Asset Management in Local Government is more than Roads, Rates and Rubbish

"Roads, rates and rubbish".

This is the phrase that we often hear echoed when quizzing the public about the role of local government and the services they provide. However, the functions of local government unequivocally extend beyond this, through the provision of services that support the development of cities, regions and shires into healthy, prosperous and sustainable communities.

Infrastructure assets lie at the heart of many of these services, from roads that enable the safe and efficient movement of people and goods, to parks and community facilities that help to create active and engaged communities. The application of good asset management practice is, therefore, pivotal to the cost-effective provision of local government services.

Join the Asset Management Council Brisbane Chapter to hear an insider's perspective from presenters with extensive careers in local government.

Date: Thursday, 26 August 2021

Time: 4pm (for 4:30pm start)  - 6pm
Place: Engineers Australia Auditorium, Level 9, 340 Adelaide Street, Brisbane
Cost: FREE for AMCouncil and EA Members, otherwise $30
Earn: 1.5 CPD points


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Presentation 1 outline:

Road Asset Management - Innovation, Sustainability and Circular Economy

Brisbane City Council, Australia’s largest local government authority, maintains a road network of approximately 5,810 km, ranging from residential access streets to major arterial roads. Pavement configurations include granular and cement stabilised granular pavements with thin asphalt surfaces, concrete and deep strength asphalt. Council operates two asphalt plants, two quarries and a recycling facility.

As part of the Brisbane Vision 2031 - Our Clean, Green City goal of Towards Zero Waste and Council’s Road Transport Asset Management Plan, Council actively uses recycled materials in its pavement works. Recycling processes include the use of Recycled Asphalt Pavement (RAP) and crushed glass in asphalt, crumbed tyre in local government roads, recycled concrete as a pavement material, and strengthening of pavements by stabilising the existing pavement materials.

Through successful collaboration with local universities and other research organisations, Council has been able to extend its research into the effective use of these recycled products to understand their performance and the resultant sustainability benefits to Council enabling circular economy.

This presentation highlights how pavement recycling is part of the normal practices to sustainably manage Council’s road network.



Ashish Shah, Strategic Asset Planning and Engineering Manager (Engineering Lead), Brisbane City Council

Ashish Shah is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Registered Professional Engineer (RPEQ/MIEAust – Civil) and Certified Asset Management Assessor with vast experience in asset, program and portfolio management of transport and other local government infrastructure, its data and information systems. He has been a member of IPWEAQ for over 10 years and has been in the IPWEAQ SEQ committee for several years in the past.

In his current role at Brisbane City Council, he leads and manages the Strategic Asset Management Planning and Engineering Transport team. He is responsible for the strategic asset management of transport infrastructure assets for improved whole-of-life outcomes, the development and improvement of strategic partnerships with key providers, and to provide expert, professional engineering advice to stakeholders.

His interest areas include circular economy and recycling opportunities in transport asset management, digital engineering, artificial intelligence (computer vision) and machine learning for asset management, and asset modelling and predictive systems, with continuous improvement/innovation in focus.






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