Engineering, Technology, and Asset Management

Live Events

Spotlight On Engineering, Technology, and Asset Management

This three-and-a-half-hour program featured three relevant and pertinent sessions for those who supervise and work in engineering, technology, and asset management, including interviews with current APWA Leadership.

Sessions in this program include:

Linking Mobile Solutions to Assets, Work and Time Reporting
Speakers: John Medlock, Harry Lorick

Increase Your Options with Alternative Project Delivery Methods
Speakers: Shane Silsby, Khalid Bazmi, Edward Frondoso

Virtual Reality in Public Building Design: Immerse Yourself
Speakers: Svetlana Kortova, William Lam, Seiya Okada

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Small Cities/Rural Communities Perspective On Asset Management

Having an asset management plan has never been more important for public works departments. However, creating and implementing an asset management plan will be much different in a small city or rural community than in a large city. This panel will discuss how assets are managed in smaller municipalities with limited staff and resources.

Small Cities/Rural Communities Perspective On Engineering Technology

All public works departments use engineering and technology to deliver services, but small cities and rural communities often use them differently than their confidants in large cities. Join this panel as they discuss creative uses of engineering and technology in small cities and rural communities.

Construction Inspection Live Online Workshop

SOLD OUT — REGISTRATION CLOSED. New March session now open >

This unique course combines the benefits of an in-person workshop with the convenience of on-line learning. This course will include instruction for two hours, two days a week for four weeks, allowing for instructor interactions, peer networking, and on-line discussions. Live instruction sessions will be recorded and can be watched by participants who have a conflict with the live class time or revisited by participants. The program is based on the newly revised APWA Construction Inspection Manual and is designed for construction inspectors of various experience levels. All facets of public project inspection are covered, including the roles and responsibilities of an inspector, legal/ risk management and regulatory issues, documentation and communication, and project close-out. This program will be worth 2.0 CEU credits or 20 hours of CPII recertification credit.

After completing this course, participants will be better able to:
1. Explain the purpose, responsibilities and duties of an inspector.
2. Identify the elements involved in construction inspection (communication, documentation, risk mgmt., legal, planning, regulations, etc.)
3. Identify and address risk management and various proper installation concerns.

International Perspectives and the Value of Asset Management

Asset management practices and approaches vary widely from country and country. In Australia, asset management typically refers to strategic long-term financial planning and resource allocation across all asset categories. In the United States, asset management may refer to pavement management practices or GIS inventories. In some countries, asset management and long-term financial plans are compulsory for municipalities. In other countries, approaches vary across states and provinces. There is also variation in capacity building globally and a plethora of resources and training available. Hosted by APWA’s International Affairs Committee, this moderated panel discussion will focus on different asset management implementations around the world, as well as international standards, lessons learned, and how to get started.

Third Thursday Advocacy Jam: Engineering, Technology, and Asset Management

January 21, 2021
2:303:30 p.m. CT

Asset management has only increased in importance and utilization by public works agencies across the U.S. and Canada in recent years, and this trend shows no signs of stopping. Federal and state/provincial policies in both countries can play a critical role in the promotion, adoption and successful implementation of asset management. Please join the APWA Government Affairs team for an overview of government programs impacting asset management and an interactive discussion of asset management policy. We look forward to hearing your experiences with asset management and your thoughts on how the American and Canadian governments can better support successful implementation of asset management. Join the conversation.

Registration is FREE for Members and Non-Members. You can register for the entire year of programming or by each individual program.

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Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP) Training

SOLD OUT — REGISTRATION CLOSED. New May session now open >

Envision was designed to help infrastructure stakeholders implement more sustainable projects. The ENV SP designation is becoming an increasingly important credential for any professional involved in civil infrastructure. Since its inception, more than 6,000 professionals have obtained their ENV SP credential, which has equipped them with the knowledge to apply the ground-breaking Envision concepts to their daily work. The purpose of this training is to equip participants to use Envision. The Envision Training will be held over four consecutive days for two hours each day. After completing the training candidates will understand how Envision works, how it can improve the sustainability of their projects, and be able to successfully apply it to assess project sustainability. Participants will also be qualified to take the Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP) exam. The cost of the exam is included in the training registration cost.

Asset Management Demystified

On Demand eLearning Opportunities

Principles of Public Works Operations: Asset Management

This session is designed for individuals that are interested in exploring Asset Management, as it applies for those entering the public works industry and those who want to further their professional development. This session will demonstrate how to inventory and assess the condition of your assets and dives into explaining the concept of Levels of Service. It provides real-world examples, as well as a discussion guide to keep the conversation going with your peers after the conclusion of the session.

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Principles of Public Works Operations: Engineering & Technology

This session is designed for individuals that are interested in exploring
Engineering and Technology, as it applies for those entering the public works industry and those who want to further their professional development. This session will discuss the roles and responsibilities of engineering organizations and dives into best practices and emerging trends relating to engineering and technology. It provides real-world examples, as well as a discussion guide to keep the conversation going with your peers after the conclusion of the session.

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Construction Inspection 201: Project Management

Construction Inspection 201 is designed for individuals who are interested in building their skillset in project management — as it applies to work performed in the construction inspection profession. This program provides general guidelines for the various areas needed to maintain professionalism and competence. The program includes an array of information for the student, including: communication; contractor relations; plans and specifications; construction meetings; progress meetings; scheduling; documentation; negotiations; and project close-out.

Courses can be purchased separately or in a program bundle at a discounted price!

Earn .6 CEUs (6PDHs) for completion of the program bundle. Certified Public Infrastructure Inspectors (CPIIs) are eligible for 6 continuing education hours toward recertification upon completion of the bundle.


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Resource Center Highlights

Members can access recordings of Click, Listen, & Learn programs, content from past conferences, and specific e-books and publications on demand 24/7 through the Resource Center. We'll feature three to four exciting programs related to the month's highlighted technical area.

Reading Construction Plans
This CLL is designed to help engineers and technicians that are new to the field be able to accurately review construction plans. This will include identifying key symbols, interpreting notes and an explanation of commonly used terms. Specialties may include stormwater/erosion control plans, geotechnical plans, facilities/building plans and civil construction plans.

Introduction to Automated Vehicles
This webinar will provide an introduction to automated vehicles (AVs), including an international context. The webinar provides an overview of relevant terminology related to AVs as well as defines and distinguishes between automated, autonomous, connected, driverless, and self-driving vehicles. The webinar also discusses the potential benefits of AVs as well as concerns, from the perspective of individual travelers, the private sector, and communities (i.e. the public sector). The webinar then discusses the relationships between AVs and transportation infrastructure, covering roadway maintenance, vehicle-to-infrastructure communication, funding infrastructure upgrades, and planning infrastructure for an AV future. The webinar concludes with a brief overview of AV pilots in Australia, Singapore, Helsinki, and San Diego.

Enhancing the Power of Public Works through Asset Management, Part 1: Concept and Goals – Public Works Asset Management
The panel will discuss the concepts and goals of public works asset management by focusing on the initial development of a roadmap, governance model, asset data gathering, data cleaning, and the development of condition and risk scores.

Trending Technologies/Roving Reporter

Trying to keep up with the latest and greatest #trendingtech in public works? You're in luck! APWA is highlighting a new trending technology by way of our Talking Top Tech webinars, Roving Reporter Education Series, and new resources and programs. You can even share your own Roving Reporter videos on social media using #APWARovingReporter.

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Toolbox
Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), commonly referred to as drones, was one of APWA’s Top Trending Technologies in Public Works for 2018. APWA has created a variety of educational offerings about UAS and compiled them in this toolbox.

2018 Talking Top Tech: Geographic Information System (GIS)/Mapping

2018 Talking Top Tech: Asset Management Edition

2019 Talking Top Tech: Asset Management Technologies Edition

Career Development/Workforce


Women in Engineering


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Certified Public Infrastructure Inspector (CPII)
The purpose of the Public Infrastructure Inspector Certification is to promote quality infrastructure throughout the community by advancing the knowledge and practice of construction inspection to benefit the community and public agencies.

The Certified Public Infrastructure Inspector certification program is intended for individuals who inspect the construction of public infrastructure (e.g., roadways, highways, utilities, bridges, dams) and facilities (e.g., pump stations, treatment plants, water storage facilities) and other types of construction work and materials to ensure compliance with plans and specifications. Duties may include observation, measurement, testing, and documentation.

Exhibitor Showcase

Check out the Exhibitor Showcase to find the best resources for public works, as well as informational videos and product information.

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Asset Management, Engineering, and Technology Resources

LiDAR Toolbox
Three types of Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) equipment will be presented in the Toolbox: Mobile, Stationary, and Aerial.

Publication Highlights

Each month two to three publications or products will be highlighted from the APWA Store corresponding to the monthly technical area.

Construction Inspection Manual
The Construction Inspection Manual includes all facets of public infrastructure inspection including the roles and responsibilities of an inspector, pre-construction planning, documentation, communication risk management and legal issues, scheduling and project close-out.

APWA Red Book on Qualifications-Based Selection Guidelines (4th Edition)
Is it quality or low bid control your agency's decisions when contracting for engineering and architectural consultants? APWA's Red Book discusses the case for qualifications-based selection (QBS) and teaches readers how to conduct interviews, evaluate candidates, formulate and manage contracts for professional services.The Red Book has been one of APWA's most widely used publications of the last 25 years.

Committee News

APWA Committees are the backbone of our education program. You'll be the first to see committee chair videos, trending committee hashtags for social media, InfoNOW Communities, knowledge team and subcommittee opportunities, and more!

The mission of the Asset Management Committee is to support APWA members that operate, improve and maintain public works and infrastructure through advocacy, education, resource development, and member engagement in the field of asset management.

#APWAAssetMgmt is the hashtag used by the Asset Management Committee.

The mission of the Engineering & Technology Committee is to encourage sharing and application of knowledge about engineering and technology and advancing these practices in public works, pursuing APWA’s mission to develop and support the people, agencies, and organizations that plan, build, maintain and improve our communities.

#APWAEngTech is the hashtag used by the Engineering & Technology Committee.