L.A.'s New Maintenance Management System: Key to Survival in an Era of Tight Budgets

by John M. Tettemer, (M.ASCE), Acting Chf. Deputy Engr.; Los Angeles County Flood Control District, Los Angeles, Calif. 90051,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1982, Vol. 52, Issue 7, Pg. 69-70

Document Type: Feature article


Even in the wake of budget-cutting Proposition 13, the Los Angeles County Flood Control District was able to cope with their maintenance needs. Their secret was a major overhaul in their maintenance management system leading to cost savings of over 30%. The key idea behind the new system was the majority of work can be preplanned, prescheduled, preengineered, prefinanced, and preapproved. The District has 9,000 items, or routines, of preapproved work. Each routine has the schedule, personnel, equipment and material requirements. The completion of a routine brings a facility's condition up to the maintenance standard. The facility then deteriorates again from the maintenance standard to the acceptable maintenance condition, at which time the routine is repeated.

Subject Headings: Systems management | Maintenance | Budgets | Standards and codes | Scheduling | Equipment and machinery | Deterioration | Flood routing | Los Angeles | California | United States

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