Inspire : Public Works May Jun 2013
46 Public Works Professional May-June 2013 [COMMUNITIES OF PRACTICE FLEET & PLANT MANAGEMENT ] SPREADSHEETS AND CALCULATORS USED to be a common sight in the offces of feet managers throughout the country. But those days of painstakingly remembering to include every single item, including kilometres travelled, fuel used, insurance costs, maintenance costs and a whole raft of other incidentals are over, thanks to online whole-of- life and optimum replacement calculators. Online calculators, such as the ones the IPWEA launched last year, help feet managers with estimating and comparing ‘whole-of-life’ costs for vehicles so they can gain a more accurate picture of vehicle costs over time and make more strategic purchasing decisions. For Peter Shuttlewood, Manager Procurement and Plant at Mackay Regional Council, using the IPWEA whole-of-life online calculator has taken the guesswork out of managing his heavy vehicle and plant feet. “We’ve been using the [guide] for some time when it was provided by IPWEA’s corporate partner Uniqco,” he says. “Previously, it was fairly haphazard as to how the feet was replaced. If one vehicle was getting a bit old, we’d replace it. The feet cars were put on a program, but the way we replaced the bigger feet was fairly reactive instead of having a plan in place.” However, with the IPWEA online tools, Shuttlewood says he has been able to formulate a 20-year plant plan for the feet. “For ward planning fnancially using the budget fgures from the tools and loading them into our system means we can tell our guys when they will be getting new equipment for the plant, so they can also plan ahead,” he says. REMOVING THE GUESSWORK OF FLEET COSTS Online tools can cut the inefficiencies and inaccuracies which are inherent in the traditional, manual method of calculating fleet costs. BY KEELI CAMBOURNE Previously, it was fairly haphazard as to how the eet was replaced. If one vehicle was getting a bit old, we'd replace it.
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