Virginia Tech?s SWIM Center To Host Asset Management Workshop

The Virginia Tech Sustainable Water Infrastructure Management (SWIM) Center will be offering a workshop on Advancing Asset Management in Your Utility Workshop, to be held on March 10-11, 2015 at the Virginia Tech Arlington Research Center in Arlington, Va.

Water utility asset management programs have been developed following the U.S. EPA and WERF core definition of maintaining a level of service at the lowest life-cycle cost and at an acceptable risk. Most utilities, however, only incorporate performance measures into their asset management plans. A holistic approach to asset management is more beneficial because it takes into account the short and long term goals of the utility and can provide better service socially, economically, and environmentally.

This workshop is designed to provide holistic approach for water infrastructure management that supports the three key aspects of asset management: performance, sustainability (stressed environment) and resiliency (catastrophic events). The workshops feature a diverse group of instructors including Sunil Sinha (Virginia Tech), Gage Muckleroy (GHD), Walter Graf (WERF), Matt Stolte (Town of Blacksburg) and Richard Thomasson (ARCADIS).

The workshop will be delivered in two days and seven separate sessions. The first session will focus on Asset Management Basics and how an organization can get started in developing management program. The second session will focus on more Advanced Topics, including risk and asset management decision making. The third session will address issues related to water infrastructure Performance Management. The fourth session will focus on three aspects of Sustainability Management: Economical, Environmental and Societal. The fifth will focus on Resiliency Management by considering the 4Rs (Rapidity, Redundancy, Robustness, and Resourcefulness). Session six will discuss Tools and Techniques for implementing holistic water infrastructure management. The seventh session will present Real World Applications and Available Resources.

The registration fee for the workshop is $350 per person, which includes all workshop materials, lunch
both days, refreshment breaks and a CEU certificate for 1.6 CEUs upon completion of the workshop.
For more information and to register, visit or contact SWIM Center Director, Dr. Sunil Sinha, at (540) 231-9420 or

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