Archive for January, 2012

We heard about the “fold up car” in 2010 and saw a prototype.  Take a look at this Catalyst Report

Reports are that the first one has been unveiled in Europe.  Take a look at these news reports from New York Daily News and Discovery News and The Verge and in Yahoo in Brussels

Register for 2012 Public Works Conference before 27 January to obtain the early bird rates.

Download a copy of the conference brochure here

Registration is also available on line – click here

Visit the conference website for updates

IPWEAvic Members are wanted to feature in a National publication “That’s Why I’m a Member”.

If you would like a cahnce to feature in this publication email a high resolution photo of yourself together with one sentence as to why you are a member of IPWEAvic and of course your contact details, name, company/council and position/title.

Winning entries will be placed in the National publication.

Email your entry to by end of January 2012 to be eligible to go into the publication.

Civil Works Expo in conjunction with IPWEAvic will hold a Heavy Vehicle Forum on Friday 17th February 10am – 12noon.

Nationally, local government manages more than $212 billion in non-financial assets and raises about 3% of the total taxation.  With limited revenue raising
powers, population growth, ageing infrastructure and rising community expectations, councils struggle to deliver services as well as maintain and construct road
infrastructure.   Under this backdrop and to secure our future prosperity, stakeholders in the roads sector need to come together and build on existing local, state
and federal programs and leverage all opportunities to better manage the road infrastructure network to meet the growth in heavy vehicle movements.

The aim of this panel discussion is to enable delegates to fully appreciate the current impact on the use of heavy vehicles on road infrastructure and hopefully
identify new ways of managing the road networks to meet the growth in heavy vehicle movements.  Chairman – Bob Seiert, former CEO – Civil Contractors

Panel discussion participants :

  • Ian Mann – Director, CT Management (currently producing an MAV report on Heavy Vehicle Access to the local road network)
  • John Olsen – Director, HDS (specialist in road design, particularly in relation to heavy vehicles
  • Gerard Nicholson – Transport Manager, Fonterra Eastern Region (TBA- a Fonterra driver will also participate in the discussion)
  • Ken Beers – Senior Road Safety Engineer, VicRoads (to detail the damage done to roads by heavy vehicles)

Download flyer here

Join the industry luncheon immediatly after the forum but you must reigster.

Take advantage of your trip to Lardner Park and visit the Civil Works Expo.

On 7 Dec the VAOG released a report on the management of road bridges.  The audit assessed whether VicRoads and selected councils are managing road bridges and major culverts effectively.
The report found that Councils’ management of road bridges and major culverts has been partly effective but there were weaknesses in the management of bridges and culverts.

  • the completeness, reliability and use of asset information, which applied to all councils in varying degrees
  • all councils had gaps in their documented processes, for example, none had adequately documented how they manage high-risk structures.
    In terms of performance measurement, local communities do not have access to information that allows them to understand how well councils have managed bridges and culverts.

Councils have not measured bridge performance as experienced by road users. Much of the relevant, technical information they do hold is not made public. This includes budgeted and actual expenditure for creating, maintaining and renewing assets, the rate at which bridges are depreciated and ratings of bridge condition.

Councils need to define levels of service that are meaningful to road users, set targets that take account of community expectations and publish information that measures past achievements and the expected implications of future levels of resourcing.

The report advises Councils should:

  • define bridge levels of service that capture the outcomes that are important to road users and incorporate associated targets and measures in their plans
  • publish information that will allow the community to understand councils’ performance in terms of the past and forecast costs and service outcomes
  • address the information and process weaknesses

Take a look at the full report on the VOGA Wesbsite

Seasons Greetings

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Best wishes for a terrific 2012 to all.

IPWEAvic has received many good wishes for 2012 and fro the fesitve season from members, suppliers, and stakholders.  Thankyou!

The 12 IPWEAvic Days of Christmas  – a 2011 Reflection
1 president elected
2 successful conferences held in partnership with MWOA and MAV
3 submissions on behalf of IPWEAvic members
4 executive committee members actively implementing strategy
5 information sessions held on range of topics of interest to the public works sector
6 editions of PWE Journal delivered to members
7 active regional groups throughout victoria
8 business luncheons held
9 site visits of interest to public works professionals
10 new corporate members welcomed
11 board members
12 months in which online newsletters delivered

Roll on 2012……….

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