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Underground Conduit Infrastructure [Part 4]: The Aboveground Impact of Underground Neglect

Alden’s Underground Conduit Infrastructure series has investigated the reality of underground facilities: what they are and what happens when no one is looking. Damage, violations, and trespass cause harm to these essential structures. This...
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Mary Ashley Canevaro
. 09.19.2017

Topics: Infrastructure Asset Management

Underground Conduit Infrastructure [Part 3]: Digging in to Violations, Safety, and Damage

A few weeks ago, Hurricane Harvey gushed into the streets of Houston and surrounding areas. It flooded businesses, homes, and schools. But it didn’t stop there. Water leaked from the streets  into the manholes and handholes of underground...

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Mary Ashley Canevaro
. 09.12.2017

Topics: Infrastructure Asset Management

Underground Conduit Infrastructure [Part 2]: Sneaking Around Underground

Foreign to our everyday lives above ground, the underground world can be quite mysterious. What lies beneath is unknown and unfamiliar. Twenty-first century urban explorers have begun to uncover findings of underground communities, secret maps,...

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Mary Ashley Canevaro
. 09.5.2017

Topics: Infrastructure Asset Management

Underground Conduit Infrastructure [Part 1]: Looking Under the Surface

The future of communications is rapidly progressing. With high-speed broadband becoming a basic requirement in daily life, extensive changes are being made to regulations and federal deployment plans. Initiatives such as the Connect America Fund...

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Mary Ashley Canevaro
. 08.29.2017

Topics: Infrastructure Asset Management

Better Communities Through Better Infrastructure

Our communities are built on the success of our infrastructure. When something fails, we are all impacted – whether that infrastructure is a road, a bridge, power plant, or utility pole. Many people pass through their days unaware of the complex...

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Ashley Little
. 08.15.2017

Topics: Infrastructure Asset Management

The Benefits of a Shared, Centralized Asset Database [Part 2]: For Asset Owners

Sorting through paper records, emails, or asset records spread across several different spreadsheets or databases is no longer feasible for a best practice. Trying to keep track of maintenance needs, work requests (such as pole transfers), joint...

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Ashley Little
. 05.16.2017

Topics: Asset Data Management, Infrastructure Asset Management

The Status of Asset Data Management Today

Today’s utility asset data is a vast world of information. Much of it is valuable; some of it is not. Asset owners hold data about many different asset types (utility poles, underground conduit in manholes or vaults, towers, cables, etc.), in...

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Ashley Little
. 05.2.2017

Topics: Asset Data Management, Infrastructure Asset Management

The Question of Aging Infrastructure

 Are aging field assets an urgent crisis, or a manageable long-term maintenance challenge?

Is aging infrastructure an imminent problem that is bearing down on the U.S. utilities industry? Or is it a minor challenge to be addressed over a long...

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Ashley Little
. 01.25.2017

Topics: Infrastructure Asset Management

A Year in Review: Field Asset Management and Joint Use in 2016 The Highlights, Lessons Learned and Big Trends that Emerged During the Past Year

As tempting as it is to see the start of a new year as a fresh beginning – an opportunity to forge ahead with new resolutions, new plans and exciting new initiatives – it’s also important to take a look back. To consider all that the utility and...

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Ashley Little
. 01.10.2017

Topics: Field Asset Management, Infrastructure Asset Management, Outside Plant Services

Highlight on IoT: 3 Ways the Internet of Things Will Change the Future of Infrastructure Asset Management (Part 2 of 3)

This post is part 2 of a blog series about the Internet of Things (IoT) and its impact on asset management. To read part 1, go to “What Does the Internet of Things Mean for Fixed Asset Management?”

Infrastructure asset management is evolving. In...

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Ashley Little
. 11.8.2016

Topics: Infrastructure Asset Management

Storm of the Century: How Weather Can Wreck Infrastructure

Bad weather happens. From the occasional light rain to seemingly increasing instances of extreme weather, tornadoes, hurricanes, ice storms, wind, hail and lightning all can wreak havoc on utility poles, lines and equipment.

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Ashley Little
. 09.27.2016

Topics: Infrastructure Asset Management

Is it Time to Renegotiate Your Joint Use Contracts?

One of the keys to running a business well is having visible oversight—the high-level, future-focused information that allows for continued success. In joint use, that means reviewing your contracts to ensure they are updated, correct and working...

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Ashley Little
. 08.30.2016

Topics: Infrastructure Asset Management, Contract Management & Negotiations

Tales From the Vault #1: Stories of Joint Use in the Wild

At Alden, our experts travel all over the country solving issues in infrastructure asset management, data collection, data management and joint use for companies of all shapes and sizes. We see a lot of different situations, and as a result, we...

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Ashley Little
. 06.28.2016

Topics: Utility Asset Management, Infrastructure Asset Management

Outsourcing & Infrastructure Asset Management: Pick Your Mix

When utility pole owners, attaching companies or anyone with a joint use department decide to ask for help, we have found it usually has to do with one big thing: resource contention. Many joint use departments simply do not have the resources to...

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Ashley Little
. 03.29.2016

Topics: Field Asset Management, Infrastructure Asset Management

Get your Head in the Cloud: 3 Ways Cloud Computing Has Changed Business and Will Change Joint Use

In the past few years, the idea and application of cloud computing has exploded. It almost seems as though we will cease to store important information on our personal devices or keep stacks of external drives gathering dust on our desks. Apps...

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Ashley Little
. 02.23.2016

Topics: Infrastructure Asset Management

Three Things Presidential Campaigns Can Teach Us About Joint Use

With election season in full swing and the appointment of the next leader of the United States a mere six months away, our nation’s attention is tuned to television and social media, dissecting the views and every move of the field of hopefuls....

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Ashley Little
. 02.16.2016

Topics: Joint Use Asset Management, Infrastructure Asset Management

3 Habits of Highly Organized Joint Use Professionals

We are now a month into 2016, and while a lot of resolutions have been made, we know that it is difficult to keep them as the year goes on. January is the proving ground for turning great end-of-year ideas into year-long habits, but if you have...

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Ashley Little
. 02.2.2016

Topics: Joint Use Asset Management, Infrastructure Asset Management

What Does the Future of Joint Use Look Like?

"Utility poles are like snowflakes: no two are alike." – Barry Wise, Alden Project Manager

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Ashley Little
. 01.26.2016

Topics: Joint Use Asset Management, Infrastructure Asset Management

Weird Weather Ahead: El Niño and Infrastructure Asset Management

The phrase "If you don’t like the weather now, just wait a few minutes" was most likely quipped by Mark Twain, but just about any meteorologist in the country could have uttered it in the past few months. It is the year of the "El Niño" in the...

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Ashley Little
. 01.19.2016

Topics: Infrastructure Asset Management

Three Big Things That Will Impact Infrastructure Asset Management in 2016

Happy New Year to the utility and infrastructure asset management world! 2015 gave us lots to say about backlogs and field assessments, NESC violations, and the ever-turning field asset management cycle. 2016 will, we know, pose new challenges....

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Ashley Little
. 01.12.2016

Topics: Infrastructure Asset Management

Deregulation: Managing Change with Infrastructure Asset Management

Just a little under half of all U.S. states have deregulated energy[1], a construct that allows consumers to shop around for their service provider. The other half, however, are not immune to its influence. Deregulation changed the game for ...

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Ashley Little
. 07.21.2015

Topics: Regulatory, Infrastructure Asset Management, State of the Industry

Infrastructure Asset Management and Change: Predicting the Future

With U.S. infrastructure aging in a big way, utility pole owners will soon be faced with a dilemma: replace or repair a large number of vital assets, or get smart fast with a new take on infrastructure asset management designed to predict when...

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Ashley Little
. 05.5.2015

Topics: Infrastructure Asset Management, State of the Industry

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10 Critical Reasons to Conduct Utility Pole Inspections