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Lesam 2017

The Leading Edge Sustainable Asset Management of Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Conference is hosted in Trondheim, Norway on the 20-22 June 2017.

Thanks to all attendees and contributors of LESAM 2017

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It is our pleasure to announce the Call for Papers for LESAM 2017, the seventh IWA Leading Edge Conference on Strategic Asset management of water and wastewater infrastructures.

With the organization of the biannual LESAM facilitated by the IWA Strategic Asset Management Specialist Group, IWA establishes a consolidated leading-edge forum where utilities, consultants, regulators, researchers and asset managers identify and discuss the main challenges, new solutions and trends in strategic asset management.

Themes for LESAM 2017 include among other topics best practices in Integrated Asset Management (IAM) organizational implementation, advanced data management and IT systems implementation and innovative technologies for condition monitoring and assessment and modeling solutions, advanced economic modelling and improved accounting methods for costs and benefices and a better understanding of what consumers expect.

The conference will be jointly organized by IWA, the national association Norwegian Water, the municipality of the city of Trondheim and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). It will be held in Trondheim, a unique city situated at 62’north and in a season with round-the-clock daylight.

Sustainability of urban water services requires medium and long-term infrastructure planning, including not only renewal strategies and tactics, but also the financial, organizational and information management aspects needed to ensure that stakeholders’ needs and expectations are met over time. The theme of the conference; ”Infrastructure Asset management”, is vital for pursuing these efforts. In this LESAM we expect a large number of Sustainable Asset Management (SAM) experts in the world to participate in valuable and unique presentations and discussions.

We are confident that the conference will offer you an excellent opportunity to meet world leading professionals of urban water services – water supply, wastewater management and storm water management.

As organizers of the conference we feel deeply honored to have the responsibility for this event.

We encourage your participation, either as presenter or as a delegate, and are looking forward to meeting you in Trondheim.

We will also bring your attention to a sister conference that will take place in Gothenburg the week before LESAM 2017.

The Gothenburg conference named “Embrace the Water – a Cities of the Future conference” is very much on the role of, and solutions for, water in city planning and integration in the city to meet the great resilience and livability challenges for our modern cities. The LESAM conference in Trondheim addresses challenges on the management of infrastructure for water and wastewater. We will carry key messages from urban planners and water professionals from Gothenburg to Trondheim to address how asset management can support city level strategies for transitioning.

This offers a unique opportunity to discuss in broadness and in depth, the main water related challenges for the cities in the years to come, in the nice atmosphere of bright Nordic nights. Why not take a longer break to fill your professional batteries in inspiring environment? Go first to Gothenburg and thereafter for a slow travel to Trondheim.

For those who register for both conferences we will give a 10% discount of early bird registration fee.


Asset management approaches and techniques around the world continue to become more sophisticated and widespread. Still, with each advance of success, new challenges appear and demand our attention.

Water professionals and organizations operating all around the world are confronted with tighter economic conditions and rising customer needs for greater value from their water and wastewater services. This requires more effective and lower cost solutions. To obtain this we have advanced tools at our disposal with new technologies, software and management approaches. They may enable us to deliver optimal investment outcomes that balance customer value, risk and regulatory expectations.

This will, however, require:

  • a sound understanding of emerging technologies, processes and materials
  • better qualification of risk, priorities and risk management techniques
  • development of models to predict asset failure
  • a better understanding of what customers and communities expect and their willingness to pay
  • advanced economic modelling and improved accounting for cost and benefits
  • asset configuration optimization and using rehabilitation opportunities to reconfigure networks
  • improved management systems and workforce capability

LESAM 2017 will provide a unique opportunity to discuss developments at the leading-edge in these and related fields with global participants from all parts of the water and sewage works sectors



Register for LESAM 2017


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Important Dates

  • 15.06.2017 Deadline for presentations
  • 20.10.2016 Deadline for abstracts
  • 12.12.2016 Notification to authors
  • 31.03.2017 Deadline full paper
  • 31.03.2017 Early bird registration
  • 20.-22.06.2017 Conference dates