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Uptime Magazine and, a global leader in maintenance and reliability, have recognized Central Arizona Project with the 2018 Uptime Award for “Best Asset Management Program.” 

CAP PipeThe Uptime Awards recognize organizations that demonstrate excellence in managing asset reliability using advanced strategies and high-tech sensing technologies to determine the early onset of a potential failure. An emphasis is placed on combining technical excellence with leadership excellence.

Some countries require municipalities and utilities to implement Asset Management programs. Although not required by law in the United States, Asset Management is an industry-recognized best practice to balance risk, level of service and life-cycle cost for any asset-intensive organization. CAP has chosen to implement an enterprise-wide Asset Management program to ensure it continues to provide cost-effective, reliable water delivery service to the residents of central Arizona.

Some might think of “assets” as pumps, motors, buildings and the like. But CAP has chosen to apply Asset Management principles not just to its physical assets, but to other assets as well, such as people, information, finances, power and water. Asset Management is not a ‘maintenance thing’—every department and every employee at CAP has a role to play in Asset Management. 

“We can’t get where we want to go unless everyone is on the same page and every department is working together,” says Tom McCann, CAP’s deputy general manager. “This award recognizes the effort we have made to break down silos and improve cooperation and collaboration across departments.”

CAP will be presented with the award on Dec. 12 at the 33rd International Maintenance Conference (IMC-2018). Other honorees will include Southern Gardens Citrus, Central Contra Costa Sanitary District, Stanford Health Care, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Portland General Electric. 

The Uptime Awards were established in 2006 to honor high-performing maintenance teams worldwide for the results they produce. Past winners have included Merck Pharmaceuticals, Marathon Oil, Peabody Mining, Arizona Public Service and the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati. CAP also won an Uptime Award for “Best Leadership for Reliability” in 2015.

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