Archive for October 18th, 2010

Calling for nominations for an engineer as a recipient for the 2011 MEF Vic Award for Excellence in Engineering.

Award Criteria




 The Award is made by the Municipal Engineering Foundation Victoria in recognition of outstanding engineering service within local government in Victoria.

 Name of the Award

The Award is known as the Municipal Engineering Foundation Victoria Award for Excellence in Engineering and honours the distinguished career of Cedric Tuxen, an eminent Municipal Engineer and first Chairman of the Foundation.  The medal is duly inscribed with the recipient’s name and year of the award.


The Award is to be for an engineering professional within local government in Victoria who, as a member of IPWEA (Victoria), has:

1.             Throughout his/her career given outstanding service to local government in Victoria, or;

2.             Been responsible for the successful execution of a Victorian Local Government project considered to be of special significance.


Nominations for the Award:

  1. Will be made by one of the following:
  • the professional engineer on his/her own behalf
  • an individual on behalf of an engineering professional
  • a Council on behalf of an engineering professional
  1. Must contain:
  • full particulars of the person nominated
  • brief details of the outstanding service, or brief details of the significant project and his/her role
  1. Must be lodged with the Secretary of the Municipal Engineering Foundation by email to by 14th January 2011.

 If further supporting information is required, this will be sought from the nominee. Nominations are valid only for the year of nomination and will not be rolled over.


The manner of selection of the Awardee will be at the sole discretion of the Trustees of the Foundation.

 Trustees Responsibilities

It shall be the practice of the Trustees to make a biennial award available, however the Trustees reserve the right to determine from year to year and either before or after calling for nominations of the award if an award is to be made.

 Presentation of the Award

The award shall be presented by the Chairman of the Foundation to the successful nominee at an appropriate event as may be agreed by the Trustees.

IPWEA has been invited by Engineers Australia Geelong Group to visit the Barwon Heads Bridge site, followed by a presentation on the project and dinner at Thirteenth Beach Golf Links. The bridge project is reaching completion and this will be the last chance to visit the bridge while the works are still underway.This is joint event with Engineers Australia Geelong Group and the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia (IPWEA)

 Date: Thursday 28th October 2010 at 6pm 


Meet At: Car Park at the bridge on Ewing Blyth Drive (refer attachment for picture) at foot of bridge.

Time:Arrival at 5.45 pm for 6.00 pm start


Meet At:            Thirteenth Beach Golf Links, Barwon Heads Road, Barwon Heads,                              (Melway Map 482 D12)

Time:                   Start 7.15 pm with dinner served at 7.45 pm.

Cost:                    $20 (Price includes two course meal, drinks at bar prices)

Speaker:            John Clinch, Team Leader Delivery, VicRoads

If you are attending, please reply to Piyush Jain at Email: or  Mob: 0414391584 by 25/10/2010 advising of any dietary requirements and if you need protective equipment (for those interested in site visit).

The very successful MWOA National Works & Engineering Conference sponsored by Downer EDI Works was held on 23 and 24th September at Bendigo Exhibition Centre.  The well received opening address was given by Rob Spence from MAV around the topic of Working Closer Together followed by a heart rendering account from Jason McCarthy – the man who refused to quit.

There were presentations on such things as Alliance Contracting, Second Generation Alliance Model, Road Safety and Level Crossings , Roadside Safety, Procurement , Disaster Management to name a few.  For those that wanted a more hands on approach the toolbox series offered a range of advice presented by many of the exhibitors on such things as managing your whole of life cost, fire safety awareness training, road maintenance using alternative products, using geogrids to advantage, retroflective technology, live web demos to find underground assets.    Using the facility to the full enabled demonstrations of machinery such as Crash testing road furniture, Excavator demo, grader demo  and road sweepers demos.

The conference dinner was a time to catch up with colleagues and enjoy the conference atmosphere.  Some the presentations will be available on the MWOA website shortly. More info contact Stephen Robertson CEO MWOA



The latest version of the Infrastructure Design Manual is now availalbe on the internet.  It can be found at

DPCD are holding workshops in the reigonal areas for those interested in the IDM.  The workshops provide information about adopting the standard and assistance with implementation and training available through the DPCD.  A great opporuntity for those from councils that mayuse the standards to attend. 

Please contact Angelo D’Costa if you would like more informaton or like ot attend.

 Angelo D’Costa – Senior Project Officer  Councils Reforming Business – Local Government Victoria Department of Planning and Community Development  T: 03 9651 7051  F: 03 9651 7629  angelo.d’

The CCF in conjunction iwth EPA are holding a Contaminated Soil Forum on Thursday 21st October at Manningham Function Centre. Details are in the brochure downloadable here

 The IPWEAvic Directors Statutory Report for 2009/2010 financial year  can be downloaded here.

This report was presented at the IPWEAvic AGM on 14th October 2010.

November courses that are being staged by the Centre for Pavement Engineering Education (CPEE), and which might be of some interest to you and could prove valuable in your staff development and knowledge and skills  enhancement are:.

Understanding & Evaluating Pavement Maintenance & Rehabilitation Options (Oct. 28-29) …. Hobart

Pavement Design in Local Government – Principles & Practices  (Nov. 9-10) ….. Melb.

CIRCLY Workshop ( Nov 11) ……Melb.

CPEE short courses are highly regarded and are in fact based on the post graduate Distance Learning Units used in our Graduate Certificate and Master of Technology specialist programs.  The Short Courses are designed to help fast track learning of those already with some experience, or in need of quick up take on the specialist knowledge/subject being covered.

CPEE is a non-profit, specialist private provider (roads and pavements) of tertiary education, founded by AUSTROADS and AAPA.   CPEE offers Graduate Certificate, Master of Technology and Master of Engineering qualifications in roads & pavement engineering, ( by Distance Learning mode ) via formal links with  La Trobe University and the Chifley Business School.  More details on how to enroll in the Distance Learning study of this Grad Cert , and others on offer  can be obtained via the link  CPEE .

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