The CPEE Information Alert (CIA) is a monthly collation of interesting news and updates from around the pavements world that should be of interest to you to assist your ongoing awareness and knowledge enhancement.
CPEE believes strongly that continuing professional development for people working in regional areas should be supported.
As a continuation of our commitment in this regard, we accepted the invitation to present training at a major-project construction site office located on remote farming property about 90 km north of Moree, New South Wales, or 40 km South of Goondiwindi, Queensland.
This specialised training workshop ‘Rural Road Surfacings – sealed’ was initiated by joint project partner Fulton Hogan who, with the Roads and Maritime Service (RMS), are undertaking the $122 million Mungle Back Creek to Boggabilla, Newell Highway upgrade.
On the passing of John Duncan Bethune, Ray Farrelly CEO, Centre for Pavement Engineering Education said “It is with immense sadness that a great colleague and friend passed away on 25 October, after a yearlong battle with throat cancer.
A fantastic supporter and servant of VicRoads, AAPA and CPEE where for all his working life he was a passionate advocate for technical excellence in the design and construction of roads and pavements and their longevity. This was especially so in his home State of Victoria while employed at VicRoads for over 40 years starting as a cadet engineer, but in later years, especially as the Technical Director at AAPA, he was a driving force for harmony between road agencies and industry on a national basis.
Dr Kym Neaylon (CPEE Executive Manager Professional Development) was invited to be co-speaker in Melbourne at the recent Engineers Australia ‘Infrastructure Thought Leaders Seminar’ on the important topic of ‘Pavement Design into the Future’\
Kym’s forward-looking presentation focused on trends and issues impacting on pavement performance such as climate change, emerging and alternative materials in pavements such as waste plastic and nanotechnology, and his view of the emerging issues challenging pavement designers.
Following over 15 years of dedicated service to Austroads, David Francis, Chief Operating Officer, will formally depart for “greener pastures” to his home town of Bendigo in Victoria to seek a “transition to retirement” away from the big smoke.
Photo - Nick Koukoulas Chief Executive Austroads, David Francis Chief Operating Officer Austroads, Ray Farrelly CEO CPEE.
At an informal morning tea at Austroads on 17 October, and with Austroads staff gathered Austroads CEO Nick Koukoulas gave a warm and engaging summary of David’s Austroads years, recognising his service to previous CEOs but in particular the quality of the support he had had personally received. Fittingly, on behalf of the Austroads Board, Nick then presented David with Austroads highest order of recognition, the “Austroads Medal for Outstanding service”.
One of the final units that the Centre for Pavement Education (CPEE) students undertake in their higher education program is a capstone unit involving a research project relevant to their work with support from a formal mentor – student link. For Semester 1, 2019 we would like to acknowledge the valuable help given by the following mentors to the success of our recent students who studied the industry research projects unit:
With Semester 2 starting, and enrolments extended to 30 July, this is a final chance to secure your 2019 place in our specialist Master, Graduate Certificate or Engineering Professional Honours programs covering roads, pavements and infrastructure asset management.
According to Centre for Pavement Engineering Education (CPEE) CEO, Ray Farrelly, Australia’s current lengthy infrastructure pipeline reinforces more than ever the need for increased capability and knowledge in the work environment.
“The key technical areas associated with the design, construction and maintenance of road pavements and major infrastructure assets offer tremendous opportunities for skilled individuals,” he said.
“Updating the specific knowledge and expertise leads to a more productive workplace outcome and for individuals, increased advancement opportunities - and the bonus is that it’s a very productive way for achieving continuing professional development.”
We are excited to announce the upcoming launch of the CPEE Alumni, a new network that will enable CPEE alumni to easily connect with each other and engage with the network for career advancement and support.
Membership of the CPEE Alumni will be open to CPEE higher education graduates but will require formal application.
CPEE Alumni members will have access to services, benefits and special offers including:
CPEE Alumni members will have the opportunity to participate in the growth and development of the network and potentially help guide current students through their career and educational paths.
More information about the upcoming CPEE Alumni can be found here.
The end of financial year is quickly approaching and now is the perfect time to update your skills while also taking advantage of the End of Financial Year savings on CPEE short courses and workshops. All you need to do is register and pay BEFORE 30 June 2019 for an EXTRA 10% discount on advertised prices. This EOFY discount is in addition to other discounts such as our early bird special.
To receive your EOFY discount please contact Pat at CPEE on (03) 9890 5155 before registering to obtain your discount code.
We are pleased to advise that Centre for Pavement Engineering Education (CPEE) Chief Executive Officer Ray Farrelly was awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours list. The award is “for service to civil engineering” in respect of “significant contribution to engineering particularly the road construction industry through pavement education and skills training".
CPEE Independent Chair, Peter Mitchem made the following statement:
“This is wonderful news and well-deserved recognition for Ray. He was instrumental in establishing CPEE’s predecessor in 1994 and in it becoming operational as a higher education learning and teaching body in 1996. Prior to this, and for over 27 years, Ray was influential through his work with the Australian Asphalt Pavement Association (AAPA) in training and developing road pavement professionals. His passion, energy and drive to help maintain a depth of knowledge and skills in the pavement industry nationally over such a long period, including 25 years with CPEE, is undeniable and inspiring.
On behalf of Council, CPEE members and staff, sincere and warmest congratulations to Ray Farrelly OAM.”
With the current boost in infrastructure projects across Australia there is increasing demand for skilled individuals in key technical areas associated with the design, construction and maintenance of road and pavements.
Now is a great time to consider further study with the Centre for Pavement Engineering Education (CPEE) and take your career to the next level.
CPEE is an accredited private provider of tertiary education and offers online higher education courses that provide a unique and convenient option to enhance knowledge and qualifications without the need to attend classrooms.
New applications and re-enrolments into CPEE's targeted online programs for Semester 2, 2019 are now open.
Secure your place in one of our highly regarded specialist programs covering Roads and Pavements.
The options on offer for Semester 2 are:
The CPEE Annual Excellence Award in Teaching gives recognition on an annual basis to academic staff (Unit Chairs) who have demonstrated excellence in teaching or related contribution to curriculum enhancement.
As CPEE (Centre for Pavement Engineering Education) is committed to programs that provide graduates with a good fit to employment requirements in the roads, pavements and asset management sector it strongly supports excellence in teaching. This Award is one way to recognise those academics who have shown an excellence in their contribution to enhancing the student learning experience during 2018.
One of the ways that CPEE helps sustain the pavements industry is through in-kind support of Standards Australia, the leading independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit standards organisation in Australia.
CPEE Executive Manager Professional Development, Dr Kym Neaylon holds the volunteer role of Independent Chair for the Standards Australia Committee CH-025 ‘Bitumen and Related Products (for Roadmaking)’, a position he held long before joining CPEE. The role of Independent Chair requires maintaining the respect of the bitumen producers, manufacturers, contactors, and state government users, who, at times, have competing agendas.
CPEE was pleased to meet with Paul Hamer, Member for Box Hill in the Victorian State Parliament, to discuss our role as a not-for-profit and accredited provider of higher education and short courses servicing the road and pavement sector.
While the discussion focused on continuity and changes in the engineering and education sectors, we were also pleased to learn about Paul’s considerable engineering experience - he holds a Master of Engineering and worked in a variety of government and private roles prior to entering parliament.
CPEE strives to maintain strong links with government, industry, state road authorities, research bodies and consulting engineers throughout Australia, and we appreciate Paul taking time to meet with us.
Pic: Peter Mitchem (CPEE Independent Chair), Paul Hamer (MP Box Hill), Ray Farrelly (CPEE CEO), CPEE, Mignon Goswell (CPEE Higher Education Officer)
Last week, Centre for Pavement Engineering Education (CPEE) Executive Manager: Professional Development, Dr Kym Neaylon, spent a couple of days in Jakarta as a guest of the 11th Global Asphalt and Pavement Summit. Kym gave a presentation on bitumen use in Australian pavements, also chaired the Advanced Technology session, and finished with a CPEE training session entitled "Road Pavements and Bitumen for non-road people".
The Centre for Pavement Engineering Education (CPEE) is very pleased to have received such positive feedback following presentation of our updated short course ‘Pavement Maintenance and Rehabilitation – Understanding and Evaluating Options’ in Sydney last week.
“Thank you for a knowledgeable two days of training.”
As is usual practice with CPEE courses, delegates were asked to provide feedback to assist us to improve course offerings and to better meet our educational and training objectives. In addition to providing feedback on the course structure and content, many delegates went out their way to provide positive additional comments, especially for presenter Geoff Webb.
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Phil Evans to the Centre for Pavement Engineering Education (CPEE) Academic Board, which further enhances the standing of the Board.
Professor Evans is Consultant and Professor of Law in the Faculty of Law at Notre Dame University, Western Australia.
Professor Evans is a former practicing civil engineer with over 20 years’ experience in local government and as a consultant in the areas of road and bridge design and construction, geotechnical and materials engineering and contract administration.
He also has a Bachelor of Science (Engineering) (MERIT) degree from the University of New South Wales, a Master of Engineering (Honours) degree from the University of Wollongong and NSW Local Government Engineers Certificate. He also holds an LLB from University of Western Australia and a PhD. He is a Fellow of both the Institution of Engineers (Aust) and the Australian Institute of Building and is also a member of Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia (IAMA) and the Society of Construction Law.
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Murray Erbs to the Centre for Pavement Engineering Education (CPEE) Academic Board, which further enhances the standing of the Board.
Murray has over 40 years work experience including 30 years working in local government in a range of rural, regional and urban councils in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. The last 22 years before retiring early in 2017 was as the Senior Engineer in his employing council.
The Federal budget’s injection of $24.5 billion dollars in additional funding for major roads and rail infrastructure as part of its planned $75 billion nation-building infrastructure plan will put a big strain on the supply of experienced and qualified engineers.
The Centre for Pavement Education (CPEE) understands the importance of mentoring for student development when a supportive mentor shares their expertise, provides valuable feedback, and helps to answer technical questions. One of the final units that CPEE students undertake in their higher education program is a capstone unit involving a project relevant to their work with a formal mentor – student link. In this unit, workplace mentors play an important role by keeping in contact with students throughout the semester and using their skills, experience and knowledge to provide valuable feedback and guidance. Workplace mentors also assist the CPEE Unit Chair to grade the final reports produced by students.
The Annual Centre for Pavement Engineering Education (CPEE) Student Excellence Awards give recognition to students who have demonstrated excellence in their performance during the academic year whilst undertaking specialist technical postgraduate units offered by CPEE and our partner University, the University of Tasmania.
The judging for the 2018 Student Excellence Awards has just been completed following ratification of student results across ten eligible units throughout Semesters 1 and 2 in 2018.
With many high performing students this posed a somewhat welcomed but difficult task in the judges reaching their final determination, however all ten recipients deserve due acknowledgement