Inspire : Public Works Mar Apr 2013
8 Public Works Professional March-April 2013 IPWEA NEWS The IPWEA has developed the Asset Design As Constructed (ADAC) standard to assist local government and utilities capture and manage data with consistency. The ADAC standard is a non-proprietary data specifcation and transport format (XML), used to describe and transmit asset design and 'as constructed' data. The standard assists councils accurately capture information from the development industry on infrastructure, including cadastre, roads, water, sewer, drainage and parks assets. It will also soon host bridges, pump stations and buildings. It is still common practice for developers to capture spatial information numerically and submit it on paper to the council. The council then has to recapture the information in digital form. However, the result is an unnecessary duplication of effort and opens up the potential for translation errors. This standard is designed to handle the ongoing issues that inaccurate data poses. ADAC was created by local government for local government. Starting in southeast Queensland over a decade ago, it is the result of work by a consortium of councils and other utilities, such as road and water. Their mission was to develop a robust framework for effcient and standardised capture, delivery and use of public works asset data. The IPWEA is planning for this data specifcation standard to be used across the country. The ADAC Strategic Reference Group has compiled an introductory book to explain the fundamentals and answer frequently asked questions. More information about the book can be found at www.engicom.com.au/products/adac2/ Former IPWEA National President and Engineers Australia CEO Peter Taylor passed away in January. He was President of the IPWEA from 1999- 2001 and oversaw the organisation's shift in direction to provide ser vices to the broader public works sector and name change from the Institute of Municipal Engineering Australia (IMEA). He devoted over 45 years to the engineering profession and ser ved on a number of committees and boards. In addition to his national presidency, he was the President of the IPWEA Queensland Division from 1995-97. He ser ved on the Queensland and then National Boards from 1990-2001. He was also CEO of Engineers Australia from 2004-11 and IPWEA remembers former President Peter Taylor a member of the National Committee on Local Government Engineering of Engineers Australia from 1995-99. "In August 1999 Peter was awarded the prestigious Keith H Wood Medal," IPWEA CEO Chris Champion said. "This is the IPWEA's highest award, recognising an outstanding engineer in local government who refects a dedication and a contribution worthy of commendation." Recognised in 2001 with a Centenary Medal for his signifcant contribution to local government engineering, he started his career in the Australian Army in a variety of engineering appointments from 1968-76 after graduating from the Royal Military College, Duntroon, the University of Queensland and the Indian Defence Ser vices Staff College. Taylor later began a career in local government, initially as Works Engineer with Hobart City Council, before working with Launceston. He moved to Toowoomba, where he becameCEO of Toowoomba City Council in 1999 after almost 15 years as Deputy City Engineer and City Engineer. "Peter then brought his considerable experience to the role of Chief Executive of Engineers Australia in 2004," Champion added. "In the seven year period before he retired through ill-health, he worked to provide comprehensive long ter m and focused strategic planning and budgeting -- both passions of his. "Whether in defence, local government engineering or general management, Peter's career history demonstrated his ability to apply his skills and experience and adapt to new challenges at the highest levels. "Peter made an eminent contribution to the engineering profession for more than 45 years. He was a friend and mentor to many in his profession and will be sadly missed." Taylor is sur vived by his wife Barbara, their children Penny, Nick and Kate, and four grandchildren. Support for Asset Design As Constructed standard The Asset Design As Constructed (ADAC) standard was created by local government for local government.
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