Asset Management

While the principals learned will be universally valid for managing of any type of asset, in this course, the prime focus is on the asset management of urban water infrastructure systems, namely, water supply and drainage/sewerage systems. All the examples/case studies will be drawn from these two areas.

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For whom?

Engineers and managers of organizations involved in water, wastewater, drainage and flood management in cities. However, this course assumes very little as pre-requisites, so, if you are from another discipline, but interested in the content, you are welcome to apply. 

Dates, Fee, ECTS

Start: 10 February 2020
End: 28 February 2020
Deadline IHE application: 09 January 2020 - 23.59 (CET)
Course fee: € 2910

VAT is not included in the course fee

Water systems in the developing world are often not equipped to formulate sound maintenance plans, backed by state-of-the-art knowledge and tools. This lack of capacity renders the enormous investments on water infrastructure, mobilized by, among other initiatives, the SDGs, to be unsustainable. Asset management (1) is an essential component in the maintenance and improvement of services in water systems including utilities, irrigation systems and flood protection and water management infrastructure.

It requires the identification of most critical components of networks, life-cycle cost analysis and minimizing negative impacts of (inevitable) failures. This approach is vitally important for the urban centres of the South, as performance demands increasing with population at a phenomenal rate. This three week course exposes you to the principles and the state-of-the-art practice of Asset Management.

(1) Asset Management: The practice of managing the entire life cycle (creation, maintenance, renewal, expansion, full/partial decommissioning) of a physical system that delivers some service(s). 


  • Assela Pathirana, PhD 
    Associate Professor of Integrated Urban Water Cycle Management, IHE Delft
  • Yehuda Kleiner, PhD
    Senior Reseach Officer & Leader of buried Utilities Research Group
    National Research Council of Canada         
  • Geert Jan van Heck, MSc
    Asset Manager, Drinking Water Division
    Waternet, Amsterdam
  • William Veerbeek, MSc
    Project coordinator, IHE Delft
  • Berry Gersonius, PhD
    Senior Lecturer in Urban Flood Resilience, IHE Delft


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