ALN Newsletter 21 June 2022

In last week’s edition on ALN Th@3 pm ET, we were remiss not to mention the pivotal roll of Nick Knoke, ALN Director, Technology. Mr. Knoke has been the technical foundation of the program, has edited excellent highlight videos from the programs, and provides numerous critical services for the ALN.  He also trained ALN Technical Consultant Kevin Decker to step up and provide production support and editing. Many thanks to Nick and Kevin!

A virtual CAMPUS for Asset Management (AM) practitioners to provide visibility into the adoption of AM in US organizations.


Chris Chen, Executive Director, Asset Management Ontario (AMONTario), provided an interview that was information rich and very complimentary. He discussed the legislative requirements for asset management in Ontario municipalities and the ways municipalities have come together to address common issues. Mr. Chen also mentioned how Ontario organizations are using asset management to address emergency management, equity, sustainability, the changing climate and other issues salient to all organizations – private and public. A 1-minute highlight video is at this link.


CDC/ATSDR Social Vulnerability Index

The CDC/ATSDR SVI is a database that helps emergency response planners and public health officials identify, map, and plan support for communities that will most likely need support before, during, and after a public health emergency. The tool is commonly used across CDC/ATSDR, in addition to many emergency preparedness and response organizations. It might also be used to assist other asset management activities. Users may download the CDC/ATSDR SVI databases, documentation, and data dictionary at multiple public websites, including the CDC SVI sviArcGIS OnlineEsri’s Living, and HHS GeoHealth.


Stay Vigilant About Infrastructure Problems

If we stay updated on the Pittsburgh, Penn., Ferns Hollow Bridge Collapse, and other infrastructure disasters, it can help us keep focused on the importance of a structured approach to asset management as we prepare for a once-in-a-lifetime infrastructure spend. Thank you to Rich Culbertson, ALN Board of Directors member and ALN Senior Fellow, who linked us to this article in TribLive about the condition reports prior to the Ferns Hollow Bridge, which had been rated as “Poor” for a decade.