Call for Abstracts

The abstract submission deadline is now closed. The MainTrain Committee would like to thank everyone who submitted an abstract. We are diligently going through all of the abstracts submitted and will get back to you by June 6, 2018.

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The conference organizing committee invites practitioners and service providers to submit ideas for presentations and poster sessions for the MainTrain 2018 conference that will be held in Ottawa, Ontario, September 24 to 27, 2018.  

MainTrain 2018 will provide participants with the tools to Connect, Learn & Contribute through excellence in Maintenance, Reliability and Asset Management. We are seeking workshops, experience-based presentations, case studies and poster sessions that demonstrate the value realized from maintenance, reliability and asset management improvement initiatives.

An abstract is a 250 word description of your presentation. It is not necessary to submit the full content of the presentation and paper until August 3, 2018.

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We are looking for presentations, workshops and poster sessions.

Group attending MainTrain 2017


  • 45 minutes
  • Case studies will be given priority
  • Information about new developments in the field are also welcome


  • ½ day or full day skill-building workshops
  • Workshops are for building skill of the participants around an established area of excellence in maintenance, reliability and asset management practice. These might be either technical or management related subjects.
  • Workshop plans that demonstrate focused, interactive time spent on a few key learning objectives will be given priority.

Poster Sessions:

  • Information about your site, solution or project presented on a 6' x 3' board (template and easy production process will be provided) and displayed for the duration of the conference. Information and an application form for Poster Sessions is available here.

You can submit more than one idea.

Subject Areas

Asset Management


Maintenance Management

Supporting Technologies

Defining Value and Achieving AlignmentAsset Specification and Performance ManagementDelivering ValueTools that Enable

Topic Examples:

Developing Asset Management Policy, Strategy and Plans

Topic Examples:

Establishing consensus on required Levels of Service

Topic Examples:

Materials Management

Topic Examples:

CMMS / EAM Systems

Leadership and Culture Systems EngineeringBest practices/tips for Supply Chain ManagementPredictive Tools
Risk-aware, long term repair/replacement budgetingRCM / FMEAKitting & Staging for maintenance workDecision Maintenance / Asset Management
The Asset Management Management System Standard - ISO 5500xRCA
Condition Based Monitoring (CBM)
Identifying and managing critical spares


Internet of things



Vibration 101
Lubrication 101
IR 101, UT 101 + case studies

Performance metrics for materials management




Laser alignment

Fundamentals of Work Management (work identification, planning, scheduling, execution, close-out)


Machine intelligence



Optimizing decisions through data analysis

Best practices/tips for setting up/configuring CMMS

Performance metrics for reliability (OEE, MTBF, MTTR, etc.)

Performance metrics for work management
Risk-Based Inspection
Analytical Tools

GIS Systems

Technologies for Work Management (hand-helds, Bar Coding, RFID, SCADA driven work)

​Technologies for materials management (hand-helds, Bar Coding, RFID)

Evaluation Process

Submissions will be evaluated by the MainTrain 2018 Committee members and you will be notified by the end of May, 2018 if your submission is selected. We will be looking to balance presentations between the various subject areas, regions and industries. In addition topics that address the needs of learners at different levels between 'innocence and excellence' are of interest.

Final Submissions

MainTrain 2017

For 45 minute presentations the committee will require those whose abstracts are selected to provide their presentation slides and a 2000 word paper as a final submission. The detailed requirements for final submissions will be provided if your abstract is selected. Final submissions will be due by Friday, August 3, 2018. 

For workshops the committee will require those whose abstracts are selected to provide the statement of learning objectives for the workshop, presentation slides, take-away handouts and a brief description of planned interactive activities by Friday, August 3, 2018.