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A University of Queensland professor has been ranked among the best civil engineers in the world for his outstanding research. Professor Chien Ming Wang ranked 14th globally in the latest Stanford University Worldwide Survey, which analysed data for six million scientists in 22 fields and 176 sub-fields. This analysis ranked him first in Queensland and second in Australia. “I was surprised to see that I was ranked so high,” he said. Professor Wang has almost 600 publications and more than 16,000 citations to his name and is well known for his work in floating structures and offshore engineering. His interest in civil engineering started at an early ...
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A handbook about government responsibilities during emergencies and disasters has been updated to help authorities plan for future incidents. Produced by the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience, the  free Australian Emergency Management Arrangements Handbook  was guided by a working group, which included the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA). It includes additions to reflect changes in approaches to managing an emergency and places a new emphasis on the education sector, the insurance industry, not-for-profits, natural resources management bodies, scientists and researchers. The chapters cover aspects of disasters including legal ...
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A new study puts councils’ contribution to arts and culture at 26.2 per cent of the national total. Demonstrating the increased importance of art and culture to local communities, the proportion of local government supported art is up from 22.4 per cent a decade ago, according to the The Big Picture report by the Australian Academy of the Humanities, which calculates the total government commitment to the arts at $7 billion annually. “Governments have always played a leading role in funding Australia’s arts and culture for the social, cultural, economic and personal benefits they provide,” said report author, Kate Fielding, director of the independent ...
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Australian cities’ night time economy produced $134 billion in 2017-18. The Council of Capital City Lord Mayors (CCCLM) has released updated research on the Australian night time economy for 2017-18. CCCLM Chair, Lord Mayor of Hobart Anna Reynolds said, “Now in its ninth year, this important research captures the scale, diversity and direction of the development of local, state and territory and national night time economy activity. This research supports city councils’ decision-making by measuring existing strategies and developing policy that contributes to providing safe and vibrant city experiences”. The CCCLM claims its research demonstrates that ...
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Residual funding is available to support the development of female leaders across Australia’s construction and engineering sector.   The initiative is providing women with grants of between $2,000 and $7,000 to enable participation in one of three programs that cover such things as reinforcing resilience and wellbeing, engaging with challenge and conflict, creating future focus, leading authentically and driving performance.  The scholarship funding is provided with the specific intent of providing powerful and effective development opportunities for construction and engineering sector women, to be allocated by the end of 2019. Find out more and register ...
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A new report by Austroads advises against a change in standards for producing cement. Australian Standard AS3972:2010 specifies that general-purpose cement may contain up to 7.5 per cent limestone as a mineral addition. The cement industry proposed an increase of up to 12 per cent without changing the cement designation from general-purpose or providing alternative cements in the market with lower limestone content. Austroads commissioned research to investigate whether the alteration could be justified, with respect to performance and durability. The project compared the properties of concrete made with a general-purpose cement containing 2.9 per cent ...
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The weekly video footage of almost every street in the LGA is now helping council respond faster to issues on the road. In a presentation at the 2019 International Public Works Conference in Hobart, delegates learned how collaboration with a supplier has put video footage from waste collection trucks to use for multiple purposes. The result is more efficient responses to roadside problems and time-saving, through the instant verification of reports without the need for a field trip inspection. Below is the paper by Peter Tatterson and Matthew Schoemaker from Yarra Ranges Council explaining how the program began and its potential. Customer service transformed ...
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A trial will soon begin using rubber from old tyres in the asphalt of a busy Melbourne road. A contract signed between Tyre Stewardship Australia (TSA), and the Australian Road Research Board (ARRB) on September 12 marks the beginning of this vital research. The project will be co-funded by TSA, the Victorian Department of Transport and ARRB. “Rubber is routinely used in rural road surfacing in Victoria. The aim of this project is to increase the opportunity to use crumb rubber in metropolitan roads”, said the CEO of TSA, Lina Goodman. The asphalt will be laid on a 1.5 km section of East Boundary Road in Bentleigh East. It will be on the southbound carriageway, ...
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Young IPWEA has launched the Coffee Cup Challenge, an informal mentor program designed to capture the valuable skills of experienced engineers to assist those starting out in public works. The Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia welcomes the various government, industry and education sector approaches to the serious engineering skill shortage facing Australasia now, with its ramifications for the future supply of adequate infrastructure. While the sector is in agreement that the necessary broad solutions require policy intervention and a likely reinvention of training and incentives, Young IPWEA (YIPWEA) has launched a support initiative with ...
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IPWEA Fleet news

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Changes at IPWEA Fleet Ross Moody has decided to scale back after 15 years in the role of Director IPWEA FLEET. Rob Wilson, formerly Manager IPWEA FLEET has taken over the reins as Director effective 1 September and Ross will continue in a support role. Rob and Ross continue to be supported by the talented IPWEA FLEET team including  IPWEA FLEET Consultants Ken Goldberg and Stephen Haughey, the head office team and the Fleet Council . PVMM Edition 4 The Plant and Vehicle Management Manual (PVMM Ed4) is now available . The 4th edition has been comprehensively updated to reflect contemporary fleet management practice and will be available in both ...
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Why is it that when operational staff get criticised for doing a poor job they see this as an opportunity to leverage Fleet for bigger and better plant and equipment? Use the “ask why 5 times rule” and it will soon identify the real issue and more often than not it is an operational oversight and not a Fleet issue. The purchase of an additional plant item will not fix poor operational procedures, it will just add to the cost of the service provision. So, be assertive and ensure that operational staff look within and can demonstrate that the issue is not an operational one before purchasing them additional plant and equipment. If you fail to do this you ...
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The fleet management industry has such a diverse range of people and roles, and everyone has a unique story of their journey in our industry. This month we talk to Ross Moody:  IPWEA Executive Officer and Director IPWEA Fleet (2004 – 2019) BE(Civil), Grad Dip (Business), Cert IV Training & Assessment Emeritus IPWEA Member and IPWEA National President 2001-02 Ross Moody has had a long and outstanding career in public works and has made an immense contribution to the industry both in local government and through a long record of achievement with IPWEA. Ross held the office of IPWEA National President (2001-02) and has been awarded the prestigious ...
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Providing professional development for the fleet community is a key objective of IPWEA FLEET. Some time ago Ross Moody decided to step back from his role as Director IPWEA Fleet and this came into effect at the end of August 2019. After an outstanding career spanning over 40 years, Ross certainly deserves a little more time to relax and pursue other interests. Happily, Ross will continue to be involved with IPWEA and the Fleet program. On behalf of the IPWEA FLEET team and the Fleet Community I thank Ross for his extraordinary contribution and on-going support. Ross shares his reflections on the industry in this issue.  It is not only Ross’s knowledge ...
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The new Plant & Vehicle Management Manual (PVMM), now in its 4 th edition, is one of the most comprehensive guides for fleet practitioners. It has been methodically updated to reflect contemporary fleet management practice and is now available for ordering in both electronic and hard copy. ORDER PVMM TODAY There were over a dozen organisations and more than 15 individuals with fleet management expertise providing content, review and/or comment as the manual was being developed. IPWEA FLEET leveraged systematic peer review to ensure that the document would remain practical in its application and reflect best practice. The 28 chapters cover ...
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IPWEA Awards in the Media

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As this issue of InTouch is uploaded, there has been good media coverage of the outstanding award winners at last week’s International Public Works Conference, held in Hobart. Read the main stories here: IPWEA infrastructure and public works award winners announced District council’s response to Temuka asbestos scare wins award BVRT Wins National Award Rail Trail named best public works project Rainforest Discovery Centre receives excellent accolade Queensland shines at national IPWEA awa
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IPWEA will be responding to the Australian Infrastructure Audit 2019, as announced in the 22 August edition of InTouch . Our submission will focus on the role IPWEA can offer in policy reform and investment priorities for the 2020 release of the Australian Infrastructure Plan. An ‘Ask Your Mates’ forum titled ‘IPWEA submission to the Australian Infrastructure Audit 2019’ will be posted soon informing members of our intentions. Members can provide feedback publicly by responding to the post and those who wish to work more closely with us to register their details can contact our office on 1300 416 745 or admin@ipwea.org . The full Infrastructure Australia ...
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Local Government New Zealand is equipping councils with another key policy tool to help them gear their communities for the impact of climate change with the release of the Exposed: Climate change and infrastructure guidance document. Designed to provide councils with a consistent approach for assessing community asset exposure to sea-level rise and inland flood risk, the latest report, ‘ Exposed ,’ follows ‘ Vulnerable ’, which highlighted the billions of dollars of local government infrastructure at risk from sea-level rise. “We’ve seen a number of councils declare climate emergencies, and this is another tool for them to use to better understand ...
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The Professional Engineers Registration Bill passed through Victoria’s Upper House on 27 August. If enacted, the new law will enforce mandatory registration for Victorian engineers for which a four-year degree qualification, five years’ relevant experience and an average 50 hours per year of continuing professional development activity are expected to be required. “Queensland is the only state with a compulsory registration scheme for the sector and the Victorian Bill is modelled on the Queensland Act to ensure professional mobility between states. We encourage any state considering the regulation of engineers to do likewise in support of national harmonisation,” ...
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Mr John Roydhouse (pictured left) , Chief Executive Officer of the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia NSW Division, has announced his departure from the leading industry body for public works professionals after nearly 12 years of dedicated service. Joining IPWEA NSW in February 2008, initially as Executive Officer, then for the past six years as Chief Executive Officer, under Roydhouse’s leadership IPWEA NSW has continued to promote its purposes to enhance the quality of life of NSW communities through excellence in public works and services. “Large in stature, even larger in passion, John's commitment to our IPWEA NSW family and our mission ...
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IPWEA’s most prestigious award has been won by Ken Halstead. Halstead (pictured) is a former Mayor of Wingecarribee Shire Council where he still serves as a councillor, and a former IPWEA Australasia Board Member. The IPWEA Australasia Keith H Wood Medal is nominated by industry peers with Halstead’s win announced at the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia Individual Awards ceremony on 28 August in Hobart. “It is with humility that I accept the IPWEA 2019 Keith H Wood Medal,” said Halstead.  “I am honoured to have been nominated, let alone awarded this highly respected Medal. I am indebted to my fellow local government engineers and ...
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