Assets: looking ahead to 2030 and 2050

Assets have a long useful life, which is why we need to have an opinion on (long-term and other) future developments. In this research project, we will analyse descriptions of existing trends, provide an interpretation of their impact that this could have on the (integrated and other) decision-making processes for assets and formulate a point of view that looks ahead to the years 2030 and 2050.

Which developments are important for asset management?

The long useful life (working life) of assets means that when taking decisions, water companies need to take into consideration future developments that are often very uncertain. This makes the decision-making process even more complex than usual. In this project, we analyse descriptions of trends that were made earlier as part of the BTO trend research programme and also provide an interpretation of its potential impact on the (integrated and other) decision-making processes for assets that looks ahead to the years 2030 and 2050.

What action should we take in respect of 2030 and how do we monitor for 2050?

Building on the trends that are relevant for asset management, the following steps have been developed:

  1. action relating to integrated asset management that water companies can take in the coming years in order to be prepared for the potential impact of trends for the next 10 years, especially regarding information, innovation, organisation and investment;
  2. deployment of qualitative and quantitative indicators to keep abreast of changes in the trends during the next 30 years and to generate insights into which major and minor trends will occur and the associated action to be taken.

Translating customer profiles into decision-making processes for assets

  1. Description of the impact of relevant trends on assets for the next 10 and 30 years respectively
  2. Workshop for interpreting these trends and their impact on Integrated Asset Management (IAM)
  3. The building blocks for response strategies and anticipating trends
    1. Proposals for the adjustments to be made for the next 10 years
    2. Proposals for indicators to monitor trends for the next 30 years
  4. Workshop for response strategies