According to AWWA’s State of the Water Industry Survey, renewing and replacing aging infrastructure has been the top challenge facing the water sector during the last decade. More utilities are embracing asset management practices, including condition and assessments, to meet this challenge while keeping rates affordable and providing the level of service their customers want in an efficient and cost-effective way.
A Condition Assessment Program can help utilities make more informed, risk-based decisions on when it is best to maintain, repair, rehabilitate, or replace assets. But developing and implementing a
Condition Assessment Program can be challenging for a utility. This Seminar was created to assist drinking water utilities develop and implement a comprehensive Condition Assessment Program or
improve their existing program. The focus if this Seminar is on water transmission and distribution pipes.
During this seminar participants will be engaged in instructional training, interactive exercises, and group sharing that will cover the key components of a condition assessment program, such as:
Defining the problem(s) that the utility wants to solve with a condition assessment program.
Developing condition assessment program goals, objectives, and data expectations.
Building support and securing an annual budget for a condition assessment program (e.g., business case to present to management and elected governing officials).
Prioritizing asset classes based on performance measures and risk (i.e., likelihood or probability and consequence of failure).
Defining the utility’s risk tolerance and condition assessment thresholds.
Creating a framework and data management system for collecting, storing, and using condition assessment data.
Understanding and choosing the appropriate condition assessment methods and technologies.
Evaluating the utility’s options for using in-house or contracting field inspection, data management, and engineering services.
Leveraging data to perform failure analysis.
Using condition and remaining life assessments in risk-based asset management.
Participants will develop an Action Plan specific to their utility which will provide guidance for them to determine where to focus their efforts and budgets on condition assessments and to how to start planning right away for their condition assessment project or program.
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