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Airport Is First To Earns Asset Management Certification


By Ryan Berlin Maintenance & Operations
Business, Technology, Internet and network concept. Young businessman shows the word on the virtual display of the future: Asset management

Effective asset management is an essential tool for managers seeking to make institutional and commercial facilities safer and ensure their departments use facility resources more efficiently.

“A vital element of effective asset management is decision making that is evidence-based and data-driven,” writes Andrew Gager. “Effective asset management decision making is essential for an organization to maximize the value realized over the life its asset portfolio.”

Seeking to tap into the power of effective asset management, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport recently became the first international airport in North and South America to achieve ISO 55001 certification for Asset Management System (AMS).

Defining the fundamentals required for businesses to proactively and cost-effectively manage the lifecycle of their assets from acquisition to decommission, ISO 55001 became a new international standard for AMS in 2014. But the certification is rare in the Western Hemisphere, according to Business Wire.

Hartsfield-Jackson is the first international airport in the Americas and the third organization in North America to earn the designation.

“Working to achieve ISO 55001 has given us the tools to be proactive rather than reactive,” says Donna Ahlrich, a continuous improvement industrial engineer with the Atlanta Airlines Terminal Corporation. “We will use this certification to continue to commit to delivering world-class facility services to maintain our airport’s reputation as one of the world’s best-maintained passenger terminal complexes in the world.”

Ryan Berlin is managing editor of Facility Maintenance Decisions.

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