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Future Training:
2-day Infrastructure Asset Management Refresher and Advanced Topics Presentation for Utilities




Date: Fall 2017 - Actual Dates to be Determined

Cost: $200 (AWWA member) or $250 (non-member)

Lunch is included

Location: City of Seattle – Joint Training Facility

9401 Myers Way S, Seattle, WA 98108

Sponsored by: PNWS-AWWA King County Sub-Section

CEUs (approved): 1.3


The Challenge: Over the past half century, America has spent trillions of dollars building some of the finest infrastructure that history has ever seen. This investment has played a substantial role in the sustained prosperity and quality of life of our country. But in many communities, this infrastructure is severely stressed from overuse, under funding of maintenance and renewal, and aging.

A comprehensive approach to managing our capital assets is overdue – one that brings "state of the practice" new asset management program concepts, tools, techniques, and technologies to help utilities manage their assets for cost-effective performance. This approach focuses relentlessly on providing sustained performance to the utility customer at the lowest life-cycle cost and at an acceptable level of risk to the organization.

The Focus: Public sector managers have been managing assets for decades. However, it is clear that what we have been doing in the past will not be sufficient to address the growing and increasingly complex challenges that lie ahead. Practical, advanced techniques for better management of assets have been developed and refined in both the private sector in the US and in water and wastewater agencies. Management thinking is centered on long-term effectiveness, service sustainability, and effective environmental management. How can advanced asset management program concepts, tools and techniques be most effectively transferred into the water and wastewater industry, more specifically, into your agency? Where to start? How to proceed? How to select appropriate business practices and tools?

The Workshop: This workshop have been designed as an extensive hands-on experience. The workshop includes:

  • The workshop content includes a refresher of the USEPA’s Asset Management Framework and hands-on experiences developed from working directly with utility managers. The workshops focus on demonstrating, step-by-step, how an agency would select and put into practice a well-balanced infrastructure asset management program for their utility.
  • Is built around participant exercises that demonstrate the concepts, techniques and tools of reliability centered maintenance and condition assessment.
  • Is centered on case study-based mentoring by expert asset management program implementation practitioners.


Agenda – Day 1

8:00 am – 8:25 am Coffee and Pastries

8:25 am – Announcements & Introductions

8:30 am – 4:30 pm Asset Management Refresher Workshop

8:30 – 10 am

What is the current state of my assets?

    1. What do I own?
    2. Where is it?
    3. What condition is it in?
    4. What is its remaining useful life?
    5. What is its remaining economic value?

10:00-10:15 am Break

10:15 – Noon

What is my required level of service (LOS)?

    1. What is the demand for my services by my stakeholders?
    2. What do regulators require?
    3. What is my actual performance?

Noon -1 pm Lunch

1 pm – 2 pm

Which assets are critical to sustained performance?

    1. How does it fail? How can it fail?
    2. What is the likelihood of failure?
    3. What does it cost to repair?
    4. What are the consequences of failure?

2 pm -2:45 pm

What are my best O&M and CIP investment strategies?

    1. What alternative management options exist?
    2. Which are the most feasible for my organization?

2:45 – 3 pm Break

3 pm – 4:30 pm

What is my best long-term funding strategy?

    1. Capital investment

      1. Renewal (repair, refurbish, replace)
      2. Augmentation (capacity, functionality)

    1. Maintenance investment
      1. Planned

      1. Preventive
      2. Predictive
      3. Corrective

      1. Unplanned

    1. Operations investment
      1. Operations cost trends


Agenda – Day 2     Developing Your Utility’s Asset Management Program

8:00 am – 8:25 am Coffee and Pastries

8:25 am – Announcements & Introductions

8:30 – 10 am

  1. Start asset story line and spreadsheet to enhance Day 1 instruction- work through the spreadsheet utilizing the USEPA Ten Step process.

10:00-10:15 am Break

10:15 – Noon

  1. Finish story line and spreadsheet utilizing the USEPA Ten Step process.
  2. Present Levels of Service examples – Using examples from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), facilitate discussion with the group to develop Level of Service Standards for your utility.

Noon -1 pm Lunch

1 pm – 2 pm

  1. Develop Risk Scoring – Using examples from other agencies, facilitate group discussion on setting management strategies using risk data.

2 pm -2:45 pm

  1. Asset Management Plans – Present and discuss examples from other utility agencies.

2:45 – 3 pm Break

3 pm – 4:30 pm

  1. Presentation and group facilitation to assist with Asset Management Implementation Practices and Culture Change for your utility.

Closing Summary, Questions, Comments

About Our Trainer:

Mr. Doug Stewart, PE, Buchanan & Associates, PO Box 584, Salem, OR, 97302. Principal management consultant for dozens of consulting projects across North America, in a variety of infrastructure types (water/wastewater, flood control, transportation, gas and oil, public works departments). Recognized international expert in infrastructure asset management benchmarking. Specializing in holistic asset management practices for utility management resulting in data driven asset based decision-making. Worked with agencies from strategic frameworks to business improvement initiatives to building infrastructure management plans. Instructor for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) asset management workshops since inception of the program in 2003, personally conducting over forty two-day workshops across the United States. He previously served as Asset Management Program Director for Orange County Sanitation District in Fountain Valley, CA.