Citywide Asset Management Course To Be Offered Twice Annually

Cityworks staff rejoins experts at the University of Wisconsin to offer a two-day, executive-level course on asset management
Citywide Asset Management Course To Be Offered Twice Annually

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The University of Wisconsin-Madison recently announced that it will offer their Citywide Asset Management course biannually.

The two-day, executive-level course is designed for mayors, city managers, controllers, city engineers and directors of public works. The next session will be held Nov. 17-18, 2015, at the University of Wisconsin’s Fluno Center in Madison, Wisconsin.

The course is led by the university's Department of Engineering Professional Development professor Thomas Smith. Smith was part of the U.S. delegation to the new ISO 55000 standard for asset management systems and is a recognized international expert on asset management.

“Citywide Asset Management is an important concept and offers a new level of efficiency for U.S. municipalities,” Smith says. “I was thrilled to see the level of interest in our first offering of this course and expect it to grow significantly in the coming year.”

Smith, Tarbet and other instructors provide real-life case studies covering how to get started, organizational change, resource requirements, realistic timelines and potential benefits and how they are measured and reported both internally and to the public.

“Presentations by expert practitioners, municipal officials and engineering consultants brought real-world, practical guidance on how to implement principles of asset management throughout our operations,” says Eric Johnston, P.E., assistant public works director of operations for the City of Bellingham, Washington.

Attendees leave this two-day course with executive-level tools they can use in their own asset management program, whether it has not yet started or has been in place for years.

“The caliber of the instructors was second-to-none, with industry leaders and exemplary municipal partners,” says Jon Henderson, GIS manager for the City of Bozeman, Montana. “We were able to put the knowledge we gained into action right away, including improved governance and overall adoption by our local agency. The content was both relevant and scalable, even for a local government”

As part of the course, Tarbet presents material covering the critical role of GIS-centric asset maintenance and life cycle data in successful asset management system design and successful long-term outcomes.

“I am excited and grateful to be a part of the university’s executive program for citywide asset management,” says Tarbet. “I believe it is essential that city officials share a common and comprehensive understanding of what asset management is so their organizations can systematically achieve successful program outcomes. After the exceptional response to the course we offered this past spring, it is clear that GIS-centric asset maintenance and life cycle data form a critical part of the platform upon which executive-level decisions are founded.”

In addition to the November session, Citywide Asset Management will be offered May 30-June 1, 2016, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

For a course brochure or to register, click here. For further information, visit

About Cityworks
Since 1996, Cityworks has been streamlining the way agencies manage public infrastructure and property by combining the asset geodatabase with the business logic of agencies that care for infrastructure and property. An authoritative resource and system of record, Cityworks elevates Esri ArcGIS Location Platform specifically to manage workflow, schedule resources and prioritize activities — saving time and improving operational efficiencies. Time-tested and proven technology, Cityworks is Empowering GIS at more than 500 organizations around the world.


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