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Infrastructure asset systems (water catchments, water treatment plants, transmission and distribution networks, storage tanks and pumping stations, wastewater and storm water networks, retention tanks, wastewater treatment plants, etc.) play an important role in the economic development and transformation of nations. Owning and operating these assets presents continual challenges to the managers and engineers of the utilities and public service providers. Existing infrastructure is ageing while demand grows for improved and reliable water, wastewater and storm water services responding to increasingly stringent regulation as well as population evolution. To address these challenges, there is need for strategic asset management. Strategic asset management is an integrated optimization process of “managing infrastructure assets to minimize the total cost of owning and maintaining them, while continuously delivering the service levels that customer’s desire, at an acceptable level of risk”.

It is an art of balancing performance, cost and risk. To achieve this balance requires a multidimensional approach that combines management, engineering principles, sound business practices, and economic theory.


Learning outcomes

After successful completion of this course students are expected to have a good understanding of:

  • Setting up a vision.
  • The fundamental concepts, principles and benefits of infrastructure asset management.
  • Setting up a objectives, assessment criteria, metrics and reference values as a basis for transparent and accountable decision making.
  • Principles and practical implementation of a roadmapping.
  • Asset management as an intrinsic component of the organization strategic plan.
  • Best practice approaches for sustainable asset management with case studies.
  • Infrastructure asset management techniques and methodologies.
  • Asset inventory data and information management systems.
  • Asset management decision support tools and models (performance assessment, system analysis, risk assessment and forecasting, financial models and financial assessment, capital investment planning, long term cost assessment & value optimization, etc).
  • Institutional, organization, and research aspects of asset management.
  • Engineering advances in asset management.
  • Use of the TRUST IAM software.


Who should attend?

This training will provide is of interest for all water professionals interested in infrastructure asset management, including policy makers, utility managers and engineers, university students and lecturers, consultants, research institutions, Government Ministries and Agencies. The main target groups are policy makers and utility top and middle managers.



Helena Alegre, LNEC, Portugal
Sérgio Teixeira Coelho, LNEC, Portugal
Enrique Cabrera jr, ITA, Spain
Training facilitator
Helena Alegre,, +351 218443626


Course materials

The e-learning course consists on several videos you can found as links in the “IAM video Index” located on the right side of the page.

This course is part of the TRUST IAM training materials. Supporting materials will be available at

These materials include all the modules of the course, as well as a series of manuals of best practice and templates for developing strategic asset management plans (SAMPs) and for tactic asset management plans (AMPs) available.

The course will utilize the TRUST/AWARE-P software to support planning, available from

(or, select APPS > AWARE-P > Where to start)

  • Press “download”.
  • Follow instructions, including Java update, use of Chrome, and download for Mac OS X/Windows/Linux.
  • Go to Aware-p > How to? And download the Quick starts and examples.
  • Run AWARE-P Suite. The first use requires a connection to internet, registration (free of charge) and activation after receiving an automatically generated mail. If you don’t receive this mail, please check your spam mailbox or corporate filters blocking automatic messages. Run the software. The first use requires username and password, and internet connection. Any further use of the software maybe made offline and does not require login.