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PNCWA is presenting a series of webinars at no cost for members. Individual members or employees of Utility Partnership Program organizations may register and attend at no cost.

CMMS Webinar - Jan 20, 2015

Computerized Maintenance Management Systems 101 For Small-To-Medium Sized Agencies

Tue Jan 20, 2015 9:00 AM

Computerized Maintenance Management Systems 101 For Small-To-Medium Sized Agencies


Registration is open here.


CEUs: 0.2 ww CEUs requested, All individuals in attendance at station eligible for CEUs.
Cost: PNCWA members no cost; nonmembers $90.00


Presenters:: Mike Prett, Simon Watson, and Allan Scott, Brown and Caldwell; Tony Bisson, Clark Regional Wastewater District; Moderated by Jeremy Coles, City of Rexburg.



  1. Introduction
  2. What is a CMMS?
  3. How can a CMMS help my utility?
  4. Integrate structural, operational, and hydraulic condition
  5. Track inspection, maintenance, and work order history
  6. Track customer complaints/issues
  7. Integrate with GIS
  8. Case study – Clark Regional Wastewater District (WA)
  9. What does a utility need to get started?
  10. Q&A



In this webinar we will be discussing how computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS) can provide a variety of benefits to agencies of all sizes.  This presentation will place a particular focus on smaller agency CMMS implementation and use.


Small to mid-sized agencies can own thousands of assets and the value of those assets can reach into the hundreds of millions of dollars or more. In order to keep asset life cycle costs down it is vital to know what you own, where it is, how much its worth, what condition it’s in and when the next maintenance activity is required.


CMMS software systems are computer programs used to house and manage information about a variety of assets ranging from streets and buildings, to sewer pipes and pumps.  These systems store pertinent data such as an assets size, condition, material, warranty information, replacement cost and expected life.  CMMS systems have the capability to track inspections, schedule recurring work orders as well as keep track of maintenance and failure history for the life of an asset. 


The data stored in CMMS systems provide the information needed generate reports that can help identify areas for improvement of maintenance practices.  Reliable data can help focus a cleaning or inspection program, prioritize maintenance on critical assets or measure performance in areas such as workload backlog or effectiveness of preventative maintenance.  CMMS reporting can help inform management decisions for items such as additional staffing needs as well as long-term budgeting and CIP planning.  Current asset data in a centralized CMMS location can help prevent the “brain drain” that can occur when long-time employees retire.


CMMS implementations can range from simple (e.g. a focus on asset registry and condition) to complex (e.g. linked to SCADA systems, GIS or financial software).  When an implementation is right-sized for a given agency the staff can slowly integrate the system into their maintenance culture and increase its complexity at their desired pace.


This presentation will cover the growing need for CMMS systems, implementation, challenges, long term considerations, upkeep as well as agency and rate-payer benefits. A case study will be presented by Clark Regional Wastewater District, a special purpose wastewater district in southwest Washington that services more than 80,000 people. The District will discuss their current use of CMMS, what it took for them to get there, and how the use of CMMS has helped them improve their wastewater services to their customers and rate-payers.










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