Archive for July 5th, 2011

Mark Varmalis and Ross Goyne are the IPWEAvic representatives on the IPWEA National Board.  The IPWEA National Board met recently in Perth for two days.  Here is a report on outcomes from that Board meeting.

Please contact Mark Varmalis or Ross Goyne to discuss issues relating to IPWEA National board activities.

Thomas Kuen is IPWEAvic Board representative on the NAMS committee.  Here is an update of the committee activites around australia as at May2011.

Please contact Thomas Kuen for further information on IPWEA activities relating to asset management.

The Murray Goulburn Regional Group met on Friday 1 July 2011 at Boort.  After a presentation by Dial Before U Dig the group undertook a field trip to the “Cobram Olive” grove at Boort. Her the group was introduced to some 2,500 ha of olives and the self-driven machine that moves at 0.3km/hr along the rows shaking the trees to collect the olives at harvest time.

Photos courtesy of Malcolm Styles

The Wimmera-Mallee Regional Group met on 14th June at Horsham.  At this meeting David Eltrigniham resigned as secretary to the group handing over the reigns to Martin Duke.   Colin Mibus took on the role of Chair for the meeting.

If you are interested to join this group and attend the meetings please contact Martin Duke from Horsham Rural City Council.

On 28th July 2011 the Engineers Australia Women in Engineering Group supported by IPWEAvic will hold an evening meal ($20 cost) at Sailors Rest, Moorabool Street Geelong betwen 6pm and 9pm.  Download event brochure here.  Two presenters, Dr Mark Toner and Ms Gunilla Burrowes, will address the dinner on Improving Career Prospects in a Male-Dominated Organisation. Mark  and  Gunilla  will  discuss  the problems female engineers may face in male-dominated organisations, and suggest a set of skills which women can develop to understand the following:

•     Male-female differences in decision-making, communication and assertiveness
•     The unwritten “rules” of the organisational game they are playing as employees
•     Leadership skills to increase their personal power, and
•     How to “play” the game to enhance their career prospects.

RSVP by Monday

Download registration details here

The Gippsland Regional Group met on Monday 27 June 2011 at Traralgon.  The meeting was sponsored by HDS Australia Pty Ltd.

  • Peter Edwards, Executive Engineer Traffic and Transport HDS Australia spoke to the group about Road Infrastructure Asset Management from a Safety Perspective.
  • Richard Brammall – Coordinator Civil Works Projects at Latrobe City Council presented the Hockey Pitch construction project in the grounds of Monash University Churchill which needed to comply with standards of playability and industry practices.
  • Linda Hasthorpe – Coordinator Infrastructure Planning at Latrobe City Council gave a brief overview on major projects, including the redevelopment of the leisure centre at Churchill, the Moe Southside Precinct and the Moe rail precinct revitalisation.

If you are interested in the activites of the Gippsland Regional Group please contact Kurt Pitts at Baw Baw Shire

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