Developing an award winning asset management plan for your bridges

Jun 17
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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 call. The action following this critical event resulted in an asset management journey that was acknowledged in 2016 with the IPWEAQ Excellence Award.

With a total number of just over 100 timber bridges, the primary focus in the journey was and continues to be knowledge.  Knowledge of the physical conditions of the structure and its capacity and the resultant impacts to the community activities.

Analysis of the affordable options to manage risk and community expectations is critical in developing a prioritisation model for the long term investment plan. This twenty year strategy is reviewed annually to ensure its continued relevance to the community need. 


Submitted by Patrick Murphy

Patrick Murphy

Patrick Murphy is Director Infrastructure Services at Scenic Rim Regional Council. A director within local government for more than 25 years, has witnessed many changes in infrastructure delivery and the expectations of the communities in which local government serves.

Passionate about sustainable infrastructure, Patrick is about asset renewal for the long term with an approach to infrastructure delivery.

As a member of Engineering Australia, an active member of the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia, and a Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland, Patrick applies this engineering expertise with his Business Administration discipline to deliver asset based community services.

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