ALN Newsletter 5 July 2022

For those of you in the U.S., we hope you had a relaxing 4th of July weekend with family and friends. For those of you in Canada, we hope you had a relaxing Canada Day weekend with family and friends. For all the rest of you, we also hope you had a relaxing weekend with family and friends.

Now, it is time to look forward to being together in person with our work friends. “A Culture of Asset Leadership – Power from Associations” is the theme for upcoming activities, with a highlight being an in-person event Friday 16 September from 8 – 4 pm at the National Academy of Sciences’ historic building, 2100 Constitution Avenue, NW. Save the Date Registration is at this link. If you want to sponsor activities or volunteer to assist, please email with your contact information.

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


Jennifer Zach, ALN Board of Directors Member and CMO of MentorAPM/Uberlytics, has made major contributions to the ALN. One such contribution is helping shape the direction of our upcoming day at the National Academy of Sciences. Ms. Zach has introduced us to the Smart Water Network Forum – or SWAN. With a focus on using digital tools and the advanced processes they allow, SWAN has established a presence on every continent in the world and has created model methods and tools for sharing best practices and other ways to gain better value from water assets – and better water for more people. Ms. Zach and a SWAN representative will present together at A Culture of Asset Leadership – Power from Associations in September. And look for more educational content before then. See more about SWAN below.



Since 2020, The Smart Water Networks Forum (SWAN) has increased awareness and acceleration of data-driven solutions in drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater networks. SWAN’s most recent efforts include a re-envisioned website that enables global communication among like-minded professionals and interested parties who want to support collaboration in the equitable distribution of smart water services. The association – and website – has 9 functional ecosystems cross-referenced over more than 40 service solution areas in 6 global regions to promote personal communications and information sharing. The SWAN Interactive Architecture Tool allows people to navigate through solution diagrams according to different business drivers and challenge areas. The use of Digital Twins is gaining strong interest at SWAN. Their free tools could easily be used to help organizations begin the formation of a Strategic Asset Management Plan addressing drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater,


Asset Management Consolidation to Build Capacity?

Recent business news points to one way of building asset management capacity. Siemens has begun the process of acquiring brightly, an asset management software and consulting company that includes Assetic by brightly, an ALN Organizational member. The joint press release states, “It is estimated that 7 billion people will live in urban areas by 2050. This trend, coupled with the urgency of tackling climate change, highlight the need for smart and sustainable communities and infrastructure.” Assetic by brightly has provided the ALN audience clear and convincing local government success stories from their offices in Australia, Canada, U.K., and the U.S. Assetic by brightly has been an active supporter of establishing a culture of asset management and presented with at the ALN at the June 2022 Government Finance Officers Association annual conference in a pilot activity we hope to replicate in many industries. (More Power from Associations.) The Siemens acquisition of brightly could indicate the increased prominence of a structured approach to asset management as a standard operating procedure around the world.