Inspire : Public Works Nov Dec 2013
4 Public Works Professional November-December 2013 | From the President | |From the CEO| THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT THE IPWEA Queensland Conference in Cairns lived up to its theme, with multiple streams providing opportunities to be educated on the latest technology and best-practice initiatives. The social programs gave Queensland Division members time to engage with their peers and the Bathrobe BBQ defnitely explored new boundaries... Imagine seeing about 100 public works professionals converging on a local pub in Cairns wearing bathrobes! The Excellence Awards, sponsored by Pentair, were presented at a special dinner, and I would like to pass on my congratulations to all the award winners. Although too many to mention, I would like to pay a special tribute to Graham Cook who won Engineer of the Year and Dwayne Honor who won Young Engineer of the Year. It was fantastic to see two well-regarded professionals honoured in front of their peers and given the accolades they deser ve for the contribution they have made to public works. I would also like to wish Ged Brennan all the best on being elected as new President of IPWEAQ and thank the outgoing President Michael Kahler on the signifcant contribution he has made during his tenure. IPWEA VIC Congratulations to my old mate Ross Goyne, recently elected President of IPWEA Victoria, and huge thanks to outgoing President Vicki Shelton. IPWEA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING The recent AGM was a great opportunity to highlight the achievements of the past 12 months, which can be summarised as follows: • Becoming the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia • Establishing a New Zealand Division • Formulating the Young IPWEA network • Adopting the IPWEA Sustainability Strategy • PWPro magazine winning international awards • Being a major contributor to the development of the ISO 55000 • Building.Plus online tools launched. These achievements don't happen by chance, so I would like to thank the Board, Chris Champion, his staff and the members who have made these achievements possible. Finally, as this will be the last edition of the year, best wishes to you and your families for the festive season fast approaching, and look for ward to working with you in 2014 to make the IPWEA an even more successful organisation. IPWEA'S NATIONAL ASSET MANAGEMENT Strategy (NAMS) Group and asset management consultancy Cardno have jointly developed new guidelines for condition and performance assessment for water and sewerage. The guidelines are published as IPWEA Practice Note 7: Water Supply and Sewerage, and bring together contemporary practices into a national (or even Australasian) approach, encouraging consistency of data collection and outputs. The new Practice Note provides practitioners with principles and procedures to conduct effcient condition and performance assessments of water and sewerage infrastructure. The primary beneft for asset owners and operators is the ability to better monitor the condition of their assets, and therefore make more informed decisions about maintenance, renewals requirements and budgets, among others. Understanding the condition and performance of the asset portfolio is fundamental to developing appropriate asset management strategies. These new guidelines provide a basis for assessing the condition and performance of water and sewerage assets to determine the whole-of-life cost impacts. They are relevant for large and small utilities, and consider core and advanced approaches. The Practice Note adopts a risk management approach, which assesses a network of water supply and sewerage assets, and recommends appropriate actions for maintenance and longer-term remedial works. The guidelines include a simple toolkit spreadsheet to facilitate the generation of a long-term renewals funding program. Training about the guidelines will be implemented by IPWEA next year, and will complement our existing asset management training that focuses on condition assessment of stor mwater drainage and buildings. IPWEA partnered with Cardno on this project, a leading asset management consultancy and enthusiastic supporter of knowledge-transfer initiatives. Since the formation of its specialist asset management business 20 years ago, Cardno has provided asset management ser vices to gover nment, regulators, utility owners and operators, and private sector contractors. Cardno has delivered asset management projects across Australia and internationally, and is a long-time NAMS.AU supporter. For a copy the new water and sewerage guidelines or for more information, visit www.ipwea.org/PracticeNotes Imagine seeing about 100 public works professionals converging on a local pub in Cairns wearing bathrobes! These guidelines provide a basis for assessing the condition and performance of water and sewerage assets to determine whole-of-life cost impacts.
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