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Successful IAM/TRUST training course in Uganda

The Uganda Institution of Professional Engineers (UIPE) invited TRUST scientist and senior research officer of the National Civil Engineering Laboratory of Portugal, Helena Alegre, to give a training course on Infrastructure Asset Management (IAM) in April.

 

Strategic asset management is needed to address current challenges, such as aging infrastructures and growing demand for improvement in water and electricity services, among other things. It 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 customers desire, at an acceptable level of risk”. It is an art of balancing performance, cost and risk. Achieving this balance requires a multidimensional approach that combines management, engineering principles, sound business practices, and economic theory.

 

The TRUST-IAM approach helped the 90 participants, who were from all public infrastructure sectors (water, roads, energy production, energy distribution and buildings) to gain a better understanding of the fundamental concepts, principles and benefits of infrastructure asset management. Other main topics were: 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 (cost-benefit evaluation, risk assessment, performance indicators, capital investment planning, life cycle cost & value optimization, risk forecasting, etc), institutional, organization, research aspects of asset management and engineering advances in asset management.

 

The course materials are available here.


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