Newsletter 20 December 2022

Please join us on December 22 as we continue the special month of ALN Th@3 pm ET focused on “Advancing Outcomes with Asset Leadership.” We will have an open program for people to discuss how they address policy, strategy and tactics that contribute to dramatic improvements in achieving organizational mission success. David Brewer from Jacobs will be our featured panelist and others are invited to speak. See more about retired USAF Col. Brewer below in People.

ALN Th@3 pm ET December 29 will be a recap of highlights on Advancing Outcomes with Asset Leadership by selected attendees.


Definitive Logic Delivers Outcomes at the Intersection of Business Processes and Technology


David Brewer is Senior Asset Management Consultant, Advisory Services, Federal and Environmental Solutions, Jacobs. He has been in this position since 2006 when he retired from the U.S. Air Force as Colonel. His last position at the USAF was Chief, Programs and Force Development Division, Directorate of Plans and Programs, HQ Pacific Air Forces, Hickam AFB, Hawaii. Mr. Brewer is a Fellow in the American Society of Military Engineers and has over 40 years of multi-faceted experience with engineering, planning, programming and execution activities for airfields, city-bases, built and natural infrastructure, plant operations, and environmental cleanup around the globe. We look forward to hearing his insights on Advancing Outcomes with Asset Management.


Authority Magazine published a truly wonderful profile of ALN Senior Fellow David Totman, a member of the leadership team for Innovyze, which has been acquired by Autodesk. The profile articulates Mr. Totman’s commitment to asset management to bring social equity to water and wastewater asset management. It includes a story of inspirational leaders who influenced Mr. Totman and how he created a culture of asset management at Colorado Springs Utilities. It even includes a hair raising story involving half a dozen guns being pointed at him. (Spoiler alert – he survived without injury.) We have always respected Mr. Totman’s commitment to asset management, but the respect went up many notches after reading this profile. Thanks for all that you do David!


Use AI For Good – Today


Kimon Onuma, President of ALN Patron Member, ONUMA, Inc., asked the freely available ChatGPT artificial intelligence engine a number of questions, including questions about Asset Management and Digital Twins. The answers are surprisingly…wonderful. The AI engine provided answers to “Tell an eight-year-old why ISO 55000 is important for the world.” and “Create a poem about Asset Management and Digital Twins” and other questions with surprising intelligence and subtly. Go to this site to register and play with ChatGPT yourself. Maybe it is now about asking the right questions.

55K Talk with Art Kurland, Director, Capital and Asset Management, University Health

Mr. Kurland said, “ISO 55001 Section 5.1 on leadership and commitment is the most important part of the standard. Without a requirement for committed leadership it is just not going to work. It helped me because once we got leadership support, that gave us commitment to revise the asset management policy which in turn demonstrated the seriousness to the rest of the organization.” Since Mr. Kurland guided University Health to being the first healthcare organization to be ISO 55001 certified, we tend to believe him.

If you have a favorite section of the ISO 55K Series please email your selection with a short comment to We will collect the comments and publish them together in 2023.

Upcoming Events

Jan. 5, 2023 ALN Th@3 Kick off Spectacular with Peader Duffy, Global ESG Practice Lead at Archer Integrated Risk Management. We are calling this a “Spectacular” event because Mr. Duffy has developed a way of describing asset leadership that Jim Dieter has not seen before. You will not want to miss this discussion, which will likely go into extra-time, so schedule your day accordingly.  Register Here