It was only some 18 months ago that the Australasian Society for Trenchless Technology went to its Members seeking information on where they saw the future for the Society. In particular, responses were sought on what Members expected from the Society, and the areas of activity that were of most interest to them.
These planning initiatives were driven by the five yearly cycle of Strategic Planning that the Society has previously undertaken, and the rapidly changing environment that the Trenchless Industry finds itself in. It was also driven by the need to take a more commercial approach to the future direction for the Society, with sound business planning a key requisite. These views were shared by a small group of Members in New South Wales who enthusiastically supported this approach.
The responses from Members were collated and analysed; environmental scanning to determine both International and National trends was undertaken, and a range of business planning activities were conducted.
Strategic Plan: Trenchless
Business Plan 2002:
Progress on 2002 Initiatives:
Direction: A number of entity structures, including
affiliations with other kindred organisations were contemplated. It was
decided to stay with the current structure, and to review its
effectiveness at the end of 2003. The linkage with the International
Society for Trenchless Technology remains strong.
Education: ASTT engaged Professor Jonathon O’Brien from the University of NSW to develop a training package for Trenchless Technology. This is CD based and is suitable for final year engineering students at Tertiary institutions consisting of:
This material will be the basis for a presentation by Prof. O’Brien at the National Trenchless Technology Conference and Exhibition in Sydney in August.
Training: The Construction Contractors Federation (CCF) has been engaged to coordinate the development of National competency standards in the field of Trenchless Technology. This will include the fields of rehabilitation, micro-tunnelling and horizontal directional drilling. The latter suite of competencies will be integrated with a similar review of competencies being conducted by the Australian Drilling Industry.
Training Committee. The entire competency framework for Trenchless Technology will then form the basis for a series of training packages to meet the training needs of the industry.
This project is progressing well, with funding contributions anticipated from both the CCF and the Building and Construction Industry Training Fund (BCITF). Input from ASTT members into this process is greatly appreciated, and will ensure a practical, feet-on-the ground approach to this major project.
Guidelines: It is proposed to seek registrations of interest for a consultancy to undertake the development of Guidelines for Australian and New Zealand conditions for new installations, refurbishment and rehabilitation and related areas of Trenchless Technology. It is expected that the considerable work already done by a number of national Trenchless Technology Societies and ISTT, will prove a useful starting point. Proposals will be sought in the next month through the relevant newspapers and contact with known practitioners in the field.
Standards: The approach undertaken for the implementation of Guidelines will be used to develop a framework of Standards based on appropriate “signposting” within the Guidelines. This will be a major coordination exercise to encompass work already undertaken by a range of industry bodies and agencies. The establishment of the framework will also be based on work already done elsewhere.
By Menno Henneveld.