Specifying Concrete Pavement for Local Government

Paper by MEHTA from ASCP 6th 2021 Online

This presentation will provide an overview of the AUS-SPEC information, tools, technical specification templates, specifications framework and processes to document requirements for various asset life cycle activities. It will also demonstrate the use of the system to create contract documentation for the design, construction, and maintenance of local government infrastructure assets to meet the growing needs of the communities. Rigid pavement specifications and concrete specifications for other road related assets and specifying the use of recycled materials by embedding this information in the design, construction and maintenance specifications will also be discussed. AUS-SPEC documents are regularly reviewed and updated to permit for the use of recycled material for specific applications based on the current research. AUS-SPEC is the national technical specification system for minor infrastructure. Developed by the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA) and updated by NATSPEC, the AUS-SPEC specification system provides specification Templates and supporting information for the life cycle management of community assets including buildings, roadworks, urban and open spaces, and public utilities. National master specification systems such as AUS-SPEC represents the collective experience of local government and other industry contributors. Further, there are huge efficiency gains in using the national master specification because the construction industry is national with common materials, construction techniques and procurement strategies. AUS-SPEC documentation system further supports in improving and providing better infrastructure asset services to their communities. It is an essential technical resource which is relevant, responsive, and well researched. AUS-SPEC is aligned to the NATSPEC National Classification System, which has been widely adopted by the construction industry. This establishes a common language between governments, organizations, and consultants, which improves communication between the different parties involved in a project. A common language significantly reduces the risk of delays, rework, and extra costs by minimising misinterpretation.

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