ALN Newsletter 16 August 2022

“Effective Altruism” is the focus of Time magazine’s cover story for the issue dated Aug. 22 / Aug. 29. See more below in Ideas. A structured approach to asset management is so highly effective, maybe it can’t be seen as altruistic. Maybe it just makes good sense. With many executives in government, institutions and private business sharing their successes so others can repeat their positive outcomes, there will be a discussion of many approaches to effective asset management at ALN’s A Culture of Value – Power from Associations Friday 16 September at the National Academy of Sciences, 2101 Constitution Avenue, NW. Sign up to attend in person. Learn how executives from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, New York Academy of Science, Denver Transportation and Infrastructure, University Health, Montclair State University, NAS Transportation Research Board Asset Management Committee, and others are effectively improving their mission success in ways you can replicate at your organization.

Art Kurland, Director, Capital and Asset Management, University Health, and ALN Senior Fellow, has agreed to provide Personal Property Asset Management Executive Briefings for up to 3 organizations in a private meeting room at the National Academy of Sciences on September 16, 2022. See more below in People.

ALN TH@3 pm ET this Thursday 18 August at 3 pm Eastern will feature a talk with Art Kurland and Dominic Townsend, President ABS Quality Evaluations and ALN Board of Directors Member.

The Andrew James Advisory Group is Offering A55K Professional Certification Course starting October 24


Art Kurland and Dominic Townsend are long-term supporters of the Asset Leadership Network and will be talking about the value of ISO 55001 certification for personal property asset management for this week’s ALN TH@3 pm ET. Mr. Kurland manages the ISO 55001 certification process for University Health and Mr. Townsend overseas the evaluation that leads to certification. University Health was the first hospital in the world to be certified to ISO 55001 and will receive its second recertification in a ceremony at the National Academy of Sciences on September 16, 2022. Their conversation will address the continuous improvement that University Health is achieving and the increased asset value the organization is receiving from the certification process. Organizations interested in a Personal Property Asset Management Executive Briefings from Mr. Kurland will have an solid overview of the content they will receive in detail on September 16, 2022.


Asset Leadership Network as Effective Altruism

Effective Altruism is gaining ground as a way to “use evidence and reason to find the best way of helping others,” according to Naina Bajekal’s cover story for Time magazine on the subject. The article addresses ways people think about how our actions today directly impact future residents of earth – so does asset leadership. The article talks about how to measure allocation of limited resources to achieve the greatest good – so does asset leadership. And the article states that many people who are active in Effective Altruism were interested in doing good from an early age. Almost all of our ALN Th@3 pm ET web discussion program guests reveal that they have had a long-term interest in doing good for organizations and the world. So…Is Asset Leadership and Asset Management a form of effective altruism, or is it just good sense? Can it be both? Let us know what you think at …or join the “Effective Asset Management” movement and have your organization become a member of the Asset Leadership Network. Contact


Colorado Adopts ASCE Subsurface Standard

The State of Colorado Department of Transportation has adopted ASCE standard “ASCE C-I 38-02, Standard Guidelines for the Collection and Depiction of Existing Subsurface Utility Datafor its underground services contracts related to highways. Subsurface Utility Engineering contracts can be for:

  • Preliminary utility information gathering;
  • Visual observation and surveying of above-ground utility facilities;
  • Surface marking of buried utilities;
  • Exposing and surveying the location of buried utility facilities;
  • Utility facility mapping and CADD drawings;
  • Utility relocation planning and design.

This is a strong step forward for providing a structured approach to asset management in the complex relationship between highway assets and subsurface utility assets.

Upcoming Events

Association of Healthcare Internal Auditors Annual Conference in Miami August 28 – 31

ALN Senior Fellow Art Kurland, Director, Capital and Asset Management, University Health, and his colleague, Frank Estala, Senior Compliance Officer, University Health, an ALN Organizational Member, will be presenting on the ISO 55001 Certification and Recertification of University Health’s Personal Property Asset Management System, which includes robot delivery vehicles.

IAM North America Conference in Denver October 3 – 6, 2022