Water Journal : Water Journal December 2012
industry news regular features 18 DECEMBER 2012 water The WSAA Asset Management Program The Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA) is the peak body representing the nation’s urban water industry. Through WSAA, members enjoy facilitated collaboration and coordination as well as access to leading national and international research, as well as a range of subscription-based projects. The longest running and most successful of these in terms of participation rates and industry uptake are those that make up the Asset Management (AM) Program. Since its inception in 2008 the AM Program has delivered 12 projects comprising up to three stages per project worth approximately $4.7 million. Every dollar contributed to the AM Program goes towards the successful completion of the projects as well as funding for AM meetings, workshops, teleconferences and networking events. Subscription costs are based on membership fees and are calculated on the size of a utility and number of its connections. Large members such as Sydney Water, Water Corporation and SA Water pay a significant proportion of a project fee, enabling smaller members such as Cradle Mountain Water, Wannon Water and Mackay Regional Council to get involved in the multi-million dollar program for a fraction of the cost. Sizeable members participate not only to further their knowledge in a specific area, but also to pass on learnings and raise the level of understanding in the urban water industry as a whole. Smaller members have the benefit of a subsidised subscription fee, but with all the responsibility and influence their larger peers enjoy. Interestingly, according to WSAA, as smaller members often have to do more with less money and resources, they are often able to pass on innovative solutions to everyday AM challenges. The AM Program has seen participation rates grow significantly since 2008, from eight utilities signing up for project outcomes, to an average of 20 utilities per project in 2012. Over its five-year duration 36 members have contributed both cash and in-kind to the AM Program. As the urban water industry has changed and evolved, so too has the focus of the WSAA AM Program. Members initially sought to fill their AM knowledge gaps with projects geared towards pressure water pipes and gravity sewers. Project deliverables came in the form of best or current practice guidelines, process methods, investigative reports or software tools. Members now seek outputs for a broader range of classes including civil, mechanical, electrical and SCADA assets, and future projects fall into these focus areas (Table 1). Although a large proportion of projects is now complete, deliverables are still available for new participants to get involved. Participants should be a public or private agency/ utility providing water services and/or sewerage services, or bulk water suppliers and sewage treatment operators providing services to agencies/utilities. For more information please visit www.wsaa.asn. au or contact Dr Jaimie Hicks, Program Coordinator – Asset Management (email: firstname.lastname@example.org), or David Cox, Manager – Technical Services (email: email@example.com). Table 1. Past, current and future projects in the AM Program. Past Projects Condition Assessment Guidelines/ Condition Assessment Selection Tool Capital Prioritisation: A Practices Review, Principles and Guideline Review of Risk Management Review of Leakage Reporting and Management Practices Review of Linear Polarisation Resistance Condition Assessment of Water Main Appurtenances Sewer/ Water Rehabilitation Decision Frameworks for Gravity Sewers International Water Mains Failure Database Management of Sewer Blockages Current Projects Asbestos Cement Pipes Asset Management Process Benchmarking using the Aquamark framework Cathodic Protection Water Main Renewal Planning Asset & Asset Performance Data Infiltration and Inflow Sewer Rising Main Condition Assessment and Risk Management Future Projects Business Case Development for Critical Assets Ensuring a Consistent Approach to Risk Management and Prioritisation Identification of Current Practice Systems for Capturing Asset Register Information (Project Handover) Identification of Common Analytical Methods and Evaluation Tools to Assess Asset Performance Mechanical and Electrical Benchmarking SCADA Standards Figure 1. AM Program participation across Australia and New Zealand.
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