At JLR, Asset Management is a logical extension of our Engineering, Planning and Geographic Information System (GIS) services. Asset management is an integrated life-cycle approach to the cost-efficient management of infrastructure assets to maximize benefits, manage risk and provide the required level of service to users. Typically, financial, economic, legislative, policy, and engineering considerations are all examined during the asset management planning process.
Asset management may be applied to any combination of physical assets regarding the building, operating, maintaining, renewing, replacing and disposing of them. Such assets include production facilities like plants and equipment, and linear infrastructure such as roads, water mains and storm and sanitary sewer networks. Sustaining these expensive capital works in a rigid operating budget environment requires setting strategic priorities to optimize the “when and how” investment decisions.
Whether you are a public or private sector organization, a municipality or utility, JLR can assist you in the efficient management of your physical assets at every stage of their life cycle so that they are performing as planned. Our experience includes developing tailored repair, rehabilitate or replacement strategies to optimize your capital investment, balanced against the risks associated with aging infrastructure.
Services offered by JLR to assist you in the effective management of your infrastructure include:
- Linear infrastructure and facility condition assessments
- Asset performance reviews
- Asset management plans
- Strategic planning
- Inventory and valuation analysis
- Maintenance management
- Due diligence reports
- Infrastructure management and renewal strategies
- Data management/collection
Class Environmental Assessments (EAs) and Master Plans
The initial planning of a project is often the most critical step in determining its long term success. Class Environmental Assessments and Master Plans are excellent processes for a municipality to identify and articulate problems and opportunities, systematically evaluate all realistic options, and obtain buy-in from various stakeholders, including approval agencies, the public, and local Councils.
At JLR, we approach Class EAs and Master Plans with the view that these undertakings will set the stage for projects that could potentially result in the expenditure of millions of dollars of capital, and ongoing operational and maintenance costs for the lifetime of the infrastructure. As such, a pragmatic and thorough approach is employed that allows our clients to be confident in the end results and assured that value has been optimized.
Services offered by our team that can assist you in navigating through your Class Environmental Assessments and Master Plans include:
- Comprehensive agency/public consultation plans
- Public open houses
- Hydraulic capacity models
- Condition assessments
- Phase 1, 2 and 3 Interim Reports
- Technical memorandums
- Scoping of approvals
- GIS Mapping
- Detailed Environmental Study Reports (ESRs)
- Conceptual design
- Capital and O&M costing
- Council presentations
GIS & Mapping
Since 1999, JLR’s Geographic Information System (GIS) Division at has been assisting public and private sector organizations in developing and implementing their mapping and GIS tools to assist with infrastructure and asset master planning. A GIS integrates hardware, software, and data for collecting, managing, analyzing, retrieving, manipulating, and displaying spatially-referenced information. A properly maintained GIS provides access to a wide array of geographic information in an easy-to-understand map and linked database format that can be easily viewed and shared.
GIS can benefit large and small organizations in a variety of sectors. Cost savings, increased efficiency, better communication, and improved record keeping are examples of the value GIS can bring to a project or organization. A GIS greatly assists management teams in visualizing and understanding complex issues so that they can make well-informed decisions. At JLR, our GIS Division plays a key role in supporting our Engineering and Planning groups. GIS is a particularly powerful and versatile tool for campus planning, asset management, and examining development areas or large sites where many different information layers and constraints need to be interpreted.
Services offered by our team of GIS professionals include:
- Data collection
- Data analysis
- Asset management
- Data conversion
- GPS / mobile GIS / field surveys
- Database design
- Needs assessment
- Customized applications
- ARCGIS online
- Network analysis and modeling
- Thematic mapping
- Software training
JLR provides GIS and customized mapping solutions to clients by working closely with them to better understand their applications and project-specific needs, from initial development through on-site implementation and training.
Land Development Supporting Studies
Successful, holistic, and sustainable community development incorporates the results from multiple experts to achieve the maximum social, economic, and environmental benefit. The manner in which we develop and redevelop our communities can have significant and long ranging impacts on our economic competitiveness and, social, and environmental health. JLR has the experience in Project Management and Land Use Planning to bring the results of these experts together in a coherent package to facilitate approvals for our clients that drive our communities forward in a sustainable manner.
Land Use Policy Development
JLR provides expert advice to both public and private sector clients in the development of planning policy. Policy refers to the plans, positions and guidelines of government that influence decisions by other governments (e.g., policies in support of long-term infrastructure planning, sustainable economic development, or policies to provide direction for growth of a municipality).
There are various types of policy that JLR provides to our clients. These include: broad policy, which enunciates government-wide direction; more specific policy, which may be developed for a particular sector (e.g., employment lands) or issue-area (e.g., protection of drinking water); operational policy, which may guide decisions on programs, and project selection policy (e.g., asset management).
Policy Development involves research, analysis, consultation and synthesis of information to produce recommendations. It also involves the evaluation of options against a set of criteria used to assess each option.
When JLR works with a client to develop planning policy, we carefully examine regulatory approaches (Official Plans), market-based Instruments (Strategic Plans), and fiscal mechanisms (Development Charges). Thereby, an effective policy process is established, one that is generally characterized by the following attributes:
- Issue identification
- Issue analysis
- Generating solutions
- Performance monitoring
JLR works with our clients to create an organizational environment that demonstrates leadership and support and which is able to make use of policy in an effective and efficient manner. We strive to provide our clients with implementation options so that they may be successful in the application of policy.
Municipal governments have always been one of our core client groups. JLR provides multidisciplinary services for all phases of a project, and over the entire life cycle of an asset. We value our municipal clients and understand that providing a personal level of service and commitment, and delivering on our promises, builds trust and long-term relationships. As we often remind ourselves, municipalities provide the essential services people value most and they are here forever!
Services offered by our Planning team to assist our municipal clients include:
- All types of preliminary investigations and condition assessments
- Class Environmental Assessments and Master Plans
- Optimization studies
- Upper-tier government approvals
JLR employs an integrated team approach to land development approvals in both urban and rural settings, for both public and private sector clients. Working closely with clients and our entire JLR Team - land development, municipal infrastructure, building science, and architectural groups, - we rigorously assess existing land uses, development options, planning policies, municipal infrastructure, local sensitivities, economic constraints, public input, and regulatory standards to formulate the optimum development solution. From pre-application consultation and concept development to detailed design, registration, construction and occupancy, JLR assists our clients in making their land development ideas become a reality.
JLR regularly undertakes Environmental Assessments, Official Plan and/or Zoning By-law Amendments, Plans of Subdivisions and Condominiums, Committee of Adjustment, and Site Plan Control assignments as an integral part of the land development process. We work with our clients to obtain municipal, provincial, and federal approvals to move our projects from concept to completion.
JLR’s Planning, Architectural and Civil Land Development teams are ideally positioned to provide advice, Project Management, planning approvals, and civil design services for a wide variety of projects. We work with clients on projects ranging from community-scale developments to redevelopment of small parcels or existing sites.