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Development of GIS Models for Asset Management

  • certificateThis course is part of the Geographic Information Systems for Asset Management Certificate Program

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    What is GIS and How Can it Help Us?

    • The analytical power of a geospatial database helps agencies evaluate information in a system-wide manner, which allows them to obtain insight about their infrastructure even in areas with obscure data.
    • As the cost for rehabilitating an asset can be at least half if not a tenth of the cost to replace or repair it, agencies need to have a system-wide approach so that they can move from a reactive operations mode to a proactive mindset.
    • The geospatial management of asset networks allows private utilities and public agencies to develop data-based asset management plans in-line with the agency goals and the community needs.
    • It’s a known fact that the use of a geospatial asset management system improves the operations of agencies while at the same time allowing them to stretch their maintenance funds.  

    Purpose & Background

    This course will assist practitioners to evaluate, plan, and develop Geographic Information System (GIS) models for asset management applications. The course references the AASHTO Transportation Management Guide and Essentials of Geographic Information System Basics. This course focuses on the three initial preparation tasks (evaluation, planning, and development) of a new asset management GIS program. These initial tasks serve as the foundation for the subsequent implementation and operation phases of a spatial data asset management program. By the end of the course, practitioners that work with private and public infrastructure owners, such as transportation departments, water utility boards, and telecommunication companies, will be capable of identifying, selecting, evaluating, and developing spatial asset management tools and systems that are the best suited for their specific agency and need. A basic familiarity with GIS is recommended; however, the course uses common concepts that can be easily followed by any professional of the diverse A/E industry.


    Alfredo Cely, P.E., MSEM, M.ASCE

    Course Benefits

    • Discuss steps and methodologies used to evaluate the existing condition of asset management programs.
    • Develop a planning framework that will guide the development of a new GIS asset management program.
    • Discuss key technical and management theories for the development of a new GIS Asset Management Program.
    • Examine case studies that highlight best management practices and key concepts.

    Learning Outcomes

    • List the 5 core questions that need to be addressed by the strategic implementation of GIS asset management programs.
    • Describe the three key lifecycle principles of asset management.
    • Determine the four parts that are evaluated for carrying out an assessment of an agency’s GIS asset management status.
    • Identify at least three desired outcomes of a GIS asset management program.
    • Identify an applicable performance measure, given a specific goal for a GIS asset management program.
    • List two reasons on why it is important to link a GIS asset management program into day to day business processes.
    • Recognize six of the nine project management knowledge areas within GIS asset management.
    • Given a CAD file, select the appropriate methodology to import the CAD data into a GIS asset management program.
    • Define the concept and use of a GEOID model.
    • Recognize at least two requirements that ensure the topological integrity of lines and polygons.
    • Identify the two main technologies used for mapping data through mobile imaging methods.
    • List the six data performance measures used in GIS asset management programs.

    Assessment of Learning Outcomes

    Learning outcomes are achieved through multiple tests, interactive knowledge checks, interactive case studies, and weekly forum participation throughout the 12-week course.

    Who Should Attend?

    • Public agency engineers
    • Public agency planners
    • Consultant engineers
    • A/E contractors
    • GIS analysts and project managers

    Course Outline


    2.4 CEUs / 24 PDHs


    Early Bird Rate: Member $1395 | Non-Member $1695
    Regular Rate: Member $1695 | Non-Member $1995

    certificateThis course is part of the Geographic Information Systems for Asset Management Certificate Program