The Infrastructure Asset Management Academy for Engineers and Planners is a 6-course program taught by experts at CAIT and industry partners designed to provide students with the knowledge, tools, and experience needed to make more informed decisions that can help them extend the service life, account for resiliency, and minimize risk to their assets — all while taking the next step in their careers.
Aging infrastructure, growing populations, complex high-density regions, the impacts of climate change, and more factors all contribute to an asset’s service life and condition.
Today asset owners need all the tools they can get in order to address these new challenges facing the transportation system and to ensure assets meet their performance needs over time.
Located in the Northeast region, home to some of the oldest and most complex transportation systems in the world, Rutgers Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT) understands the importance of managing the roads, bridges, pavements, and other assets that make up our vital infrastructure systems. Decades of applied research and technology transfer with our regional partners have taught us the most pressing asset management needs of today.
And now a new workforce development program at CAIT, Infrastructure Asset Management Academy For Engineers and Planners (IAMA) is sharing that knowledge and expertise with transportation professionals looking to take the next step in their careers.
“An effective asset management plan plays a critical role in meeting our region’s and the nation’s infrastructure needs,” said CAIT Director Dr. Ali Maher. “By putting our collective resources and research expertise together into the Academy, CAIT is happy to help asset owners develop these critical programs and protect their infrastructure.”
IAMA is a 6-course program taught by experts at CAIT and leaders in the industry that is designed to help students make more informed decisions that can help extend the service life, account for resiliency, and minimize the risk of their assets across multiple modes of transportation.
Students will graduate from the Academy with a professional development certificate from CAIT, professional development hour credits, and a deeper understanding of asset management best practices that can be applied in the field in real time.
The Academy consists of 6 courses covering the fundamentals, resilience, and multiple modes of transportation and infrastructure asset management:
- Fundamentals of Infrastructure & Transportation Asset Management Part 1
- FAM Part 2: Asset Investment Planning
- Infrastructure Resilience Planning
- Pavement Management Systems
- Bridge Management Systems
- Track Asset Management Systems
The first course, Fundamentals of Infrastructure & Transportation Asset Management Part 1, will cover the Infrastructure & Transportation Asset Management journey over the last 20 years and what we now see as the current and future trajectory of developing a sustainable and scalable asset management program. It is designed to provide students with enough information to develop an asset management program from scratch or allow them to build upon an existing program.
The course is aimed at the agency-level asset manager, maintenance manager and engineering consultants, and will provide all participants with a solid base of understanding of the various elements and stages of building a modern and forward-looking asset management program.
The Academy will kick off with its first, 2-day course on November 11th and 12th.
“We encourage everyone from graduate students looking to break into the industry to current asset owners to attend IAMA and invest time developing skills in this growing field,” Dr. Maher said. “IAMA covers everything from the basics to specifics on bridge management, pavement management, and resiliency planning.”