Capital Repair and Replacement

“A Game Plan for Aging Water Infrastructure” by Gregory M Baird
2010 American Water Works Association AWWA Journal (April 2010)*
This article focuses on the development of an overall game plan to address the nation’s aging wet infrastructure crisis by working towards asset sustainability and affordability through applying asset management and condition assessment activities while also pursuing financing options and improving stakeholder relations.

“The Silver Bullet for Aging Water Distribution Systems?” by Gregory M Baird
American Water Works Association AWWA Journal (June 2011)**
This researched article discusses the reasons of early pipe failures and the need for new pipe materials as part of a low cost pipe replacement program. PVC pipes are a durable, low cost, environment friendly, corrosive resistance pipe with a design life of over 100 years. Many asset management plans are including PVC to reduce the overall replacement costs.

“Challenges of the 21st Century Aging Infrastructure: Getting Capital Repair and Replacement Back on Track” by Gregory M Baird
2011 Government Finance Officers Association GFOA Annual conference for US and Canada
(May 2011, San Antonio, Texas)
Available upon request.

“America’s Aging Water Infrastructure Dilemma” by Gregory M Baird
Water Utility Infrastructure Management UIM
(May 2011-Seattle, WA) (Asset Management Conference)
This presentation on the nation’s infrastructure crisis with recommended asset-centric best practices was given at an asset management conference is available upon request.

“Reducing Capital Budgets Through Pipe Segment Replacement Planning and Acoustic Monitoring” by Gregory M Baird
American Water Works Association AWWA Journal (April 2011)**
This article discusses the cost savings concept of incremental pipe segment replacement based on acoustic monitoring technologies for large diameter PCCP.

“Fasten your seat belts: Water Main breaks and the Issuance of Boiling orders” by Gregory M Baird
American Water Works Association AWWA Journal (March 2011)**
This article explains the risks of contamination with an increased occurrence of water main breaks and highlights a water distribution system valve control point best practice to reduce the inherent risks.

“Challenges of the 21st Century: The Aging Water Infrastructure Dilemma” by Gregory M Baird
Water Utility Infrastructure Management UIM Journal (Dec 2010-Cleveland)
(Publication and Asset Management Conference)
Available upon request.

“Leveraging Your GIS: Optimize Capital Planning and Savings” by Gregory M Baird
American Water Works Association AWWA Journal (November 2010)*
This article explains the use of GIS in asset management planning when using the geodatabase as the asset registry and combined with a CMMS to create the basic building blocks of an enterprise asset management system. The CMMS work history is described as the lowest cost asset data available.

“Patching up America’s Aging Water Infrastructure?” by Gregory M Baird
Water and Wastewater International Magazine/Water World (November 2010)
Available upon request.

“Leveraging Your GIS: Achieving a Low-cost Enterprise Asset Management System” by Gregory M Baird
American Water Works Association AWWA Journal (October 2010)*
This article explains the use of GIS in asset management planning when using the geodatabase as the asset registry and combined with a CMMS to create the basic building blocks of an enterprise asset management system. The CMMS work history is described as the lowest cost asset data available.

“Digging up the Challenges of the Aging Infrastructure Dilemma” by Gregory M Baird
National Association of Trenchless Technologies NASTT Publication and Conference
(Nov 2010; Denver, CO)
Available upon request.

“Balancing Demands for Limited Funds between Existing Infrastructure Needs and Water Supply Projects” by Gregory M Baird
American Water Works Association AWWA Journal (September 2010)*
This article discusses the competition for funding between water supply projects needs and infrastructure replacement projects. The core of the funding issue is who benefits and the laws around rate increases and developer fee calculations.

“The Labyrinth of Capital Planning and Budgeting for Water Infrastructure” by Gregory M Baird
American Water Works Association AWWA Journal (July 2010)*
This article explains the capital budgeting process as being more complicated than the operating budget. Capital planning and budgeting is also more time consuming because it leads to a capital financing plan or funding strategy. The important fact that remains, however, is the capital planning process is actually a key to reduce the overall capital burden and reduce the long-term maintenance costs to the benefit of the rate payers. Therefore, it is important to spend the necessary time, energy and dollars to reveal that the greater opportunity of cost savings and lower future rate increases are imbedded in a robust capital planning effort.

“How to Eat an Elephant: The Infrastructure Investment Gap” by Gregory M Baird
American Water Works Association AWWA Journal (June 2010)*
This article explains the various private and governmental studies on the gap of funding for water and wastewater infrastructure and the importance of action at the federal, state, regional and local level.

“The Unfunded Liability in the Closet: Aging Water Systems” by Gregory M Baird
2010 Bond Buyer (May 2010)
This commentary highlights to the municipal bond market, credit agencies and investors- the undisclosed infrastructure gap liability that is growing for utilities in the US because of the short falls in the final version of GASB 34.

“Making the Case for Capital Maintenance: Extending the Useful Life of Your Assets” by Gregory M Baird
2010 Government Finance Officers Association GFOA Annual Conference for US and Canada (June 2010 - Atlanta, GA)

 

*Reprinted from Journal AWWA, by permission on Author's Personal Website. Copyright © 2010, Copyright © 2011, Copyright © 2012, American Water Works Association. Permission to reproduce this document is granted for informational purposes only and does not represent or imply approval or endorsement by AWWA of any particular product or service.

**Reprinted from Journal AWWA, by permission on Author's Personal Website. Copyright © 2011, American Water Works Association. Permission to reproduce this document is granted for informational purposes only and does not represent or imply approval or endorsement by AWWA of any particular product or service.

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