Asset health is crucial for water authorities to continually meet their primary goals (water safety, water quality and water quantity). However, are the use, maintenance and long-term investments in-line with the current health of the assets? Unfortunately, important knowledge is being lost due to an ageing workforce, the scarcity of technical staff and the fact that through centralization and remote management we are also less physically in contact with our assets. On the other hand, there are important technological developments that can make a positive contribution. In this article, we offer five tips to boost the health of your assets.
Asset knowledge resides across three dimensions: human cognition (observe, memory, interpret) , degradation models (understanding how things break down) and data. As a result of the aforementioned trends, human cognition has decreased without being compensated with more knowledge of degradation or more data use. As a result, asset knowledge has decreased. Water authorities are less ‘in control’ – resulting in an increasing risk. So the challenge is to make the triangle bigger again.