Asset Management State of the Practice: A Focus on Strengths

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“Asset management” in the water/wastewater industry refers to a collection of business principles for managing physical assets to provide a desired level of service at the lowest life cycle cost. The purpose of this webcast is to showcase wastewater utility asset management programs with strengths in these areas:

Condition assessment and monitoring
Data integration (across regulatory, maintenance, and capital planning systems)
Financial integration
Webcast Presentation Handouts

This webcast is sponsored by Woolpert.


Condition Assessment and Monitoring - Phil Hubbard, P.E., Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD), VA
HRSD implemented a condition assessment program as part of a regional wet weather program. The District has made significant progress in assessing the condition of its assets, many of which are pressurized sewer mains. Mr. Hubbard will discuss the District’s methods for selection and prioritization of inspections, their choice in inspection technology, how data is collected/managed, and action outcomes based on the condition findings. This talk will also identify the various roles associated with the effort.

Data Integration - John Przybyla, Woolpert and Ted Rhinehart, Infor
Traditionally, the IT systems used for engineering, capital planning, maintenance management, customer service, and financial management have been stand-alone systems or have been interfaced in ways that inhibit the efficient sharing of data. Mr. Przybyla and Mr. Rhinehart will present successful examples of how comprehensive, strategic IT planning in conjunction with Capacity, Management, Operation, and Maintenance (CMOM) and asset management programs can ensure that applications are integrated. Among the key applications within a comprehensive IT architecture are a CMMS, GIS, asset inventories and condition assessments, mobile applications, SCADA, modeling tools, permitting, billing, capital planning, project management, ERP and other systems.

Financial Integration - Clinton Davis and Steven Sheets, Gwinnett County, GA
Gwinnett County was faced with the same challenge many wastewater agencies have in reconciling their fixed asset inventory with reality. Accounting datasets are often riddled with unidentifiable assets, minimal information, and depreciation rates that do not match actual service lives. To address this challenge going forward, Gwinnett County took the opportunity of a new treatment plant construction to instate asset data collection as part of their Facility Acceptance processes. The data collection procedures have enhanced and bridged the County’s accounting and maintenance datasets. Mr. Davis will show the improvements they have made in fixed asset reporting, and Mr. Sheets will discuss development of tactical asset management plans for new assets and forecasting replacement values for existing assets.

Rebecca Overacre, P.E., Carollo Engineers, Inc. (Moderator)

Credit Information:

There will be 2.0 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) offered for this webcast. Please check with your state accreditation agency to determine if you qualify.

Cooperating Organizations:

WEF's Utility Management Committee