2024 Global Buried Asset Management Congress

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  • In Memory of a Dedicated Colleague, Dr. Kibum Kim

    It is with heavy hearts that we mourn the sudden passing of our esteemed colleague, Dr. Kibum Kim, who tragically left us just a week ago in his apartment. Dr. Kibum Kim joined the Purdue Underground Infrastructure Team (UIT) at the end of 2022, and later transitioned to  a postdoctoral research position at the Purdue SIMPLE Lad in late 2023.

    Dr. Kibum Kim was a hard worker and a true expert in the field of asset management. His dedication and expertise made significant contributions to our team’s efforts. He tirelessly pursued excellence in his work, leaving an indelible mark on all those who had the privilege of working alongside him.

    Dr. Kibum Kim was not only a diligent colleague but also an active participant in industry conferences across the United States. He showcased his expertise on numerous occasions, leaving a lasting impression on those who attended. Additionally, he authored a notable article titled “Asset Management for Waterworks in South Korea: Trends and Case Study” for the inaugural edition of the BAMI-I Journal.

    His sudden departure has left a void in our hearts that cannot be filled. We will fondly remember Dr. Kibum Kim for his hard work, expertise, and unwavering commitment to excellence. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones during this difficult time.

    Rest in peace, Dr. Kibum Kim. You will be deeply missed.


    BAMI-I/Purdue UIT

  • 22nd BAMI-I&UESI Utility Investigation Scholl Held at Texas DOT: A Leap Forward for Utility Education

    Last week, the 22nd UIS School was launched in a spectacular setting at the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), which generously offered its facilities to BAMI-I at no cost, underscoring a significant commitment to promoting the growth of utility infrastructure education. The event was made notably successful thanks to the exceptional efforts of Rosa León, Hazel Zepeda, and Paul Fierro, who ensured that participants could smoothly access and utilize the TxDOT facilities.

    The instructors and guest speakers, recognized for their dedication and expertise, created an engaging atmosphere that sparked enthusiasm for utility management among attendees. The curriculum delved into critical subjects for project owners, designers, and contractors, exploring the latest developments in geophysics and utility investigation tools. The active involvement of all attendees contributed to the depth and significance of the discussions. TxDOT distinguished itself by demonstrating innovative management and operational excellence, setting a new benchmark for creativity and efficiency in the field.

    Pointman, 4M, and Bad Elf, as sponsors of the event, were also acknowledged for their considerable support, which introduced highly valuable, cutting-edge content into the curriculum, enhancing the learning experience.

    A highlight of the event was the addition of Smith Rangel to the BAMI-I team, whose new insights and expertise significantly enriched the educational experience for all participants.

    The anticipation for future sessions is high, with promises of more innovation, collaboration, and enlightening experiences, setting a forward-looking tone for the continuation of the UIS School series.


  • BAMI-I 2024 Board of Directors Meeting Outlines Progress and Future Pathways

    Date: March 18, 2024

    Location: Oklahoma City Convention Center,Room 201, Oklahoma City, OK

    The Buried Asset Management Institute-International (BAMI-I) is thrilled to share the fruitful outcomes of the 2024 Board of Directors (BOD) meeting. This year’s assembly not only heralded the introduction of esteemed new board members but also spotlighted significant achievements and strategic advancements in our ongoing mission to lead the underground infrastructure sector. This meeting is conducted in conjunction with the Underground Infrastructure Conference (UIC). It will be held in person and online.  BAMI-I wishes to express our appreciation to Robert Carpenter for providing the meeting facilities and providing complimentary conference registration to the BAMI-I BOD.

    Welcoming New Insights and Leadership
    In an exciting start to the meeting, BAMI-I was honored to welcome new board members Greg Jeffries, Adam Hershberger, Smith Rangel, and Omer Zeyrek. Their diverse expertise is anticipated to infuse fresh perspectives and drive innovative strategies within our organization.

    Strengthening Our Executive Team
    The election of Greg Jeffries to the Executive Committee marks a pivotal moment for our leadership dynamics. Greg’s vision and dedication are expected to significantly contribute to our ongoing projects and future initiatives.

    Reflecting on 2023: A Year of Financial Triumphs
    A review of the 2023 financial and operational reports revealed a remarkable upturn in turnover, a testament to the hard work and dedication of the BAMI-I team. This achievement underscores our commitment to growth and excellence.

    Educational Milestones: Shaping the Future of Asset Management
    Our UIS and CTAM courses have set the standard for education in buried asset management. Discussions on program enhancements promise to elevate our educational offerings further, ensuring BAMI-I remains at the cutting edge of industry training.

    Reaffirming Our Core Values
    A deep dive into BAMI-I’s vision and mission underscored our ongoing efforts to align our strategic plans with our foundational goals. This reflective session ensures our path forward is in perfect harmony with our aspirations to serve the underground infrastructure community.

    Launching a New Digital Era for BAMI-I
    The unveiling of BAMI-I’s revamped website represents a leap forward in our digital engagement strategy. This platform is poised to become a central hub for news, resources, and community interaction, enriching the BAMI-I experience for all stakeholders.

    Expanding Our Global Footprint
    From fostering asset management initiatives in Indiana’s rural communities to strengthening international collaborations in the Middle East and South America, BAMI-I is embarking on an exciting journey of growth and global outreach.

    Cultivating a Value-Driven Community
    Every step BAMI-I takes is aimed at enhancing our stature as the premier community for underground infrastructure excellence. With each initiative, we draw closer to a future where our contributions and collaborations set new industry standards.

    We extend our deepest gratitude to all members, partners, and stakeholders who play a vital role in BAMI-I’s progress. Your unwavering support fuels our mission, and together, we look forward to achieving unparalleled milestones in the years to come.

    About BAMI-I
    The Buried Asset Management Institute-International (BAMI-I) is a leading organization dedicated to advancing the field of underground asset management. Through educational programs, strategic collaborations, and community engagement, BAMI-I strives to enhance the efficiency, safety, and sustainability of underground infrastructure.

    For more information, please contact Wei Liao at [email protected]


“The growth of the trenchless technology industry has been remarkable. In the initial phase, the industry pulled together to form a support structure through the NASTT and ISTT organizations. The technical envelope for most of the solutions expanded at a rapid rate. Education, training and research programs expanded to meet the needs. Now we are realizing how asset management will help utility owners make sure that they are spending the right amount of money at the right place at the right time. This helps make sure that the rates users pay are the right rates.”

– Dr. Tom Iseley


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