Water Infrastructure Asset Management

Learn to prioritize allocating limited resources for sustainable maintenance and improvement of water systems including water/wastewater/drainage utilities, irrigation, flood and water management infrastructure. A mix of technical and non-technical topics under a risk-based framework for Identification of the critical components of networks, life-cycle cost analysis and minimizing (inevitable) failure’s impacts.

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2023

For whom?

We welcome participants both from technical (engineering, science, finance/economics, etc.) as well as non-technical (management, law, etc.) backgrounds as long as they are ready to challenge boundaries and open to learning. Basic interest/exposure to one/more of the water systems above is useful.

Dates, Fee, ECTS

Start: 01 May 2023
End: 12 May 2023
ECTS credit points: 3
Deadline IHE application: 31 March 2023 - 23.59 (CET)
Course fee: € 3500

VAT is not included in the course fee

Learning objectives

Upon completion, the participant should be able to:

  1. Explain the importance of WIAM to water engineers, managers and other experts involved in managing water systems, particularly in low and middle-income countries.
  2. Describe the essential components of an infrastructure asset management plan.
  3. Prioritize resource allocation decisions in a given water system informed by risk-based performance analysis with financial, environmental and societal considerations.
  4. Develop an asset management framework for a water system.
  5. Apply simulation models (e.g. hydraulic models), modern data accumulation techniques and Artificial Intelligence methods in solving practical WIAM problems.

Course content

Water systems in developing countries are often not equipped to formulate sound maintenance and renewal prioritization plans, backed by state-of-the-art knowledge and tools. This lack of capacity renders the enormous investments in water infrastructure, mobilized by, among other initiatives, the SDGs, to be unsustainable.

Water Infrastructure Asset management 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 the 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 increase with the population at a phenomenal rate.

Often, cities in the South have inherited ageing infrastructure systems, incapable of providing a minimal level of services. At the same time, these cities are faced with unprecedented pressures to provide “more services with less”. This combined challenge calls for a systematic approach for maintenance, renewal and expansion decision making. In the urban water sector, this applies to water supply/transport & distribution systems, wastewater collection and treatment facilities, sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) and flood protection infrastructure.

Non-urban water systems like irrigation systems, and large-scale flood protection work can also benefit from a sound application of asset management principles. Irrigation asset management is already a mature area, while applications in flood protection are emerging.

The rapid future change including climate change, land use & demographic changes and changes in practices has imposed new and interesting challenges on how asset management principles are applied. Time-tested principles like whole-life cost optimization as well as innovations like Real ‘in’ Options, artificial intelligence and big-data techniques have a prominent place in asset management in a rapidly changing environment.

Topics covered include:

  • Introduction to asset management
  • Risk-based decision making in water infrastructure
  • Case studies from around the wold
  • Using modelling tools in WIAM
  • Optimization and other AI techniques in WIAM
  • Simple and effective data gathering, assimilation and management for beginner asset managers
  • How to start IAM in an organization
  • Field trips to water organizations in the Netherlands

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