Challenges in asset management - a case study

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ConferenceCIB 2004 Triennial Congress: 02 May 2004, Toronto, ON
Pages19; # of pages: 9
Subjectasset management, design quality, maintenance and rehabilitation; Asset management
AbstractAsset managers are faced with many challenges in the management of public infrastructure. This paper discusses three of the most common challenges in the design, construction, and operation and maintenance of public infrastructure. These are: building design quality, funding, and the use of asset management tools. The Construction Engineering and Management Group at the University of New Brunswick has conducted a research project on the impact of these challenges. The study examined buildings on selected military bases in Eastern Canada. In total, 215 buildings, ranging from two to fifty years in age formed the database for the research. Five categories of facilities from eight bases were selected to form the basis of the study. These were residential buildings (barracks for single personnel); administration buildings; operations facilities, which comprised vehicle storage or maintenance garages; tank and aircraft hangars; and lecture/training (institutional) facilities. The Department of National Defence is presented as a case study to illustrate how user and facility manager perspectives of quality in building design often differ from the early stages of a building's life cycle. Secondly, the challenge of securing maintenance and rehabilitation funding for asset management is quantified. Finally, the importance of collecting cost data to assist in asset management decision-making is discussed. Difficulties include the need for an improved computerised system to manage assets and the challenges in getting everyone to use the same system effectively in a large public organisation. While well-managed organizations have been able to fund maintenance and rehabilitation at minimum levels in the past due to inherent quality in design and construction, the research showed that quality in design has declined. Thus, more time and funding need to be allocated to asset management if newer constructed buildings are to reach their design service lives without major rehabilitation expenditures. Many public and private sector organisations face similar challenges; hence, the research findings have a wider application than the Department of National Defence.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number47074
NPARC number20378339
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