About This Project

Professional Performance, Innovation & Risk™ (PPIR)

The PPIR Program is the result of almost a decade of development by a team of senior professional engineers. Its philosophy and processes are targeted at improving the performance of professional engineers and engineering teams, achieving improved productivity for businesses and employers, raising the professionalism of Australian engineers, and delivering a better perspective of the engineer’s role at tertiary education.

The PPIR Program also addresses the key issues within the engineering profession and industry of the management of risk and liability and the fostering of innovation.

Engineers have well-defined standards for ethics and competency, but what is missing is the “third leg of the stool”: a defined framework for performance, or how an engineer’s work is actually carried out and accomplished.

At the heart of the PPIR Program is a performance protocol to provide this framework.

The PPIR Protocol defines Performance as: “How the professional engineer approaches, arranges and undertakes a new task to ensure delivery of the final agreed outcome”.

In November 2009 The Warren Centre launched the report Professional Performance Innovation and Risk in Australian Engineering Practice.  As set out in the report, the fundamental purpose of PPIR is to bring about changes in the professional, commercial, liability and legal frameworks that govern everyday engineering, so that:

  • There is universal acceptance of the PPIR Protocol for Performance by the Australian engineering industry and profession;
  • There is a greater recognition of engineering issues and engineering innovation in commercial relationships and contractual frameworks facilitated by the PPIR Protocol for Engagement;
  • There is recognition of engineering professionalism in the law, with fewer professional liability issues arising and liability outcomes being more predictable;
  • The relevance and quality of expert testimony is improved and engineering dispute resolution is more efficient and less costly;
  • Innovation re-emerges as a driving force in Australian engineering practice; and
  • There are significant resulting benefits for everyone involved in buying, selling and using engineering products and services.

In June 2010 The Warren Centre commenced the Engineering Professional Performance project to implement the change plan set out in the PPIR report. The EPP project developed the necessary infrastructure to support the industry adoption of PPIR.

In August 2013 The Warren Centre commenced the Mobilising PPIR project.  In this third phase the focus is on achieving widespread adoption of PPIR.  The objective of the Mobilising PPIR project is to achieve widespread support of PPIR in the engineering industry and profession, by:

  • Promoting sponsorship of Mobilising PPIR
  • Promoting adoption of PPIR by procurers of engineering products and services, including State and Federal government procurement agencies
  • Promoting and supporting pilots and roll-outs of PPIR
  • Collating and disseminating findings from the PPIR pilots and roll-outs
  • Promoting certification where roll out of PPIR takes place
  • Promoting adoption of PPIR in undergraduate and post-graduate tertiary qualifications
  • Promoting adoption of PPIR by professional associations

The project team will also take advantage of opportunities that arise to create:

  • An expert witness program based on PPIR; and
  • An independent body to take custody of PPIR from The Warren Centre.

Why should you care?

As a professional engineer, you are committed to do a professional job and to ensure that your team delivers quality outcomes. This report uncovers for the first time ever, anywhere, the words that describe and formally recognise what professional performance means in practice.

The Warren Centre PPIR Project “Professional Performance, Innovation and Risk in Australian Engineering Practice” was completed at the end of 2009 with the publication of the PPIR Report. The next phase, now progressing, involves the implementation of the PPIR Strategy.

The EPP Project was commenced in July 2010 and is due to be completed during 2013. The fundamental purpose of EPP is to drive the implementation of the PPIR Strategy by means of communication, education and training, industry adoption, standards development and other programs.

Media Mentions

Letter to the Editor: Rebuilding Government Engineering (Engineers Australia, TBC – 2014)

Protocol for Performance
(AIPM Project Manager, April-May 2013)

Professional Performance Innovation & Rish – a tool for high performance projects
(AusIMM Bulletin, Issue 6, December 2012)

Protocol addresses risk and liability
(Engineers Australia, January 2012)

Performance Protocol to Improve Engineering Outcomes
(Consult Australia: National Outlook, Summer 11/12)

Defining the professional performance of engineers
(Engineers Australia, March 2011)

Engineering for the Future
(The ACEA National Outlook, Summer 2010)

New engineering project guidelines
(PACE, December 2009)

Engineers blaze a new trail
(The Weekend Australian, 21-22 November 2009)

Radical new practical engineering guidelines revealed
(PACE, 5 November 2009)

Major engineering report set for release – 21 October 2009
(Manufacturers-Monthly, October 2009)

Innovation and risk project to be launched
(Engineers Australia, October 2009)

Media Releases
Australia’s Engineering Challenge for the 21st Century – 20 October 2009

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