The 2013 Asset Management Plan provides details about the infrastructure asset management program at the City of Brantford. This plan describes the core policies, procedures and principles developed and adopted by the City for the management of its infrastructure.
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What is Asset Management?
Based on the internationally recognized PAS55 by the Institute of Asset Management (2008), asset management can be defined as "the continuous improvement of systematic and coordinated activities and practices through which The City can optimally and sustainably manage its infrastructure systems, associated performance, risks and expenditures over their lifecycles for the purpose of achieving the organizational strategic plan."
The Asset Management Plan includes action plans that can be implemented to make Brantford’s asset management processes better. As the City grows and progresses, the plan will be updated to include the achievements and opportunities for improvement. The goals of the plan are to:
- Provide good value to the public
- Minimize economic, social and environmental risks
- Get the best performance out of the assets
- Realize the greatest return on infrastructure investments
What Does the Asset Management Plan Cover?
The asset management plan includes the following asset categories:
- Drinking Water Network
- Wastewater Network
- Stormwater Network
- Social Housing
- Public Works and Administrative Facilities
- Solid Waste and Landfill Assets
- Corporate Fleet
The Plan follows the format outlined in the Ministry of Infrastructure’s Building Together: Guide for Municipal Asset Management Plans (2012), which was released as part of the Building Together: Municipal Infrastructure Strategy. Click to view the Ministry of Infrastructure, Building Together: Municipal Infrastructure Strategy website (opens in a new browser window) .
Why Does the City Have an Asset Management Plan?
The City of Brantford aims to efficiently manage its infrastructure assets to meet the service needs of the present without compromising the sustainability of its infrastructure for the demands of the future. This can be accomplished by:
- Knowing the assets the City is responsible for
- The condition of the assets
- How to maintain the assets to maximize useful life
- Budgeting appropriately so assets can be replaced once they have expired or are not able to consistently provide planned levels of service
Who is Responsible for the Asset Management Plan?
The Facilities and Asset Management Department, within the Public Works Commission, works closely with other City departments (who operate and maintain the assets) so that work activities can be coordinated. The department’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Development and implementation of an asset management strategy to plan for long-term rehabilitation and replacement needs
- Ensuring that the City infrastructure required to support new growth, or to service existing functions, is identified, budgeted and programmed
- Completion of engineering studies to determine performance and condition of assets in order to establish cost-effective rehabilitation and replacement strategies to minimize lifecycle costs
- Planning for long-term financial investment to ensure consistent asset performance
What are the Typical Asset Management Activities?
Asset management at the City of Brantford is founded on best practices, formalized and transparent business processes, and continuous improvement. The activities carried out include, but are not limited to:
- Operations and maintenance planning
- Risk-based condition assessment and inspection programs
- Data management and analytics
- Demand forecasting and capacity management
- Rehabilitation and replacement programs
- Lifecycle analysis, deterioration modeling, and long-term scenario modeling
- Level of service definition and monitoring
- Performance benchmarking and key performance indicators
- Project prioritization and coordination frameworks
- Development of integrated 10 year detailed budgets in order to protect the City’s infrastructure investments
Various staff reports related to asset management have been presented to Council including:
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