Do you remember a supportive teacher, co-worker or manager that boosted your learning and development? If so, then you know the value of mentoring and importance of having someone you can trust to talk to and get helpful advice from.
One of the final units that students undertake in their Centre for Pavement Education (CPEE) higher education programs is a capstone unit involving a project relevant to their work. Workplace mentors play an important role by keeping in contact with students throughout the semester and using their expertise and experience to provide valuable feedback and guidance. Workplace mentors also assist the CPEE Unit Chair to grade the final reports produced by students.
The Centre for Pavement Engineering Education (CPEE) is dedicated to pavement engineering education, and because of this dedication will often provide training where it is needed, in the more remote parts of Australia far from capital cities.
Coonamble lies about 250 km east of Bourke in Central NSW and is severely affected by the ongoing drought in rural NSW. In fact, this area has not seen decent rainfall for six years.
There are many public and private benefits of promoting women in male dominated industries including increasing productivity and economic activity.
Engineers Australia, which represents more than 100,000 engineers in Australia, is leading the profession to improve workplace gender diversity and inclusion. In 2017, Engineers Australia announced a target of 30 per cent women of its member organisation by 2020.
Australia has about 800,000 km of roads. Did you know that two thirds of them are unsealed? Did you know it takes quite a different engineering mindset to maintain this network compared to a sealed road network?
In a sealed pavement it is the effect of commercial vehicles eats into the pavement life, while the impact of cars and light vehicles can be ignored.
Unsealed roads fail through surface wear, most significantly when the ‘sheeting layer’ slowly disappears in a cloud of dust. In these situations the damaging effect of cars is just as important as trucks.
Because of this, unsealed roads can be a large consumer of natural materials. How sustainable is this? What engineering controls can be used to manage this?
These and many other unsealed road ‘quirks’ and issues were explained and discussed at a two-day training course held by CPEE in Tamworth recently, and attended by local government staff from several adjoining councils. Many of the delegates were surprised at the number of tools and options available to help manage their networks. Some of them said they wished that their Councillors could have attended, too!
Tamworth is well known as Australia’s home of country music. What if were to become the home of country roads, as well?
Can you think of a more fitting place to update your pavement knowledge, than at Pit lane of the Townsville V8 supercar circuit? This is just what 20 cadets, technical officers, Engineers, and infrastructure managers and team leaders did just recently.
The participants, from various local government and State Government bodies, understood the benefits that ongoing professional development would have not only for their own benefit, but also for rate payers and taxpayers who expect engineering solutions that provide the best value for money.
The Australian design guide for road pavements has recently undergone its largest technical change in decades. Following several years of research funded by Austroads, some past assumptions that erred on the conservative side were able to be fine-tune, based on new knowledge arising from research and understanding. The axle configurations of the Australian heavy vehicles fleets has changed considerably, and in some parts of Australia far more than others. The new design method now allows for high risk / high budget projects to be designed appropriately, and in the process reducing pavement thickness. Some ‘shift factors’ built into ‘reliability factors’ have also been eased due to better knowledge. This enables designers to reduce pavement thickness enabling construction material costs to be significantly reduced, freeing up funding for additional work. It is this better knowledge that the course attendees were looking for. The Centre for Pavement Education (CPEE), a highly specialist training provider and endorsed by Austroads, were engaged to work directly with the organisers to provide continuing professional development and in-depth understanding of pavement design in the unusual but highly appropriate surrounding.
Register your place on a CPEE specialist short course to take advantage of the End of Financial Year savings.
REGISTER FOR ANY JULY COURSE BY 30TH JUNE AND RECEIVE A 10% DISCOUNT*
CPEE offers an extensive range of short courses each year, involving a team of presenters from different areas of the roads and pavements sector. The events are largely structured around the learning's offered in CPEE Post Graduate studies along with content closely linked to the relevant Austroads Guides and/or Australian Standards
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CPEE knows that there are often colleagues and friends of our students who encourage our students throughout the course of their study, sometimes by suggesting they undertake this study, sometimes by being a “sounding board’ for discussing the unit content. Once again CPEE is grateful to acknowledge the particular support of Work Based mentors for students in the Industry Research unit and the Work Based Project unit.