Asset Management Planning

“The Silver Bullet for Aging Water Distribution Systems?” by Gregory M Baird
American Water Works Association AWWA Journal (June 2011)**
This researched article discusses the reasons of early pipe failures and the need for new pipe materials as part of a low cost pipe replacement program. PVC pipes are a durable, low cost, environment friendly, corrosive resistance pipe with a design life of over 100 years. Many asset management plans are including PVC to reduce the overall replacement costs. 

“Defining Public Asset Management for Municipal Water Utilities” by Gregory M Baird
American Water Works Association AWWA Journal (May 2011)**
This article discusses the concept of asset management and its many forms including the definition of public asset management. In general, Public Asset Management incorporates the management of all things which are of value to a jurisdiction, its mission and purpose and citizen’s expectations. GIS-centric Public Asset Management has a foundation which standardizes data and allows interoperability, providing users the capability to reuse, coordinate and share information in an efficient and effective manner. An EsriGIS platform combined with the overall Public Asset Management umbrella of both physical “hard” assets and soft assets helps remove the traditional silos of structured municipal functions.