Engineering, Technology, and Asset Management

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Spotlight On Engineering, Technology, and Asset Management

PWX@Home works around your busy lifestyle. You can choose one afternoon per month to set aside and embrace an all-new virtual learning experience. The second Tuesday of each month from August through July, APWA will unveil education in 12 key public works focus areas. The series features sessions on relevant topics—most of which were selected for PWX 2020 in varying formats to maximize learning and engagement.

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January 12, 2021
1:00–4:30 p.m. CT

Attend three sessions, related to Engineering, Technology, and Asset Management, for one low price! In addition to the three live sessions, thanks to the generosity of our PWX@Home sponsor, Beam, registration includes access to three pre-recorded sessions focused on the importance and use of data in Asset Management—a $50 value, free to January’s Spotlight On registrants.

Registration is $50 for Members and $75 for Non-Members. Registration discounts are available when registering groups and for the entire annual series. Participants are eligible for up to 0.3 CEUs for this program.

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Linking Mobile Solutions to Assets, Work and Time Reporting

Speakers: John Medlock, Harry Lorick

This presentation demonstrates Alameda’s integration of mobile applications for work requests, asset inspection, and time reporting through CMMS and payroll system linkages. Attendees will learn how to best utilize technology alongside their existing CMMS. Mobile solutions are advantageous for field operations and reporting, offering a simplified, intuitive software while a synced mobile tool allows employees to quickly log pertinent information without a home base logging station. Linking asset management to mobile solutions modernizes business processes for field related inspections. Mobile asset management facilitates organizational transparency, increases personnel productivity, and provides infrastructure insights. This session highlights how mobile tech can link to both CMMS and payroll to simplify operating procedures/duplicate data entry. Lessons learned from applying mobile technology and providing linkages to other systems will be addressed, and an innovative mobile app example will be demonstrated.

Proficiency Level: Applied

Learning Objectives:
1. Measure and demonstrate the advantages and disadvantages of using mobile compatible software for asset, work, and time reporting management.
2. Conceptualize how an asset and work management system with mobile technologies can link to multiple systems such as an agency’s payroll and accounting solutions which reduces redundant data entry.
3. Demonstrate how mobile applications can be used in maintenance and understand how to select the appropriate mobile application for their agency’s use.

Increase Your Options with Alternative Project Delivery Methods

Speakers: Shane Silsby, Khalid Bazmi, Edward Frondoso

What is the best way to deliver a project? It depends. Is the project scope driven, schedule driven, or budget driven? Do we need contractor input during the design phase? Do we want to control the design? What are the risks involved? How much time do we have before we need to break ground? Many factors should be considered before selecting a project delivery method. Each method has its own benefits and potential disadvantages, but ultimately it is in the agency’s best interest to have the option to choose. Over the past four years, OC Public Works has embraced Alternative Project Delivery Methods (APDM), including Job Order Contracting (JOC), Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR), and Design-Build (DB). Session presenters will share their delivery method selection process, lessons learned, best practices, case studies, and how they took advantage of APDM to more efficiently deliver their Capital Improvement Program (CIP) and Maintenance Improvement Program (MIP).

Proficiency Level: Applied

Learning Objectives:
1. Evaluate the benefits of Alternative Project Delivery Methods (APDM), including Job Order Contracting (JOC), Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR), and Design-Build (DB).
2. Identify when it is appropriate to use APDM.
3. Discuss best practices for implementing APDM. 

Virtual Reality in Public Building Design: Immerse Yourself

Speakers: Svetlana Kortova, William Lam, Seiya Okada

The design of civic buildings, from fire stations to health centers, has gone high-tech in San Francisco with the use of virtual reality and real-time rendering tools. The San Francisco Public Works Bureau of Architecture now can let clients, in this case other city departments, “walk through” buildings and get a feel for the space using virtual reality technology. Design changes can be made instantly based on feedback. The benefits are many: architects can communicate their designs more clearly by offering clients an immersive experience; design decisions can be made quicker and with more confidence; ideas can be worked through at scale; and workflow can be expedited. Session presenters will share which software and equipment works best, how to minimize people using virtual reality goggles from experiencing motion sickness, and how to find the right balance of design elements for a virtual reality tour to keep the focus on the most important aspects of the envisioned project.

Proficiency Level: Applied

Learning Objectives:
1. Incorporate technology into the project design process.
2. Develop staff expertise in emerging technology.
3. Bolster client confidence and understanding.

Small Cities/Rural Communities Perspective On Asset Management

January 6, 2021
Noon1:00 p.m. CT

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.

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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Small Cities/Rural Communities Perspective On Engineering Technology

January 6, 2021
1:302:30 p.m. CT

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.

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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Construction Inspection Live Online Workshop

Live instruction dates will be 2 hours each Tuesday and Thursday for four weeks (January 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28, and February 2 and 4) from 9:30–11:30 a.m. Central.

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.

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International Perspectives and the Value of Asset Management

January 14, 2021
3:00-4:30 p.m. CT

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.

Registration is FREE for Members and Non-Members.

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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

January 25, 26, 27, 28, 2021
10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. CT

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.

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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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Members' Library 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 Members' Library. 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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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.

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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.