Two leading bodies in the infrastructure and engineering sectors have asset management high on the agenda after putting pen to paper on a memorandum of understanding.

The Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia, Queensland (IPWEAQ) and ARRB Group has this month come to an agreement in which they will collaboratively seek to transfer best practice transport and roads management knowledge to both their own members and the broader industry in Queensland.

IPWEAQ Chief Executive Officer Leigh Cunningham said asset management was high on the radar for the newly formed partnership.

“Asset management is certainly the hot topic at the moment,” Ms Cunningham said.

“One of the key elements to maximising the effective life of our transport infrastructure is assessing the condition of components such as road pavements and structures.

“By collecting and interpreting data in an accurate and consistent way, the asset owner is able to prioritise spending in the areas most needed.

“To achieve this outcome, workers must have the requisite knowledge and skills, an understanding of the whole asset lifecycle and how the work they do contributes to and influences the work of others.”

Improving industry standards through boosting knowledge and competency is the goal for IPWEAQ and ARRB, who’ll work together to provide training participants with industry expertise.

Ms Cunningham said engagement with local councils and road and transport authorities would be critical to the partnership’s success.

“We will devote time and energy to engaging with local councils and road and transport authorities to identify what areas of improvement are required to deliver the project standards and levels of service expected by the community,” she said.

“Once we understand any workplace or professional deficiencies, we will develop training that will deliver those outcomes in practice long after the training has concluded.”

Ms Cunningham said IPWEAQ was excited about working closely with ARRB.

“ARRB’s technical staff are at the forefront of innovative technologies and methodologies and by partnering with ARRB, we ensure our members and stakeholders have access to the best resources available to assist them in their work,” she said.

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