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In a world consumed with complexity, Albert Einstein’s dictum ‘make everything as simple as possible but not simpler’ is a good challenge for infrastructure asset managers.
Understanding that simple well-conceived solutions are sustainable solutions, the paper will unpack infrastructure asset management knowledge and measure it against the test of being ‘as simple as possible’
The major infrastructure asset management components of levels of service, demand forecasting, risk management, lifecycle management, financial forecasting, systems and processes, improvement programs and asset information systems will be examined for being ‘as simple as possible.’
The paper will provide insights and value to practitioners from small, rural and remote communities and those from rapidly developing countries.
Practitioners from large complex municipalities will also gain value as the paper discusses how to design simple, sustainable infrastructure management solutions.
Ross Waugh delivered this paper during the combined IFME (International Federation of Municipal Engineering) World Congress and IPWEA NZ Annual Conference on 7-11 June 2015 in Rotorua, New Zealand.
This paper won the Conference’s NAMie award for best Asset Management Paper.