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LA Consulting to speak at APWA Congress 2002 in Kansas City


Harry Lorick, P.E.
Lorick Associates Consulting
(310) 374-5777

Neal Leavitt
Leavitt Communications
(760) 639-2900

Kansas City, MO, September, 2002 – LA Consulting partnering with their Public Works clients have been invited to speak in seven different educational sessions at the 2002 APWA International Public Works Congress and Exposition in Kansas City being held September 22-25, 2002. There's a high level of excitement at LAC as preparations are made for the following sessions:

You Can Develop a Complete In-House MMS Too! Join us to hear how Hernando Co, FL, used in-house staff and resources to develop a Maintenance Management System (MMS) to manage maintenance operations for a 1500 road mile network. This session will give you a process-outline that you can use as a guide to develop your own in-house capabilities. We’ll provide practical information on how to evaluate your agency’s needs when and when not to use in-house staff for system development and the benefits of internally developed software. Steve Whitaker, Asst. Public Works Director and Gary Allen, Technology Services Manager for Hernando County, FL and LAC's Harry Lorick P.E. speak on Sunday, 9/22 at 3:00 PM.

Continuous Improvement – It Works! In 1995, the Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County, NV implemented a maintenance management system (MMS) for road and traffic maintenance in Washoe County and the cities of Reno and Sparks. This case study will explore how this MMS is being used for continuous improvement and the results they’ve experienced. We’ll highlight the factors that facilitated improvement in road and traffic, sewer, and building maintenance; and how work tracking, scheduling, and preventative maintenance systems were implemented. Steve Varela, Director of Public Works for City of Reno, Ken Updike, Deputy Director of Public Works for City of Sparks and LAC's Amie Drotning speak on Monday, 9/23 at 3:00 PM.

Managing Maintenance in a Small City Day-to-day maintenance operations sometimes do not receive the same attention as the “ribbon-cutting projects.” Yet, in many cities, the innovative use of staff and technology in maintenance operations has brought tremendous cost savings and rewards to municipal government. The City of Emeryville, CA reviewed its maintenance operations and implemented a maintenance management system that keeps track of its maintenance planning, accomplishments, and resource use. See how your small city agency can also improve by implementing a systematic maintenance management system. Hank Van Dyke, Public Works Director and Mike Mahoney, Public Works Superintendent for Emeryville, CA and LAC's Nick Nguyen, P.E. speak on Tuesday, 9/24 at 8:00 AM.

Yes…Benchmarking is an Improvement Process In 1999, Alameda County, CA conducted a benchmarking study for its maintenance operations. Today, they are now implementing many of the study’s recommendations. They discovered that benchmarking is not just comparing and documenting where your operation stands against others, but also a method for facilitating change. This session will cover the costs involved in completing the study and in evaluating and implementing the recommendations. We’ll highlight the project’s successes and also review those areas where benchmarking was not useful. Rick Ruiz, Deputy Director of Maintenance & Operations of Alameda County, CA, Steve Varela, Director of Public Works for City of Reno, NV and LAC's Harry Lorick, P.E. speak on Tuesday, 9/24 at 9:00 AM.

Asset Management & Maintenance Management: What is the Difference? Do you know the difference between asset management and maintenance management? The two systems are related, but important distinctions exist. Experienced public works officials from Fremont, CA, and Reno, NV, will explore the attributes and uses of both systems in light of GASB 34. We’ll explain the lessons learned from using both systems and the pros and cons associated with implementing them. If you are in the midst of planning your GASB 34 compliance, don’t miss this session. John Betonte, Deputy Director of Public Works for Fremont, CA, Steve Varela, Director of Public Works for City of Reno and LAC's Nick Nguyen speak on Tuesday, 9/24 at 2:00 PM.

Managing Maintenance Under Storm Water Regulations Many infrastructure maintenance activities directly affect water quality and public safety. Public Works operations are responsible for maintaining flood channels and catch basins; and performing road repairs and street sweeping. Improper management of any of these activities can result in damage to storm water facilities and an excess of pollutants in the storm water. New storm water regulations are greatly impacting when and how these activities can be performed. Attend this session for an overview of the impact of these regulations on your agency. Bill Tidwell, Operations and Maintenance Manager for the County of Orange, CA, Rick Ruiz, Deputy Director of Maintenance & Operations for the County of Alameda, CA and LAC's Amie Drotning speak on Tuesday, 9/24 at 2:00 PM.

Use of Technology in Maintenance Planning The Public Works Departments in Laguna Hills and Seminole Co, FL will share with you how they have used computerized inventory and condition assessment systems to manage a host of public works functions including maintenance for parks, streets, fleet, facilities, traffic signs and markings. Join us for this discussion of the latest developments in software; the use of Personal Data Assistants (PDAs) and electronic mail to input work orders, track resource use, and update asset inventories; and integrating information with GIS systems to visually map maintenance efforts. Mark Flomerfelt, Manager of Road Operations & Stormwater and Ira Barrow Road Operations Manager for Seminole County, Ken Rosenfield, Director of Public Works for Laguna Hills, CA and LAC's Amie Drotning speak on Wednesday, 9/25 at 2:00 PM.

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