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eFlash #455

eFlash #455
Date: 21-Oct-2020

In this edition: IPWEAQ Annual Conference| qldwater Project Update – Asset Criticality Guideline| Next Essential Webinar| Did you know!

1. IPWEAQ Annual Conference

COVID rules are sorted and IPWEAQ will host its annual conference at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from 10-12 November. 

Registration details are here, it’s a great way to connect with other public works professionals and participate in a range of great professional development opportunities. Check out the full program here.

A highlight not to be missed is the Great Debate: Engineers are introverts and disconnected from the world around them on Thursday 12 November with teams including Rob Fearon from qldwater and Trevor Dean from Fraser Coast Regional Council (former TRG Chair and current IPWEAQ Board member) on opposing sides… 

2.qldwater Project Update – Asset Criticality Guideline 

In early 2020, qldwater and Mackay, Whitsunday and Fraser Coast Regional Councils signed off on a joint research collaboration aimed at developing clear guidance for water service providers to assist in identifying critical assets, determining criticality ratings, and ultimately improve the risk management of critical assets.

The initial focus has been on network assets with a phase 2 of the project being commissioned mid-year – expanding the asset base to include facility assets such as pump stations and water and sewage treatment plants.

What will be delivered 

The individual investing councils will receive a criticality assessment framework and customised tools to apply to their respective assets.

Other qldwater members will benefit through access to the guideline and templates developed.

Asset criticality is a measure of the consequence of failure on a business. It is driven by the following factors: 

  • Financial
  • Reputational
  • Customer Service Disruption (critical commercial customers and dialysis patients)
  • Compliance (Australian Drinking Water Guidelines and Environmental Authority)
  • Environmental (oceans, rivers, creeks, storm surge, highways, major roads)
  • Health and Safety (public and workers)
  • Business Continuity (workforce / information technology)
  • Strategic Value (community impact / natural disaster impact)

Once assessed and aligned to a corporate risk framework, it helps target maintenance and renewal programs to better manage risk.

Phase 2 is expected to be completed by December/ January. 

The project is being delivered by Moira Zeilinga from Clear Idea. Moira will deliver a presentation on the work at the AWA Queensland conference on 18 November, along with John Mann from Fraser Coast. 

This has been a great example of a co-investment model with shared benefits and we are looking forward to being able to share the results.

At this stage, the three councils are finalising their testing of 100 assets against the network assessment tool. Once that is complete, we will make the draft guideline and tools available to volunteers from other councils to also review and test. We already have 4 expressing interest. 

If you’d like to be included in this consultation, please contact Dave – dcameron@qldwater.com.au

3. Next Essential Webinar     

Our next Essentials Webinar (#16) will be held on Thursday 26 November at 10am… note this one is a week later than normal to avoid a conflict with the AWA Queensland Conference.

Our esteemed presenters are: 

  • Luke Sawtell(Urban Utilities, Water Services Sector Group) – the Trusted Information Sharing Network (TISN) Mutual Aid Guidelines 
  • Sen Vigneswaran(Townsville City Council) – TigerNix Asset Failure Predictive Analytics 
  • Jeanette Harold(Fraser Coast Regional Council) – Lagoon pH licence amendments

Hope you can join us, please register here.

4. Did you know!

Did you know that qldwater is on social media? You can follow us on Twitter at @qldwaterontap or join our LinkedIn page at https://www.linkedin.com/company/47661843/admin/

qldwater is a business unit of IPWEAQ 

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