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?

25
May 16

What can be done to address the challenges of facilities management in Universities?

In the higher education space, facilities managers face unique problems that are not faced by any other industry. With a decline in funds for universities, TAFEs, and other private institutions as well as pressure to minimise tuition fees, getting higher education budgets approved is proving more difficult. Campus facilities are central to a quality educational … Continue reading What can be done to address the challenges of facilities management in Universities?

07
Apr 16

Improving Asset Management Practices

Do you often hear esoteric words thrown around about financial sustainability, asset backlog, SRV, special schedule 7, asset re-evaluation, depreciation methodology and arguments like “it was the engineers”, “it was the accountants” and “we don’t have a system that does this”? This alien language was thrust upon me when I arrived at Rockdale City Council … Continue reading Improving Asset Management Practices

16
Feb 15

Does your Council have a Successful Asset Management Strategy?

Building, maintaining and planning vital infrastructure is core to the success and sustainability of every local council within Australia. It is essential that councils develop effective service strategies that are well aligned to the expectations of their communities. The following 6 key elements have been identified by the Department of Local Government and Communities Western … Continue reading Does your Council have a Successful Asset Management Strategy?

28
Jan 15

NSW 2021 Initiative Prioritising Community Opinion

Has the government ever asked your opinion or engaged your community in decision making? Across all levels of government (traditionally) there has been a lack of engagement with the public and communities in decision making . . . . whether that be in policy making, or with regards to services and projects in your local area. NSW sees … Continue reading NSW 2021 Initiative Prioritising Community Opinion