Archive for March 4th, 2013

An online library of National, State, and Regional/Local Standard Drawings.

Late last year IPWEA State Divisions and AUS-SPEC representatives met in Melbourne for the inaugural meeting of the IPWEA Standard Drawings Strategic Committee.  Representatives are excited by the prospect of being able to offer a set of industry peer-reviewed Standard Drawings that link into the AUS-SPEC/NATSPEC specifications.

The aim of the project is to grow the source of drawings available to our members and industry and will provide three levels of drawings:  National, State, and Regional/Local (the ones that only apply to a particular Council or region), to imbed the IPWEA Standard Drawings into planning policies in Councils across Australia through the inclusion into AUS-SPEC/NATSPEC.

How do you become involved and have access to this great initiative?

We would like to gather as many drawings as possible from across Australia and we need your help please.   Simply visit the following link and follow the prompts to submit your drawings – in pdf format please.

To make it a little easier, you will see there are several categories under which you can upload your drawings

  • General:  footpaths, cycleways, pavement line marking, underground power, road openings
  • Roads:  inc street signs, kerb profile, vehicle crossing, cattle routes, kerb transitions
  • Drainage:  inc pit gullies, stormwater connections, kerb drainage
  • Water:  inc culverts, service connections, hydrants
  • Sewer:  inc manholes, pump stations, grease arrestors
  • Environmental:  inc sediment traps, swale drains, water retention structures
  • Landscaping:  inc individual planting, footpath planter types, pedestrian handrails, retaining walls and fencing
  • Other:  please make comment or suggestions

When?   The closing date for the upload of drawings is 4th April 2013.

What will happen then?    Each State Committee will initially review the drawings submitted from their own State – they have until 30th June.   They will decide if drawings should be put in the National, State or Local categories.

 After that – a consultant will be appointed to review all of the drawings in the “national” pile:   look for duplications, whether they really are ‘national’.  The Strategic Committee will have the final say, which will happen in September 2013.

And then – they will be available online for subscription by your Council or organisation, and then available as you would wish.

Ongoing review of drawings by subscribers is encouraged to ensure that changes in legislation or other requirements are captured.  There will be a discussion page for this to occur easily, with all comments and feedback regularly reviewed by the Strategic Committee.

We look forward to your support.

Stop Press:  Win an IPAD Mini

Simply submit a drawing* to go in the draw to win an IPAD MINI.

  • You must be a current financial member of IPWEA in any state
  • The winner will be notified after the draw closes on 4th April 2013
  • The winner will be responsible for the connection to a data carrier
  • The winner will be able to chose a colour Black & Slate or White& Silver
  • The winner will receive one 16GB Pad Wi-Fi + Cellular model

The 2013 IPWEAvic Public Works Conference is to be held on Wed 20th and Thurs 21st March at The Hotel Windsor and the excitement to the build up of this annual event is mounting!.

The Conference, supported by Engineers Australia, offers the opportunity for public works practitioners and those working in the planning and delivery of public works to up skill, knowledge share and network. The two day program features a variety of local and international speakers, practical solutions to improving efficiencies and productivity in your workplace with case studies, half day masterclass for senior public works leaders, exhibitors featuring the latest products and services for the industry and more. The gala dinner, incorporating the IPWEAvic 2013 Awards for Excellence, allows delegates, sponsors and exhibitors the opportunity to mix in both a professional and social environment.

The Conference theme is Infrastructure Excellence, Improving Productivity. Conference sessions will consider:

  • The infrastructure challenge for Victoria and its impact in the coming years
  • Improving productivity through Major Projects
  • Generating efficiencies and reducing cost, technology, regulation, data collection
  • Gaining the best from your people through leadership excellence
  • Lessons from the reforming of local government in South Africa
  • Efficiency through technology- what we can learn from the rail transport challenges
  • Best practice project management case studies
  • Benefits of collaboration in meeting infrastructure challenges
  • Tips for success in governance, politics and relationships

We look forward to welcoming you at this conference and being part of an outstanding event.

The program and registration details are attached.  You can also register online at the conference website

A special conference App is also available

Regional Rail Link

March 4, 2013 | No Comments | News

The Regional Rail Link is jointly funded by the Australian and Victorian governments with the Australian Government contributing $3.225 billion.

Dedicated regional tracks will be built from West Werribee Junction to Deer Park, then along the existing rail corridor from Sunshine to Southern Cross Station. When completed in early 2016, passengers on the Geelong, Bendigo and Ballarat lines will have a streamlined journey through the metropolitan system.

Regional Rail Link will increase the size of Victoria’s rail network by laying 90km of new track. The project also includes:

More information available at the website

A Special General Meeting has been called by IPWEA National to be held on 20th March 2013 at 5pm in the Burke Room at The Hotel Windsor, 111 Spring Street Melbourne.

  • IPWEA is in discussions with INGENIUM (Association of Local Government Engineers of New Zealand) for it to become a Special Division of IPWEA.
  • IPWEA’s Constitution already provides for an Association in any part of the world, whose purposes are similar, to become a Special Division of IPWEA.
  • If such a proposal was to proceed INGENIUM would remain a separate entity (as exists for IPWEA State Divisions under our Federation model).
  • The proposal under consideration is that INGENIUM would change its name to IPWEA (NZ Division).
  • The above amendments to the IPWEA Constitution would facilitate the proposal under consideration.

Download Agenda and Proxy form at this url

Part 5 – Stormwater of the Infrastructure Design Standards for Christchurch City Council in New Zealand have recently been updated.

The standards are available for download at this url

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