Asset management IS risk management. Asset management IS water quality management! One of a water utility’s most important assets is data, yet the information needed to make the best decisions oftentimes resides in various “siloed” databases. The problem is that these databases are primarily informational only, like spreadsheets, with no spatial relationships. Once a water utility integrates decision-making data with other relevant data in a spatial environment like GIS (Geographic Information System), decisions will readily appear without spending all the time necessary to crunch vast amounts of disconnected data. An effective asset management strategy leverages data such as physical plant and cost data as part of an overall plan, and defines clear goals and a systematic program for the maintenance, repair or replacement of a particular asset or system. Although the level of detail in an infrastructure plan can vary from utility to utility, the webinar will cover the common elements that must be included.
The webinar will also discuss the value of inspecting and maintaining current assets and how effective programs contribute to risk management, as well as key considerations in an infrastructure replacement program. In addition, the webinar will touch on water quality, operational and water loss control benefits related to proactive asset management.
The webinar will be presented by Dr. Todd Brewer, P.E, Manager – Water Quality Labs and Phil Harris, P.E., Manager Natural Gas and Water Engineering, both at the City Utilities of Springfield, Missouri. Todd is a licensed Water Operator (A) in both Oklahoma and Missouri. He has taught college-level chemistry and engineering courses for the last 20 years, and has also been an instructor for several operator certification classes and American Water Works Association (AWWA) workshops. He is active in National AWWA committees, the Partnership for Safe Water, and the MO-AWWA section, currently serving as Vice-Chair on the Board of Directors. Todd holds B.A. degrees in Chemistry and Mathematics from Northeastern State University, a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Tulsa, and a Doctoral Degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Nevada, Reno.
Phil Harris a registered professional engineer in the state of Missouri has been employed with City Utilities of Springfield for 27 years. He was a design engineer in both natural gas and water engineering at the utility, which included overall project design and management for various water distribution projects. He also built the business case in 1997 for City Utilities adoption of the AWWA C900 standard for PVC pipe used in the construction of PVC water mains. Since 2005, he has spent the bulk of his career in the design and implementation of City Utilities GIS system, developing water system GIS data and three years managing the GIS department for City Utilities of Springfield. As of 2015, he is responsible for managing infrastructure replacement and the development of a GIS spatial work management system for natural gas and water renewal programs. Phil holds a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Missouri S&T.