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Asset Management. Presented by: Heather Himmelberger, P.E. Director, NM EFC New Mexico Infrastructure Finance Conference. What is an Asset?. Something you own that has value There can be assets that gain value over time…. or lose value over time. What is Asset Management?.

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asset management

Asset Management

Presented by: Heather Himmelberger, P.E.

Director, NM EFC

New Mexico Infrastructure Finance Conference

what is an asset
What is an Asset?
  • Something you own that has value
  • There can be assets that gain value over time….
  • or lose value over time
what is asset management
What is Asset Management?

Maintaining a desired level of service (what you want your assets to provide) at the lowest life cycle cost (best appropriate cost - not no cost)


The main purpose of a Community or Utility is

customer service

not the management of the assets

We manage assets in order to provide the service!

Asset Management is a toolit can be used to help assure that utility services are provided in a sustainable, cost-effective way
five core components of asset management

Current State of the Assets

Required Level of Service

Minimum Life Cycle Cost

Five Core Components of Asset Management

Asset Management

Long-term Funding Strategy

Critical Assets

core component 1 current state of the assets
Core Component 1: Current State of the Assets

Where is it?

What is the useful


What do I own?

What condition is it in?

What is its value?

considerations for level of service
Considerations for Level of Service

8 to 12 Good Items

Items that are Measurable

Track Progress: Measure how well you’re doing

Customer Involvement/Customer Communication

core component 3 which assets are critical to sustained performance
Core Component 3: Which Assets Are Critical to Sustained Performance?

What is the likelihood of failure?

What is the cost of the repair?

How do my assets fail?

What are the consequences of failure?

critical assets
Critical Assets

Probability of Failure

Which category of assets do I care the most about, the least?

Consequence of Failure

core component 4 best minimum life cycle cost for cip and o m

Initial Capital Cost

Maintenance Cost

Replacement Capital Cost

Repair Cost

Operation Cost

Disposal Cost

Rehabilitation Cost

Core Component 4: Best Minimum Life Cycle Cost for CIP and O&M

Other $$: Legal, environmental, social, impact on other operations

Balancing O&M with Capital Costs

core component 5 what is the best long term funding strategy
Core Component 5: What is the Best Long-term Funding Strategy

What funding do we need to properly operate the Utility?







Where will the funding come from?


Impact Fees

Customer Rates

Special Funds

Customer Fees



components are interrelated process can start anywhere

Level of Service

Critical Assets

Current State of the Assets

Long Term Funding Strategy

Minimum Life Cycle Cost

Components are Interrelated; Process Can Start Anywhere
what conditions make am so important
What Conditions Make AM so Important
  • Inadequate Capital Funding
  • Aging Infrastructure
  • Inadequate Cost Recovery Over Time

With these Conditions, Have to Be Smart About When to Do O&M, Repairs, Rehabilitation, and Replacement

a few key benefits

Better Capital Projects

  • Capital Project Savings
  • Best Customer Rate



  • Inventory/Maps
  • Better Understanding of O&M Costs and What O&M to do


  • Customer Communication
  • /Customer Service
  • Better Internal Communication
  • Greater Efficiencies in All Areas of Operation
A Few Key Benefits
am is coming to new mexico
AM Is Coming To New Mexico
  • CDBG Incentives: 10 points for Rates Setting Using AM
  • Funding Requirements and Incentives
contact info
Contact Info

Heather Himmelberger

Director, NM EFC

2445 Alamo, SE

Albuquerque, NM 87106