Archive for May, 2014

IPWEAvic is undertaking an Operation and Maintenance of Stormwater Harvesting Devices Benchmarking project.  We are currently collecting benchmarking data relating to the operation and maintenance costs of certain stormwater harvesting devices.  The results of the benchmarking data will be made available on the IPWEAvic website.  If you would like to be part of this project please download a copy of the questionnaire here or contact Iouri for a copy of the questionnaire

The Local Government Performance Reporting Framework (LGPRF) Indicator workbook version 4.0 has been updated and comments are now sought. Download a copy of the workbook HERE

Version 4.0 incorporates various changes to indicators and measures following results of data trial 2, submissions to the Regulatory Impact Statement and feedback from relevant State Departments. Changes in individual indicators and measures are outlined in Appendix B as well as marked up in track changes.

The workbook has been developed to support users in their understanding and use of the 71 quantitative (70 mandatory and 1 optional) and 24 qualitative indicators and measures which make up the LGPRF. It contains a description and rationale for each indicator and details of the measures including a definition, computation, permissible values, data sources for each element and explanation of key terms. This information is important to ensure the consistency, quality and accuracy of data provided by councils as part of reporting against the LGPRF.

Any comments or feedback in relation to version 4.0 should be directed to by 20 June 2014. A final designed and published version will be available in early July

Representing IPWEAvic, Board member Kim Sedgwick attended the official opening of the Downer Bayswater Asphalt Manufacturing Facility on Wednesday 21 May 2014.

The facility is the second of its kind, there is the same model built in Adelaide.  It has a storage capacity of 400tonne.  Take a look at this article for more information.













BIM CPD in June and July

Getting Started with BIM: Have you been seriously considering implementing BIM within your organisation and are now asking ‘What do we do next’? This seminar covers the preparation and planning required by architectural or engineering personnel who want to make implementation happen. It provides generic guidance on the topic and discusses some of the decisions to be made and issues which need to be considered.

The NATSPEC BIM Protocol: This seminar is directed at clients and lead consultants on projects using BIM who want to avoid the cost of delays and re-works caused by poor definition of BIM requirements prior to calling for expressions of interest from consultants.  It explains how the Protocol can be used to clarify and describe the level of BIM implementation at the project’s outset, and how NATSPEC BIM documents can assist.

More details CLICK HERE for brochure and registration form


Review of National BIM Guide

NATSPEC is updating the National BIM Guide. Please help!

Collaborate Working Group CWG‑002 has just released a report which focuses on reviewing the National BIM Guide and BIM Management Plan template. Its goal was to provide NATSPEC with industry feedback on its suite of documents based on “real world use”. NATSPEC thanks CWG-002 for the significant effort they put into their report.

Please CLICK HERE for more details

Advise us if you agree with their findings via

All comments will be taken into consideration when preparing the next edition of our BIM documents.

For more about Collaborate ANZ, go


What’s happening in Australia?

NATSPEC has compiled details of BIM research and development projects being undertaken by Australian Government and industry organisations. The project details provide a resource for everyone involved with, or interested in, BIM R & D. The aim is to facilitate collaboration and avoid duplication of effort. This work was completed on behalf of the Australasian Procurement and Construction Council (APCC) and Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF). Download the details of all the projects at

Case studies?

If you have used any NATSPEC BIM documents on one of your projects, we would be interested to hear of your experiences.  Please contact Neil Greenstreet at or on 02 9321 7200 to discuss the possibility of using it as a case study.


Download Program and Registration Details HERE

The IPWEAvic Murray-Goulburn Regional Group is holding a workshop on Flood Recovery – Infrastructure in Bendigo on 26th June 2014.  The workshop is designed to address the approaches to recovery by individual councils/organisations within the Loddon and Campaspe region and explore and document what might be better approaches by local government when any future major flood event requires significant infrastructure recovery works.  The workshop is to be facilitated by Malcolm Styles and is sponsored by City of Greater Bendigo.  Although specifically tailored to the Campaspe and Loddon catchments it has relevance to all catchments in Victoria.

The Regional Group Convenor has extended an invitation to all IPWEAvic members to attend and participate in the conversation.  The program and registration details are found in the attached brochure.

Please pass on details of this workshop to those in your networks who may be interested in this topic and attending the workshop in Bendigo on 26th June 2014.

Download Program and Registration Details HERE

Here are some interesting construction initiatives – building a hotel in Bendigo in 3 days!  And a 9 storey apartment block in Moonee Ponds in 5 days!

Take a look at the following links:

IPWEAvic Central Highlands Regional Group are hosting a Site Trip to Ballarat Airport on 19th June 2014.

Download a copy of agenda and directions HERE

If you would like to attend please advise Eric Braslis c/o Belinda Kent at City of Ballarat


A topical debate at present is the use of art work on the road pavement.  Differing points of view are found from a variety of road safety engineers and artists.

Take a look at some of the art works and debate in this article

Does the art work detract from the safety aspect of the road markings or enhance the streetscape….

Date:        Tuesday 3rdJune 2014
Time:       9:00 till 1:00 including light luncheon
Where:    Banyule City Council, Council Chamber,
275 Upper Heidelberg Rd, Ivanhoe


8:30 –9:00 Registration, Tea/Coffee

9:00 –9:10  Welcome, Claude Cullino, IPWEAvic

9:10 –10:15 Overview –Issues in O&M WSUD Infrastructure
IourisVaisman, Manager Director IVS
•Stormwater-past, current andfuture practice
•Finding appropriate maintenance regime to suite budget
•Keeping track of what assets need cleaning and when
•How to determine life cycle costs of WSUD assets
•Performance assessment/condition assessment of WSUD assets and who is qualified to do it?
•Performance guarantee forWSUD/SWH assets
•What are appropriate delivery models?
•Managing a maintenance contractor

10:15 –10:30  Pathwaysto Reduce Operation and Maintenance Costs of WSUD Assets
•How to do a desktop analysis including catchment basis assessment, theoretical pollution load calculations and capture rates perdevice
•Methods of site assessment
•What story does your maintenance registers tell?
•Findinga better operational regime

10:30 -10:50 Morning Tea

10:50 –11:30 Workshop –operation and maintenance of WSUD infrastructure issues and solutions
Facilitator, Claude Cullino, Director MECC Consulting
•What do participants see as the key issues in WSUD infrastructure maintenance?
•Share solutions of who is doing it well.
•Identify gaps in the knowledge base?
•What role should IPWEA play to assist in addressing the issue?

11:30 –12:00 CaseStudy: Banyule Stormwater Harvesting Project
Clayton Simpson, Resource Conservation Officer,Banyule City Council
•Explanation of the Banyule Stormwater Harvesting project.
•Maintenance issues associated with the work and how these are undertaken
•Details of project available at

12:00 –12:15 Q&A time

12:15 –12:30 Summary. Claude Cullino, Director MECC


IouriVaisman is a leading expert in stormwaterpractice and author of many publications such as:
“Capturing the potential of stormwater–practitioner’s view” (
Independent Verification of StormwaterTreatment Devices (
StormwaterHarvesting in Urban Environment –Overview of Engineering practice (

Claude Cullino, Director, MECC Consulting.
Claudio has extensive experience at the Executive level in local government and has a record of high achievement in the areas of Project Delivery, Public Policy Advocacy, Service Delivery, Project and Contract Management. He is a highly respected Civil and Local Government Engineer and Executive at the cities of Manningham and Monash and CEO of CCF Victoria. He continues to contribute to the local government sector in various areas of public policy in areas such as Water and the Environment, Transport, Benchmarking and Professional Development.

This is a free event for IPWEAvic members and guests but you must REGISTER to attend

Download registration and program details HERE

This is a final reminder that there are still places available for the following AAPA training courses in Melbourne:

Polymer Modified Binders & Bituminous Emulsions   27 May 2014      

Pavement Maintenance Practices                                       28 May 2014     

Asphalt Placement & Compaction                                      29 May 2014      

Places are still available so if you wish to attend any of these training courses, or know of someone who SHOULD attend, act now!

You can book our courses on-line from the AAPA home page.

See link below:

AAPA Training Courses Online Booking

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