Status of Asset Management in British Columbia

The Status of Asset Management in British Columbia: Results from the 2016 Gas Tax Fund Asset Management Baseline Survey is now available.

 

In May 2016, UBCM launched the Phase 1 Asset Management Assessment Form – Baseline Survey collecting responses from all 189 local governments in BC.  While each local government provided discrete data, this report describes cumulative data only.  Results from the survey are the first of its kind in BC and confirm what was known anecdotally; there is a growing awareness of the importance of asset management to support the long-term delivery of local government services.

Register for the 2017 Asset Management BC Conference in Richmond – November 9th & 10th

The theme of the 2017 Asset Management BC Conference is Asset Management: Scalable – Doable – Achievable, which will be held at the Radisson Vancouver Hotel in Richmond, BC. This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Guy Felio, an infrastructure and climate change specialist, engineer, and ex municipal politician. The conference will include sessions on overcoming asset management challenges in communities; regional and municipal asset management planning approaches and integration; an infrastructure and asset management program funding panel; and much more!

To see the final conference program – 2017 Asset Management BC Conference Agenda

To register for the conference visit – CivicInfo BC

For conference accommodations – Call the Radisson Vancouver Airport Hotel at 1-800-333-3333 or email reservations@radissonvancouver.com reference Asset Management BC Conference

BCWWA Events Calendar and Operator Education

There are still plenty of great BCWWA events left in 2017! Whether you are wanting to learn more about emerging water and wastewater topics and trends or attend a conference there are several upcoming events that may be of interest to you. For more information about upcoming events and how to register click here >

If you’re looking to complete some additional operator training classes or online learning before years end check out the operator education calendar here >

 

NAMS 3-day Asset Management Training Course Returns

Asset Management BC will again be hosting several 3-day NAMS training sessions for local government staff across BC. The training sessions will provide staff with a broad and holistic understanding of Asset Management practices. Participants will leave equipped with the knowledge and resources to develop and implement an asset management program in their local government. The cost for registration in $1,650 per person plus GST.

 

Once again this year a training subsidy will of 50% is available from UBCM for up to three registrants per local government.

 

Dates and locations for workshops are:

  • Southeast BC (Cranbrook): October 18, 19 and 20
  • Vancouver Island (Parksville): November 1, 2 and 3
  • Lower Mainland (Richmond): November 6, 7 and 8
  • Okanagan (Spallumcheen Township Office): November 22, 23 and 24

For more information on the 2017 NAMS training program and registration please click here.

The Community Infrastructure Planning Decision Support Tool

Understanding the lifecycle cost implications of land-use decisions over time can help reduce future infrastructure costs. To assist local governments in estimating the life cycle-cost implications of different types of developments over a 100 year period, the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development (MCSCD), in collaboration with local governments, other agencies and the private sector has developed the Community Infrastructure Planning Decision Support Tool. The Tool is excel-based and open source. Links to the Tool and User Guide can be found here.

UBCM Announces 2017 Asset Management Planning Program Grants

Another round of Asset Management Planning Program grants has been confirmed by UBCM for 2017. This program provides assistance to local governments as they pursue sustainable service delivery by extending and deepening asset management practices within their organizations. The Asset Management Planning Program was created in 2014 through a $1.5 million grant from the Ministry of Community, Sport & Cultural Development.

Under the 2017 Asset Management Planning Program, matching grants of up to $10,000 are available to support activities that advance a local government’s asset management planning or practices, and that facilitate better integration of asset management planning with long term financial planning.

Applications are currently being accepted by UBCM – Apply now

Application deadline is November 18th, 2016.

MMCD Asset Data Exchange Standard

The MMCD Asset Data Exchange Standard project is complete and standardized files and supporting documentation are ready for download. The standard is build on the MMCD Municipal CAD Standard, with the end result of a single source of infrastructure data submission to the Local Government with physical properties and lifecycle management attributes. For more information and download, see MMCD’s announcement.

Municipal Natural Assets Initiative (MNAI) – Request for Expressions of Interest

The MNAI has opened a request for expressions of interest for local governments that would like to submit an application to participate in its next round of projects. For more information on getting involved in the next round of projects and what local governments can expect as a result of participation please read more here. Expressions of Interest are due on Friday, July 14th, 2017. Check out the MNAI discussion paper on Defining and Scoping Municipal Natural Assets.

Alberta Asset Management Handbook

This handbook and toolkit is for staff and elected officials from Alberta’s small and mid-sized municipalities. The Toolkit is focused on providing ‘how to’ information. It includes processes, examples, and a set of practical and editable tools and templates that can be used by any organization to get started with asset management using the information and resources they already have. View the Handbook (PDF)