Effective management of our municipal infrastructure is an essential element of maintaining the long-term viability of our Cities and Towns. Nowhere is the task of providing long-term sustainable infrastructure more challenging than for existing sewer and water networks. These assets have often been neglected and our municipal governments have accrued significant liabilities. Collectively we must now clearly identify a strategy for ensuring that these valuable assets are maintained to guarantee effective long-term service. Before we can embark upon the asset management process we must have a sound understanding of the extent and condition of our sewer and water inventory.


Course Outline

The Asset Inventory and Condition Assessment course will provide an in-depth overview of the many techniques that are currently available for identifying asset location and collection of condition data as it relates to sewer and water networks. In addition the course will explore some advanced techniques that are available but which have not seen broad use in the industry as a whole. The course gives the civil infrastructure professional a comprehensive foundation and skills relating to:

  • Locating techniques – GPS, electromagnetic, vacuum excavation.
  • Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE).
  • Condition inspection – for sewer, manholes, laterals and water mains.
  • Condition coding systems.
  • Condition rating
  • Risk Models.
  • Hydraulic modeling techniques.
  • Inspection Contracts and Specifications
  • Quality Control/Quality Assurance.

Key benefits to the student

Completion of the Asset Inventory and Condition Assessment course will allow the student to:

  • Select the correct methodology for the collection of asset inventory and condition data
  • Develop contract specifications and quality control procedures for contract supervision
  • Identify assets where remedial work is necessary to ensure long term performance at or above prescribed levels of service.
  • Attain professional training credits.


Key benefits to the employer:

  • Improved asset inventories and higher quality condition assessment data which is essential to the asset management process.
  • Understanding of asset deterioration and failure mechanisms
  • Better understanding of investment requirements
  • Reduced risk associated with asset failure
  • More knowledgeable staff (HQP) that understand asset assessment and long-term performance
  • Employee training credits that meet or exceed legislated requirements.


Who should apply?

The epCIP Asset Inventory and Condition Assessment course is designed for engineers, technologists, technicians and others who have a background or working experience and desire to increase their knowledge of sewer and watermain network inventory and condition assessment through a university level course.