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Incorporating Condition Assessment into a Comprehensive Asset Management Program

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In 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 significantly over time as aging assets continue to fail at an ever-increasing rate. The long-term cost implications for a utility with a poorly structured replacement/renewal regime can be dramatic. A formal asset management program can help this problem.

A formal asset management program that includes condition assessment can enable an organization to better understand asset condition and remaining life allows for proactive budgeting for renewal/replacement of expensive and high-risk assets.

This article will discuss how condition assessment relates to asset management; how to set up a targeted condition assessment program to support asset management; and how condition assessment data can be leveraged to support decision-making.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2175/193864706783779069

Publication date: January 1, 2006

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