Newsletter February 2019


Welcome to the latest edition of our newsletter

Welcome to 2019. The last 4 months since our October 2018 newsletter has flown by. Surprisingly, quite a bit has happened. In this SOCC newsletter we all collectively have a great opportunity to share solutions to technical issues across utilities and encourage greater collaboration as we all share the same vision ‘to better serve our customers’. I will be looking for content each newsletter, so please contact me or send me a story which will benefit utilities across the board. The success and longevity of the SOCC (now 110 years) has only been possible through the involvement of all utilities and the will to collaborate, share our learnings and technical expertise.

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Recurring roadworks that frustrate motorists and ratepayers will be slashed with the launch of a ground-breaking collaboration tool that synchronises underground maintenance projects.
More than 50 NSW councils, utilities and agencies are expected to join the cloud-based iWORCS platform to coordinate capital works jobs to ensure that roads are only dug up once to undertake maintenance and repairs.
Developed in collaboration by NSW Streets Opening Coordination Council (SOCC), Sydney Water, local councils and Esri Australia, it is estimated that iWORCS could save hundreds of thousands of dollars as councils and utilities harmonise their work schedules.
SOCC chair Dominic Puiu said a pilot program conducted last year identified savings in the range of $300,000 by sharing the cost of road surfacing, surveying and traffic management.
“Sydney Water and nine Sydney councils uploaded their work programs into iWORCS for a few months to create a central record of planned works that all could access,” Mr Puiu said.
“Even in that short time, significant savings were able to be made by coordinating the various projects, so that there was just one road opening and resurfacing.
“More important was the improvement in safety through reduced traffic disruptions and damage to road and footpath surfaces, and the reduction in disruption to communities that road and footpath blockages cause.”
Stuart McDonald, Wastewater & Stormwater Team Leader at Sydney Water said his organization could save $1 million in the first couple of years when the majority of Sydney councils and other government departments join the program.

“Too often when utilities and councils work independently, projects aren’t aligned, causing re-work, customer frustration and waste.” Mr McDonald said.
"We’ve been proud to assist in the development and promotion of iWORCS as we can see the opportunity to minimise interruptions to our customers, reduce waste and duplication, while ensuring Sydney’s assets – including council’s re-sheeted roads – last for the longer-term.”
City of Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the council has been working with the iWORCS online platform since the initial pilot and had seen the program save time, cuts costs and reduces inconvenience residents.
“For current footpath improvement work on Bourke Street, Surry Hills, iWORCS has delivered immediate benefits for the community by improving coordination and avoiding the cost and disruption of any unnecessary duplicated work,” the Lord Mayor said.
It’s an excellent example of government agencies and councils working together in a way that’s of real benefit to residents and businesses alike – it would be terrific to see more utilities get on board,” the Lord Mayor said.
Esri Australia managing director, Brett Bundock said iWORCS has spearheaded a new era of collaboration between councils, utilities and other agencies.
“iWORCS will help ease the frustration felt by road users, with freshly resurfaced roads being dug up repeatedly for underground maintenance,” Mr Bundock said.
“As well as saving money for all stakeholders through shared costs, iWORCS enables utilities and councils to actively demonstrate their commitment to put the needs of the public first.” he said.
Stakeholders from across NSW have already joined the collaborative platform including:

• Sydney Water
• Wollongong City Council
• Lane Cove Council
• Jemena Gas
• Randwick City Council
• Georges River Council
• City of Sydney
• Canterbury-Bankstown Council
• Northern Beaches Council
• Roads and Maritime Services


iWORCS a smarter way to plan


iWORCS launching soon

Built on a secure and scalable cloud platform, iWORCS is a cleverly designed tool that enables councils, utilities, government agencies and private companies to collaborate on the scheduling of capital works.

The system connects file-after-file of project data into a single common operating picture, creating a unique vantage point for planners; across a limitless time horizon.

By subscribing to iWORCS, councils, utilities and other users are guaranteed to save both resources and money.

Find out about our sign up offer

iWORCS User Acceptance Testing Is Now Complete


Thank you to all our members who participated in the User Acceptance Testing for iWORCS. With your input, we are moving closer towards go-live on the 18 April and planning is underway for an official launch in May.

The User Agreement for iWORCS is in the final stages with our legal counsel. Toenable your organisation to realise the full benefits that iWORCS has to offer, get in touch with SOCC today. 

Mick McGill, SOCC Project Support
T: 0418 234 174  E:

Guides to Codes and Practices Streets Opening review


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On the 22 March 2017 SOCC members met to review Guides to Codes and Practices Streets Opening. Meetings will be held monthly under the guide review is complete. 

The not-for-profit Nat Spec will also be invovled in the process and will have ongoing ownership of the guide once review is finalised. The current guide has not been reviewed since 2009.  

The Guide to Codes and Practices for Streets Opening is published to document industry practice and provide essential information and guidance on managing street openings for the provision of underground utility Services. It continues to be an authoritative reference  for Local Councils, Utility/Service Providers and their contractors throughout NSW.

The Guide has been available for over 40 years, with editions printed in 1969, 1980, 1992, 1997, 2002 and 2007. However, some of the codes and practices were adopted as early as 1932. 


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