Did you know?
The Federal Highway Administration has mandated the development of a risk-based asset
risk management plan for State DOTs.

Every municipality manages, monitors, and maintains various infrastructure equipment and assets that are spread across locations and have a limited service life. Ensuring optimum utilization of these assets till they reach their full-service life and preparing for their replacement requires a road-map that efficiently integrates risk mitigation and ensures satisfactory levels of
service.

Here are 6 strategies to integrate Asset Risk Management into Asset Planning:

1. Get Key Decision Makers Onboard

When it comes to risk-based asset planning, gaining support from senior leadership is necessary. Top management holds the power to take key decisions so it is important to educate them on the significance of risk mitigation for effective management of systems that actually make it possible to provide satisfactory service to community. When top-down support is achieved, it becomes easier to identify and mitigate potential risks.

2. Evaluate the Probability of Risk Looking at Past Records

While it is not possible to predict disasters and anticipate risks accurately, there are certain sure fire ways to develop a disaster recovery plan that addresses lock-down situations and unexpected failures efficiently. EAM software offers valuable insights for identifying risks that your organization can face in future based on past records of problems, fixes, failures and upkeep. Data collection is essential to identifying and assessing risk and EAM software quantifies the probability of risk and its consequences accurately to facilitate effective risk
mitigation.

3. Anticipate Long-Term Consequences

In order to anticipate long-term consequences, it is essential to identify the assets that are at the maximum risk of failure and their highest impact in case of failure. This facilitates accurate allocation of budgets and helps maintain the most critical assets first. Having EAM software makes it easy to prioritize asset investments and also provides accurate performance reports.

4. Prioritize Based on Performance Reports

Once the probability of risk occurrence is estimated and its cost to the project is predicted, organizations can prioritize areas of concern and communicate the risk to stakeholders. Sharing the risk management plans with key stakeholders and community members creates a sense of confidence that the organization is doing everything possible to mitigate risk.

5. Implement a Risk Management Strategy

The risk management strategy must outline the steps that need to be taken for managing major risks with minimal probability of failure. The plan must include a combination of strategies that focus on ways to avoid risk, if risk occurs then to modify activities and minimize the impact of potential harm and stay prepared for the consequences. Key stakeholders, employees and volunteers should be trained and educated on the risk management activities to meet responsibilities efficiently.

6. Review and Revise for Sustainable Success

The implementation phase is the right time to review work status, progress, and project activities and identify impending risks and existing threats. From analyzing client needs and funding constraints to service delivery challenges and external risks, the risk management team must evaluate risk management strategies to ensure its consistency, efficiency, appropriateness and effectiveness.

Enterprise asset management software helps project and prioritize asset maintenance and risk management based on asset lifecycle plans and criticality. When an organization can identify the assets that are at the highest risk of failure and can cause a massive impact, it becomes easier to allocate budget and mobilize resources. NEXGEN EAM software helps organizations achieve just that, empowering them to deliver the results that communities demand on time, every time.