Critical Issues and Opportunities for Managing Municipal Infrastructure: Preliminary Survey Results of Municipal Infrastructure Investment Planning Project

The three-year Municipal Infrastructure Investment Planning (MIIP) Project is focused on the investigation of decision support tools for strategic asset management. This paper is the summary of a survey on: (1) the actual and sustainable "Level of Investment" expenditures for maintenance of municipal infrastructure; (2) the extent of asset management in practice today, and (3) the state of Canada's municipal infrastructure assets. The paper presents a detailed examination of the survey results and indicates that Canadian municipal assets, in general, are rated as "good" to "fair" and the condition of the assets tends to be skewed more to the better side of the range. The survey also found that 50% of the assets are at least 30 years old and 25% of assets are between 20 and 30 years old. Life cycle costing tools, planned preventative maintenance, decision-support tools, long range planning and commitment to asset management are identified as opportunities to assist the current situation of aging and deteriorating infrastructure. In general, municipal infrastructure managers know what they own, what it is worth and what is their deferred maintenance. However, researchers and practitioners should develop and standardize tools and techniques to assist asset managers to determine what is the asset condition, what is the remaining service life and what do they fix first.


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: 1 v., 12p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01046981
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transportation Association of Canada (TAC)
  • Files: TAC
  • Created Date: Mar 26 2007 11:02AM