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Feb 19

Case Study: RATA – Waikato Road Asset Technical Accord

Author:Ash Natesh

The Waikato Road Asset Technical Accord (RATA) is on the way to its goal of “Achieving best practice road asset management within the Waikato by improving capability, capacity and outcomes through effective collaboration”. RATA brings together the common needs of participating Waikato Councils to improve the management of their roading assets in a cost-effective and … Continue reading Case Study: RATA – Waikato Road Asset Technical Accord

25
Oct 18

Infrastructure: Biggest risk according to the Aon 2018 report

Author:Ash Natesh

  Aon’s 2018 Local Government Risk Report for Australian Local Government has indicated the biggest areas of risk for the year were infrastructure and financial sustainability, however, many councils are failing to adequately prepare for these. The analysis found the leading risks for councils in 2018 were: Mr Paul Crapper,  Aon’s head of local government, said … Continue reading Infrastructure: Biggest risk according to the Aon 2018 report

27
Sep 18

Takeaways from the Bridge Asset Management Conference

Author:Ash Natesh

Australia’s bridges are ageing and deteriorating. They are expensive to maintain andrequire a lot of technical knowledge. The Federal Government’s Bridge Renewal Programme commits $360 million over fiveyears and it comes at a vital time as it provides Local and State Governments with thecritical funding to enable the renewal and replacement of their ageing bridges. … Continue reading Takeaways from the Bridge Asset Management Conference

14
Sep 18

Can Australia keep up with its infrastructure needs?

Author:Ash Natesh

A major failure in infrastructure has cost Italy a lot of damages in Genoa’s Morandi Bridge collapse case, which is reported to be the 10th bridge collapse in Italy. Australia is headed the same way with ageing Australian bridges facing little to no infrastructure control. “More ‘end-of-life failures’ such as that in Genoa could happen … Continue reading Can Australia keep up with its infrastructure needs?

12
Jul 17

Utilising drones for bridge inspections

Author: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 … Continue reading Utilising drones for bridge inspections

27
Jun 17

Developing an award winning asset management plan for your bridges

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 … Continue reading Developing an award winning asset management plan for your bridges

19
Jun 17

Restoration, repairs and upgrade of the Sir William Goodman Bridge, Adelaide

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 … Continue reading Restoration, repairs and upgrade of the Sir William Goodman Bridge, Adelaide

16
Jun 16

Strategic Asset Management Plan or Asset Management Plan – Is there a difference?

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The terms Strategic Asset Management Plan (SAMP) and Asset Management Plan (AMP) are often used as synonyms, which can create some confusion. The International Standard, ISO 55001:2014 Asset management – Management systems – Requirements, however differentiates between these two plans and requires both. So, what is a SAMP and what is an AMP, and is … Continue reading Strategic Asset Management Plan or Asset Management Plan – Is there a difference?