2013 Technical Session 1 - Asset Management I

Monday April 22, 8:00 - 11:40 am,  Vaseaux & Kootenay Rooms

 
Moderator: Jeff Chen, Black & Veatch

 
1.1 Acoustic Methods for Determining Remaining Pipe Wall Thickness in Asbestos Cement and Ferrous Pipes

1.2 Applying Reliability-Centered Maintenance Principles to Support Asset Management in Water/Wastewater

1.3 Dam Safety Management in BC

1.4 Dam Safety Reviews in British Columbia

1.5 Planning the Future of Our Water and Wastewater Infrastructure - Our Vision Towards a Healthier and More Sustainable Community

1.6 Value Your Assets: How Valuation Contributes to Resilient Infrastructure


 

Asset Management I | 8:00 am - 8:30 am
1.1 Acoustic Methods for Determining Remaining Pipe Wall Thickness in Asbestos Cement and Ferrous Pipes
Presenter: Carl Sharkey, B.A., Echologics LLC, Mississauga, ON

Water utilities know too well that they face major costs in maintaining and replacing their transmission and distribution pipe networks. And as more and more networks decline each year, these costs are increasing and will peak when water pipes installed during the post-war boom begin to reach the end of their service lives. Gaining access to these pipes to inspect them can be difficult and disruptive-until now. Echologics has developed a new non-destructive test method for water utilities to use in evaluating pipe wall thickness. The new method relies on measuring how quickly an acoustical signal is transmitted along a section of pipe, using easy-to-access measurement locations such as fire hydrants and control valves. The signal propagation velocity is related to changes in the pipe wall thickness. Echologics has recently undertaken extensive implementation and testing of the technology through an EPA study in conjunction with Louisville, and with Las Vegas Valley Water District. Results will be provided on the results of testing performed and compared to the results of pipe sampling. This paper will outline the background Physics of the method, and provide results from a number of case studies.

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Asset Management I | 8:35 am - 9:05 am
1.2 Applying Reliability-Centered Maintenance Principles to Support Asset Management in Water/Wastewater
Presenter: Matthew Wright, E.I.T., Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA), Toronto, Ontario

 

The Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA) examines ongoing asset reliability improvement efforts within its largest client, Region of Peel. The improvement project is the result of OCWA’s primary need to implement controls for managing operational and maintenance costs for their client, the Region of Peel, associated with existing assets, in preparation for the Region’s planned capital expansion. RCM was chosen as the foundation to OCWA’s Asset Reliability Standard (OARS), as the successful implementation of RCM-based maintenance methodologies can lead to increased cost effectiveness through enhanced use of proactive maintenance, less reactive maintenance, improved equipment uptime, and knowledge capture of an aging workforce. Integral to a successful implementation is a thorough change management plan to promote buy-in and support from key stakeholders warranting a dynamic improvement environment. OCWA recognized the need to involve experts in the field of asset reliability, and consequently sought vendors with experience in proactive strategy deployment to assist them. The project plans for Years 1 and 2 include analyses on over 40 asset systems, a pilot of variant RCM processes, and a comprehensive business case process that ensures efforts are allocated to those areas that can provide the greatest return for OCWA.  KPIs were developed to track progress and provide guidance for program adjustments, helping to ensure maximum return and continued buy-in from key stakeholders.

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Asset Management I | 9:10 am - 9:40 am
1.3 Dam Safety Management in BC
Presenter: Will Jolley, A.ScT., Water Management Branch - Provincial Government, Victoria, BC

 

How often should dam owners check their dams; once a week, once a month?  Are dam owners in compliance with the Provincial Dam Safety Regulations?  What impact could global warming and new seismic standards have on dams in your area?  Do you know how many dam incidents occur in BC every year? No answer these questions and more, the Dam Safety Section of the Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations has an education and awareness program which includes speaking to associations and other stakeholders.  Another important part of the program is the one day Dam Inspection & Maintenance workshops conducted in partnership with the BCWWA.  Over 800 dam owners and their staff have attended these and other workshops since 1999.  Dam Safety Awareness is important not only to dam owners but to Local Government emergency planners who have the responsibility for emergency planning and response in their communities under the Emergency Program Act. As a result of ongoing development in BC, many water purveyors are increasing their water storage capacity by raising existing dams or by building new ones.  The best dam sites were taken years ago and dams being built today have more challenges due to difficult site conditions and isolated locations.  This presentation will look at: the history of dams in BC (including notable incidents, failures and removals); the BC Dam Safety Regulation and what we can expect in the future.

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Asset Management I | 10:00 am - 10:30 am
1.4 Dam Safety Reviews in British Columbia
Presenter: Dwayne Meredith, BSc. A.Ag., Kerr Wood Leidal Associates Ltd., Burnaby, BC

 

For many years, dam owners have been using a Dam Safety Review (DSR) to review their practices and identify deficiencies with the ultimate goal of determining whether a dam is safe.  In 2003, this practice became a requirement under British Columbia’s Water Act, Dam Safety Regulation.  The Regulation prescribes a review frequency, depending on a dam’s classification, but all dams must undergo a review at least once in 10 years.  This presentation will help dam owners to understand the requirements, issues, available tools, and the future direction of DSRs in British Columbia.

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Asset Management I | 10:35 am - 11:05 am
1.5 Planning the Future of Our Water and Wastewater Infrastructure - Our Vision Towards a Healthier and More Sustainable Community
Presenter: Lisa Gallic, Tseshaht First Nation, Port Alberni, BC
Additional Contributors: Danny Higashitani, P. Eng., Aporiginal Affaris and Northern Development Canada, Vancouver, BC; Dan Todd, P.Eng., Urban Systems Ltd. Vancouver, BC

 

Infrastructure assets are the foundation for ensuring healthy and sustainable communities by providing needed and relied-upon services such as water and wastewater.  Communities across the world are facing serious challenges, and First Nations communities in British Columbia are no exception.  First-hand experiences and lessons learned will be shared by Tseshaht First Nation.  Tseshaht has developed an extensive series of maintenance management worksheets, and is a leading example of community-wide maintenance management planning.  This was the foundation for initiating the first stage in an Asset Management Program, which has involved an innovative approach to communicating and accessing infrastructure information.  Located on central Vancouver Island primarily along the Somass River, Tseshaht is a small community that has been able to achieve a lot with respect to asset and maintenance management.  An overview of the community’s approach, initial awareness with stakeholders, along with an example of how tablets have been used by staff to view and maintain their infrastructure information in the field, will be shared during this session. To support Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada’s (AANDC) priority of building capacity in First Nations communities to support health and safety, the BC Region of AANDC hosted a number of workshops which were delivered in partnership with Urban Systems.  Tseshaht is one community who participated in these workshops and has leveraged the experiences to support their long term sustainability.  First Nations asset and maintenance management experiences from across the Province have been collated and the results will be shared during the session.

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Asset Management I | 11:10 am - 11:40 am
1.6 Value Your Assets: How Valuation Contributes to Resilient Infrastructure
Presenter: Kelvin Carey, MBA, P.Eng., Opus DaytonKnight, North Vancouver, BC
Additional Contributors: John Vessey, Technical Principal  Economic Assessment and Asset Valuation, Opus, Wellington, New Zealand

Asset valuation is important on a variety of fronts, including regulatory (eg PS3150), financial management, asset management, and insurance. The benefits include improved stewardship of public assets, asset decision making and accountability, financial understanding, and inter-generational equity – to name a few. Valuation approaches will depend on the type of asset, its complexity, magnitude of its value, life span, and renewability. Typical municipal infrastructure are high value, long-life, and can have multiple components with different life spans and values. Their life spans can be relatively difficult to predict due to a wide variety of impacting factors, yet these can have significant implications for capital planning and investment decisions. It is important to use the appropriate valuation technique, and to be consistent. Valuation of assets related to insurance has been an ongoing challenge for infrastructure managers rebuilding Christchurch in New Zealand after their recent earthquakes. With BC’s location on geologically unstable ground, it is important for asset managers to understand the pit falls encountered from Christchurch in this regard. This paper will provide a general background to valuation of typical municipal assets, and discuss some of the valuation issues related to rebuilding Christchurch, and how this relates to resiliency planning.

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8:35 am - 9:05 am

Applying Reliability-Centered Maintenance Principles to Support Asset Management in Water/Wastewater

Presenter: Matthew Wright, E.I.T., Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA), Toronto, Ontario

Additional Contributors:

 

9:10 am - 9:40 am

Dam Safety Management in BC

Presenter: Will Jolley, A.ScT., Water Management Branch - Provincial Government, Victoria, BC

Co-authors: I will be on leave in 2013 from January 21 until March 18 (approximately). My home phone number is 250 477 5541 and home email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

9:10 am - 9:40 am

Dam Safety Management in BC

Presenter: Will Jolley, A.ScT., Water Management Branch - Provincial Government, Victoria, BC

Additional Contributors: I will be on leave in 2013 from January 21 until March 18 (approximately). My home phone number is 250 477 5541 and home email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Dam Safety Reviews in British Columbia

Presenter: Dwayne Meredith, BSc. A.Ag., Kerr Wood Leidal Associates Ltd., Burnaby, BC

Additional Contributors:

 

 

11:10 am - 11:40 am

Value Your Assets: How Valuation Contributes to Resilient Infrastructure

Presenter: Kelvin Carey, MBA, P.Eng., Opus DaytonKnight, North Vancouver, BC

Additional Contributors: John Vessey, Technical Principal  Economic Assessment and Asset Valuation, Opus (New Zealand), Wellington, New Zealand



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