Modernizing the Maintenance Function

by James A. Noyes, Los Angeles County Dep of Public, Works, Los Angeles, CA, USA,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Forum '86: World Water Issues in Evolution

Abstract: The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works maintains one of the largest and most complex flood control and water conservation systems in the world. A system study of the maintenance function was conducted with the goal of creating a new system that provides for structural and operational integrity and be cost effective. A new Maintenance Management System was developed, and initial implementation occurred in 1976. An important part of the system is the establishment of criteria or standards for maintenance which provide benchmark positions to be used in determining the frequency and extent of maintenance work. A routine describes a maintenance job that is preplanned, pre-estimated, prescheduled, and preapproved by management. The basis for preparing routines is that a majority of maintenance work is repetitive. The final component is the development of a comprehensive, computer-based management information system to assist managers in the performance of their duties.

Subject Headings: Maintenance | Systems management | Information systems | Water conservation | Infrastructure | Information management | Water supply systems | Floods

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