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Public Infrastructure Management

Public Infrastructure Management

Tracking Assets and Increasing System Resiliency
Frederick Bloetscher, Ph.D., P.E., Leed-AP
Hardcover, 7x10, 460 pages
ISBN: 978-1-60427-139-3
August 2019

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About the Item

This book addresses the long-term maintenance, repair, and replacement of public infrastructure in a practical, cost effective manner—something that is missing in the current literature. Fixing our public infrastructure is essential for public health and safety and is fast becoming a national priority. This title provides an overview of the major public works infrastructure systems (water, sanitary sewer, stormwater, roads, bridges, and railways), including components, operational goals, maintenance, areas where failure can occur, and ways to address failure. Risk and vulnerability to these systems are evaluated and guidance on how to create a condition index (assessment), given limited data, is provided. It also includes statistical methods to make an assessment more robust. Recommendations on budgeting strategies and capital planning are also discussed and designed to bring the risk, vulnerability, and condition indices together into a thorough decision-making process. It is a must read for anyone involved in public infrastructure management, including professional civil and environmental engineers, utility managers, local government managers and officials, urban and regional planners, and civil and environmental engineering students.

Key Features
  • Presents an overview of the components and maintenance needs of major public infrastructure systems
  • Outlines practical methods to gather data to assess the condition of each infrastructure system and tools to generate relevant data
  • Provides ways to evaluate risk and vulnerability in asset management and how to streamline the decision-making processes
  • Discusses the funding and prioritization of capital improvement projects within infrastructure systems
  • Expands on the use of work orders and repairs to improve information about each system
  • Includes critical case studies from around the United States where public infrastructure has failed, followed by the lessons learned
  • Features over 200 color figures and 75 tables to illustrate major points throughout the book, including the components of public water, sanitary sewer, and stormwater management systems
  • WAV contains instructor materials for adopting professors, including a proposed syllabus for the course, 15 PowerPoint lectures covering chapters 2 through 16, end-of-chapter homework questions and answers, project ideas for the instructor, GIS data sets for students to do their own condition assessments, and sample final and midterm exams—available from the Web Added ValueTM Download Resource Center at www.jrosspub.com
  • About the Author(s)

    Frederick Bloetscher, Ph.D., is currently a Professor of Civil, Environmental & Geomatics Engineering and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies and Community Outreach at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. His research focus has been on urban infrastructure systems, particularly public water, stormwater, and sewer systems and their sustainability. Dr. Bloetscher teaches the capstone senior design sequence at FAU, plus classes in water/wastewater, construction, environmental engineering and modeling, hydraulics, and infrastructure management. He is also the author of Practical Concepts for Capstone Design Engineering.

    Dr. Bloetscher received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Cincinnati and earned his Master of Public Administration Degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His Ph.D. is in civil, environmental, and architectural engineering from the University of Miami. His experience prior to academia is helpful to his ongoing research and outreach efforts. He was a city manager for two communities in North Carolina that were undergoing significant infrastructure improvements. In Florida, he was a utility director and deputy director for several large water and sewer systems that included groundwater, aquifer storage, reclaimed water systems, wastewater plants, and miles of piping that needed to be maintained. 

    Dr. Bloetscher has many years of consulting experience as well. He is the President of Public Utility Management and Planning Services, Inc. (PUMPS), a company dedicated to the evaluation of utility systems, needs assessments, condition assessments, strategic planning, capital improvement planning, grant and loan acquisition, inter-local agreement recommendations, bond document preparation, consultant coordination, permitting, and implementation of capital improvement construction. In managing both large and small infrastructure systems, and consulting for local governments, he has been involved in the construction of over $500 million in improvements—both new for expansion and for replacement. 

    Dr. Bloetscher has volunteered his time for many professional associations. He is the former Chair for the Water Resource Division Trustees, 3-time Chair of the Groundwater Resource Committee, and a member of the aquifer storage and recovery sub-committee and the Education Committee for the American Water Works Association (AWWA). Currently, Dr. Bloetscher is the chair of the distribution engineering and construction committee for AWWA and a former member of AWWA’s Technical and Education Council. He is the Secretary for the Florida Section of AWWA and has been the technical program chair since 2004. He is a LEED-AP and holds professional engineering licenses in nine states, and operations licenses in water, wastewater, distribution, and collection systems. He has had a North Carolina General Contractor’s license for pipeline and small utility construction for over 20 years.

    Dr. Bloetscher has been nominated for the “Distinguished Teacher of the Year” award a number of times by his students at FAU and has received three university-wide leadership awards including the prestigious “Presidential Award for Community Engagement” in 2018, received several national awards including the “Distinguished Educator Award” from the National Engineers Council in 2017, and has been recognized by the AWWA, the National Engineer’s Council, Florida Section of AWWA, and local chapters of ASCE for his contributions to the industry. In 2012, Dr. Bloetscher received the “National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying Award for Connecting Professional Practice and Education” for his work on the Dania Beach Nanofiltration Facility, which is the first LEED-Gold water treatment facility in the world. Dr. Bloetscher was the LEED administrator for the project.

    Dr. Bloetscher can be contacted via email at h2o_man@bellsouth.net. His website is www.h2o-pe.com and his blog is at publicutilitymanagment.com on Wordpress.  

    Table of Contents


    Chapter 1: History of Infrastructure

    Chapter 2: Economic Impact of Infrastructure

    Chapter 3: Public Water Systems

    Chapter 4: Sanitary Sewer Systems

    Chapter 5: Stormwater Management Systems

    Chapter 6: Transportation Systems (Roads and Railroads)



    Chapter 7: Asset Management

    Chapter 8: Valuation

    Chapter 9: Vulnerability and Risk Management

    Chapter 10: Creating a Condition Assessment

    Chapter 11: Financial Resources for Repair and Replacement

    Chapter 12: Operating Environment

    Chapter 13: Life Cycle Cost Analysis



    Chapter 14: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

    Chapter 15: Sustainability of Infrastructure – Looking at the Long-term Future Trends

    Chapter 16: Leadership

    Chapter 17: Conclusions


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