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June Technical Speaker 1

Challenges to Development of Asset Management Plans for Small Water Districts

Mr. Michael Rolen, P.E. - Project Manager at AECOM Technical Services, Inc.

While there is need for Asset Management Plans (AMP) to be implemented in small water districts, these districts do not always have the finances, incentive and desire to develop and maintain a full AMP. Most districts use contract operator services to operate and maintain their facilities, utilizing the operations and maintenance plans of the contractor instead of a tailored plan. Implementation of a well-developed AMP can have a positive impact on the operational and financial stability of the district, especially in light of the costs of risking regulatory fines and/or equipment failures.

The key to assisting small districts is to develop a method for meeting the needs of the district that is flexible in its development and will allow expansion. AECOM developed a step-by-step method that could be used to help the districts begin development of an AMP. These steps involve the four major components of an AMP: the asset inventory; development of recommendations for maintenance and repair/replacement programs; development of a risk profile for assets; and a comprehensive management strategy that assists in the development of future maintenance and management practices. Each of these steps can be modified to meet the needs of the district and expand as the district allows. Examples of how an AMP was developed for a Harris County Municipal Utility District (MUD) that includes five water and wastewater facilities will be included in the presentation. The level of detail and deliverables were tailored to the MUD’s specific needs and requests.

The inventory of assets is the most crucial phase of an AMP. Information on each asset is collected by means of site visits, maintenance records, record drawings, and manufacturers. Detailed information on condition, maintenance requirements, replacement cost, repair times, and expected service life among other parameters are all required in a full AMP. The amount of information obtained can be tailored based on the size of the district and their objectives.

The ability to develop recommendations for maintenance and repair/replacement programs and a risk profile for all assets is dependent on the level of information obtained in the inventory of assets. As more information is obtained, maintenance programs, repair/replacement programs and risk profiles and analysis become more detailed and effective. A review of the needs of the district helps to develop a recommendation for what level of an AMP the district should begin with. As the district uses the plan, more information can be included and the programs can become better defined. A comprehensive spreadsheet for tracking asset information and determining risk can be utilized to allow the district to easily update their inventory and AMP as changes are made to the system.

While a detailed AMP produces the best planning tool for the district, this step-by-step method allows a smaller district to begin the process and grow to a level that best meets their needs.

Mr. Rolen is a civil and environmental engineer with over 35 years experience in design, operations, and systems development and management. He began his career as a civil engineer in Houston, Texas, working for the City of Houston, Wastewater Operations Division. He later went on to work for various consulting engineering companies, managing projects for the E.P.A., Exxon Chemical, Exxon Refinery, Shell, the State of Louisiana, and various other environmental and petrochemical projects. He later took time off from his engineering and spent time teaching high school students advanced courses in math and science. He returned to engineering and his current position allows him to work on projects of varying scope and complexities.

Mr. Rolen graduated from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, with a minor in environmental engineering. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Texas.

June Technical Speaker 2

Ship Channel Bridge Asphalt Overlay and Toll Plaza Demolition

Mr. Jesus M. Olivas, P.E. - Engineer at HR Green

This project included the Plan Preparation and Design of bridge related maintenance for the Sam Houston Tollway east from IH-10 to SH-225. Jesus developed Asphalt Overlay Plans for the Main Span of the Houston Ship Channel bridge. Jesus delineated the limits and provided a plan, typical section, and details as necessary for the asphalt overlay. Jesus performed an onsite review of the existing Houston Ship Channel Bridge and the Jacinto Port Bridge structures to determine if any additional maintenance items needed to be addressed in addition to those recommended in the latest Bridge Inspection Report. Jesus provided details for repair of bridge abutment backwalls, wingwalls, approach slabs, bearing pads, bridge rail, joints, miscellaneous structural details and pavement details to facilitate repairs to both bridges and their approaches.

Jesus also developed a traffic control plan that included freeway closures, freeway single lane closure and detour plan to facilitate construction and mobility in the area. Jesus also worked with HCTRA to reconfigure the EZ tag lanes at the Toll Plaza and eliminate the attended lanes and coin lanes and effectively removing the Toll Plaza canopy.

Jesus specializes in transportation and stormwater management. His experience includes extensive storm sewer design analyses for the City of Houston utilizing TP100, TP101, new Chapter 9, and HouStorm and for Harris County Toll Road Authority and TxDOT utilizing WinStorm. Jesus has also worked as the lead design engineer on transportation projects ranging in size from local streets to major tollways where he has provided construction phase services. He has experience with HCTRA and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and familiarity with TxDOT design standards and criteria. Jesus received a Civil Engineering Degree from the University of Houston in 1997 and has worked at HR Green for the last 14 years.

Younger Member's Report

Greetings ASCE Younger Members!

June arrives with several ways to get out and get involved!

Upcoming Ways to Get Involved

Financial Strategies for Engineers-

On June 15th, ASCE will be hosting a Financial Strategies for Engineers luncheon at Buca di Beppo on Buffalo Speedway at 12:00 PM. Registration is $5 and can be done here: http://ascehouston.org/meetinginfo.php?id=213. Our speaker, Chris Wilbur, will talk about student loan management, investment basics, financial considerations of home buying, and more. Attendees need to RSVP by Friday, June 9th.

YMI Happy Hour Hosted by WTS-

ASCE YM will join the WTS on June 22nd at Henderson Heights from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Registration is $10 for members and non-members and $5 for agency and student chapter members. Raffle tickets can be purchased for $5 for prizes that will be awarded throughout the night. Food and drinks are included! Register here: http://ascehouston.org/meetinginfo.php?id=211.

Habitat for Humanity Community Build -

Come join us on Saturday, June 24th, to help build houses for local families with Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Harris County!  Volunteers of all skill levels are welcome.  All tools and lunch will be provided.  There are a limited number of spots available so please sign up today to reserve your spot! Register here:  http://ascehouston.org/meetinginfo.php?id=210.

Ways To Show Off Your Civil Engineering Pride

Back by popular demand, we’ve reinvigorated our 2016 Texas ASCE YM design with tees in collegiate colors and tanks in cool summer tones. What better way to show off your CE pride than with a neat tank you can sport at the park, at the brewery, or while camping with your favorite colleagues from around the state?

Order TexASCE YM shirts here!

Order TexASCE YM tanks here!

TexASCE Younger Member Shirt and Tank order form closes Monday, August 14th. Choose your styles, colors and sizes and conveniently pay online! All shirts will be shipped to the ASCE Texas Section office and distributed to the branches at CECON on Thursday, September 21st and at the Texas-wide YM Camping Trip the weekend of September 22nd-24th. Your branches will distribute to individuals from there.

Once you’ve ordered, please email Alexis Clark at alexis.clark@hilti.com with your order and branch to which you belong.

We hope to see you there!!!

Ashley Francis

Treasurer's Report

As of June 5, 2017

 

 

 

Paypal

 

$

2,051.68

Savings

 

$

77,382.45

Checking

 

$

52,044.28

Total

 

$

131,478.41

Membership Report

ASCE Houston Branch

Membership Report

May 2017

Currently, adjusted assignments to the Houston Branch include 3100 members. 82% of all National renewals (2539 members) elected to pay their Texas Section Dues. Thank you for your ASCE participation!

2016-2017 ASCE Houston Branch Membership Report

Report Date

Total Assigned Membership

Total National Dues Paid

 

Total Section Dues Paid

 

Sept

09/01/16

3458

2891

84%

2416

84%

Oct

10/3/16

3317

2837

86%

2368

83%

Nov

11/1/16

3343

2868

86%

2412

84%

Dec

12/5/16

3364

2891

86%

2439

84%

Jan

1/3/17

3345

2887

86%

2451

85%

Feb

2/1/17

3392

2948

87%

2519

85%

Mar

3/1/17

3462

3015

87%

2588

85%

Apr

4/4/17

3061

2390

78%

1999

84%

May

5/1/17

3085

2474

80%

2061

83%

Jun

6/1/17

3100

2539

82%

2112

83%

Who do I contact with Membership questions?

Houston Branch Membership Chair:  Alexa Nichols

Email: anichols@ehrainc.com

Phone:713-784-4500

National Membership Contact -memrec@asce.org or call 800-548-2723

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