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SEQ Branch Members! Join us for the inaugural SEQ Branch Christmas Party, 5:30pm, Thursday 28 November 2019 at The Ship Inn, South Bank.

No cost or formal registration! Just turn up in your best Christmas outfit and purchase your own food and drinks as required. However, if you are able to attend, please email Monica Robertson so we can inform the Ship Inn of likely numbers.

Dress Code: Casual. A prize will be awarded for the best Christmas outfit!


Raad Jarjees

Branch President

Program and Technical Services Manager, Infrastructure Services Department

Ipswich City Council


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SEQ Branch Committee

Raad Jarjees (President)

Program and Technical Services Manager, Ipswich City Council 

Gleb Kolenbet (Vice President)

Principal Integrated Transport Engineer, Moreton Bay Regional Council

Weena Lokuge 

Senior Lecturer, University of Southern Queensland 

Larry Griffiths

Principal Engineer, Department of Transport and Main Roads

Michael Pattinson

Road Construction Program Leader, Logan City Council

Chris Mantell (YIPWEAQ)

Senior Civil Engineer, Cardno

Adelaide Dadic

Program Coordinator, Ipswich City Council

Sarah Hausler

Senior Associate, McCullough Robertson Lawyers

Jo O'Brien

QLD Program Manager


Jessica Kahl (Ambassador)

Civil Engineer, Aurecon

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SEQ Branch President's Report, September 2019

Since my last report, three more events have been delivered in the highly successful SEQ Tech Series.

Moreton Bay Regional Council hosted our Asset Management session on 17 July with over 40 attendees. Presenters Jackie Frost, Boyan Trifonov, Gleb Kolenbet and Darren Carlson highlighted the importance of artificial intelligence and digital initiatives to enable highly effective road asset management within councils as well as the assessment of new developments using an Integrated Transport Assessment approach.

I was pleased to host the next seminar at Ipswich City Council on 8 August. Scott Young from Stabilised Pavements Australia presented on innovations in lime stabilised subgrades while John Lockton from PelicanCorp talked about intelligent asset management leveraging big data. I also had the opportunity to address delegates on my experiences implementing a paperless office at Ipswich City Council.

This event was sponsored by Cardno and PelicanCorp and we greatly appreciate their support for IPWEAQ and our community! And I’m also very pleased to add another welcome to PelicanCorp which has joined IPWEAQ as an Enterprise Partner – welcome John and the team from PelicanCorp! We look forward to seeing you at the Annual Conference in just a few weeks.

Our third SEQ Technical Series seminar was held 28 August and hosted by the Calibre Group. Emad Tadros, Transport Lead Qld and Principal Engineer at Calibre, took delegates on a fascinating journey through the M1/M3 Gateway Merge Upgrade Project. Mal McCann, Water & Environment Leader at Calibre and Lance May, Senior Engineer - Water & Environment at Calibre presented on flood flows across growing communities.

The next two seminars in the series will be hosted by Sunshine Coast Council on 20 November, and Noosa Council (date to be confirmed). 

Thank you again to our hosts and sponsors: PelicanCorp, Cardno, Calibre, Moreton Bay Regional Council and Ipswich City Council.

Congratulations to the IPWEAQ Professional Development team for delivering the inaugural and sold-out Demystifying Extended Design Domain Applications course in Brisbane in July. The response to the program has been excellent with more courses to be scheduled later in the year.

Please check the website for all upcoming courses and if you would like to arrange a course in-house and tailor-made for your teams, please contact Kate O’Riordan.

Finally, I am very pleased to be continuing as the SEQ Branch President for another two years. Thank you also to our SEQ Branch committee members who have confirmed their commitment including Gleb Kolenbet (Vice President and TEAM IPWEAQ Bike Club Captain), Sarah Hausler (Secretary), Jessica Kahl (IPWEAQ Ambassador), Michael Pattinson, Chris Mantell, Weena Lokuge and Larry Griffiths.

We look forward to delivering a successful SEQ Branch conference in Caloundra, 28-29 May 2019 - please mark your diaries now. In the meantime, be sure to contact me if you have any suggestions for SEQ Branch seminars, activities or other initiatives.

All of us on your SEQ Branch committee look forward to seeing you at another record-breaking 2019 IPWEAQ Annual Conference in Brisbane, 22-24 October – don’t miss #IPWEAQ19!

Raad Jarjees

SEQ Branch President

Jessica Kahl

IPWEAQ Ambassador, SEQ

Civil Engineer at Aurecon based in Brisbane. Jess is our first Ambassador, nominated by CQ University to receive a scholarship to attend the 2016 IPWEAQ conference in Brisbane. She impressed us with her commitment to making the most from the opportunity, engaging with speakers and delegates and regularly posting useful program updates on social media.