Tuesday 11:00 AM

Room: Diamond

Practical(ly) Asset Management One Community's Foray into the Asset Management Arena

This presentation will discuss the integration of a practical asset management system with a community's existing tools and management processes. Municipalities today are asked to meet more demands than ever. New rules and regulations, reduced workforces, public expectations and aging infrastructure all result in a juggling act with smaller budgets. Asset management provides a community with a powerful tool that helps you invest capital in an effective manner. We will present a case study that continues to follow one community and the steps taken that are necessary for integrating a practical asset management program. The pros and cons of implementing an asset management program have been analyzed and the goals of an asset management program have been identified. What's next - getting started can be a daunting task. We will discuss how to take the first steps from practically having an asset management system to developing a practical implementation.

Moderator:  Jeff Freeman


Carolyn Grieves - Baxter & Woodman

Carolyn Grieves is Baxter & Woodman’s Water Department Manager.  She specializes in design of water supply, treatment, and distribution systems, as well as water distribution system modeling and master planning.  Carolyn received a B.S. in civil engineering from University of Illinois and a M.S. in environmental engineering from the University of Iowa, and is a registered professional engineer in Illinois.  She is the chair of ISAWWA’s Safety Committee.


Andy Zaletel - Baxter & Woodman

As the manager of Baxter & Woodman’s GIS Department, Andy leads the planning, design, and implementation of GIS and GPS-based services for municipal clients.  He supervises a staff of GIS specialists and mapping technicians with expertise in ESRI and Trimble software applications and Autodesk mapping.  He has served as Project Manager for numerous utility mapping, data collection and basemap development projects, and has also overseen the GIS component of many municipal master plans. He has been instrumental in assisting communities with data analysis and conversion, custom application development, web-based GIS solutions, infrastructure system surveys and educational workshop presentations and trainings.  Mr. Zaletel teaches Introduction to GIS and GPS Technologies for the College of Lake County in Grayslake, IL.  Mr. Zaletel has a bachelor’s degree in Biology – Ecology from Winona State University as well as a Masters degree in Resource Analysis and GIS from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota.