Aging infrastructure is a much discussed topic in the US. According to the American Water Works Association (AWWA):
"Investment needs for buried drinking water infrastructure total more than $1 trillion nationwide over the next 25 years."
Water systems built in the 19th and 20th century are beginning to fail. As a result, the water utilities industry is forced to assess the cost of repair versus replacement of water assets.
Limitation of Asset Management Systems (AMS)
Many organizations have turned to asset management software to help better maintain and manage water services. The EPA defines "asset management" as:
"A process water and wastewater utilities can use to make sure that planned maintenance can be conducted and capital assets (pumps, motors, pipes, etc.) can be repaired, replaced, or upgraded on time and that there is enough money to pay for it."
Though there are many excellent asset management solutions on the market today, most provide only limited repair and replacement (R&R) costing data. Cost Map, a web based cost calculation tool, was developed to fill this gap.
Cost Map Fills AMS Gap in Cost Calculations
Cost Map has been built to complement current asset management systems. It provides a simple and easy way to select water assets and calculate R&R costs.
Cost Map User Interface
The application uses an ArcGIS powered map interface. A cost calculation widget allows users to select the water assets of focus on the map and automatically calculate replacement or repair costs. As shown below, selected water assets are listed individually along with cost data.
Cost Map Asset Replacement Cost
Cost Map links an organization's water asset data published in ArcGIS with cost data from RSMeans.
Determining the most optimal time to rehabilitate, repair or replace aging assets, along with accurate cost data, is a key challenge for water-focused organizations. Cost Map is one of a new set of tools aimed at helping these organizations maintain an uninterrupted, reliable water supply while keeping costs in check.
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