5 Ways Innovative Asset Management Software Improves Water Infrastructure Management

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March 31, 2022 | Meg Riley

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Water utilities face numerous challenges when managing and monitoring the maintenance of our water. Challenges we’re sure many are familiar with, such as, ambiguous and disorganized operations management, limited maintenance budget, poor information and data management, and issues with maintenance. These are all examples of the high-priority issues currently being faced. With such responsibility for the world, it’s understandable you get overwhelmed with the workload. 
Here are five ways innovative asset management can help ease the overwhelming task of managing our water infrastructure.
 

1. Consolidate Your Data for Improved Data Management

Nobody wants to lose data mid-inspection. It can throw the whole project off deadline. For daily management of your assets, you can consolidate all your data and project information (historical, future and present) all in one place. Store, manage, and analyze your asset data including surveys and repairs. Even better, with an easy-to-view map, you can see: 
 
• Exactly where there are problem hot spots, so you can more efficiently create work orders and assign tasks.
• The physical characteristics and life history of each asset to make more informed critical decisions.
• Priority incidents and customer complaints to deliver better service.
• The connectivity between your assets, inspections, and surveys.
Assemble all the information you have about your assets including condition, CCTV surveys, GPS surveys, and history, so you can prioritize where, when, and how to intervene.
 

2. Resolve Maintenance Issues by Planning Ahead

Wasting time and budget resolving maintenance concerns, that could have been dealt with in the planning stage of a project, is a huge stressor on work crews and operations. Being able to schedule, plan and budget ahead for maintenance can ultimately save time and money. But this can only be accomplished with a robust risk analysis and capital prioritization engine. Which can empower you to focus budget on the highest-risk assets in your system. What else can you do with a more robust system?
 
• Develop an asset prioritization master plan
• Leverage existing ArcGIS maps
• Automate Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) creation
• Consolidate asset-centric information
• Get more from your inspections
• Build repeatable logic behind your plans
• Gain a full understanding of the risks in your system
It’s helpful to build an asset renewal and replacement roadmap for your team, to have a clear understanding of what to service, when, and how. It’s time to leave the “fix-after-break” mentality behind for good.
 

3. Better Allocate Your Budget to Reduce Costs

Since data can be converted to valuable information that asset management professionals can use to act on, you’re best utilizing the investment. Managing budget and getting the most from your capital is easier to achieve than you think. It’s all about managing your data and storing it in one place, for the team and your stakeholders to access and review in real-time. Leverage well-managed assets, condition, and risk data to prioritize cleaning, repairs, replacements, and further inspections, based on data-driven risk planning all in the cloud. With the right innovative technology, you have the ability to know exactly where to allocate your capital, as well as your operation and maintenance budgets, to maximize the asset lifecycle and reduce maintenance costs. 
 
 

4. Understand How to Prioritize Maintenance with Organized Data

Not every problem can be solved at once (especially within an aging pipe system). The key is to prioritize accurately. To make best use of your resources and crew’s time, every decision needs to be informed and justified. In the office, you can create repeatable scheduled work orders and assign multiple tasks of different types to work packages. Field crew supervisors can have the flexibility to re-schedule or re-assign work while in the field. What’s more, they can view, reschedule tasks, and monitor work progress and productivity all from their phones! This is possible because when it’s all shared in one platform. Everything stays up-to-date for the whole team so you can prioritize the pipes that need repair or replacement now or within the next two years, and which can wait.
 
 

5. Elevate Water Management Operations

Sharing is caring. To help make operations more efficient, it’s best to eliminate any ambiguity. Be as transparent with your shared data and utilize visuals in your platform so everyone is on the same page regarding the inspections. Make it easy to visualize and share your plans. What’s the next step? Are there any assets missing media files? Have conditions worsened with any assets under inspection? Bring your stakeholders into the fold and easily align your objectives with organization-wide goals. You can do this easily and efficiently with the right software. Using the right tool, and managing inspections in one shared drive using the cloud, all media is efficiently uploaded by the field, validated against standards, and conveniently reviewed by the office for asset condition and risk analysis.
 
 

Want to meet your financial and customer satisfaction targets?

All this is possible! Never sacrifice service reliability because of cost or unknown risks. With innovate asset management technology, managing water infrastructure is even easier. Understand performance and prioritize your resources for the maintenance of networked wet infrastructure throughout its lifecycle. Learn more about our innovative asset management software or speak with an expert today!

 

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About the Authors

Meg Riley

Meg Riley

Digital Content Specialist

 

Meg Riley is a digital content specialist with a ten-year background in content writing.