Archive for February 27th, 2012

Consider using Online registation when registering to attend the IPWEAvic Public Works Conference on 28 and 29 March 2012 at The Hotel Windsor.

Online registration available at

Alternatively you can download the registration form here and submit by one of these methods:

  • Fax to 03 8376 6360
  • email to
  • post to PO Box 115 Oakleigh South Vic 3167

Looking forward to seeing you at 2012 Public Works Conference.

Leading Edge Infrastructure Management is the theme of the 2012 Public Works Conference.  REGISTER at the conference and you can meet the exhibitors including:

Register online at or download the registration brochure here and either

  • Fax to 03 8376 6360
  • email to
  • post to PO Box 115 Oakleigh South Vic 3167

Dial Before You Dig

IPWEAvic is proud to announce Dial Before You Dig as the Gold Dinner and Awards Sponsor for the 2012 Public Works Conference to be held on 28 and 29 March 2012 at The Hotel Windsor.

Dial Before You Dig is a referral service for information on locating underground utilities anywhere in Australia. Many Councils are members of Dial Before You Dig as are most organsiations that own underground assets.  Members of Dial Before You Dig receive valuable information on what is happening around their underground assets.  Hundreds around Australia use the service on a daily basis.  isit Dial Beofre You Gid will be pleased to answer nay questions you amy have

Visit Dial Before You Dig at their website and attend thier exhibtion booth at the conference to find out how your orgnaisation can benefit from membership.


IPWEAvic is proud to announce VicRoads as a Silver Lunch sponsor.  VicRoads works closely with councils.  Visit VicRoads Website

Fair Value Pro

IPWEAvic is proud to announce Fair Value Pro as a Silver Lunch Sponsor.

Fair Value Pro is a solution for the valuation of non-current physical assets in accordance with the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).  Visit Fair Value Pro website and attend thier exhibition booth at the conference to find out the fit with your organsiation with this exciting product.

Don’t forget to register for the 2012 IPWEAvic Public Works Conference on line at or download the registration form here and either

  • Fax to IPWEAvic 03 8376 6360 or
  • email to or
  • post to PO Box 115 Oakleigh South Vic 3167

Civil Works Expo 2012

February 27, 2012 | No Comments | Events

IPWEAvic held stand no B16 at the Civil Works Expo held between 16 and 18 Feb 2012 at Lardner Park Warragul.

Thankyou to Kurt Pitts from Baw Baw Shire and IPWEAvic Regional Convenyor for the IPWEAvic Gippsland Regional Group for assisting in manning the stand, especially on the long Friday afternoon shift.
















Heavy Vehicle Forum

February 27, 2012 | No Comments | Events

Civil Works Expo in conjunction with IPWEAvic held a Heavy Vehicle forum as part of the Civil Works Expo events program on Friday 17 February 2012 at Lardner Park, Warragul.  A panel of speakers spoke on the topic and a facilitated discussion led by Bob Seiffert teased out issues and solutions to the heavy vehicle problems currently encountered on the local and state road networks.  The four presenters were:

  • Ken Beers, Vicroads. Download presentation here
  • Ian Mann, CT Management. Download presentation here
  • John Olson, HDS Australia. Download presentation here
  • David Dyers, Dyers Transport

Read the IPWEAvic Media Release here

Here are some pictures of the panel as they answer questions put to them by the audience.
















Following the forum an industry luncheon was held with guest speaker Jeff Kennet speaking on Engineering for Success with some 140 in attendance.









Value Adding to Your Worth 

It is acknowledged that by enhancing a person’s knowledge and capabilities, they can become a much more valuable participant in that sector, and more likely to be sought after when vacancies and promotions are come about. Helping individuals in this respect is the Centre for Pavement Engineering Education (CPEE), a specialist dedicated entity strongly supported by Austroads and IPWEA, that is tasked with providing enhanced education and
training for those involved in the roads and pavements sector.

Whilst its unique Distance Education post graduate programs are the backbone of CPEE offerings, its targeted short courses are generating big interest and attendances wherever they are held, often to the point of “house full” outcomes. This year, Victoria will benefit even more than normal with some of the Courses being presented in the Regions as well as in Melbourne.

Two of CPEEs most well attended two day CPEE Courses, are being presented in the coming months, in Victoria’s West (Ballarat) and North (Albury/Wodonga), with one also in Melbourne itself.

Maintenance and rehabilitation is the focus, with the courses being very practical in content and presentations  aimed at improving understanding and practical capability to help public works staff be even better equipped for their roles.

Insitu Stabilisation:     March13-14,   BALLARAT

The use of stabilisation technology for stabilising and recycling of materials for pavement construction and maintenance is widely accepted as a cost-effective method of improving long term performance and reducing whole-of-life costs of modern, heavily trafficked pavements. This Course will briefly review the types of stabilisation before more detailed presentations on types of binders, material characteristics, design and mix detailing, with sessions on specifying
and case studies for practical outcomes. The Austroads Guide to Pavement Technology – Part 4D: Stabilised Materials, and Part 4L: Stabilising Binder, will be used as basic reference texts, with the course material itself primarily based on the CPEE Distance Learning Unit: “CPE 658 – Insitu Stabilisation”.

Overall the Course will include discussion on the types of various stabilising binders used in road construction, their properties, manufacture, and chemical reactions during the stabilisation process and safety considerations associated with their use. The types of binders described are; lime, cement, cementitious pozzolans, bitumen, chemical and synthetic polymers.

Maintenance & Rehabilitation – Understanding & Evaluating Options:       

April 16-17, ALBURY / WODONGA
April 19-20,  MELB

This Course is primarily concerned with providing delegates with the knowledge, and practical understanding, to enable full evaluation of maintenance & rehabilitation options, and their most beneficial use. Case studies are used
throughout to facilitate practical learning. The Course briefly reviews the importance and types of maintenance, pavement distress modes and evaluation techniques. Preventative and periodic maintenance options will be fully explored and detailed.

Advice is given for the investigation of sealed road pavements, and for the selection and design of pavement strategies & treatments specifically for roads carrying normal loadings with a specific focus on flexible pavements. By using
case studies the course will cover the rehabilitation “strategy” involving scoping the project, investigation and evaluation of the existing pavement, development of treatment options and the selection and implementation of the
most appropriate of these options.

The 2012 Plant and Vehicle Workshop will be held in Melbourne on 27 March at Manningham.

To register and for more information visit the IPWEA website at this url

ARRB is conducting a workshop on Austroads Road Geometry Study for Improved Rural Safety

Date:    Friday 30 March 2012

Time:   10.00am– 2:30 pm

Venue:   ARRB auditorium, 500 Burwood Highway, Vermont South

Facilitator:    Peter Aumann, Principal Research Engineer, Safe Systems, ARRB Group Ltd

To Register Contact:              Peter Aumann on 9881 1526 or email:

**Lunch provided**

Workshop outline

The workshop will involve a presentation on the findings from the work conducted to date on the Austroads Rural Road Geometry study, which focuses on the geometric components of rural roads that are over-represented in crashes.

The aims of the workshop are to:

–     Present information on the rural road crashes

–     Present some possible geometric related solutions

–     Identify any other rural road geometry issues that might have been missed as part of this review

–     To discuss which solutions might be most effective at reducing the incidences of crashes

–     To discuss gaps in knowledge relating to the geometric components of rural roads management

Who Should Attend

Workshop attendees would ideally be those involved in rural road design, or safety management, including state and local government representatives.  If you are a Senior
road designer and/or traffic  engineer, Manager or Team Leader you should consider attending!

The IPWEA Annual Parks Seminar to be held on Tuesday 28 Feb at Manningham is full.   There are still some places left in the Adelaide seminar to be held on 29 Feb or the Sydney Seminar to be held on 8 Mar.  For more details visit the website

Engineers Australia supported by IPWEAvic and others are to host the Warren Centre in presentation of PPIR: Engineering for the 21st Centuary

PPIR  is  a  change  plan  aimed  at  raising  the  status  of  professional  engineers. At its core  is the  “PPIR  Protocol”,  a  new  performance standard  for  all  professional engineers.

Come to  one  of  the  FREE  seminars  to  hear

  • Christine Kanellakis, PPIR  Project Director,
  • Russell  Scott,  Director  Uhde  Shedden  and  Deputy  President  IChemE, and
  • a speaker from CGU Insurance to be announced.

Two Melbourne Seminars are availalbe for you to chose from

  • Tuesday 6th March 2012 5pm – 6:30pm
  • Wednesday 7 March 2012 9am – 10:30am

Venue: Engineers Australia Victoria Division Auditorium,  Ground Floor, 21 Bedford St. North Melbourne

To Register : click on this url



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