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What Level of Asset Management

SIMPLE has been developed into two levels, the "Introductory Level" for the open web environment and the "Practitioner Level" for  subscribers to the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) and the Water Research Foundation (WRF). Each level allows the user to drill down to a level of information which will satisfy their requirements. It helps users to make more informed decisions about implementing asset management and developing a first level asset management plan. By applying to become a subscriber of either WERF or WRF users will have access to all the guidelines, tools and case studies in the "Practitioner level" entry.

Introductory Level  

The Level 1 SIMPLE web tool is considered to be a basic asset management program learning environment for the NOVICE user - someone who has some knowledge; not an expert, but someone who has been managing assets for a considerable period. This tool is available free to anyone through the WERF and WRF web site. Users who access this part of SIMPLE will see restricted access to the menu for the "Practitioner Level" suite of guidelines, tools and case studies.

Practitioner Level  

This level provides more advanced asset management models and processes, using examples and case studies from research of world wide best practices. It includes advanced processes and tools to assist users to undertake life cycle modeling and financial planning.

The "Practitioner Level" programs will continue to build more specialist advanced modules such as: strategic planning, maintenance planning, reliability centered maintenance and risk assessment. Other tools include optimised renewal and life cycle cost analysis, whole of business planning, budget preparation, project and program management, asset handover, asset rationalization and disposal, levels of service, and customer consultation surveys.

To reach this point could take asset managers a considerable period of time. This module is being developed to allow continuity of the level of expertise for advanced users, so the momentum is not reduced. 

Want to find out your level? Simply answer 10 simple questions on our scorecard below and press the 'Score Me' button.
1. Have you read the International Infrastructure Management Manual?
2. Have you attended any formal training in asset management?
3. Does your agency contain an electronic asset register?
4. Does this register contain all assets or just some
5. Are you aware of Total Quality Management processes?
6. Have you commenced an Agency Asset Management program?
7. Does your agency use a computerized maintenance management system and are staff sufficiently skilled in its operation?
8. Have you read other available texts on Asset Management?
9. Is Asset Management a regular topic of discussion within your Agency?
10. Does your Agency have an Asset Management Steering Committee?

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(Scoring Levels: 0-75 Introductory Level , 76-150 Level Practitioner Level)