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Type: Audio Visual Recording
Title: A Deep Dive into Asset Management
Authors: Young, Brodie
McLeod, Raitt
Tags: Asset Management
Issue Date: Oct-2017
Publisher: Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia Queensland
Abstract: The Central Highlands Regional Council (CHRC) has recently undertaken a review and improvement its Transport Business Process Model. CHRC has engaged Central Queensland University and the Engineering Co-Op program to secure Engineering students to take charge of this undertaking under the guidance of the asset management team. The Engineering student provide an innovative and flexible resource for the organisation and have made the successful completion of this project possible. This opportunity has also cultivated a challenging learning environment where the students can develop their professional and technical skills in the engineering field. The project was aimed at updating the method in which assessments are done and the criteria used to score the condition of the assets. This process was completed by consulting with industry leaders, to establish what the current best practices are, as well as with the end users to ensure that the practices are sustainable and accurate. The criteria was developed using IPWEA Practice notes and modified to suit the conditions, defects and levels of service in the central highlands region. This ensured that the values used are realistic and sustainable levels of maintenance and renewal are maintained. Processes and criteria were developed for the utilisation of the Dynamic Cone Penetrometer (DCP) and the ARRB Roughometer which allowed us to measure the gravel depth and level of service (Roughness), provided to the road user. The new tools and processes were introduced to provide a level of consistency and objectiveness to a somewhat inconsistent process. The data provided by the new tools and associated methodologies allows for forecasting and modelling of the condition related data. By modelling improved condition related data, council is able to monitor and act accordingly to planned maintenance and renewal. Flowing on from this will achieve consistent levels of service and minimise reactive maintenance. By attempting to eliminate reactive maintenance, council will create opportunities to become more sustainable in many ways. Cognition of condition related data and specifically acting accordingly to scheduled maintenance and renewal will minimise reactive maintenance efforts and costs. Council will also benefit from improved cultural sustainability as continuous jobs will develop within the region as a consequence of the improved assets i.e. roads due to management processes put in place. Environmental sustainability will also enhance within council as constant quality planning will allow for an investment of resources into investigating or trialling better/other practices of maintaining and renewing transport assets and in particular- consumption. Constant monitoring of condition related data and the way asset materials behave allows for council to develop useful consumption rates. Having the knowledge and understanding of an assets final cost and consumption due to loss of structural integrity and other performance aspects, whilst considering environmental sustainability, allows for council to have ‘fit-for-purpose engineering’ within the organisation. Ultimately, through the works completed by the students in both engineering and asset management it is clearly distinguished that both fields are comfortably coexistent rather than mutually incompatible.
Description: Podcast
Appears in Collections:2017 IPWEAQ Annual Conference Proceedings (Audio Visual Recordings)

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