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Meet the Speakers: 
Connie Banegas & Earl DuPriest

Session: Developing a Strategic Asset Management Plan for Charleston Water System

 

SESSION

Connie BanegasConnie Banegas, Director of Asset Management and GIS, Charleston Water System

Connie Banegas, GISP, has 25 years of experience in GIS, to include 15 years in Asset Management. She has dedicated 18 years of her career to the water and wastewater industry. She has worked in the areas of database and application design, development and management; data analysis; facility siting; asset management; strategic planning; and project management. She is the Director of Asset Management and GIS at Charleston Water System in Charleston, South Carolina. Connie is a graduate of Appalachian State University. She sits on the board of the Carolina Urban and Regional Information Systems Association, and serves as chair of the South Carolina American Water Works Association and the Water Environment Association of South Carolina’s Joint Asset Management Committee.

 
Earl DuPriest

Earl DuPriest, Asset Management Program Manager, Charleston Water System

Earl is an experienced civil engineer and a native of Charleston, South Carolina who works for Charleston Water System (CWS) as the Asset Management Program Manager. He recently returned home after six years living and working abroad in Australia. He brings with him a wealth of infrastructure Asset Management (AM) knowledge gained operating in a mature AM System while working for the city of Gold Coast as the Executive Coordinator of Network Asset Projects and Programs. Prior to working for the city of Gold Coast he compiled a broad range of experience working as an estimator, project manager, and engineering consultant. Earl’s education background is equally diverse, including a degree in civil engineering and extensive course work in construction management, business management, project management, psychology, horticulture, landscaping, effective leadership, and communication. This combination of experience and education has proven beneficial to the development and management of the CWS AM Program.
 

 

SESSION

Developing a Strategic Asset Management Plan for Charleston Water System

Connie Banegas, Director of Asset Management and GIS, Charleston Water System
Earl DuPriest, Asset Management Program Manager, Charleston Water System

Between November 2016 and May 2018 Charleston Water System (CWS) developed a comprehensive Strategic Asset Management Plan (SAMP) to guide our Asset Management (AM) journey during the five-year strategic planning period of 2018-23. Developing the SAMP was a collective effort involving CWS subject matter experts that comprise the CWS Strategic AM Team. This presentation outlines the team’s step-by-step process to develop and begin implementing the SAMP. Communication and education in promoting the culture shift needed for an organization to understand, accept, and progress a SAMP and an AM Program is important. The presentation concludes with a brief overview on understanding resource requirements, an extremely important and often overlooked aspect of AM program development. A published version of the SAMP is available here – http://www.charlestonwater.com/473/Asset-Management.

 

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