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June Branch Meeting

June 20, 2017
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
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5430 Westheimer Road
Houston , TX 77056


  • 11:00 AM - Technical Sessions Begin
  • 12:00 PM - Lunch
  • 12:15 PM - Keynote Speaker 




Mr. Robert E. Hebert, Fort Bend Constitutional County Judge



Tech Session 1: "Challenges to Development of Asset Management Plans for Small Water Districts” 
By Lindsey Tracy, PE, AECOM
     Michael Rolen, PE, AECOM

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 wel l-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. Michael Rolen, P.E. - Project Manager, Aecom Technical Services, Inc. Bio 


Tech Session 2:  “Ship Channel Bridge Asphalt Overlay and Toll Plaza Demolition”

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 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 structures. 

Mr. Jesus M. Olivas - HR Green Bio         




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