How to develop your entire Asset Prioritization Master Plan

“Now we have a more complete view of where the risks in our system live, InfoAsset Planner gives us that ability to see things in a way that we did not have before.”  – Utility Asset Manager, KC Water

 

InfoAsset Planner is the only commercially available software that enables you to develop your entire Asset Prioritization Master Plan. Just follow this workflow. Labels above the timeline show actions, and labels below the timeline show the technologies available from our partners that complement InfoAsset Planner.

Actions: How to use the InfoAsset Planner Workflow

  • Asset Registry

    This stores your asset information in a single location, giving you a definitive system of record for your assets. It can include locations of assets; their physical properties such as length, diameter, material, and year of installation; the type of soil; installation details; contractor's name; and much more.

    Assets may be linear (e.g. pipes, manholes, valves, etc.) and vertical (e.g. treatment plants, pump stations, tanks, etc.). For vertical assets, hierarchical structures can be used to support components of the overall asset.

  • Inspection/Defects Condition Assessment

    You can record the history and condition of each asset into a chronological record of asset degradation – so you can identify pipes that have recurring problems, or monitor the rate of degradation.

    The condition can be based on visual inspection, acoustic, electric, radar, or other observation types. You can visualize all your condition assessments, including FELL and CCTV video, from within the application.

  • LoF, CoF, and Total Risk

    Likelihood of Failure (LoF) is a measurement of each asset's potential to no longer perform its function within a time period. LoF may correlate with an asset's age or condition (see previous bullet) or may be determined by artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML).

    Consequence of Failure (CoF) indicates the impact to the community or your overall system, should an asset fail. This can be reduction in or loss of service, damage to properties or lives, or other negative impacts. CoF can also be service-related, such as inadequacy to provide adequate pressure or inability to handle necessary flows. Redundancy (ability for another asset to fully or partially stand in for a failed asset) can also factor into the magnitude of the CoF, and therefore into the Total Risk of an asset. With InfoAsset Planner it's easy to make these calculations according to your individual risk strategy.

  • Remaining Useful Life (RUL)

    The time remaining before an asset ceases to perform its function. It may fail hydraulically such that it can no longer meet an expected Level of Service (pressures or flows), or structurally such that it can no longer transport water/wastewater, or it may fail partially in a number of ways. InfoAsset Planner deterioration modeling includes several accepted equations for calculating RUL based on a variety of criteria and conditions. Input variables to RUL calculations are typically found in the asset registry, condition assessment, and risk assessments (the bullets above). The results of your deterioration models can provide additional data points to be used in your rehabilitation planning.

    Gravity main deterioration model summary.

    Deterioration curves.

     

  • Risk Matrix

    Calculation of a risk number (often called a Business Risk Exposure, BRE) for each asset is a marriage between LoF and CoF, also often including information on asset redundancy where applicable. InfoAsset Planner supports multiple ways to combine LoF and CoF to result in a BRE.

  • Decision Tree

    Similar to a workflow diagram, the decision tree allows you to create Yes/No decision variables in a nested fashion, such that every possible outcome is covered. You can include questions such as: “Was the asset CCTV surveyed?”, “Is the calculated BRE more or less than X”, “Were specific defect types and numbers found?”, and “Was the street with the asset recently paved?”, and many other binary queries.

    The result of each question path provides a decision for the assets that match those criteria.

    Decisions may range from "Do nothing", or "Conduct further inspections at a recommended date", to specific rehabilitation strategies, and many other recommendations.

  • Asset Prioritization

    Once you have decisions, you can group actions into projects, and prioritize them. You can bring in other information, such as work schedules for other assets (internet cable projects, storm water scheduled projects and so on), or other projects scheduled for the same locations where you need to carry out work.

  • Life Cycle Cost Analysis

    Up to this point, the focus has been on what to do to each asset. LCCA helps you determine when to apply recommended actions to each asset. You can monetize your risk and forecast costs into the future. LCCA evaluates the cost to operate, maintain, repair and replace pipes – these are the Total Ownership Costs for a pipe.

    This analysis allows you to more strategically evaluate the optimal time for intervention, from an economic standpoint.

  • Economics

    Once each asset has an action and a time for action determined, projects must be funded. This may include development of a rate case, investigation into pros/cons of bonds and Agency bond ratings, financial load balancing, and much more. Follow your individual organization's process.

  • Action

    InfoAsset Planner can generate work orders and calendars for crews, which can be seamlessly pushed back to your CMMS for action.

Technology and Partners for InfoAsset Planner

GIS

InfoAsset Planner is accessible directly within ArcGIS. It's an extension to ArcGIS, giving you the power and versatility of ArcGIS while adding advanced and fit-for-purpose engineering equations, tools, and flow schemes. A single button-push to ArcGIS Online means that IAP projects are easily transformed into living maps and storyboards for use by any/all elected viewers. Innovyze is an Esri Gold Partner with close relationships between the companies, and InfoAsset Planner works at the closest Esri integration level.

CMMS

If you're already using a Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS), you can simply connect it to InfoAsset Planner. A CMMS can act as an Asset Registry (in part or in whole), storing condition assessment information on inspections and defects, and supplying information to calculate LoF and CoF. It may also have the ability to calculate rudimentary values for Remaining Useful Life (RUL). Different CMMSs provide different levels of information. We can easily connect to any CMMS or enterprise asset management system (EAMS), and we have native integrations to our CMMS partners highlighted below, including our own Work Order Management tool.

Condition Assessment for pipes

You can import data from these instruments:

  • CCTV – Any CCTV data can be automatically imported, and we are V7.0 compliant with the Americas’ NASSCO (National Association of Sewer Service Companies) format, Australias WSA05, the UKs’ MSCC as well as many others. This data is great for location defects that can be observed by the human eye. We also support output from AI/ML technologies that review CCTV videos and log defects automatically, without the need for human inspection.
  • Electro Scan – Focused electrode leak location (FELL) - detects leak locations and magnitudes in non-metallic pipes. It is the only technology that tests the water tightness of CIPP liners to ASTM F2550 and AWWA M77 standards
  • Utilis – Leak detection for water systems using satellite imagery. Using a patented algorithm, Utilis can filter out the signature of drinking water and provide points of interest (POI) for field crews to assess

Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning (AI/ML)

Machine learning is applied to databases of historical pipe break information along with hundreds of geographical and environmental variables to develop correlations between reviewed data and pipe breaks. LoFs are then predicted for each pipe.

  • VODA.ai - Uses AI/ML to predict LoF which is then utilized with InfoAsset Planner’s process in developing the entire Asset Renewal master plan. VODA.ai trains and validates the ML algorithm that then calculates the correlation between the parameters and historical failures and builds a model of the system. The output of the ML analysis is a prediction for LoF for all water main segments in the distribution system.

Consulting Companies

There are many A/E firms that have long-term, in-depth knowledge and experience in creating prioritized rehabilitation plans, and can help projects progress more quickly and efficiently.

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