Measuring, monitoring and managing to improve sustainability: applying a customised IS rating tool to local council road management

The Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) developed its infrastructure sustainability (IS) rating tool to assess the sustainability of both new infrastructure projects and the operation/ maintenance of existing infrastructure assets. However, prior to this project, the rating tool had only undergone limited trials on infrastructure operations. To further test the rating tool in operational mode the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia (IPWEA) and ISCA undertook a pilot trial of the tool on the road management activities of Redlands City Council (Queensland) and Launceston City Council (Tasmania). This paper describes the IS rating tool and the rating process, issues raised by the pilot trials, the modifications proposed to customise the rating tool, the outcomes of the pilot assessments, early actions that councils can take to make their road management more sustainable and the next steps recommended to progress the likely future wider use of a customised tool. Through IPWEA it is expected that local councils will increasingly use the customised rating tool to drive sustainability enhancements in their roads management, by identifying areas of sustainability strength and weakness in their road management, and opportunities for improvements. Proceeding to certified ratings would provide the added benefit of independent, third party verification of performance.


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Media Info

  • Pagination: 12p
  • Monograph Title: Public works: explore new territory: IPWEA International Public Works Conference, Darwin, NT, 11-15 August 2013

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01495603
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Oct 17 2013 10:08AM