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Asset Management for Buried Pipelines


Credit Hours:


Learning Objective:

  • Have an understanding of how utilities (owners of underground infrastructure) are organized and operate
  • Understand rates of deterioration, failure mechanisms, evaluation/inspection technologies, rehabilitation and repair methods of the buried infrastructure systems including pipes, tunnels, and chambers
  • Develop strategic, tactical and operational plans to achieve the mission and objectives for developing and implementing asset management programs for buried infrastructure
  • Improve oral and written communication skills, including effective presentation


Most of the U.S. water and wastewater conveyance infrastructure was installed during the first half of the 20th century and is coming to an end of its useful life. ???Out of sight, out of mind??? describes the awareness and significance that has been placed on these underground lifeline systems which support societies??? quality of life, public health, economic development and living standard. Historically, management of these systems has been described as ???crises management.??? They only get attention when there is a failure. It has been determined that a reactive management approach is not sustainable. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been instrumental in assisting utilities transition from reactive management practices to proactive practices. This approach involves the principles and practices of Asset Management (AM). AM is a comprehensive approach which involves every aspect of the organization to develop and implement best business practices to address: (a) the current state of the assets, (b) levels of service, (c) critical assets, (d) life-cycle costing, and (e) funding. This course prepares students to utilize sound engineering judgment and principles for managing the construction, repair, rehabilitation, and maintenance of buried infrastructure systems including pipes, tunnels, chambers, etc.
Fall 2021 Syllabus

Topics Covered:

1Overview of water and wastewater infrastructure Asset Management
2Location & depiction of underground utilities
3Buried Asset Management Program
4Developing an asset management plan
5Wastewater and Water System Inventory
6Implementing an asset management plan
7financing an asset management plan
8Field data acquisition, date analysis & data management
9Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS)
10Government Regulations
11Condition Assessment - Wastewater System
12Condition Assessment - Water Distribution System
13Repair/Restore Options
14Priority Development
15Case studies: City of Atlanta, Lexington (NC), etc.


Applied / Theory:

50 / 50


Please see Course Syllabus


Please see Course Syllabus


Please see Course Syllabus


  • CTAM 100 Manual. Guide to water & wastewater asset management.
  • CTAM 200 Manual. Developing buried asset management programs
  • CTAM 300 Manual. Managing an asset management programs.
  • CTAM 400 Manual. Financing asset management programs.

Computer Requirements:

Please see Couse Syllabus

ProEd Minimum Requirements: