Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia Queensland (IPWEAQ)

IPWEAQ Knowledge Center

Member Organization · Australia

Information Resources Department

Mark Lamont, Director, Information Resources
Phone: 0413 396 989

Program Overview

The mission for the knowledge centre from its genesis and planning stage was for it to act as a storage repository for information vital to the public works section. An essential part of that was to create the repository as the first point of publication for professionals in the field to be able to share and enhance their own work, and in turn to draw on and learn from the efforts of their colleagues.
  • Publishing activities began: 2016
  • Stage of publishing efforts: 3 - Established
  • Open access focus: Central to mission
  • Portion of Open Access publications: Some
  • Publishing Languages: English

Program Organization

  • Organization of publishing services: Organization (e.g., non-profit association, library consortia) that provides or supports library publishing activities on behalf of its library members
  • Advisory/editorial board: Yes
  • Total staffing in Full Time Equivalents (FTE): 7
  • Individual people: 7
  • Students: Graduate student(s)
  • Funding sources: Grants; library materials budget; library operating budget; sales revenue

Publishing Activities

  • Conference papers and proceedings
  • Databases
  • Educational resources
  • Expansive digital publications
  • Journals
  • Multimedia
  • Newsletters

Journal Publishing:
  • Journals published: 12
  • Campus-based faculty-created: 9
  • Contracted by external groups: 8
  • Peer-reviewed: 7


Top Publications:
  • Street Design Manual (monograph)
  • Queensland Urban Drainage Manual (monograph)
  • Lower Order Roads Design Guidelines (monograph)
  • Engineering for Public Works Journal (journal)
  • Construction and Maintenance of Infrastructure Supervisors Handbook (monograph)
Disciplinary Specialties:
  • Public works (civil) engineering
  • Road design and maintenance
  • Transport safety and planning
  • Flood and stormwater management
  • Native title and aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage


  • Internal partners:  Campus departments or programs; graduate students
  • Other publishing entities administered by your library: No
  • Other publishing entities within your library’s parent institution: No
  • Program’s openness to working with external partners: Open to working with any external partner
  • Types of publications should other publishers refer to your program: Publications that address issues across the entire public works sector with a particular emphasis on engineering for that sector
  • Part of a consortium which provides support for publishing? (e.g. platform, funding): Yes

Technologies & Services

Media Formats:
  • audio
  • data
  • images
  • multimedia
  • text
  • video
  • visualizations
Software & Platforms:
  • DSpace
  • locally developed software
  • WordPress

Additional Services:
  • author advisory - other
  • author advisory - copyright
  • Developmental and/or substantive editing
  • audio/video streaming
  • cataloging
  • dataset management
  • digitization
  • marketing
Digital Preservation Strategy:
  • In-house


Additional Information

Future Plans:
The IPWEAQ Knowledge Centre has seen a doubling in usage over the last 12 months. While its primary role is to be the first site of publishing for papers, articles, and proceedings from various conferences, the intention going forward is to also act as an intermediary space, intersecting with academic engineering journals and advocating on behalf of our contributors for wider publication opportunities within those journals. It has also proven to be a site of knowledge generation with users accessing and sharing information. This has been particularly effective with a shift to more professionals within the sector working from home and needed remote access.