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The Virginia Tech Sustainable Water Infrastructure Management (SWIM) Center is offering Water Infrastructure Certificate, Workshop, and Conference.

Certificate: SWIM Center in partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), GHD Consulting, and Water Environmental Research Foundation (WERF), is offering a certificate program for individuals interested in learning the fundamentals of Sustainable Water Infrastructure Asset Management. Water Professionals will also learn the methodologies and tools that use knowledge of these fundamental processes for infrastructure engineering and management. The objective of this program is to broaden and deepen the body of knowledge for practicing engineers and managers. The program was developed to improve the practice, elevate the standards and advance the profession of water infrastructure asset management.

Workshop: Water utility asset management programs have been developed following the U.S. EPA and WERF core definition of maintaining a level of service at the lowest life-cycle cost and at an acceptable risk. Most utilities, however, only incorporate performance measures into their asset management plans. A holistic approach to asset management is more beneficial because it takes into account the short and long term goals of the utility and can provide better service socially, economically, and environmentally. This workshop is designed to provide holistic approach for water infrastructure management that supports the three key aspects of asset management: performance, sustainability (stressed environment), and resiliency (catastrophic events).

Conference: SWIM Center in partnership with Underground Infrastructure Management (UIM), Benjamin Media’s Conference Series is offering UIM/SWIM conference. Managing critical water and sewer assets is becoming increasingly difficult. Limited funding, aging infrastructure and regulatory compliance issues challenge leaders to “do more with less,” all while keeping an eye toward the future. The UIM/SWIM Conference addresses these issues while providing solutions.

Education and Outreach materials and resources for various water infrastructure professionals are available through SWIM Center initiative.

SWIM Center Education and Outreach Committee

Robert Carpenter
Oildom Publishing

Larry Catalano
Aurora Water

Ted DeBoda
National Association of Sewer Service Companies (NAASCO)

Gage Muckleroy
GHD Consulting

Walter Graf
Water Environmental Research Foundation (WERF)

Ahmad Habibian
Black and Veatch

David Hughes
American Water

Celine Hyer, ARCADIS

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Dave Johnson, Echologics Engineering

Peter Kraft
Denver Water

Sudhir Murthy
DC Water

Rick Nelson, CH2M Hill

Greg Osthues

Fred Pfeifer
Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC)

Anna Pridmore, Structural Technologies

Jim Rush
Benjamin Media

Dave Russell
Russell NDE Systems

Notices & News

The 14th Annual UIM/SWIM Conference will be held December 3-4, 2014

Advancing Asset Management in your Utility will be held March 10-11, 2015

Download the workshop flyer.




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