New ASCE manual focuses on utility asset management

The American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) new Manual of Practice 134 (MOP 134), “Water Pipeline Condition Assessment,” aims to help provide water utilities a baseline of understanding as to the present state of pipeline systems and determining the structural status of pipelines.

Recognizing the current state of individual pipelines and pipeline systems enables water utilities to anticipate future issues. Such condition assessments form a critical piece of an effective asset management program.

Focusing on the larger diameter transmission pipelines of water utilities, rather than the smaller diameter distribution systems, MOP 134 provides technical information and recommendations to set priorities and obtain an accurate determination of the condition of the individual pipelines and pipeline systems. Data collection and management, planning, tools/technologies and the condition assessment report are discussed.

Seven case studies demonstrate the application of a variety of technologies for condition assessment, to help operators, engineers, managers and regulators of water utilities in their overall asset management program.

Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) represents more than 145,000 members of the civil engineering profession worldwide and is America’s oldest national engineering society. ASCE’s mission is to provide essential value to our members and partners, advance civil engineering, and serve the public good. To purchase online visit the ASCE Bookstore.

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