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Are you an Enabler for Diversity? Are you giving your organisation and staff the best chance of success?  According to Priyani de Silva Currie and Samantha Almeida of Calibre. it comes down to being an enabler for diversity.  This article describes the what, how and why’s of being an enabler for diversity.... Priyani de Silva Currie and Samantha Almeida, both of Calibre, think that without enablers and sponsors, diversity isn’t given the best chance to succeed.  Sam and Priyani’s research confirms that diversity trumps ability every single time, and that success and growth – of both individuals and organisations – are dependent on innovation.  ...
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Mid-September a Stadswerk delegation visited Copenhagen. Stadswerk is the IFME member country representing The Netherlands. During the three day trip climate adaptive projects were viewed and a Smart City living lab was visited. In addition, the Dutch ambassador organised a reception in which to facilitate and encourage the exchange of knowledge with Danish professionals. Sander Lubberhuizen and Maarten Loeffen, together with their fellow travellers, sought the secret towards the successful Danish approach. Read the full story here
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Beijing, China: The June 2017 visit to China by the Secretary General of the International Federation of Municipal Engineering (IFME), Chris Champion, concluded with agreement to pursue international exchange of skills, knowledge and experience as an early priority. Xie Xiaofan, Vice President of the China Municipal Engineering Association (CMEA), said that “Bilateral communications and cooperation with other international associations is an important catalyst for building sustainable, resilient communities”. IFME welcomed the CMEA as the sole national member representing China at its meeting last November in Kiruna, Sweden. Mr. Champion, who is also ...
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APWA PWX Public Works Expo, Kansas City The IFME 19th World Congress on Municipal Engineering is being held in conjunction with the 2018 APWA (American Public Works Association) PWX Public Works Expo. The Call for Presentations is now open with the submission deadline being October 15, 2017. The theme for this premier public works event is The Power of Public Works . It will be held from August 26-29, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. The primary education tracks for the 2018 PWX includes: Emergency Management; Facilities Management; Fleet Services Management; Grounds, Parks & Urban Forestry Management; Leadership Approaches & Professional Development; ...
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Volvo's self-driving technology is struggling to identify kangaroos in the road. The Swedish car-maker's 2017 S90 and XC90 models use its Large Animal Detection system to monitor the road for deer, elk and caribou. But the way kangaroos move confuses it. "We've noticed with the kangaroo being in mid-flight when it's in the air, it actually looks like it's further away, then it lands and it looks closer," its Australia technical manager told ABC . But the problem would not delay the rollout of driverless cars in the country, David Pickett added. More information ..
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Telstra and the City of Joondalup in Western Australia have joined forces in a trial of smart city applications using Internet of Things applications. The trial includes IoT-enabled environmental sensors, smart bins and parking at Tom Simpson Park, a popular beachside location in Joondalup that is 30 minutes’ drive from Perth and attracts thousands of visitors each month. People are talking a lot about IoT, but through our Smart City partnership Joondalup is getting on with deploying new technologies, such as bins that talk to each other and smarter parking facilities that provide the City with real-time information to help them make decisions ...
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"We thought we'd been hacked." That was the reaction from Shire of Moora's chief executive Alan Leeson after the town's humble Facebook page, which aims to provide regular information to its 2000 residents, jumped to 58,000 followers nearly over night. The catalyst for the sudden interest? A video uploaded by the shire in December showing how a road is surfaced. Shot by drone, the footage on Tuesday had been viewed a staggering 14 million times and shared 361,000 times. Find out mor
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American Public Works Association and Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia announce launch of collaborative infrastructure management program APWA and IPWEA will be working together to bring an internationally-recognized online education program in asset management to North America, beginning in Canada. Globally, the condition of our infrastructure is in decline and we need to practice asset management to work proactively toward solutions, said APWA President, Ron Calkins, P.E., PWLF. APWA is supporting the delivery of the IPWEA Professional Certificate in Asset Management Planning , initially to our Canadian members, through our associated ...
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Uber is expanding its trial of self-driving cars Uber is expanding its trial of self-driving cars, which if successful, puts the start-up giant one step closer to destroying some of the more than one million jobs it says it created by disrupting taxi monopolies around the world. Uber has partnered with a car marker to develop its own autonomous car a Volvo XC90s. The ride-sharing company says driverless cars wont' happen tomorrow but shouldn't be written off as a viable mode of transport. "While it won't happen overnight, self-driving will be an important part of the future of transportationa future we're excited about," the company said in a blog. ...
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The self-driving car project that Google started seven years ago has grown into a company called Waymo, signalling its confidence that it will be able to bring robot-controlled vehicles to the masses within the next few years. We are getting close and we are getting ready, Waymo CEO John Krafcik said after unveiling the companys identity. To underscore his point, Mr Krafcik revealed the project had hit a key milestone in the journey to having fully autonomous cars cruising around public roads. In a trip taken in October 2015, a pod-like car with no steering wheel and brake pads drove a legally blind passenger around neighbourhoods in Austin, Texas ...
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The capital city of Denmark officially has more bikes than cars on its streets thanks to its efforts to encourage more people to cycle. The city was last year voted the best city for cyclists. (Credit: ABC) Key points: Copenhagen had additional 35,080 bikes recorded this year The city is regarded by many as a model of integrated transport The mayor said there was still an "imbalance in priorities" between cars and bikes The new record was hit last month with an additional 35,080 bikes recorded this year, bringing the daily total number to 265,700 in the city compared to 252,600 ...
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IPWEAs International Study Tour has highlighted the next evolution of public works development occurring around the world. Earlier this year, a number of public works professionals joined the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia on a tour to attend the American Public Works Conference and travel to other major international hubs of public works, which exposed them to innovative new concepts being developed around the world. Examples of innovation seen were from The Netherlands, Spain and the USA. More information from an article posted in IPWEA's latest edition of its INSPIRE magazine: https://inspire.partica.online/inspire/inspire-nov-dec-2016/career/the-next-big-thing
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Access to roads by various Utilities can be a bit chaotic without agreed codes and guidelines An enquiry has been received by IFME on what guidelines or legislation may be available for allocating space in road reserves for various utilities - a good example of sharing practices through our International Federation. A couple of examples include: Australia The NSW Streets Opening Coordinating Council (SOCC) is "a voluntary association of member organisations that have agreed to meet together for resolution of issues on a cooperative basis, respecting each member's rights and obligations in providing their respective services to the community. ...
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The IFME Board meeting recently met in Kiruna, Sweden, site of the Worlds largest iron ore mine. The meeting was a great success and kindly hosted by SKT (Sweden) with support from NKF (Norway). Important items and actions on our Agenda that were discussed included: Welcome of new delegates from China and new observers from Slovakia and the Czech Republic joining over 20 IFME member countries Reports from our sub-committees on: finance, membership, technical, leadership, asset management & communications Discussion on the way forward for competency standards in public works Very successful strategic planning workshop which will be now ...
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What to do with public debt. Debt and deficit have become bogey words in our often vitriolic political debates, but economists argue there's never been a better time to borrow for the right government infrastructure projects. During the past couple of election cycles, politicians from both sides have debated debt and deficit, making serious discussion on worthwhile public debt difficult. Economists argue political passions have led to a dumbing down of the government borrowing debate, especially when it comes to worthwhile infrastructure projects. "When people whinge about debt and deficits, although they don't know it, they should be talking about ...
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Renewing Americas ageing transport infrastructure was a key part of Donald Trumps agenda to create jobs and growth and to make America great again. On polling day, the merits of this were recognised by voters. Numerous states voted to create new revenue streams specifically earmarked to fund transport projects. Illinois and New Jersey became the 31st and 32nd states to vote to dedicate their fuel tax revenue exclusively to transport projects. Other states voted for increased transport-related bond issues, many focused on mass transit projects. As all of us who have experienced Americas rundown airports, agonisingly slow trains and poorly maintained ...
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Citizens' burgeoning waistlines are reportedly increasing the strain on road infrastructure and public transport. Brisbane City Council City Planning and Economic Development Manager Kerry Doss told the Courier Mail that overweight bus passengers were not only pushing the state's 16-tonne mass limit for buses, but also wearing down Brisbanes roads. The average Australian bus passenger, who weighed 65kg in 1989, now weighs about 78kg. Because the average weight of a passenger is increasing, if you load a bus up fully, it actually exceeds weight limits for pavements, he told the paper. Youve got to start thinking about those things because that ...
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More automated vehicles could be trialled on Australian roads over the next two years. Government ministers at a Transport and Infrastructure Council meeting have agreed to a series of initiatives designed to facilitate increased testing and trialling of the vehicles. The terms of the agreement will also focus on safe performance of more automated vehicles under Australian conditions, provide clarity over insurance coverage in the event of a crash, and develop a more responsive performance-based approach to the regulation of more automated vehicles. Paul Retter These initiatives are outlined in a policy paper titled Regulatory reforms ...
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By 2030, 60 percent of the worlds population is expected to live in mega-cities. How all those people live, and what their lives are like, will depend on important choices leaders make today and in the coming years. Technology has the power to help people live in communities that are more responsive to their needs and that can actually improve their lives. This isnt a vision of life like on The Jetsons . Its real urban communities responding in real-time to changing weather, times of day and citizen needs. These efforts can span entire communities . They can vary from monitoring traffic to keep cars moving efficiently or measuring air quality ...
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A new study suggests that, by 2038, the majority of vehicles on Queensland roads will be autonomous. TransPosition conducted the study for the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads , examining the transport landscape for South East Queensland in the future. We wanted to investigate the effect autonomous vehicles would make on our road network and the long-term policy impacts of that, said TransPosition director Peter Davidson. What we found was that in 2046 we could have a completely autonomous network, with higher speeds and capacities and far fewer crashes. Read more: http://technologydecisions.com.au/content/it-management/news/driverless-cars-will-be-the-majority-in-near-future-249691772#ixzz4OtG2qnft
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