utility asset Articles

  • Is strategic asset management applicable to small and medium utilities?

    Urban water infrastructures provide essential services to modern societies and represent a major portion of the value of municipal physical assets. Managing these assets rationally is therefore fundamental for the sustainability of the services and to the economy of societies. “Asset Management” (AM) is a modern term for an old practice—assets have always been managed. In recent years, ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Is strategic asset management applicable to small and medium utilities?

    Urban water infrastructures provide essential services to modern societies and represent a major portion of the value of municipal physical assets. Managing these assets rationally is therefore fundamental for the sustainability of the services and to the economy of societies. “Asset Management” (AM) is a modern term for an old practice—assets have always been managed. In recent ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • What The AD Industry Can Learn From Solar Standardization

    Applying a proven project finance model to the anaerobic digestion industry is the best way to ensure projects get built and operate profitably over the long-term. THE U.S. anaerobic digestion (AD) market represents an attractive, multibillion dollar investment opportunity. However, structural industry obstacles must be overcome before the market can realize its full potential. As a ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Modelling asset lifetimes and their role in asset management

    Utilities throughout the world are faced with the challenge of how best to manage their existing asset stock to provide satisfactory customer service with limited funds. Effective asset management helps utilities to meet this challenge; however, this requires the utilization of cost-effective approaches for assessing asset condition, performance and remaining service life. A key component of ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • A simplified approach to Asset Information Management for mid-size utilities

    The number of utility service providers implementing asset information management systems is growing fast. Many are faced with the question: which type of system is right for me? The asset management software market is mature and there are many choices of platforms and vendors. This paper discusses advantages and disadvantages of different types of computer software for asset information ...

  • Calculation of the carbon footprint of united utilities’ sludge balanced asset programme

    Total dry solids:~ 52,000 TDSA Existing scenario (liming) Raw sludge incineration plant Advanced digestion with incineration using existing assets (SBAP) Long long story, not enough ...


    By Cambi Group AS

  • A utility-tailored methodology for integrated asset management of urban water infrastructure

    This paper presents the integrated methodology for infrastructure asset management (IAM) developed in AWARE-P, an R&D project aimed at producing adequate and effective support tools for assisting urban water utilities in decision making and rehabilitation planning (www.aware-p.org). The proposed methodology addresses all three planning and decisional levels (strategic, tactical and ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Asset condition estimation and depreciation

    Vitens is one of three water companies in The Netherlands, with 2.3 million connections, 5.4 million customers, 47,5000km of pipes and 96 treatment works that provide 330M.m3 a year of potable water at a cost of €1.32/m3 ($1.72/m3). Each day the company receives calls from customers reporting leaks. The maintenance division provides information on the pipe material and diameter, and the business ...


    By Innovyze

  • Using a work and asset management system as a utility reengineering platform to implement balanced scorecards, skill based pay and improve asset management

    In 2000, the City of Corpus Christi, Texas was on the verge privatizing the water and wastewater utilities. Some City leaders were convinced that the private contractors could operate the utilities more efficiently and ultimately save the city millions. After considerable debate, the City Council decided to “re-engineer” its business processes rather than privatize. During 2002, the City of ...

  • Bridging the Asset Management Gap—Narragansett Bay Commission’s Asset Management Story

    ABSTRACTThe development and implementation of an asset management system is not a one step change process since asset management requires a number of conceptual and practice changes, in addition to new information technology. Often, the complexity of the effort can seem overwhelming. Fortunately, there are many very practical, common-sense approaches and methods to asset management that can be ...

  • Asset Management: Successes in Changing Cultures

    The paper presents a purely industry point of view of asset management; the views of the consulting community, and particularly of the authors, are not part of this. In that respect, the “authors” listed above are not really authors at all; they are simply editors who have transcribed the actual words of the utility managers doing the real work of asset management implementation. The comments ...

  • Risk-based asset integrity management

    Within the area of management of process plant integrity, there has been a significant shift toward the adoption of risk-focused methods such as reliability centered maintenance (RCM) and risk based inspection (RBI), rather than following traditional preventative maintenance methods and prescriptive inspection intervals. There are various reasons for this trend, but the primary benefit that asset ...


    By ABS Consulting

  • Water Asset Management International (WAMI) and Water Utility Management International (WUMI) platform migration

    If you are a subscriber to WUMI and WAMI, from November 2015 to March 2016 you will be able to download your issues from the WaterWiki. As of 26th October, IWA Publishing will be sending an email to all subscribers with login and password details for the protected area on the Wiki platform. ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Building an integrated asset management culture: Palm Beach County Water Utility Department’s experience

    Building an Integrated Asset Management (IAM) culture involves a wide range of leadership, technical, human resource and communication efforts to fundamentally change the organizational values, attitudes and behaviors, as well as the work processes of the organization. Cultural values of people are diverse and generally do not change substantially. Organizational culture changes involve changing ...

  • A framework for considering externalities in urban water asset management

    Urban communities rely on a complex network of infrastructure assets to connect them to water resources. There is considerable capital investment required to maintain, upgrade and extend this infrastructure. As the remit of a water utility is broader than just financial considerations, infrastructure investment decisions must be made in light of environmental and societal issues. One way of ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Incorporating Condition Assessment into a Comprehensive Asset Management Program

    ABSTRACTIn order to improve asset investment decision-making and achieve sustainable improvements in business performance, utilities must better understand asset condition, asset performance, remaining life and risks. Worldwide, annual expenditure on the maintenance and rehabilitation of water/wastewater reticulation pipes is estimated to be over $33 billion per year, and this is expected to rise ...

  • Asset Management Condition Assessment for Stockton: To Test or Not To Test

    ABSTRACTTo help ensure assets are maintained to high standards, a 20-year service contact between the City of Stockton and OMI/Thames Water required a condition assessment of all managed assets. Due to the size and complexity of the system, it was not possible to test all assets as part of the condition assessment. A methodology was developed to prioritize assets to be subjected to further ...

  • Advancing CMMS to support performance based asset management

    This paper focused on helping agencies that have already implemented a CMMS and are expecting more out of their investments. It can be a variety of improvement objectives that could include the following: Desire to better align the CMMS to support their asset management program. Need to apply more consistent CMMS business processes to ensure accurate data. Retain knowledge of retiring ...

  • Carbon Asset Risk: A Review of Progress and Opportunities

    The concept of carbon asset risk – that the world’s fossil fuel companies hold at least three times more oil, gas and coal reserves than can realistically be burned in order to avoid potentially catastrophic climate warming – has risen to the forefront as Wall Street analysts, investors, regulators and governments increasingly recognize carbon asset risk as an actionable, ...


    By Ceres

  • A preventive maintenance program lifts the veil on asset management

    In 2002, the City of Columbus, Ohio and the State of Ohio entered into a consent order agreement requiring Columbus to “develop and implement a program to address the capacity, management, and operation and maintenance of its sewer system.” One condition of that consent order requires the City to “conduct routine preventive operation and maintenance activities for its sewers” to minimize ...

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