Inspire : Public Works Nov Dec 2012
58 Public Works Professional November-December 2012 ADBLUE ADDITIVE FOR DIESEL ENGINES DENNIS MAULE, WORKSHOP SUPERVISOR, MOONEE VALLEY CITY COUNCIL, ASKS: I'm currently seeking information of an additive, AdBlue, to introduce into the exhaust system of diesel trucks. I would be interested in any comment or test results if anyone has dealings with AdBlue in their feet. JOHN WILLIAMS FLEET COORDINATOR, HUME CITY COUNCIL, SAYS: We use AdBlue as provided on new vehicles. I have never considered retro ftting and I understand there are only some engines that are compatible. GEORGE POPA PLANT COORDINATOR, SHIRE OF ROEBOURNE, SAYS: We have AdBlue on new replacement vehicles. We have had ongoing problems with Iveco and Cummins trucks (side-arm waste vehicles). However Cummins now believe they have rectifed problems. Our new Mack prime movers also have AdBlue and have had no problems whatsoever. JOE MIFSUD WORKSHOP SUPERINTENDENT, FAIRFIELD CITY COUNCIL, SAYS: We have four vehicles that use AdBlue: one UD with a tipper and three IVECO 2350G garbage tr ucks. We buy the AdBlue in 1000-litre intermediate bulk containers and from that we fll up our refuelling truck, which then dispenses the AdBlue through the on-board data fuel system on the fuel truck. The truck also has diesel, hydraulic oil and petrol. The UD is two years old and the IVECOs are six months old. There are no problems as of yet. KNOWLEDGE CENTRE ASK YOUR MATES THE HOT TOPICS OF DISCUSSION ON THE IPWEA ONLINE FORUMS. JOIN THE DISCUSSION NOW AT www.ipwea.org.au/askyourmates ALSO UP FOR DISCUSSION • Data collection templates • Compaction of unsealed roads • Bailey bridge components • Underground stormwater detention # COSTS FOR REGIONAL AND REMOTE LOCATION INFRASTRUCTURE? VANESSA DUTTON SOTHERN REGIONAL MANAGER, PROPEX CONCRETE SYSTEMS, ASKS: I am curious to know how councils, particularly in outer regional and remote areas, address cost issues in relation to infrastructure throughout projects - from design through to constr uction. Other than sourcing local labour, what considerations are given to cost-saving designs for each project? I expect it is always a challenge to give communities as much as possible from each budget. What research is done internally to source up-to- date solutions to assist with the costs of delivering projects? TONY BRISTOW-STAGG TECHNICAL OFFICER DEVELOPMENT ENGINEERING, TABLELANDS REGIONAL COUNCIL, SAYS: Having worked in remote areas, there are a couple of points that spring to mind. A consideration could be in the complexity of design and construction techniques. Can the same outcome to a project be achieved with a less complex design? We can consider the use of prefab components, which may require less skill to install, rather than build in place, which would require specialised tradesmen.
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