ALN Newsletter 25 May 2021

This week’s ALN Th@4 on May 27th will feature a chat with Malak Bahrami, PE, CPPS, who is Asset Manager at Virginia’s Fairfax County Park Authority, and Jim Dieter, ALN CEO . As always, see more below in People and register at this link.

The “Equity through Innovative Asset Management” webcast with former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley on May 25, 4 pm Eastern will also feature Cecilia Mowatt, Esq., A55K. Ms. Mowatt is Co-Chair of the ALN Advancing Equity Asset Leadership Committee, which published a Position Paper she will reveal as an innovative approach to Equity with appropriate asset leadership. See more below and register at this link.


Malak Bahrami, PE, CPPS, comes to governmental asset management with a solid foundation in Civil Engineering, which gives him a very practical perspective on meeting the needs of multiple stakeholders, including a very unforgiving physical world that impacts parks in Fairfax County, Virginia. With 8 years in consulting before joining Fairfax County five years ago, Mr. Bahrami has meaningful experience, yet is young enough to adopt innovation and invention to solve asset management issues with physical and behavioral science. The ALN has already had the pleasure of learning from Mr. Bahrami about the ways he coordinates disparate stakeholders to establish consensus results on park issues ranging from waterway path construction methods to allocation of financial resources to disadvantaged areas. We look forward to learning more real-world solutions to government asset management issues.


Mining the Sun

A new colleague of the ALN, Don Newton, Administrator, Abandoned Mine Land Division Department of Environmental Quality, allerted us to a program that converts former mine land into areas for solar arrays. Described in this article as a win-win-win for Conservation, Energy Development and Mining Companies, this is exactly the type of success the ALN wants to encourage and support. The article also indicates there are 43 million acres of U.S. brownfields and former mines suitable for “Mining the Sun”, according to the U.S. EPA. Thank you Mr. Newton for the Source. And thank you to ALN Director, Technology, Nick Knoke for the introduction to Mr. Newton. If there are people with source materials – or Ideas – that you think should be shared more widely, please send them to us.


Federal Government Work-from-Home Implications

The implications of President Biden’s recent embrace of federal employees continuing to work from home are welcome as a potential relief on traffic, less wear and tear on roads, tunnels and bridges, a reduction in government’s carbon footprint. And there could be many other asset management benefits. These include the federal government needing less office space and the ability of federal workers to move to areas with lower cost of living, thereby increasing their quality of life. But there can be dramatic unintended consequences that need to be considered to avoid a glut in office space and negative retail impacts, not to mention a sea change in federal personal property asset management. These, and other, issues can be avoided with proper management. Learn more from this article in the Washington Post.

Upcoming Events


Thursdays at 4 pm EasternRegister Here

May 27 –

Malak Bahrami, Fairfax County Park Authority

June 3 –

Gary Merrow, VP, Atlanta Airlines Terminal Company

Equity through Innovative Asset Management

May 25th at 4 pm Eastern

Featuring former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley

With Tim Luzano, Advanced Analytics Manager at Grant Thornton Public Sector, and Cecilia Mowatt, A55K, President, Strategies In Site. Both companies are ALN Organizational Members.

23rd International Congress for Maintenance and Asset Management

May 26 – 28

The Colombian Association of Engineers ACIEM and the Organizing Committee of the Congress International Maintenance and Management Assets CIMGA – EXPOMANTENER, held their first virtual Congress and had participation from 300 companies and 800 attendees hearing from 80 speakers. They invite you to join to the second version CIMGA – EXPOMANTER virtual, which will take place from May 26 to 28, 2021.