD average of 12%. WSP Opus General Manager of Technical Capability Peter Wiles told Stuff  something had to give, pointing to Dunedin’s $1.4 billion hospital. "Nothing of this scale has ever been built in New Zealand before. I think there's a lot that needs to be done. It won't be fully resourced in New Zealand,” he said.  "We are getting by at the moment, but if nothing ...
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A data analysis tool that uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to predict water pipe failures has been awarded the Eureka Prize for Excellence in Data Science. Developed by the CSIRO Data61’s Smart Infrastructure Team, the tool is able to pinpoint pipes with a high risk of failure, mitigating the cost of managing the assets and the inconvenience of burst water pipes. It has been put to the test across 30 national and international water utilities including SA Water, KWR in the Netherlands and UKWIR (in the UK) and has completed data analysis for nearly 9 million pipes. Dr Fang Chen, Group Leader and Senior Principal Researcher at Data61’s ...
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Brisbane, Adelaide, Ipswich, Sunshine Coast and Canterbury-Bankstown have been shortlisted for the top prize at the inaugural Australian Smart Cities Awards. The awards, to be held as part of Australia’s first Smart Cities Week from 29-31 October, will recognise and reward leadership, celebrate best practice and stimulate action to advance the smart cities movement. Ten awards will be presented: Leadership City Research and Innovation Digital City Services Regional Leadership Smart Cities Strategy Smart Cities Leader - Government Built Environment Smart Cities Leader - Industry Social Impact According to the Smart Cities Awards jury ...
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