Fleets & facilities

Monday Sept. 10, 3 p.m.

From Woe to WHOA!: >Public Works Facility Improvements

If done right, upgrades to public facilities can enhance the efficiency of your operation. According to presenters Marc Rohde (of Legat Architects) and Michael Reynolds (maintenance supervisor in Arlington Heights, Ill.), smart facility renovations and enhancements can help improve the level of service your agency provides. In addition, the changes can create a more appealing work environment, leading to improved employee productivity and retention.

Monday Sept. 10, 2 p.m.

Modernizing Fleet Operations: How to Implement Changes

It's not impossible to create a state-of-the-art public fleet operation that rivals the private sector. Two cases in point: operations in Calgary and Minneapolis, two cities discussed at this session.

“The changes they implemented put to rest concerns whether internal fleet operations truly were efficient and effective, or if outsourcing should be considered,” says speaker Prabhakar Rao, director of Minneapolis' Fleet Services Division. “We'll discuss activity-based costing, customer service, service-level agreements, separating charges for fleet supply, etc.—in short, operating fleet services as a true internal service fund.”

Monday Sept. 10, 4 p.m.

Fleet's Role as First Responders

In hurricane country, the ability to respond quickly and efficiently to an emergency is crucial, and fleet professionals play an important part in the response effort.

“We'll discuss the absolutely essential, but seldom considered, factor in disaster response—a fleet's unique role,” says presenter Bob Stan-ton, director of fleet management for the Polk County (Fla.) Board of Commissioners.

In addition, representatives from the Greater New Orleans Expressway Commission will lay out the need for fleet personnel to attain National Incident Management System certification.

Tuesday Sept. 11, 3:45 p.m.

Safeguarding a Civic Icon for Future Generations

The city of Pasadena, Calif., has a treasure on its hands—namely, its historic city hall building. However, the beautiful structure is vulnerable, thanks to years of wear and tear, and being located in an earthquake-prone area. Public works director Martin Pastucha will discuss how the $117 million seismic retrofit and general rehabilitation of the building preserved its beauty and its place on the National Register of Historic Places and—maybe most importantly—ensured its usefulness to the city for years to come.

Wednesday Sept. 12, 8 a.m.

Equipment Replacement Strategies and Developing a Fleet Chargeback System

How do you determine equipment-replacement life cycles? And if you need to replace aging gear, where do you get the money? This session offers answers.

“We'll provide the tools necessary to develop your own replacement goals and objectives,” says speaker Bill DeRousse, fleet superintendent for Everett, Wash. “Also, we'll help you establish a method to recover operational costs that are fair and competitive with the garage down the street.”

Technology & asset management

Monday Sept. 10, 10:30 a.m.

Lessons Learned: Integrating GIS With Asset Management, Pavement Management, and Mobile/GPS

In this session, a group of high-tech experts from ESRI, Enterprise Information Solutions Inc., Azteca Systems, and TC Technology will discuss the ins and outs of implementing and integrating GIS with their asset and pavement software, along with mobile GPS applications.

“As budgets get tighter and demand grows, infrastructure managers have turned to technology to balance resource use and costs,” says Chuck Cmeyla, public works industry manager for ESRI. “Each of these presentations will discuss how specific data is managed, analyzed, and used within a GIS.”

Tuesday Sept. 11, 3:45 p.m.

So My Manager Wants Me to Actually Use this IMMS?

An infrastructure maintenance management system is a good way to keep tabs on complex infrastructure needs. However, because the system itself can be extremely complicated, launching an IMMS is a formidable challenge. Lydia Cox, senior consultant with LA Consulting Inc., will discuss how to get employees to use your IMMS and its data.

“This session will show how an IMMS can be used to track work, provide accountability, and serve as a catalyst for efficiency improvement,” says Cox.