Asset Management, not a scary and costly concept: Defining, planning & implementing an Asset Management Program in a phased process leveraging existing GIS efforts to maximize success.

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Asset management is typically viewed as a large and fiscally expensive program. It does not need to be. The ability to leverage advances in software and data interoperability create the very real environment for a cost effective and robust asset management program. With a well thought out approach and leverage of past and existing efforts it is possible to do “more with less”.

To achieve this, the program needs to be properly defined, expectations set and managed, and a phased approach built upon previous successes must be utilized. This presentation will begin with defining what asset management is, what an asset management program should be and how the program can be defined and developed specifically for the entity. The presentation will then move to how a strategically and politically driven approach is developed so that quick success can be realized and built upon. The most logical approach may not always be the most advantageous in securing future funding, therefore an approach that allows for some quick returns while supporting the overall strategy can be developed. The presentation will also discuss how past, current and future GIS initiatives can be and should be centric to an asset management program.

Lou Garcia

Lou Garcia, Sr. GIS Manager for EA Engineering, Science & technology is a Towson University Geography (Towson, Maryland) and has been working with geospatial technologies for over 20 years. Lou has worked with Local Government, Commercial, and Federal Government clients in the application of geospatial technologies to manage and model assets, concerns and phenomenon. In his current role with EA’s Technical Services group, Lou works to understand client needs and desires and then adapt and implement the appropriate technologies and tools for desired results.

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