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Water Infrastructure Asset Management Is Evolving

United Nations Development Programme, Malé 20094, Maldives
HAN University of Applied Sciences, 6826 CC Arnhem, The Netherlands
Independent Researcher, 24a High Street, Watlington OX49 5PY, UK
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Academic Editor: William D. Shuster
Received: 31 March 2021 / Revised: 9 June 2021 / Accepted: 10 June 2021 / Published: 18 June 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Water Infrastructure Asset Management)
Infrastructure Asset Management (IAM) is the process by which decisions are made and resources allocated to ensure organisational or societal assets continue to deliver, as required. IAM is an evolving field. We discuss this evolution and present our perspectives on the future direction of IAM. IAM was born as a response to the poor state of maintenance of infrastructure, largely due to lack of resources, and emphasizes the need to prioritize maintenance and renewal using risk-based approaches. The demands on IAM have also continued to evolve as asset systems have become more complex, with multifunctionality, adaptative capacity and nature-based infrastructure, all issues that IAM must now consider. These challenges underpin the changing context of Water Infrastructure Asset Management (WIAM) and the opportunity for WIAM to harness new technical developments from other IAM domains. WIAM will need to continue to evolve, responding to these challenges and take advantage of these opportunities through research and application in collaboration with a relevant education and capacity development agenda. View Full-Text
Keywords: infrastructure asset management; water management; maintenance; flood infrastructure; nature-based solutions infrastructure asset management; water management; maintenance; flood infrastructure; nature-based solutions
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