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An engineer's guide to looking after infrastructure

18 Jun 13 A new guide to help civil engineers look after infrastructure has been published by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES) management panel.

The ICE/ICES Guiding Principles of Asset Management sets out the case for putting a planned maintenance programme in place instead of just reacting to deterioration.

David Pocock from the management panel said: “Civil engineers developing new infrastructure, normally with long – or very long – term design lives, take decisions in the planning, concept or detailed design stages that have huge impacts on lifecycle performance of assets eventually constructed.

“Asset management should begin with and embrace asset creation, rather than taking over when asset creation is complete.  We must also be clear that asset management principles apply whatever the form of procurement.

“We hope this guide will aid asset managers in better understanding the considerations concerned with intended use, capacity and how evolving climate, financial, political and socio-demographic changes will affect infrastructure in the future.”

The guide can be found through the ICE's website.

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