CPEE Student Excellence Awards
Last year, CPEE successfully launched its Annual Student Excellence Awards program and thirteen students were rewarded with a cash prize of $500 each and a formal certificate of achievement, presented at a prestigious event near their home or convenient major centre.
The Awards will again be offered for outstanding performance in Units of study from Semesters 1 and 2.
The CPEE Annual Student Excellence Award gives recognition to students who have demonstrated excellence in their performance during the period of consideration, whilst undertaking either of the postgraduate programs, the Graduate Certificate of Pavement Technology, the Master of Pavement Technology or the Bachelor of Engineering (Professional Honours) in "Road Engineering and Construction".
CPEE is in the midst of a period of significant demand for short course training with a total of seven 1, 2 and 3 day courses being requested by individual state road agencies and Councils.
Maintenance being the major focus its an indicator that the pressure is on for better outcomes with reduced funding and the courses were seen as a way to have improved capability in employees and awareness of the latest techniques and practical experiences to enable improved performance of the road asset.
CPEE is launching its Australia wide Pavement Design & Construction series of training courses this month in Brisbane and Sydney, providing updated design & construction principles and techniques for roads and pavements. With growing pressure on asset management and minimisation of maintenance costs, the appropriate and smart starting point is to get the design and construction fundamentals right. More information on the Concrete and the Flexible Pavement Courses at the CPEE website.
The University of Tasmania, Centre for Pavement Engineering Education (CPEE)and IPWEA recognised some years back that there was a need for increased capability and knowledge in infrastructure asset management skills.
Based on the internationally acclaimed International Infrastructure Management Manual (IIMM), a formal qualification was being developed, and continues to be offered with enrolments now being accepted for Semester 2 starting 18 July, for the Bachelor Engineering Technology (Professional Honours) in Infrastructure Asset Management) at the University of Tasmania. This formal University post-graduate qualifications is via Distance Learning allowing study from any location in Australia, or from overseas.
The CPEE Annual Student Excellence Award gives recognition to students who have demonstrated excellence in their performance during the period of consideration, whilst undertaking either of the postgraduate programs, the Graduate Certificate of Pavement Technology, the Master of Pavement Technology or the Bachelor of Engineering (Professional Honours) in "Infrastructure Asset Management" and in "Road Engineering and Construction".
We are delighted to advise, following judging panel recommendations, that the winning students for the 2015 Awards are:
After eight years as the Independent Chairman of CPEE, David Anderson decided to step down at the AGM last November stating his belief that "it is in the best interests of CPEE to have a new Chairman who will no doubt bring new ideas and a new approach to leading CPEE in the future".
David as part of his final Chairman's Report took the opportunity to note:
Strategic Planning and Governance: In order to consolidate all of the change activity being undertaken, or planned to be undertaken by CPEE, the Council decided to update and extend the CPEE strategic plan. This was achieved mid-2015, following a great deal of input by a special committee appointed by the Council, by the Academic Board, by Council members themselves and by CPEE staff. We now have a robust plan that will guide all of CPEE's activities for the next 3 years.
This was acheived mid-2015, following a great deal of input including planning workshops led by Professor Nita Temmerman, a special committee appointed by the Council, by the Academic Board, by Council members themselves and CPEE staff.
Review of Masters of Pavement Technology Program: Established in the latter part of the year was a formal review of CPEE's Master of Pavement Technology Course. This was being undertaken by a formal Review Panel of internal and external experts, led by Professor Arun Kumar, Emeritus Professor, RMIT University, Melbourne and Professor in Infrastructure Engineering, QUT, Brisbane.
At the Roads Australia (RA) Conference held in Sydney on the 4-6 May 2015, and during their annual John Show Award dinner, CPEE was welcomed as one of the latest RA members. The CEO of CPEE, Ray Farrelly, responded that CPEE "is very pleased to be part of the RA organisation and is looking forward to playing a significant constructive role in enhancing the technical knowledge and skills within the RA membership in the roads, pavements and infrastructure asset management sectors."
Roads Australia is a not-for-profit, non-political key industry association whose members are drawn from all corners of the Australianroad sector, and RA champions the interests of a vital national asset - Australia's road transport system - and provides a forum for policy development, networking and communication. Further, Roads Australia seek s to ensure that information and decision-making in relation to roads and road transport is well informed and reflects an appropriate level of priorities.
- Ray Farrelly, CPEE (right) being welcomed by RA's Chief Executive, Ian Webb