2013 AWWA/WEF Utility Management Conference

The 2013 Utility Management Conference, jointly hosted by the Water Environment Federation and the American Water Works Association, is being held March 10-13 in Glendale, Arizona. CH2M HILL is a proud sponsor of UMC, as well as the co-located Young Professionals Summit, and we are looking forward to exchanging knowledge and catching up with our industry colleagues.

See CH2M HILL Employee Session Participation.

Be Among First to Hear Findings of New Water Infrastructure Asset Management Study

Utilities are concerned about the state of their infrastructure, and these concerns are driving a need for greater use of asset management practices, according to a new McGraw-Hill Construction SmartMarket Report Research Study to be released during the Utility Management Conference. The study also assesses the adoption and evaluation of 14 leading asset management practices.

‚ÄúWater Infrastucture Asset Management: Adopting Best Practices to Enable Better Investments,‚ÄĚ prepared by McGraw-Hill Construction in partnership with CH2M HILL, was completed in conjunction with five industry associations: American Public Works Association, American Water Works Association, National Association of Clean Water Agencies, National Association of Water Companies and Water Environment Federation.¬† The study included 451 respondents from the U.S. and Canada, from utilities ranging from those serving a minimum population of 3,300 to a population of over 500,000. Read a blog with some preliminary findings here.

Join CH2M HILL and McGraw-Hill Construction for breakfast and a presentation of findings 7 a.m. ‚Äď 8:15 a.m. Tuesday, March 12 in Solana FG at the Renaissance Glendale Hotel and Spa. Printable invite.


7:00 a.m.  Continental Breakfast

7:20 a.m.  Welcome by Scott Haskins, Vice President and Director, Management & Operations Services Team, CH2M HILL

7:25 a.m.  Presentation of Report by Harvey Bernstein, Vice President of Industry Insights and Alliances, McGraw-Hill Construction

7:55 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.  Questions and Adjourn to Sessions

CH2M HILL Employees Session Participation

Sunday, March 10

8:30 a.m.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Workshop ‚Äď So you‚Äôve made knowledge management a priority, what‚Äôs next: tools and approaches for managing and sharing information
Moderator: Sharon Jean-Baptiste

This interactive workshop will expand your experience with knowledge management beyond awareness to implementation. Through utility case studies, you’ll gain a firm understanding of knowledge management and what organizations are doing to address this important workforce topic; learn about approaches employed in developing and prioritizing an organization’s knowledge management program and activities; and hear about practical examples of tools, technologies, and initiatives for implementation.

Monday, March 11

10:30 a.m.          Changing Utility Operations to Achieve Positive Outcomes
Speakers: John Fortin and Sam Paske (Session: Leading Change ‚Äď A Case Study In Uniting People And Processes For Results)

Finding a strategic approach to utility operations that balances internal resources and budgets with external risks and financial liabilities can be difficult. Learn how three water utilities have made calculated efforts to optimize their operations with successful results.

1:30 p.m.          Is Your Capital Improvement Program Delivering As Expected?
Speaker: Don DeWolfe (Session: Doubling CIP Delivery Through Business Process Improvement And Automation)

Hear how two water utilities have refined their capital improvement programs to¬† balance cost, schedule and quality goals, all while meeting or exceeding performance metrics.¬† Also included in this session is a review of a WERF-funded project that is part of an EPA a research agenda that supports efforts to put the nation‚Äės aging infrastructure on a pathway toward sustainability.

Tuesday, March 12

10:30 a.m.         Optimizing for success: tools and technique for utility management
Speaker: Mike Matichich (Session: Creating and testing a benchmarking framework for the 10 attributes of effective utility management)

The sustainability of water utility all comes down to effective management. This session will cover benchmarking programs and management techniques that ensure that the customer needs are met in the most cost-efficient, safe and compliant manner.

3:30 p.m.          You can do it, too! Successful application of asset management programs
Speaker: Gareth Lifton (Session: Robust, defensible & transparent decision making? The City of Winnipeg corporate asset management program)

Across North America, cities are facing numerous challenges including limited funding, increased growth, constrained capital and operating budgets, and deteriorating infrastructure. Come hear how three water utilities have applied a consistent, robust and repeatable approach to allocate their limited resources to the assets most in need of attention.