Multisector Asset Management Case Studies

North America’s infrastructure is integral to our economic, environmental, and cultural vitality. Federal, state, and local entities have been successfully building and operating assets for generations. Across several sectors, our built assets are aging! Some roadway, water, and wastewater systems are more than 100 years old. To meet the renewal challenges and at the same time address the essential expansion and upgrade of our infrastructure, calls for exploring new processes, practices and skills crucial for the long-term sustainable management of assets. New, internationally tested asset management (AM) principles and practices appropriate across multiple sectors are surfacing in the United States (U.S.) and Canada. These innovative AM methods offer established approaches for communities; in systems monitoring capabilities, information handling, and advanced decision support systems that can function across service sectors (e.g., water, wastewater, highways, airports, mass transit). This paper presents five case studies, which provide insight into the issues surrounding public sector management in communities that range from (1) a very large metropolitan city to (2) a suburban residential city to (3) a small city. Although the scale of the challenges facing each of the jurisdictions varies, the primary issue remains the same – how to keep the level of service equal to or better than what exists today in the face of dramatically rising costs. Public assets, regardless of their current condition, will eventually become public liabilities that every agency must manage. There are a number of lessons represented in the case studies that apply to virtually all public sector organizations.


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  • Media Type: Web
  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: 88p

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  • Accession Number: 01149542
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 24 2010 2:06PM