The professional body for whole life management of physical assets

Key Principles

Key Principles

We have been ‘managing assets’ for a long time - however there are some vital adjectives that distinguish good practices in joined-up and optimized asset management from historical ‘merely managing the assets’. These adjectives are generic attributes:

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  • Holistic: asset management must be cross-disciplinary, total value focused
  • Systematic: rigorously applied in a structured management system
  • Systemic: looking at assets in their systems context, again for net, total value
  • Risk-based: incorporating risk appropriately into all decision-making
  • Optimal: seeking the best compromise between conflicting objectives, such as costs versus performance versus risks etc.
  • Sustainable: plans must deliver optimal asset life cycles, ongoing systems performance, environmental and other long term consequences.
  • Integrated: at the heart of good asset management lies the need to be joined-up. The total jigsaw puzzle needs to work as a whole - and this is not just the sum of the parts.

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