September/October 2021

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HINK ABOUT THE LAST TIME you had to replace a big-ticket item like an ice resur- facer or a chiller. Were you prepared? Did you anticipate that piece of equipment needed to be replaced and did you have the funds allo- cated to do so? That is asset management and lifecycle planning in a nutshell. Unfortunately, a number of rinks across the U.S. are facing enough issues with daily programming that they do not have time to think about or plan ahead for investments in the facility, let alone know all of the assets and their current condition. It does not matter if your facility is brand new or 50 years old, asset management is crucial and needs to be implemented. Older facilities need to document their capital assets (anything over $2,500 in value) to plan for imminent replacement. New facilities need to take the construc- tion period as an opportunity to get off on the right foot and start documenting what is inside your rink. Before an asset management and life- cycle planning strategy can be established, each facility needs to have a complete asset inventory. Facility equipment data attributes include: , Equipment Category (e.g. Mechanical) , Equipment Type (e.g. Heating and Cooling) , Equipment Detail (e.g. Chiller) , Make, Model, Serial Number , Location (e.g. Ammonia Room) , Location Serviced (e.g. Arena #1) , Installation Date, Warranty End Date, Useful Date , Purchase Price, Replacement Cost , Status (e.g. Active, Not in Use, Capital) , Condition (e.g. Very Good, Good, Fair, Poor, Very Poor) T What is asset management and why do I need to know about it? IT DOES NOT MATTER IF YOUR FACILITY IS BRAND NEW OR 50 YEARS OLD, ASSET MANAGEMENT IS CRUCIAL AND NEEDS TO BE IMPLEMENTED. 40 / SEPTEMBER.OCTOBER.2021 USICERINKS.COM ILLUSTRATIONS: BIG STOCK by ZACK TARANTINO

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