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CPEE Takes Training Direct to The Site Office

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.

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John Bethune (1932 – 2019)

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.

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CPEE Executive Manager Presents at Infrastructure Thought Leaders Seminar

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.

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Farewell to David Francis – Austroads

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. 

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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”.

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Workplace Mentors Provide Valuable Support for CPEE Students

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:

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