The Federal Government’s Bridge Renewal Programme commits $360 million over five years and it comes at a vital time as it provides Local and State Governments with the critical funding to enable the renewal and replacement of their ageing bridges.
The Bridge Asset Management & Renewal conference will provide technical engineering insight and practical asset management skills that asset owners need to understand the condition of their bridge network in order to make the right and most informed decision about their network.
This two day national event will focus on:
- How to improve your inspection techniques
- How to manage the replacement & renewal of bridges
- How to improve the planning & management of a bridge portfolio
The conference is attracting senior stakeholders from State and Local Government with responsibility for:
- Asset Management
- Capital Works
- Maintenance Work
- Bridge Upgrades & Renewal
Attend to learn:
- Embed a quality bridge maintenance strategy within your asset management plan
- Improve critical engineering techniques like, inspection techniques, condition assessments, load capacity tests & renewal techniques
- Manage a bridge network in the face of increasing vehicle loads
- Develop a smart asset management strategy through improved data collection & interpretation
Roads & Maritime Services NSW
Adj Prof Wije Ariyaratne has an undergraduate engineering degree from the University of Ceylon, a Master of Engineering degree from the University of NSW, and a Graduate Diploma in Business Management from the Deakin University. He is a Fellow of Engineers Australia and an Adjunct Professor of Engineering at the University of Technology Sydney.
He has over 45 years of service with the Roads & Maritime Services of NSW and its predecessors. He has a very wide experience in bridge engineering covering design, construction, maintenance and operation of bridges.
In 1996, he pioneered the development of a Non-destructive Dedicated Bridge Proof Load Testing Facility – the only such facility in Australia, to test bridges suspected to be under capacity to carry Higher Mass Limit (HML) vehicles. Determining the load capacity of such bridges by non-destructive load testing RMS was able to reduce the number of bridges estimated to be strengthened or replaced saving millions of dollars to the community.
He represents Road and Maritime on a number of national committees such as Standards Australia, Austroads, and other industry liaison groups and currently chairs the committee revising AS5100 Bridge Design Code. Under his leadership, Standards Australia published the new revised Bridge Code on 31 March 29017. He is also an Industry Advisory Net member of University of Technology Sydney, University of Western Sydney and University of NSW, Member of Australian Structural Health Monitoring and Member of Advisory Panel for CRC on Bridges and Structures. At present, he is an industry partner on a number of ARC Linkage Research projects on bridges. He has forty eight (48) technical presentations to his credit.
Sunshine Coast Council
Tim Stabler is an Asset Management Engineer at Sunshine Coast Council. He studied a Bachelor of Civil Engineering at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Tim is currently responsible for a range of transport assets, pathways, kerb and channel, retaining walls and bridges in the Sunshine Coast local government area. As the Bridge Asset Manager he is involved in the management of the structures from the quality of donated assets and whole of region inspections through to the design of the rehabilitation and new replacement bridges. Tim has overseen the investigation, planning and design of preventative maintenance strategies, repair and major rehabilitation of a number of bridges in a marine environment affected by or threatened by chloride contamination. He also has a keen interest in Asset Management Systems across the organisation and Strategic Asset Management.
Hurunui District Council
David Edge is an Asset Manager with over 39 years’ experience across all core engineering infrastructure, but mostly in the Transportation industry. David is a regular speaker at New Zealand conferences and has recently been nationally recognised, alongside his team, specialist consultant and contractors, for Excellence in Maximising Asset Performance – “Saving a Million Dollar Bridge” at the IPWEA NZ Excellence Awards 2017. He has extensive experience in advanced asset management, leading his team on strategic asset planning projects in the Hurunui. He gained his engineering qualification at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology and is currently studying Business Studies through Massey University. He is member of the Society of Local Government Managers and the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia.
Mainmark provides a range of specialist ground engineering and asset preservation solutions for the residential, commercial, industrial, civil infrastructure and mining sectors and has 25 years of experience across Australia, New Zealand and the Asia Pacific region.
Mainmark has expertise in raising, re-levelling and re-supporting concrete slabs, pavements, bridge approaches, highways, railways, airports, sea ports, culverts on roads, buildings and many other structures. We strengthen and stabilise weak ground, fill holes and voids, decommission pipelines and culverts, and revitalise ageing concrete and steel infrastructure.
Mainmark now offers STRAAM (STructural Risk Assessment And Management) technology for Australian and New Zealand businesses. It is the world’s most advanced platform for the unique dynamic signature or “heartbeat” of structures (bridges, dams, buildings, marine structures, energy facilities, and other large, monolithic structures) to determine the cause of damage, risk of further damage, and overall structural stability. Using non-destructive ground monitors to conduct a Structural-Cardiograph (SCG), STRAAM establishes the building’s dynamic signature and provides real-time reports that accurately assess the stiffness of a structure and changes in the capacity of the structure due to subsidence, ageing, earthquake damage, or other activity.
What People Are Saying
This conference opened my eyes to alternate views to building bridges other than from reinforced concrete and that timber and composites also have a role to play in delivering best value bridge network management.. There are many other options out there. Furthermore, I gained a better understanding of bridge overload public risk and learnt strategies which could help me when determining how to manage increasing pressures on asset owners to allow heavier vehicular traffic over their bridges.Coordinator, Asset Strategy, Civil Asset Management, Sunshine Coast Council
The Bridge Asset Management and Renewal Conference was a conference that provoked thought. New technologies, asset management approaches and construction methodologies were presented and workshopped, which gave a great sense of learning. I was able to take away further knowledge that I can apply in my LGA.Director - Engineering Services, Walcha Council
Well coordinated and runBusiness Development Manager, NSW/ACT, Mainmark Ground Engineering
Professionalism, well organised and ran. If there are additional topics particularly hot topics covered in future I will attend.Director - Engineering Services, Walcha Council
Open Forums was the biggest take away, as you can share your experience with colleges involved in the same field.Bridge Maintenance Planner, Roads and Maritime Services NSW
Well organised, relevantBusiness Development Beautification, Phillips Lighting (Sponsor)
Excellent event!Bridge Maintenance Planner, Road and Maritime Services NSW
Best conference I have attended with an exceptional bunch of people who happily shared their knowledge and experience.Cessnock City Council
Date: 12 Jul 2017 By: Ron Hawken
You are out on site doing a bridge inspection, the water level of the creek is nearing the top of your waders, and you see something unusual on the deck soffit three spans further away. You grab the binoculars for a better look and then push the zoom on your camera to the absolute limit …
Date: 26 Jun 2017 By: Patrick Murphy
Timber bridges are the time bombs in your road network. Do you know when they are likely to go off? If you don’t then you need an effective Asset Management Plan. Scenic Rim Regional Council did not have such a plan, and when one of its timber bridges failed it was a timely wake up …
Date: 19 Jun 2017 By: Carmine D'Amico
In 1908, the Metropolitan Tramways Trust (MTT) expanded its network into western Adelaide. The expansion included a bridge across the River Torrens, between Holland Street Thebarton and Manton Street Hindmarsh. The MTT general manager was William Goodman. The bridge is an early example of a steel reinforced concrete bridge designed by John Monash. The City …