HDR and Westin Engineering have been awarded a research project by the American Water Works Association Research Foundation (AwwaRF) to identify the water and wastewater industry’s priorities for asset management research.
The project, titled “Asset Management Research Needs Roadmap,” will identify the industry’s most pressing research needs related to asset management, then define a set of comprehensive, cohesive and prioritized research initiatives. The results of this project will establish AwwaRF’s asset management research agenda for the next five to 10 years.
The project team, led by HDR, includes more than 30 water and wastewater utilities and subcontractors including Westin (as co-principal investigator), American Water and the Electric Power Research Institute.
“This project and the resulting research will guide utilities toward more effective capital planning and management of their critical infrastructure investment,” said Ed Tenny, HDR senior vice president and co-principal investigator of the project. “Ultimately, that change will ensure that our nation’s utility infrastructure will continue to provide reliable drinking water and wastewater treatment for future generations, in the most cost-effective manner.”
“Asset management spans many interrelated business and operational strategies and activities,” said Doug Harp, Westin CEO and co-principal investigator. “Moreover, there is no lack of information, opinions, models, ‘best practices,’ software and experts on the topic. This project is a critical step to set a unified vision and research roadmap for asset management in the water industry.”