We believe in working with communities through the Asset Condition Reporting System (ACRS).
TSAG has a dedicated group of Certified Engineering Technologists and an Engineer who travel across the province every year, including to some very remote areas of Alberta’s First Nation communities. The ACRS team visits our communities once or twice a year, sometimes more, to review and report on on-reserve non-residential assets. Assets vary among First Nation communities and can include schools, bridges, roads and a variety of buildings. Depending on the community and the number of assets, a site visit can take anywhere between 1 to 6 weeks to complete.
The Asset Management Group or ACRS, a partnership supported by the Department of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC), places high priority on improving operating efficiencies and reporting accuracy by the use of the asset management reports in community planning and funding. As a result of the reporting observations and accuracy, communities are beginning to see the positive effects of these reports. Communities are implementing suggestions and new practices are being put into place in an effort to protect the future of assets, prolonging their lifespan.
TSAG continues to build relationships and coordinate with Public Works staff in the communities to get the full benefit of the asset management reports. Very early in the process, ACRS identified a need for Geographic Information System (GIS) services to help in mapping assets within First Nation communities. Identifying assets would, in the long run, save time and money and acquiring these services can be quite expensive. Maps serve many useful purposes including working as an important tool when it comes to emergency services like Ambulance and Fire responders reaching their destination within a community. TSAG has created a database which can generate maps for the ACRS field inspectors adding value to the asset condition reports. Many First Nations are now physically on the map as TSAG works with communities throughout Alberta. To date, TSAG has generated road maps for approximately 30% of communities using GIS. In the upcoming year, TSAG expects to have generated maps of the majority of Alberta First Nation communities.
If you wish to get further information on the ACRS Program or on your Report please contact Winslow Davis at (780)483-8601 or firstname.lastname@example.org