Asset Management and Climate Resiliency

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An Infrastructure Resilience Professional (IRP) Course

Tuesday, September 7 to Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Tuesday, September 7 to Tuesday, October 12, 2021

The Asset Management and Climate Resiliency course was designed to fulfill one of the knowledge requirements of the Infrastructure Resilience Professional (IRP) Credentialling Program, but it can also be taken as a stand-alone course for professional development credits

Course Fee:

  • $625 plus HST (if pursuing the IRP credential )
  • $475 plus HST (if for professional development only)

Fees cover course instruction and presentation materials in pdf format. Participants will be provided access to course materials one week prior to the beginning of the Course. This training is intended for individual instruction, not for groups under a single registration.

Supported by Natural Resources Canada’s

Building Regional Adaptation Capacity and Expertise (BRACE) Program.


Asset Management and Climate Resiliency

Infrastructure assets in Canada are valued at more than $1 trillion and municipal assets comprise nearly 60% of all infrastructure in the country. Although roughly 50% of these assets are in good condition, there is still an important asset stock that is in poor condition and reaching the end of its service life.  The 2019 Canadian Infrastructure Report Card has identified a high percentage of stormwater and public transit assets for which the condition is unknown.  Natural assets are increasingly being recognized for the critical services they provide our communities, yet these assets are also at risk. 

Meanwhile, most existing assets were designed to function under historic climate conditions and did not take future climate changes into account. Through its effects both on severe weather and average operating conditions, climate change is likely to exacerbate existing vulnerabilities and intensify impacts. To maintain public safety and sustain quality of life, the impacts of climate change need to be understood and used to inform the ways in which we manage our assets – yet it can be daunting for asset owners to make decisions about potentially costly upgrades in the face of uncertainty.   

Asset management is a pragmatic and necessary process for implementing climate action and building community resilience in the face of climate change. Asset management involves balancing costs, levels of service, and risks across different infrastructure types (including natural assets) and life cycle phases. It is an iterative process that fosters a holistic understanding of complex systems and service requirements. When used effectively, asset management allows timely interventions (“doing the right thing, to the right asset, at the right time”) and makes systems and the services they provide to the public more resilient, sustainable, and affordable.    

Course Description

This Course introduces the fundamentals of asset management so that learners can identify the benefits and challenges of infrastructure asset management and link this to their own practice, including land use planning, operations and maintenance, finance, and risk management.  The course provides an understanding of how climate can impact assets and services, and the integration of risk mitigation and adaptation measures over the life-cycle of an asset. 

Course Objectives  

This course is designed to fulfill one of the knowledge requirements of the Infrastructure Resilience Professional (IRP) Credentialling Program. It can also be taken as a stand-alone course for professional development credits.    

In taking this course, participants will

  1. Identify foundational asset management principles and processes, and how these are relevant to your work.
  2. Recognize the potential impacts of climate change on asset lifecycle performance.
  3. Analyze stages in the process of asset management for opportunities to improve climate resilience of infrastructure.
  4. Identify the role of natural assets and natural asset management in climate resilience.
  5. Describe common challenges faced in implementing asset management to build infrastructure resilience, and strategies for overcoming these challenges.

Dates and Times

Times are in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), please check your time zone.

Session 1 – Tuesday, September 7, 2021 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm (EDT)

Session 2 – Tuesday, September 14, 2021 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm (EDT)

Session 3 – Tuesday, September 21, 2021 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm (EDT)

Session 4 – Tuesday, September 28, 2021 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm (EDT)

Session 5 – Tuesday, October 5, 2021 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm (EDT)

Session 6 – Tuesday, October 12, 2021 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm (EDT)

Fees

Fees cover course instruction and presentation materials in pdf format. Participants will be sent information to access the five sessions following completion of registration and payment. Note that this training is intended for individual instruction, not for groups under a single registration.

$625.00 (plus applicable taxes) (for professional development and recognition as meeting IRP credentialling requirement) 

$475.00 (plus applicable taxes) (for professional development only) 

Participants will be provided access to course materials one week prior to the beginning of the Course. Note that this training is intended for individual instruction, not for groups under a single registration.


Course Instructors

Jody Rechenmacher
Donna Chiarelli

Jody Rechenmacher, P.Eng., is a Community Consultant and Principal with Urban Systems Ltd. Jody works with municipalities and First Nations to lead and facilitate the development of service-focused management programs, strategies, and plans that span all types of community services. Her expertise is in navigating complex problems that require both a technical and a social lens, with an emphasis on asset management and climate action. Read more…

Donna Chiarelli brings over 20 years of experience helping to build healthy, prosperous and resilient communities. Her consulting work now focuses on strengthening decision-making of local governments and the people they work with, related to asset management, environmental sustainability and climate action. She is working on multiple projects with the Municipal Natural Assets Initiative (https://mnai.ca) to support communities across Canada to integrate natural asset management into infrastructure management and decision making. She is the co-author of an asset management practice guideline being developed by Engineers and Geoscientists BC, and she has developed multiple tools and workshops to support learning and progress on asset management. Read more…