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Les Stokes | Vic Member | 17 years Why did you become an IPWEA Member? I initially became a member to expand my networks, to engage with other Public Works Professionals and to take advantage of the information and training that was available to young and emerging engineering leaders. I’m pleased to say that as I have progressed through my career, IPWEA has continued to be relevant to the work that I do and support that I need. What are the benefits for your role/career? As public works engineers, we have an obligation to effectively provide, improve, maintain and operate public infrastructure. IPWEA has supported me to do this throughout my ...
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Updating Traffic Estimates - A review of industry practice by Mike Tapper - for RIMS RIMS (Roading Infrastructure Management Support) has recently completed a project to review industry practice for updating traffic count estimation.  Currently there is no guideline for undertaking traffic count estimates.  The purpose of this report was to research current methods used in the industry for updating traffic estimates in RAMM.  Part of the report also commented on these various methods to form a knowledge base to assess a best practice guide.  It is expected these guidelines will be released later in 2020. This programme is also running in parallel ...
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Justin Hinch | Vic Member | 12 years Why did you become an IPWEA Member? I had already been working in local government for 8 years and was interested in applying for an overseas study tour scholarship facilitated by the Municipal Engineering Foundation Victoria and found the IPWEA connection. What are the benefits for your role/career? I would describe it as an extension of your work environment, a group of professionals, networking and development opportunities which all supports what you do in your role. I’ve really enjoyed attending conferences and events, presenting topics to members, and feel I have a good network to connect with. What ...
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Small Problems Fixed Fast By: Anonymous Fleet Manager The truth is that, for us fleet managers, small problems can often be overlooked for an extended period of time. Sometimes these problems are only realised after an incident or major crisis that can have serious consequences including revenue loss or worse. The solution for fleet managers is to obtain the information that you need using real-time alerts. Alerts should be as detailed as required. Real-time alerts should be able to trigger an email as soon as a specific business rule is broken, e.g. rego is about to expire, PM service didn’t happen, and so on. This should allow fleet managers ...
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By NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment NSW Hydrogen Initiative – Transport and Hydrogen Registration of Interest The NSW Government recently released the Net Zero Plan Stage 1: 2020-2030 as the foundation for NSW’s action on climate change and goal to reach net zero emissions by 2050. The third priority area of the plan is investing in the next wave of emissions reduction innovation, which includes a hydrogen initiative. NSW views long-distance, heavy duty transport and the development of associated refuelling infrastructure as a critical driver of domestic hydrogen demand. This includes hydrogen powered waste truck fleets, long ...
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IPWEA FLEET Plant and Vehicle Management Professional Development Opportunities 2020 Virtual Fleet Management Workshop . Given the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on travel and face to face meetings, IPWEA has decided to replace the normal series of workshops around regional centres and capital cities with a Virtual Fleet Management Workshop available to everyone. The Virtual Fleet Management Workshop will include a mix of interactive professional development sessions and industry briefings in an easy to access on-line format. You will still be able to participate and ask questions of the presenters from the comfort of your office or home. Fleet Management ...
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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 Kris Browne, A/Fleet Asset Management Officer, Organisational Services (Carrara Depot) – City of Gold Coast, Queensland. FI: How did you get started in fleet and plant, and what was your first job in the industry? KB: My start in Fleet and Plant Asset Management in 2015 was a natural progression coming from an agricultural and construction background of plant and transport operations. When I was 17, I was heavily into Golf at the time (best 24-handicap player going around at the time) ...
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By Rob Wilson – Director IPWEA FLEET The Latest IPWEA FLEET Initiatives for the Fleet Community IPWEA FLEET have been head down / tail up over recent months on a number of initiatives to support the fleet industry. I’ve highlighted a few below, but for more information go to our website . Chain of Responsibility - IPWEA in conjunction with our compliance partner Latus hosted a Chain of Responsibility webinar for the Tasmanian division last week. The session was a timely reminder that Heavy Vehicle National Law and Chain of Responsibility compliance is not optional and that anyone who has influence over transport activity is responsible for safety on ...
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Chain of Responsibility 101

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Chain of Responsibility 101 (based on IPWEA’s Plant and Vehicle Management Manual Ed4) Chain of Responsibility (CoR) legislation and the Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) legislation are very similar in their structure and intent. If we look at WHS, it's about ensuring that no one gets hurt at work. WHS requires controls to ensure that basic safety rules are in place and to meet and follow the standards. Essentially this is easy. A set of rules in the workplace, notice boards, people observing situations, workplace health and safety people all around etc. So easy, right? But it still goes wrong even with all of that. So, let’s take this WHS environment ...
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By Michael Harvey – Founder, DIGI CLIP The Benefits of Pre-Start Checklists In a vehicle or equipment pre-start inspection, the operator uses a checklist to perform a standardised routine inspection before using the vehicle or equipment. A pre-start checklist normally covers the exterior and interior condition of the vehicle or equipment as well as operational aspects including mechanical and electrical systems, fluid levels and safety devices such as alarms, fire extinguishers and first-aid kits. A pre-start checklist inspection intends to identify defects and safety hazards before operation. Safety Benefits of Pre-Start Checklists When heavy vehicles ...
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Debbie Leeson-Rabie | Vic Member | 5 years Why did you become an IPWEA Member? I was fortunate to be awarded a Municipal Engineering Foundation scholarship for a study tour to America and Canada and through my preparation for the tour, I realised the broader benefit of becoming a member of IPWEA, so I joined and have never looked back. What are the benefits for your role/career? As a member of IPWEA, I have increased my network of industry peers and have a large support network. The professional development opportunities have been fantastic and through my continual involvement I have stayed abreast of current and emerging trends. I’ve also had ...
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IPWEA NZ Asset Management Digital Badges hit a millenia! Back in September 2019, the team at IPWEA NZ could not have predicted the pace at which our freshly launched digital badges programme would take off. The rate of badge registrations has confirmed the need that digital badges were designed to address - a looming asset management skills shortage and a dirth of accessible and affordable training.  The journey from original idea to badge launch has been several years, and they wouldn't exist without the support of TEC and E2E, and the passion, drive and vision of individuals such as Vaughn Crowther, Steve Browning, and many others. In ...
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IPWEA have developed a web-based asset management solution that helps local governments to manage their data and improve decision-making. Buildings.PLUS has been specifically designed for teams that are responsible for asset management, facility management and property management in any type of organisation that has a significant portfolio of buildings. It is also designed for managers of other assets including parks open spaces, playgrounds, recreational centres, houses and educational facilities. Using a structured approach based on a proven methodology, it enables organisations to justify their budgets based on evidence and a risk-based lifecycle model. ...
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Local Governments in NSW are invited to showcase projects that they have undertaken to improve the resilience of their infrastructure to climate change. Showcase projects selected will feature as case studies in a new Climate Resilience Design Guide currently under development as part of a collaborative project between Northern Beaches Council, IPWEA and Dubbo Regional Council; and funded by Local Government NSW under an Increasing Resilience to Climate Change grant. The Design Guide will provide asset managers with the necessary information to identify climate resilient infrastructure materials that will extend the useful life ...
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Some of the things you do every day actively harm your body. And many of these habits don’t even seem harmless until you take a closer look at them. In many ways, it’s our habits that define who we are as people. These habits become part of the routines that we create around ourselves, which is why breaking them is so difficult. Of course, there are good and bad habits. Keeping a positive mindset, eating healthy, and exercising regularly are examples of good habits. When it comes to bad ones, we have obvious examples like drinking too much and smoking. Managing your habits is a key part of leading a healthy life. But there’s a challenge to consider. ...
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IPWEA CEO David Jenkins Whether you’re a local government or an infrastructure-intensive business, gaining meaningful insights into your assets no doubt pose a significant challenge. In this era of ‘big data’, raw asset information is readily available in huge quantities – but data for data’s sake can be overwhelming. We need smart approaches to collecting, synthesising and analysing this information so stakeholders can walk away with actionable intelligence. To meet this challenge, IPWEA released a software tool called NAMS+ in 2007 that enables users to both store and ‘crunch’ their data. Since then, the tool has assisted more than 600 stakeholders ...
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Transport infrastructure is a central pillar of the COVID-19 recovery outlined in the 2020-21 Federal Budget, released by the government on October 6. The projects to receive a share of $7.5 billion in transport infrastructure funding include : an additional $490.6 million for the Coffs Harbour Bypass in New South Wales; $528 million for upgrades to the Shepparton and Warrnambool rail lines in Victoria; $750 million for Stage 1 of the Coomera Connector in Queensland; an additional $80.0 million for the Wheatbelt Secondary Freight Network in Western Australia; $136 million to progress the Main South Road Duplication in South Australia; ...
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A new guide, Recycled Materials in Roads and Pavements: A Guide for Local Councils , aims to assist local councils in incorporating recycled materials in roads and pavements. Local Government NSW (LGNSW) commissioned the Waste Transformation Research Hub (WTRH) at the University of Sydney to develop the guide, which has been published in conjunction with ‘ Recycled Materials in Roads and Pavement: A Technical Review ’. Local Government NSW (LGNSW) President Linda Scott says the research is part of a push towards a circular economy in New South Wales. “LGNSW has long advocated for an overhaul of the State’s waste and recycling management ...
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Local manufacturing company Foamex has won a $1.4 million contract to supply Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) blocks for the West Gate Tunnel Project in Melbourne.  Foamex manufactures the S Grade Polystyrene it is supplying to the West Gate Tunnel Project at its facility in Baywater in Melbourne’s east. “EPS has great tensile strength which gives it the ability to resist loads without failure because of excessive stress or deformation,” says Foamex general manager Justin Kelsey. “This is why it is very commonly used within large construction projects.” Kelsey explained how his team custom-cut the EPS to meet the project’s specifications in an article ...
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The Queensland Government is investing nearly $27 million in recycling projects under the Resource Recovery Industry Development Program, a $100 million scheme that provides funding to local governments, established businesses and not-for-profits to use proven resource recovery technologies to improve existing operations, or develop new facilities in Queensland. Queensland Treasurer Cameron Dick says the funding will support the creation of 303 jobs in the state and divert 957,000 tonnes of rubbish from landfill.  “By reusing materials, the resource recovery industry directly contributes at least $830 million to the Queensland economy – turning rubbish ...
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