Nov 20 - Nov 24
8am - 5pm

In Person

Asset Management of Buried Infrastructure

This course is offered in partnership with the Centre for Advancement of Trenchless Technologies ( and covers the fundamentals of asset management with particular emphasis on buried infrastructure (water and wastewater pipelines). It will provide an in‐depth knowledge of the essential processes and techniques required to establish an effective asset management program for water and wastewater utilities. The course will also highlight the new developments and future trends in the asset management field.

Course Content

  • Asset inventory of water and wastewater networks
  • System components and attributes
  • Data collection and management
  • Levels of service and key performance indicators
  • Pipe materials and failure mechanisms
  • Condition assessment techniques for water systems
  • Condition assessment techniques for wastewater systems
  • Pipeline rehabilitation and replacement technologies for water and wastewater systems
  • Pipeline rehabilitation and replacement decision making for water and wastewater systems (multi-criteria decision making and optimization)
  • Finance and pricing for water and wastewater systems (financial sustainability)
  • New developments in water and wastewater network asset management

Who Should Attend

Infrastructure professionals and managers with responsibility for the management of municipal water and/or wastewater systems.


In-class case studies, individual assignments and group assignments will reinforce the presentations and class material. 


Assignments  30%,  project  20%, final examination  40%, class participation  10%.  Overall grade of 65%. Additionally, students must obtain a minimum of 50% on the final exam.


Mark Knight, PhD, P.Eng. is Associate Professor and Executive Director at the Centre for Advancement of Trenchless Technologies located at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Waterloo. Dr. Knight has extensive experience in buried infrastructure materials, and condition assessment and renewal techniques. Over the past ten years, Dr. Knight has been actively involved in water and wastewater asset management related research with a number of municipalities, and proposed new and innovative techniques in the market place. He has also contributed to the InfraGuide project (best practices guide to municipal infrastructure) and published and presented on buried infrastructure management at a number of forums.


Rizwan Younis, PhD is Research Associate at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Waterloo. He is also the Technical Director for Education Program for Civil Infrastructure Professionals at the Centre for Advancement of Trenchless Technologies. Dr. Younis has been engaged in the construction and management of large-scale civil infrastructure systems (water, transportation and buried infrastructure) for more than 15 years. He has expertise in pipelines’ condition assessment, deterioration modeling, infrastructure finance, risk analysis, optimization, and multi-criteria decision making. As an adjunct faculty, he has designed and taught the engineering and economic data analysis course at the University of Waterloo. Dr. Younis is actively involved in asset management research and has published and presented at Underground Infrastructure Management, NASTT’s No-Dig show, Trenchless Technology Road Shows, and ASCE conferences.


Centre for Health and Safety Innovation
5110 Creekbank Rd
Mississauga, ON
L4W 0A1
(905) 219-0044

Room: Smart K


November 20, 2017 - Nov 24
8am - 5pm