Asset Overview

Assets can be any object that an agency owns or maintains, such as fire hydrants, valves, manholes, street signs, trucks, desks, buildings, parking lots, and telephone lines.

When managing assets, you might need to schedule a truck with an aerial lift, identify the fire hydrants that are due for maintenance, inventory the office equipment, or respond to a request for street signs in a new subdivision.

There are three classifications of assets:

  • Lines are assets connected to a node. Examples of lines are water lines, electrical wires, sidewalks, roads, curbs, gutters, telephone wires, and utility tunnels beneath city streets. Lines stretch through your agency connecting nodes.

  • Nodes are assets that connect the lines in an agency. Nodes include hydrants, joints in water lines, electrical substations, sewer drains, manholes, traffic lights at intersections, and other elements that connect the lines in your agency.

  • Components are assets that are free of lines and nodes. Rather than connecting other assets together, they are often independent or mobile objects such as buildings, vehicles, tools, and equipment.

The first step to working with any asset is to create or locate its record in Civic Platform. Once you have the asset you want to work with, you can calculate its depreciation values, schedule preventive maintenance, submit a work order, or do any other tasks with the asset.


A work order is the basic record used in Civic Platform. A Work Order ID is the work order identification number. The term record may be used in place of work order.

Your Civic Platform environment and the tasks you perform depend on your agency’s implementation package and the way your agency administrator sets up Civic Platform, including access permissions assigned to your Accela User Name.