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Sustainable Infrastructure Management Program Learning Environment (SIMPLE)
Water Environment Research Foundation


SIMPLE 1.1 was developed as an account of work sponsored by the United States Environmental Protection Agency through a Cooperative Agreement with the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) and additional funding from the Water Research Foundation (WRF).

SIMPLE 1.1 is a knowledge management system that enables asset managers of varying degrees of awareness to develop skills in advanced asset management, around a quality framework process.

WERF - in conjunction with international professional services company GHD - has developed this program in response to a subscriber survey, which established that asset management was a priority issue for wastewater utilities. The objective of SIMPLE 1.1 was then to research and develop asset management strategic planning and implementation guidelines for American wastewater infrastructure.

This knowledge management system's main purpose is to assist an intelligent but uninformed person to develop an understanding of the principles of asset management at the highest level, by providing sufficient detail and enough "how to do it" information to begin a program.

The program is built around a quality framework process to drive improvements and assess performance against a known practice (eg world's best practice) with similar organizations. If organizations can demonstrate they are using this effectively, it will assist them in the process of showing capability of achieving ISO 9000 accreditation.

SIMPLE 1.1is protected by copyright owned by WERF. It is a violation of copyright law to copy, duplicate, reproduce, or recreate SIMPLE in any form or by any means without prior written permission of WERF.

All case studies supplied will be part of SIMPLE 1.1. By using SIMPLE, each user agrees that WERF and GHD may use the case studies provided by the user.

There is no representation, expressed or implied, that SIMPLE 1.1is suitable for all situations. The copyright holders do not assume any liability resulting from the use of or reliance upon information contained in or generated by SIMPLE 1.1. SIMPLE 1.1 does not replace any duty to warn, take precautions, properly train, and/or equip employees and/or the public with information and/or resources to address potential risks.