Asset Management of Buried Infrastructure : November 21-25, 2016


This course, offered in collaboration with the Ontario Good Roads Association, covers the fundamentals of asset management with particular emphasis on buried infrastructure (water and wastewater pipelines). The week long hands-on course will provide an in-depth knowledge of the essential processes and techniques required to establish an effective asset management program for water and wastewater utilities. The course will also highlight the new developments and future trends in the asset management field.

Course Topics

  • Basic and advanced asset management frameworks
  • Asset management standards: PAS 55, ISO 55000
  • Asset inventory – water and wastewater system components and attributes
  • Asset valuation, PSAB 3150
  • Level of service and key performance indicators (KPI)
  • Pipe materials and their failure mechanisms
  • Criticality analysis and risk-based prioritization of water and wastewater pipelines
  • Condition assessment and grading of water and wastewater pipelines (WRc and PACP)
  • Risk-based rehabilitation and replacement planning
  • Life-cycle costing and development of financial sustainability plans
  • New developments in water and wastewater pipelines asset management

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the course, the participants will be able to:

  • Apply essential principles of basic and advanced asset management processes
  • Develop water and wastewater data and inventory models
  • Comprehend engineering properties of various pipe materials and their deterioration/failure mechanisms
  • Describe suitable condition assessment techniques and protocols for water and wastewater pipes
  • Determine how to rehabilitate and renew deteriorated pipelines with minimal financial and social costs
  • Apply techniques for optimal rehabilitation and replacement decision making based on risk management principles
  • Determine alternative pricing strategies and financing mechanisms for financial sustainability of water and wastewater networks
  • Run and analyze various short and long-tern asset management strategies using a new system dynamics model developed at the University of Waterloo


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