Internationally, the water industry has come to recognise the value of sound asset management practice in delivering cost effective services to customers. It is driving to improve performance and deliver savings to shareholders, both public and private. With this recognition, has come the identification of a need for those involved in asset management (be it government decision makers, utility staff, consultants) to be able to share information and knowledge of asset management with other practitioners. The group is open to any IWA member, and would cover any aspect of water and wastewater utility asset management, of interest to the group members.
In the following two years we expect to keep promoting and disseminating leading-edge approaches to SAM, to strengthen the activity in developing regions, to leverage the participation of the young water professionals in the Group and to consolidate an IWA vision, key principles and best practices of infrastructure asset management.
The biannual Leading-Edge Strategic Asset Management Conferences (LESAMs) are a key pillar of SAM SG´s activity. The 5th edition of these Conferences, LESAM 2013, was held on 10-12 September 2013 in Sydney, Australia. Yokohama is the destination for LESAM 2015.
In SAM´s latest newsletter, Paul Freeman, Chair of the Conference Organising Committee, has provided a very interesting overview of this conference.
“… I was fortunate to be able to attend the first LESAM in 2005 in San Francisco. Comparing this event to LESAM 2013 is like mapping our collective journey in asset management. The core attributes of collaboration, sharing knowledge and driving innovation are still present, however the conversation has become more sophisticated and has a greater focus on service and customers, than just the pipes and pumps…”
Other objectives of the group are to increase the participation from non-European countries, of young water professionals and of developing regions. The SAM Group has an active Twitter account (http://twitter.com/#!/IWA_SAM) to enhance and reinforce its dissemination activities.
The group is open to any IWA member, and can consider covering any aspect of water and wastewater utility asset management, of interest to the group members.
The group has been pretty active in 2013 with 8 keynotes delivered by Dr. Helena Alegre, chair of the group, 2 newsletters with the latest on IAM, the organization of two conferences (http://iceam2013.es/, http://lesam2013.org/)
and a Junior Scientist Workshop (http://www.jcud.org/downloads_file/21_jsw_flyer.pdf), just to mention a few… Much more is expected for 2014, with a vigorous participation in the IWA World Water Congress!
- Have a look at our YWP report from LESAM conference (http://po.st/YWPengagement)
-ASTEE´s two guides on asset management for drinking water supply networks (http://www.astee.org/publications/bibliographie/guide/)