Inspire : Public Works Sept Oct 2012
8 Public Works Professional September-October 2012 IPWEA NEWS IPWEA asset initiatives receive high praise Infrastructure Australia has endorsed the IPWEA's moves to increase the knowledge and capabilities of asset managers within the public works sector. In its report submitted to the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) in June, Progress and Action, Australia's peak infrastructure body said the IPWEA was "providing leading edge asset management guidance in Australia". The group praised the IPWEA for developing a “program to raise the profle and knowledge of sustainable management of community infrastructure”. "IPWEA's work has been recognised internationally,” Infrastructure Australia added. “The organisation is infuencing the work of groups such as the asset management expert task force for US Federal Highways and local governments in Canada. "Infrastr ucture Australia supports IPWEA's moves to expand its infuence beyond public works and public infrastr ucture management in general." The IPWEA is undertaking a range of initiatives within the asset management feld, including workshops about long-term fnancial planning and creating a 32-page 'Quick Guide' of its International Infrastr ucture Management Manual. IPWEA CEO, Chris Champion commented: “A particularly pleasing aspect was that Infrastr ucture Australia went as far as to actively encourage the jurisdictions – the States, Territories and Commonwealth – to access the guidance provided by the IPWEA. "Infrastructure Australia suggested that IPWEA could assist them adopt robust asset and fnancial management frameworks to best manage their infrastr ucture assets." The full Infrastructure Australia report can be found online at: www.infrastructureaustralia.gov.au/2012_coag EA scrutinises Queensland ood review Engineers Australia (EA) has recommended a four-pronged approach to preventing, mitigating and handling future disastrous food events. The association's Queensland Division Flood Committee released an analysis of the Queensland Flood Commission of Inquiry’s fnal report in July. In it, EA identifed four key areas: planning, resilience, response and implementation. Planning includes risk mitigation thorough foodplain management. This means limiting the extent of population and infrastructure at risk. However, the report also recognised food damage might not be completely preventable. It is important that critical infrastructure has appropriate management plans in place. Effective response measures, particularly communication, are also crucial to managing a food event, according to Engineers Australia. For instance, food warnings must be presented in a language that can be easily understood. These measures are only effective if they are properly implemented with the cooperation of all levels of government, the Division said. Infrastructure pipeline The Infrastructure Australia report to COAG also listed what it considered the top-priority infrastructure developments across the country. The body received 42 submissions with a total estimated cost of $30-50 billion. The following projects were listed as ready to proceed under the Transforming our Cities category: • Brisbane Cross River Rail • Melbourne Metro Stage 1 • Victorian Managed Motorways (Monash Freeway, High Street to Warrigal Road, and Warrigal Road to Clyde Road) The Eastern Busway Project (stages 2b and 3) in Queensland was listed as on the threshold of proceeding under same category. Furthermore, the Paci c Highway Corridor Upgrades were listed as ready to proceed in the National Freight Network category. Industry would reap bene ts of national engineers registration: NERB Economic modelling by ACIL Tasman has found that a national registration scheme for engineers would generate up to $207.6 million of effciency gains every year. The research also found the net present value of the scheme would equate to $7.4 billion. The National Engineering Registration Board (NERB), a consortium of Australian engineering peak bodies including the IPWEA, commissioned ACIL Tasman to produce the modelling. The NERB has suggested the scheme as a way to alleviate the current shortage of engineering skills by maximising the availability of the Australian workforce. Currently there isn’t a unifor m regulatory regime for engineers in Australia. Engineering is governed by a number of different regulations. For instance, Queensland has a registration system to allow engineers to provide unsuper vised ser vices, while some states have 'de facto' registration systems. The NERB said a mandatory and statutory national registration scheme would provide a consistent set of standards and regulations, meaning engineers could move unimpeded between states and territories. This would alleviate the skills shortage and drive growth in the constr uction industry. Furthermore, it would also protect the community from under-qualifed engineers and provide legal recourse against sub-standard work. "The pivotal role that engineers play in Australian society cur rently goes unsupported by a professional registration system that is in place for so many other professions," the Board said. Past President Dave Abbott represents IPWEA on the NERB.
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