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2017 Content

As shown in the schedule, Monday and Tuesday are 1/2 Day Workshops; Wednesday and Thursday are 45 minute sessions.

September 25, 2017

  • Keynote Address

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    Susan Lubell - Senior Consultant, Steppe Consulting

    About the presenter:

    Susan specializes in operational excellence with a strong focus on asset management and reliability strategy, cost effective lean maintenance programs, and continuous improvement. She brings over 20 years of practical experience to drive asset management, operations and maintenance business improvement opportunities. Susan currently serves as a National President for the Plant Engineering Maintenance Association of Canada (PEMAC) and teaches for the Maintenance Management Professional (MMP) certification program.

  • The Most Forgotten or Abused Tool of All - Managing Change!

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    Cliff Williams - Operations Manager, Erco Worldwide

    Wherever we go in the world, no matter what the industry or market, the biggest challenge we hear about from all levels of the organization is the need to do something better, quicker, cheaper. We hear from organizations wanting to do better but struggling to do so, and when we dig a little deeper we see that the reason is their inability to make changes stick. Though they have good intentions and ideas, they simply don’t get the buy in to allow those ideas to be realized. It often appears that even though organizations change their targets and goals, the results remain the same.

    When we look at how these organizations approach the improvement initiative, we see that they focus on the goals and the nuts and bolts – treating it very much like a project with timelines and actions etc. Very few actually actively manage the change; instead, they hope that it happens by osmosis. It doesn’t matter if it is a continuous improvement team, or a change in company direction or just an efficiency increase they all involve change and the change needs to be managed or you are doomed to failure.

    In this workshop Cliff Williams will share the 9 steps necessary to implement change in a sustainable fashion and allow your improvement initiatives to move forward with greater success. These include: Explain why- show why there is a need for change; Educate what – explain what is about to change and how it will change; Engage them in the change process; Empower them to make decisions wherever possible; Encourage more participation – involve people in the change invite them to pilot change; Everyone benefits – show them how things will be different, better.

    In today’s global market place, change is the only constant and not only will attendees learn the 9 steps necessary but Cliff will share stories on what has succeeded and what has failed from his experiences of working with numerous organizations. Attendees will take away a ‘template’ for sustainable change and be able to use this approach not only on future initiatives but retroactively on those they are struggling with.

    About the presenter:

    Cliff is author of the best selling maintenance novel ‘People – A Reliability Success Story’ He is a maintenance educator and a keynote speaker at conferences around the world who believes success is achieved through People. Currently Cliff enjoys sharing his knowledge and experience as a facilitator of PEMAC’s Asset Management Certificate Program and as an Advisor on Maintenance and Reliability for People and Processes Inc.
    Cliff is also the Corporate Maintenance Manager with ERCO Worldwide, a Canadian Chemical producer.

  • Reliability Centered Maintenance - Re-Engineered Workshop

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    James Reyes-Picknell - Managing Consultant, Conscious Group Inc.

    with Jesus Sifonte - President, Condition Monitoring and Maintenance Institute

    Practical Optimization of the Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) Process with RCM-R® provides an optimized approach to a well-established and highly successful method used for determining failure management policies for physical assets. It makes the original method, which was developed to enhance flight safety, far more useful in a broad range of industries where asset criticality ranges from high to low.

    RCM-R® is focused on the science of failures and what must be done to enable long-term sustainably reliable operations. If used correctly, RCM-R® is the first step in delivering fewer breakdowns, more productive capacity, lower costs, safer operations and improved environmental performance.

    Maintenance has a huge impact on most businesses whether its presence is felt or not. RCM-R® ensures that the right work is done to guarantee there are as few nasty surprises as possible that can harm the business in any way. RCM-R® was developed to leverage on RCM’s original success at delivering that effectiveness while addressing the concerns of the industrial market.

    RCM-R® addresses the RCM method and shortfalls in its application - it modifies the method to consider asset and even failure mode criticality so that rigor is applied only where it is truly needed. It removes (within reason) the sources of concern about RCM being overly rigorous and too labor intensive without compromising on its ability to deliver a tailored failure management program for physical assets sensitive to their operational context and application. RCM-R® also provides its practitioners with standard based guidance for determining meaningful failure modes and causes facilitating their analysis for optimum outcome. Key Features: Includes extensive review of the well proven RCM method and what is needed to make it successful in the industrial environment; Links important elements of the RCM method with relevant International Standards for risk management and failure management;  Enhances RCM with increased emphasis on statistical analysis, bringing it squarely into the realm of Evidence Based Asset Management; Includes extensive, experience based advice on implementing and sustaining RCM based failure management programs.

     

    About the presenter:

    James Reyes-Picknell is an MMP instructor, PEMAC volunteer and Board Member. He is founder and president of Conscious Asset, and author of the best seller, "Uptime - Strategies for Excellence in Maintenance Management'', several other books and numerous magazine articles. His latest publication in April 2017, co-authored with Jesus Sifonte is destined to change the RCM "world" for the better while showing how RCM is an integral aspect of Asset Management. James is a Professional Engineer, Certified Management Consultant and a thought-leader in the fields of maintenance and asset reliability. He works with clients in "asset intensive industries" such as resource extraction and processing, utilities, transportation and manufacturing where high reliability is a key to business success.

    About the co-presenter: Jesús sifonte, BSME, MMRE, PE, CMRP is the founder and President of PdMtech of Vega Baja, Puerto Rico, United States if America. He provides business consulting services in the areas of Condition Based Maintenance techniques certification and implementation, RCM and reliability analysis teaching, mentoring and implementation. He is also the director of Puerto Rico’s based Condition Monitoring and Maintenance Institute with presence all over Latin America and Spain. He is a licensed Professional Engineer, a certified level III ASNT-TC-1A vibration analysis consultant by Technical Associates of Charlotte, Member of the institute of Asset Management, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, a Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional by the Society of Maintenance and Reliability Professionals (USA). Jesus holds a Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico and a Master of Maintenance and Reliability Engineering Degree from Monash University at Australia.
  • Vibration 101: A Supervisor's Primer

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    Ron Newman - Sales & Technical Support, Pruftechnik Canada

    Vibration monitoring is at the heart of Condition Based Maintenance (CBM), and companies that have embraced this technology are reaping substantial rewards in terms of machinery uptime, reduced maintenance costs, and uninterrupted production. These same companies employ skilled vibration analysts on-site who provide valuable machine condition information. While the practice and terminology of vibration measurement is an integral part of analysts’ vocabulary, it often seems quite foreign to supervisory staff! Therefore, a better understanding of “what is going on” in the department will ensure the success of the program and lead to even greater “victories” in the future.

    About the presenter:

    Ron Newman, BSc, is a MIBoC (Mobius Institute Board of Certification) CAT III Vibration Analyst (Certification # M-102549-02), who has been involved in machinery vibration and acoustics for 35+ years. Beginning with IRD Mechanalysis (now Rockwell) in 1977, he spent 4+ years providing consulting field services to Ontario industries. After a short time with Schenck-Trebel, where he gained an intimate knowledge of dynamic balancing applications, Ron spent 23 years with Bruel & Kjaer, a world leader in sound and vibration measurement. Throughout his career Ron has provided formal training seminars, workshops, and was employed as a part-time instructor of sound and vibration at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) in Burnaby, BC. Currently, through a partnership between PRÜFTECHNIK and MOBIUS, Ron acts as senior Mobius instructor for ISO CAT I, CAT II and CAT III vibration analysis courses in Canada. He is an invited conference speaker, and has presented and/or published, webinars, workshops, and magazine articles on a variety of “condition monitoring” subjects such as Dynamic Balancing, Rolling Element Bearing Analysis, Machinery Resonance, and Proactive Maintenance.

  • MMP Module 1 - An Integrated Strategy for Maintenance Management

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    Alan Johnson - Maintenance Management Consultant, CLEARPASS Inc

    with Len Middleton - Senior Manager, Deloitte Canada

    PEMAC’s Maintenance Management Professional (MMP) program provides training and accreditation to those aspiring to, or already in, maintenance management or supervisory positions. Certified MMPs are qualified to provide cost effective management of a business’s physical assets. There are eight modules to the MMP program. Module 1 is being offered as a workshop at MainTrain over a two day period.

    Based on the course text, Uptime, Module 1 develops the framework for thinking about a strategic approach to maintenance management that is integrated with the business. Draining on the elements presented in the “Maintenance Excellence Pyramid” of Uptime, participant in Module 1 will learn how strategy, people, basic care, materials management, performance management, work management, support systems, and tools such as RCM (Reliability Centered Maintenance) and RCFA (Root Cause Failure Analysis) can work together to build a culture of excellence.

    About the co-presenter: Leonard is an experienced international management consultant at Deloitte Canada with over 35 years’ of professional experience. He focuses upon improving clients' organizational performance through improvements in their maintenance, reliability and asset management strategy, practices and processes. He has worked and consulted in a number of different asset intensive industries, including heavy manufacturing, automotive, mining, oil & gas, petrochemical, power generation, and electrical transmission and distribution. Leonard is a long term member of PEMAC and a long-serving member of the board of directors. He has taught a number of the MMP courses, and has developed and reviewed content for a number of courses.
  • Implementing UPTIME - Moving to Excellence in Maintenance Management

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    James Reyes-Picknell - Managing Consultant, Conscious Group Inc.

    "Uptime - Strategies for Excellence in Maintenance Management", 3rd edition, 2015 is one of the world's leading texts on the subject of managing maintenance. Co-authored by John D Campbell (d) and James Reyes-Picknell, the book describes a comprehensive model of excellence with 3 tiers and 10 main subject areas, each representing a major area of activity in maintenance. Those areas are somewhat inter-dependent - they all build on each other into a holistic approach. Implementing one without the others will often lead to disappointing results that fail to achieve the full potential in your organization. Often there's more missing than you might imagine and projects stall.

    The book contains a new chapter on implementing "Uptime" and this workshop will focus on what is needed to do just that. This workshop, led by the author, will delve into implementing those 10 areas and what is required for success. After a brief refresher on the Uptime model, James will present implementation tips and considerations. During the workshop, participants will be asked for their maintenance excellence challenges. Workshop participants will be facilitated through problem solving exercises aimed at helping participants determine how to resolve their challenges using their own examples. 

     

    About the presenter:

    James Reyes-Picknell is an MMP instructor, PEMAC volunteer and Board Member. He is founder and president of Conscious Asset, and author of the best seller, "Uptime - Strategies for Excellence in Maintenance Management'', several other books and numerous magazine articles. His latest publication in April 2017, co-authored with Jesus Sifonte is destined to change the RCM "world" for the better while showing how RCM is an integral aspect of Asset Management. James is a Professional Engineer, Certified Management Consultant and a thought-leader in the fields of maintenance and asset reliability. He works with clients in "asset intensive industries" such as resource extraction and processing, utilities, transportation and manufacturing where high reliability is a key to business success.

  • Management of Electrical Power Assets

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    Kerry Heid - President & CEO, Shermco Industries Canada

    Mechanical and process assets are widely analyzed for reliability amongst industrial users. Electrical power system assets have been widely analyzed by electrical utility companies for health index, risk profiles and financial impact assessments. However, very little work has been done to fully analyze the parameters of electrical power systems assets in industrial environments such as mining, petrochemical, manufacturing, pipelines, etc. Electrical assets such as transformers, cables and circuit breakers are critical to uptime as almost all processes are reliant on stable electrical power. Yet most non-utilities don't perform in-depth assessments on their power distribution equipment, even though they are critical to plant reliability and sustainability.

    This workshop is broken into two parts. First, it examines maintenance requirements and what types of tests and inspections can be performed to evaluate the condition of critical power system equipment. These field diagnostics are based on the NETA (International Electrical Testing Association) specifications for maintenance testing of electrical power systems and equipment. The elements of a comprehensive electrical maintenance program and a quality management system based on the latest edition of the CSA Z463 Maintenance of Electrical Systems will also be discussed. Second, the workshop participants will learn how this maintenance data is used to perform a comprehensive evaluation of the installed power systems assets. Areas covered will be failure mode and failure curves analysis, health index formulation, current condition and risk matrix, consequence cost / risk profile and lastly how to approach the cost of ownership and capital program development. This directly integrates the work that’s been done in utilities with the opportunity in the industrial sector.

     

    About the presenter:

    Kerry Heid is the President and CEO of Shermco Industries Canada Inc., a leader in electrical power systems reliability, engineering and field services. After beginning his career with Westinghouse Service, in 1996 Kerry started the Magna Electric Corporation (MEC) office in Regina and became president of the company in 2001. The company grew to over 1000 employees winning many prestigeous awards as one of “Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies”, and “Canada’s Top 100 Employers”. MEC was acquired by Shermco Industries of Dallas, Texas in December 2013.
    Kerry is a past president of NETA (International Electrical Testing Association), served on their board of directors for over 10 years, won their outstanding achievement award in 2010 and is a NETA Certified Level 4 Test Technician. He is also the technical committee Chair of CSA Z463 on “Maintenance of Electrical Systems” and has been on the technical committee for CSA Z462 “Workplace Electrical Safety” since its inception in 2006.

  • Organizational Alignment

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    Jay Winkelmans - Director, JCW Consulting Ltd.

    Effective maintenance plays a crucial role in today’s business. In order to manage costs, organizations attempt to get the most from their people and assets. Effective alignment between departments can dramatically improve asset reliability, reduce operation and maintenance costs and improve the effectiveness of the workforce.

    This presentation is intended to provide participants with the information and awareness they need to manage assets effectively. The need of cooperation between the operations and maintenance departments, as well as other departments such as supply chain will be discussed. Employees require more than high level principles; they must understand their role and how effective cooperation at all levels will provide value to the on-going operations, thereby allowing the business to remain profitable. Further, the presentation will examine the concept of Operational Excellence as the beginning of a transformation to a planned culture throughout the entire organization. Key to this topic is confirming who is in charge. Is the asset dictating how things should be done or are the people running it in charge?

    Asset management professionals often find themselves challenged by competing priorities in an effort to keep the system running. This session follows how maintenance tasks are initiated with work prioritization being a key element. Various roles will be discussed as well as the importance of scheduling and getting everyone on board with the schedule. Potential subtopics tailored to time restrictions: (1) Why do planned maintenance? (2) Cost of a break-in event, (3) Risk-based work selection, (4) Screening and approval of work, (5) Operators role in maintenance, (6) Operations, maintenance and supply chain departments’ role in scheduling, (7) Operations and maintenance coordination and roles, and (8) Managing the daily work list.  

     

    About the presenter:

    Jay Winkelmans (Major Ret), has 38 years as a Logistics and Movement officer in the Canadian Regular and Reserve Forces as well as industry experience. In 1984 he won the international sniper competition in Bisley England. He completed a tour in Bosnia 1997-1998 and was the movement officer in charge of the first deployment into Afghanistan 2002. Professionally he completed his MBA degree, PLog designation and PMP designation. Jay is also a designated MMP Instructor. After leaving the regular army he spent 2 years with Shell as a Materials Manager before joining Suncor as a Turnaround Manager and Maintenance Improvement Manager. Jay also teaches PMP, MMP and Construction at Keyano College. . Jay is the VP of the Ft McMurray PEMAC chapter, a SCUBA dive master and flies his own plane.

  • Becoming a Certified Asset Management Assessor

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    Suzane Greeman - Above Ground Asset Manager , Veolia North America

    with Dharmen Dhaliah - Corporate Asset Manager, Town of Halton Hills

    No time to study for the CAMA Exam? Reduce your pre-exam stress by spending time with the experts. This 8 hour course is designed to give individuals (with the necessary background experience) an efficient overview of the recommended preparation material for the CAMA Exam. These materials provide insight into: (1) the ISO 5500x framework of documents, (2) the GFMAM Asset Management Landscape and (3) the GFMAM Competency Specification which indicates what ISO 5500x Asset Management Systems Assessors must know to complete that task effectively. All these documents are available and can be studied independently. But why not take advantage of the opportunity to discuss with a group of peers and the facilitators?

    About the presenter:

    Suzane Kaye Greeman, CAMA, CAMP, CMRP has been working in the fields of maintenance and asset management progressively for the last 20 years across wastewater systems, electric utilities, cement manufacturing and cement plant design at the engineering and managerial levels in Jamaica, Puerto Rico, USA, India, Trinidad, Bermuda and Canada. Suzane is currently employed with Veolia North America as an Above Ground Asset Manager in the Veolia Resource Optimization (VRO) team that is charged with developing asset management systems in North America. Over the course of her professional journey, she has held roles such as Maintenance Manager, Work Planning Engineer, HR Business Partner for Organization Capacity Building, Electrical Engineering Department Manager and Electrical Engineer (Capital Projects and Maintenance).

    Her areas of expertise and experience include: zero-based asset management policies and strategies; capital project and program management particularly leading multi-disciplinary, multi-hierarchal teams; risk management; business process re-engineering and workflow development/optimization; department startups; inventory management systems; organizational learning and development and maintenance management systems.
    A native of Jamaica, she was initially trained as an Electrical Technician in 1997 at the University of Technology, Jamaica and later returned to earn her Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical Engineering) degree in 2002. In 2013, she completed her MBA at the University of Liverpool, UK. Suzane also holds professional certifications and designations as a Certified Asset Management Assessor (CAMA) by the World Partners in Asset Management; Certified Asset Management Professional (CAMP) by the Plant Engineering and Maintenance
    Association of Canada (PEMAC) and Certified Maintenance & Reliability Professional (CMRP) by the Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals.

    Suzane is most proud of her husband Antonio and daughter Anna and is pleased to have their continued support on her professional journey.

    **The best part of the journey is the journey!**

    About the co-presenter: Dharmen Dhaliah is the author of “Physical Asset Management – An Organizational Challenge”, book published in October 2016. He has over twenty-six years of working experience in the private and public sectors where he has held various positions in physical asset management, maintenance management, reliability engineering, and project management in a wide range of industries. Dharmen currently works for the Town of Halton Hills as Corporate Asset Manager. He is a registered Professional Mechanical Engineer, a Certified Asset Management Assessor, a Project Management Professional, a Maintenance Management Professional, and a Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional. Dharmen is a member of the Technical Committee 251 for the ISO 55000 standards, a member of CNAM (Canadian Network of Asset Managers), and served for several years on the Board of Directors of PEMAC (Plant Engineering and Maintenance Association of Canada). He is also on-line instructor of the Maintenance Management Program (MMP), the “Planification et gestion de la maintenance” (PGM) program, and the Asset Management Professional Certificate (AMPC) program.

September 26, 2017

  • Keynote Address

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    Tina Markovic - Head of Production, Potash, BHP Billiton Canada Inc

    Reflecting on the conference theme, "Connect, Learn, Contribute" from her point of view as the Head of Production in the Potash division of BHP, Tina has been thinking about the connections between employers and the communities in which they play a part. Her address will touch on a few key learning challenges and opportunities for companies and communities and will consider how we can learn from the past to envision the future.

     

    About the presenter:

    Tina is the Head of Production for the Potash business based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Tina is responsible for leading the Operational Readiness and Resource Geology functions. Prior to moving to this position in February 2017, she was the Head of Integrated Operations at Escondida Mine in Chile, and prior to Escondida, Tina worked as the GM, Yarrie Mine in the Western Australia Iron Ore business. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Science, Mining and Process Engineering from the University of British Columbia in 1994 and an MBA from Athabasca University in 2002.

  • KT Analysis: A Systematic Approach to Find the Root Cause of Problems Quickly and Reliably—and Prevent Them From Reoccurring

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    Jeff Robinson - Regional Managing Consultant, Kepner Tregoe

    with Michael Curran-Hays - Practice Leader, Principal, Kepner Tregoe

    In Canada, we face an increasing emphasis on improving asset productivity, utilization and ultimately, profitability. With the flow of easily available capital greatly diminished, organizations must tap the underutilized resources that exist within their own processes and capabilities to release value and defer investment.

    Kepner-Tregoe's (KT) Root Cause Analysis (RCA) training equips individuals and teams with the tools to systematically find the root cause of problems and prevent them from reoccurring. Plant operations, engineering, and maintenance teams around the world have used KT’s root cause analysis methodology for almost 60 years. KT has led major investigations in every industry and environment possible, and this workshop brings that wealth of experience so you can learn and practice root cause analysis skills and make an immediate impact back on the job.

    Through a facilitated discovery process, this workshop will provide participants with an overview to: (1) Understand how to use a systematic process to find root cause of persistent performance issues, (2) Avoid the common pitfall of jumping to cause – fixing a symptom that is not the problem, (3) Improving communication by making the thinking process visible and sharing information with other teams, (4) Make improvements stick.

    Using a step-by-step root cause analysis model gives companies a competitive advantage far beyond efficiency improvement. By developing operations leaders through a combination of coaching, facilitated implementation and training, organizations can create operational excellence that is sustainable.

    About the presenter:

    Management Consultant and Business Strategist helping organizations improve effectiveness
    For over 25 years, Jeff has worked with organizations to develop and execute business strategies and growth initiatives to create sustainable, profitable revenue. His experience in senior management positions within companies in Canada, the United States, and Australia has empowered him to implement management strategies that improve processes within client organizations, and embed critical thinking behavior into their operating culture.
    Jeff’s career allows him to work with organizations across a wide array of industries and business models. “I value my role in bringing together analysis and strategic planning with creating sustainable improvement in operations and profitability. At KT we are good observers and listeners and strive to build collaborative partnerships with our clients.”
    As an accomplished executive with Canadian and International experience in marketing, strategy formulation, operations management, project management, and business development, Jeff brings a multi-faceted skill-set to his role as a management consultant. Jeff has served as a director and an executive in both public and private companies, and as an elected board member in several not-for-profit organizations.
    Jeff has earned a CGA designation and a MBA degree. He is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC).

    About the co-presenter: Michael Curran-Hays is a leader in Kepner-Tregoe’s (KT) Operational Excellence and Service Excellence efforts in the Americas. Michael provides executive leadership for a range of consulting and training services in these regions including client-specific, integrated teams of KT professionals. Previously, Michael was President of the North American division of KT. In addition, he was Director of Professional Development, building advanced consulting and training resources for KT on a global basis. Michael joined KT in 1998 as a consultant specializing in analyzing organizational processes, facilitating issue resolution, designing and implementing project management systems, and transferring critical thinking skills in client organizations. His expertise is in business process improvement, operational improvement, and strategy formulation. Clients he has worked with include Siemens, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Novartis, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Glaxo SmithKline, Roche, Citi Group, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Detusch Bank, Royal Bank of Scotland, Barclays Capital and various government regulatory agencies including the FDA and USDA. Prior to joining KT, Michael was the long-time president of The Professional Service Group, Inc. He has also been an independent consultant and a researcher working in both lab and plant environments at Arco Metals. His executive leadership and consulting expertise is enhanced by his experience in operational enhancements, strategy formulation, and the design and administration of cost-benefit analyses Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Arizona. He resides with his wife and children in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania.
  • Optimizing Maintenance Decisions with Failure Data Analysis (Practical ½ day Workshop)

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    Jesús Sifonte - Director, CMMI

    Weibull Analysis goes beyond typical RAM analysis. It emphasizes the probability of fulfilling a specified function instead of an average time to failure. Statistical life data analysis is particularly applicable to assets having operating and maintenance history with well documented failure events. Such events should be recorded and sorted by failure causes. Some of the maintenance management related outcomes and applications of life data analysis are: (1) Failure forecasting and prediction, (2) Evaluating corrective action plans, (3) Maintenance planning and cost effective replacement strategies, (4) Spare parts forecasting, (5) Calibration of complex design systems.

    Mechanical, electrical, electronic, materials, quality, design and even human failures can be modelled and predicted using failure data analysis techniques. We will discuss how failure data analysis complements other reliability analysis methods. We will cover: (1) Creating failure probability plot, (2) Determining reliability and probability of failure at any operating time, (3) Determining item’s predominant failure patterns (physics of the failure), (4) Confirming appropriate consequence management strategies selection, (5) Calculating time based task frequencies.

    Weibull Analysis is useful for a wide range of problems and applications. It is the leading method for analyzing life data. Basic Weibull Analysis consists of plotting failure data on Weibull probabilistic paper and interpreting the plot. Predictions of failures and their corresponding costs, spare parts consumption, labor usage, failure rates, electrical outages can be determined accurately with this magnificent statistical tool. The major advantage of Weibull Analysis is its ability to provide accurate failure analysis and forecasts with extremely small samples. Predominant failure patterns, failure probabilities, consequence management policies and optimum replacement times can be easily determined at the failure cause level. This technique adds Evidence-Based decision making to our Asset Management efforts.

    Workshop participants will create and interpret Weibull plots with data provided. We will discuss how to use and interpret 4 forms of the Weibull distributions representing Reliability, Probability of Failure, Failure Rate and Probability Density Function for their practical use in failure data analysis.

    About the presenter:

    Jesús sifonte, BSME, MMRE, PE, CMRP is the founder and President of PdMtech of Vega Baja, Puerto Rico, United States if America. He provides business consulting services in the areas of Condition Based Maintenance techniques certification and implementation, RCM and reliability analysis teaching, mentoring and implementation. He is also the director of Puerto Rico’s based Condition Monitoring and Maintenance Institute with presence all over Latin America and Spain. He is a licensed Professional Engineer, a certified level III ASNT-TC-1A vibration analysis consultant by Technical Associates of Charlotte, Member of the institute of Asset Management, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, a Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional by the Society of Maintenance and Reliability Professionals (USA). Jesus holds a Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico and a Master of Maintenance and Reliability Engineering Degree from Monash University at Australia.

  • How to Build a Maintenance System That Delivers Predictable Performance

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    Jason Ballentine - Engineering Manager - North America, Arms Reliability Canada Inc.

    Whether you are starting from square one or looking to improve your current strategy, creating or improving a maintenance system can be a large undertaking that many asset managers struggle to get right. Without a solid maintenance structure in place, everything falls apart and it becomes very challenging to capture accurate information, plan maintenance activities, determine spare parts/resource levels, and actively manage costs. The good news is it’s never too late to improve. No matter what stage you’re at, this workshop will teach you how to establish a solid foundation for your maintenance system and apply best practices that have been derived from 20 years of experience across multiple industries and operations at all reliability maturity levels. We’ll examine how to properly establish a maintenance system with reliability in mind so you can create an environment that allows for continuous improvement and positive growth in your asset performance.

     

    About the presenter:

    Jason Ballentine holds a Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering and is a Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional. At ARMS Reliability, Jason manages the multitude of reliability projects undertaken by ARMS Reliability Engineers in North America. This includes maintenance strategy development and optimization, RAMS studies and life cycle analysis studies for different industry sectors.

  • Developing a Leadership Mindset: The Journey From Operations to Supervisor thinking

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    Marie Gervais - Ceo, Shift Management Inc.

    Often people who are good at their jobs at the operations level are promoted to supervisory positions without much thought about how to equip them for success in the new role. The mentality of “sink or swim” has been proven contrary to how people actually learn on the job. So what can you do to up skill your supervisors? What can you do to assist supervisors with transitioning from hourly, operational thinking to salaried leadership thinking? The key lies in knowing how to develop leadership using on-the-job coaching, training and mentorship. When approached strategically and thoughtfully, organizations can effectively equip supervisors to see themselves as part of the management team, develop the skills and confidence to take charge and lead their teams effectively.

     

    About the presenter:

    Marie Gervais, PHD., CEO of ShiftManagement, has been helping industry supervisors hone their leadership skills for the past 10 years. She offers online supervisory leadership courses, provides companies with team coaching and assessments, and provides practical strategies for managers of multicultural teams to improve their communication and conflict resolution skills. Marie has a regular Ask Marie FaceBook live broadcast where she solves management issues, and she writes weekly on the topic of supervisor success on her ShiftWorkplace blog. In the works are a podcast called Cultural Leadership Styles and a book called 50 after 50 featuring successful career transitions of 50 professionals who found themselves having to start fresh just when they thought they should be retiring.

September 27, 2017

  • Keynote Address

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    Mark Leach - Vice President of Business Technology, Cameco Corporation - Saskatoon Head Office

    About the presenter:

    Mark Leach is currently the Vice President of the Business Technology Services group at Cameco Corporation and has responsibility for the strategy and delivery of IT services globally to all Cameco sites and locations.
    Mark has a diverse experience and has worked in many industries including banking and investments, oil & gas, energy and utilities, mining, education and government.
    Mark has previously occupied senior IT management positions in many industries, been a strategic technology advisor to provincial government in South Africa and held the position of CIO for a small South African bank.
    He has 20 years’ experience in the Information Technology field.

  • Building the Business Case for Maintenance Improvement

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    Susan Lubell - Senior Consultant, Steppe Consulting

    While a host of factors influence profitability, maximizing your plant’s production output potential is arguably one of the facility’s greatest opportunities. An Asset Management, Reliability and Maintenance Strategic Plan can guide continuous improvement that’s aligned with bottom-line performance expectations for managing assets and people. This presentation will provide a framework approach for establishing your strategic asset management & reliability plan and the associated business case. Delegates will gain a fundamental understanding of how to establish a baseline: "know where you are," define where you’re going, who needs to be involved, how to measure the program’s progress and results, and what elements are essential for success.

     

    About the presenter:

    Susan specializes in operational excellence with a strong focus on asset management and reliability strategy, cost effective lean maintenance programs, and continuous improvement. She brings over 20 years of practical experience to drive asset management, operations and maintenance business improvement opportunities. Susan currently serves as a National President for the Plant Engineering Maintenance Association of Canada (PEMAC) and teaches for the Maintenance Management Professional (MMP) certification program.

  • Predictive Pattern Recognition at NSPI and Its Role in Maintenance Strategies

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    Warren Rodgers - Senior Engineer, Asset Management Office, Nova Scotia Power

    Nova Scotia Power owns, operates and maintains the majority of its power production. This is in the form of thermal steam units, combustion turbines, hydro, tidal, wind and biomass. The age and complexity of the power production facilities and equipment ranges from 90 years in some Hydro stations, 40 years in some steam turbines, 40 years for many combustion turbines and as new as 3-6 months old in our wind turbines. Our stakeholders expect cost efficient and reliable electricity supplies. Technical people expect to understand the risks, operators and maintainers expect safe and trustworthy equipment.

    The imperative to run leaner and more profitable without adding risk is the challenge that a strong asset management program can support. A main element of a strong Asset Management program is a practical and efficient maintenance strategy. Maintenance strategies provide physical assets with layers of protection against failure modes specific to that machine or process. Where instrument data is available a maintenance strategy can benefit from predictive analytics such as Scientech FAMOUS and PEMAX systems.

    This presentation will highlight Nova Scotia Powers’ asset management program for monitoring the state and reporting condition based (CBM) deficiencies on our physical assets with predictive analytics. This discussion will review NSPI’s approach to maintenance strategies, the development, management, integration and day-to-day application of our PDP program. Finally it will conclude with case studies exemplifying the use of the PdP data and its influence on asset protection decision making in our business. 

     

    About the presenter:

    Practicing reliability and asset management over 15 years I was formally trained as a mechanic prior to becoming an engineer. That background gives me a unique perspective on maintenance and reliability.
    I have used my skills and experience to help build the current asset management program at Nova Scotia Power and lead the predictive maintenance program involving rotating and static equipment. My passion for reliability and asset management is in the challenges faced to keep equipment running; without the business even knowing you were there.
    Professional Engineer (Mechanical). CMRP; (Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional), IAM Certification and CAMA (Certified Asset Management Assessor).
    Warren Rodgers; Senior Engineer, P.Eng, CMRP

  • Asset Decision Framework for Optimal Value

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    Nigel D'Souza - Manager, Asset & Maintenance Management, City of Mississauga

    Most organisations have implemented processes and tools to collect data to facilitate informed decision-making. Often, they will seek out best practices and measures to assist in decision-making or rely on technology to guide the basis of decisions. However, in many cases these same organisations approach a gap in tactical deployment and the ability to draw a connection to the follow-up or pre-emptive actions required to derive value from assets. This presentation will review the processes for establishing a framework for alignment and priority setting, while looking at the techniques employed for resiliency and risk management using a technology agnostic approach. We will review potential data sources which can be leveraged for decision-making and which reflect the needs and current state of the business environment. Further, we will discuss the relationship and application to the decision-making process. An overview of the fundamental outcome of key performance indicators and visualized metrics will be demonstrated. Finally, we will investigate the influence on decision making and the level of data confidence.

     

    About the presenter:

    Nigel is a licensed Professional Engineer in Ontario with a career spanning private and public sector operations and corporate leadership. As the manager of corporate asset and maintenance management at the Ontario Clean Water Agency, Nigel led program development and implementation which included over 450 facilities;
    making it the largest water and wastewater service provider in Canada. Currently, Nigel is the asset management consultant for the City of Mississauga leading and developing capital planning and asset management, practice and programs for over 300 city maintained facilities. With over a decade of leading asset and maintenance management practices, Nigel continues to raise awareness and recognition of this field and continues to serve as PEMAC’s GTA Chapter President.

  • Reliability Centered Maintenance Re-Engineered RCM-R(r): An Introduction

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    James Reyes-Picknell - Managing Consultant, Conscious Group Inc.

    with Jesus Sifonte - Director, Condition Monitoring and Maintenance Institute, PdMTech USA

    Reliability Centered Maintenance – Reengineered, provides an optimized approach to a well-established and highly successful method used for determining failure management policies for physical assets. It makes the original method that was developed to enhance flight safety, far more useful in a broad range of industries where asset criticality ranges from high to low. RCM-R® is focused on the science of failures and what must be done to enable long term sustainably reliable operations. If used correctly, RCM-R® is the first step in delivering fewer breakdowns, more productive capacity, lower costs, safer operations and improved environmental performance. Maintenance has a huge impact on most businesses whether its presence is felt or not. RCM-R® ensures that the right work is done to guarantee there are as few nasty surprises as possible that can harm the business in any way. RCM-R® addresses the shortfalls of RCM that have inhibited its broad acceptance in industry. Little new work has been done in the field of RCM since the 1990’s, yet demand for such a method, better adapted to industrial applications is higher than ever and growing. Demographics and ever more complex systems are driving a need to be more efficient in our use of skilled maintenance resources while ensuring first time success – greater effectiveness is needed. RCM-R® was developed to leverage on RCM’s original success at delivering that effectiveness while addressing the concerns of the industrial market. RCM-R® addresses the RCM method and shortfalls in its application. It modifies the method to consider asset and even failure mode criticality so that rigor is applied only where it is truly needed. It removes (within reason) the sources of concern about RCM being overly rigorous and too labor intensive without compromising on its ability to deliver a tailored failure management program for physical assets sensitive to their operational context and application. RCM-R® also provides its practitioners with standard based guidance for determining meaningful failure modes and causes facilitating their analysis for optimum outcome. It places RCM into the Asset Management spectrum strengthening the original method by introducing International Standard based risk management methods for assessing failure risks formally. RCM-R® employs quantitative reliability methods tailoring evidence based decision making whenever historical failure data is available.

     

    About the presenter:

    James Reyes-Picknell is an MMP instructor, PEMAC volunteer and Board Member. He is founder and president of Conscious Asset, and author of the best seller, "Uptime - Strategies for Excellence in Maintenance Management'', several other books and numerous magazine articles. His latest publication in April 2017, co-authored with Jesus Sifonte is destined to change the RCM "world" for the better while showing how RCM is an integral aspect of Asset Management. James is a Professional Engineer, Certified Management Consultant and a thought-leader in the fields of maintenance and asset reliability. He works with clients in "asset intensive industries" such as resource extraction and processing, utilities, transportation and manufacturing where high reliability is a key to business success.

    About the co-presenter: Jesus holds a Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico and a Master of Maintenance and Reliability Engineering Degree from Monash University at Australia. Jesus has extensive years of hands-on experience in engineering, maintenance management, predictive maintenance, reliability engineering field practice, implementation and consulting. His experience includes: • Pharmaceutical & Chemical Plants, machinery and facility maintenance management, • Enterprise Asset Management improvement strategy development and implementation, • Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM-R development and application in over 100 facilities internationally) • Maintenance and Reliability Engineering • Spares and operating supplies determination and inventory management, • Strategic diagnostic assessments, • Benchmarking for best practices, • Vibration Analysis Certification • Teaching and writing on Maintenance Management, Condition Based Maintenance, RCM.
  • An Open Letter to Our Future Senior Leaders

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    Paul Daoust - Principal Engineer, Reliability, TransAlta

    Dear Future Leader: You are quite bright and very ambitious. You have as much of your career ahead of you than behind you. You have goals to eventually advance into an executive position. You aren’t in Finance or Human Resources, which is unfortunate because the skills and practices required in those disciplines are tried and true. No, your road in operations and asset management is less traveled; where the skills and practices are less certain and the landscape is changing at breakneck speed. I present to you some advice to aid you in your journey. I offer this because as seasoned asset management practitioner I’ve developed certain expectations of my senior leaders to drive the most value out of our assets. I’ve seen things good and bad. I’ve learned where value is most often leaked across the asset life cycle and the practices to stop the value leakage. Here are the competencies you will need to develop to assure you add value to your company and be successful in your current and future leadership roles.

    Sincerely, Paul Daoust, Asset Management Professional

     

    About the presenter:

    Paul is a passionate and energetic asset management professional driving value in asset management, process safety management, risk management, maintenance management and reliability engineering for capital intensive industries. Paul has strong and varied technical and management leadership with over 24 years experience supporting a diverse portfolio of power generation assets. He is a professional engineer with APEGA; sits on the Board of Directors for Plant Engineering and Maintenance Association of Canada; is a Certified Reliability Leader; Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional as well as a Certified Asset Management Assessor.

  • Key Components of Electrical Power System Maintenance

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    Paul Baker - Manager, Technical Services, Shermco Industries Canada Inc.

    with Kerry Heid - President, Shermco Industries Canada

    As I spend more and more time in and around maintenance, reliability and asset management professionals, and though my own experiences as both an end user and now a contractor, it has become more and more clear that there is a definitive gap in most maintenance and reliability plans....the electrical system. This is not to say that there is not maintenance being done, or that people are not recognizing that their electrical system is critical. But do you understand what you are doing? Do you understand why? Is what is being done correct? Is the budget that is set aside for electrical adequate or too much? How do you know? What are the best practices and where do you start? As discussed this is not a technical presentation but rather a look at a basic electrical system and where an end user can start in regards to assuring themselves that they are doing the right things. There are some new technologies that are in the market place that can assist in determining if there is a potential problem with parts of your system...this presentation is not about those. Alternatively it is about "the basics", learning to walk before you can run: Looking at the system as a whole and learning where most trouble areas are; Assisting end-users in looking at past test results and planning next steps; Determining what needs to be done based on predictive tests such as transformer oil samples or IR scans, and what can be pushed into next year’s budget; What cannot be skipped because, if it is, it may not only cause catastrophic plant failures but potential fatalities. In conclusion what this presentation will focus on is assisting Maintenance Management professionals to treat their electrical assets with the same care that they keep their mechanical assets. It is not overly technical and you do not have to be an electrical professional to understand or benefit.

     

    About the presenter:

    Paul Baker, MMP, CMRP has been involved in Electrical Maintenance in one form or another for over 20 years. As a journeyman electrician he started as a maintenance technician and worked his way into various maintenance management roles during his career. He is currently the technical services manager for Shermco Industries Canada, an electrical engineering and service company, where he works with customers to improve their electrical reliability and also promotes proper maintenance techniques. In addition, Paul is currently the President of PEMAC’s Saskatoon Chapter and Co Chair of the Maintrain Committee.

  • Setting up for Success

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    Cliff Williams - Operations Manager, Erco Worldwide

    In his book ‘Good to Great’ Jim Collins tells us that the secret to success is to have the right people in the right seats on the right bus. How many of our organizations actually achieve that? What are some of the reasons we don’t succeed? During this presentation we will see that perhaps the biggest reason we don’t succeed is simply we don’t really know what the ‘right people’ look like. We will look at how we normally determine if the people are right based on what we expect them to do as it compares to their skill sets. For example – why is it that so many College Quarter Backs or Junior A hockey players fail to make the big time and play in the NFL or NHL? Getting closer to home we will look at why many people who are put in the role of maintenance and reliability leaders continue to struggle even though they seem well suited for the job and turn out to be the wrong people in the right seats. As we look at the reasons that this happens we will look at what it is exactly that these leaders need to do, know and understand in order to succeed. We can assure you that what you’ll learn from this presentation will change how you approach filling the vacancies within your organization! We promise you that you will listen, learn and laugh!

     

    About the presenter:

    Cliff is author of the best selling maintenance novel ‘People – A Reliability Success Story’ He is a maintenance educator and a keynote speaker at conferences around the world who believes success is achieved through People. Currently Cliff enjoys sharing his knowledge and experience as a facilitator of PEMAC’s Asset Management Certificate Program and as an Advisor on Maintenance and Reliability for People and Processes Inc.
    Cliff is also the Corporate Maintenance Manager with ERCO Worldwide, a Canadian Chemical producer.

  • Case Study: Mobile Devices in a Mining Environment

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    Doug Stretton - Senior Director, Maintenance Business Process Improvement, PotashCorp

    This presentation will highlight PotashCorp’s extensive implementation of mobile devices to support its business processes. Aligned Mobile Applications are now in use or being implemented at PotashCorp’s Allan, Augusta, Aurora, Geismar, Lanigan, Lima, Rocanville & Trinidad sites. We have partnered with Viziya to develop a single integrated mobile app to meet our maintenance and supply chain business requirements and we continue to deploy ‘out of the box’ apps from our Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system. Vendor mobile devices are now a commodity which provide a cost effective way to drive efficiencies. Importantly, apps are available across various platforms; hardware choices do not drive decision making when it comes to selecting the best tools for our business. If you are thinking about implementing a shift to mobile devices on the front lines, this will be a great opportunity to learn from the Potash experience.

     

    About the presenter:

    Doug is a Senior Director, Business Process Improvement (Maintenance) at PotashCorp.

  • Electrical Asset Condition-Based Reliability Management System

    John Hodson - Director, Leading Edge Sales

    with Dr Prodipto Ghosh - Director Power System Asset Management Solutions [PSAMS], PSAMS

    For some time a necessary change has been evolving in how we look at maintenance of electrical power systems and equipment. This is being driven by many influences including cost, technology and an ever evolving human resource base to name but a few. Efforts are being directed to explore new approaches and techniques regarding the monitoring, diagnosis, life assessment and condition evaluation of critical facility infrastructure. Power interruptions and failures are one of the major symptoms of ageing electrical distribution components. Facility managers are understandably out to maximize the use and performance of the electrical distribution network assets, while ensuring that quality and reliability are not compromised. Organizations are migrating from traditional time based maintenance to a condition based reliability maintenance (CBRM) program for their electrical assets. CBRM or more simply CBM periodically and more commonly continuously determines the state of equipment deterioration and maintains equipment when the condition falls below acceptable risk thresholds. The process of transition from a reactive maintenance organization to a totally proactive structure is not an overnight project. It will take time, effort and planning to accomplish. The transition requires commitment from all levels of the organization. The key to this approach is to have a reliable means to evaluate the condition of equipment and the system as a whole. To do this all information regarding the equipment is stored and weighted as to its value in determining condition. This includes all “cradle to grave” information starting with manufacturers’ tests and specifications, site acceptance tests and routine maintenance testing. Now more and more on line diagnostics are being used to input real (or close to) real time input to the formula. In addition the more accomplished and superior algorithms will include a component of risk weighting, in other words how critical is the equipment to the ultimate process. Although the ultimate aim is to develop and implement condition and risk-based asset management strategies and capabilities, it is prerequisite or necessity for organizations to fully understand its capability gap and realign its asset management functions by addressing all the necessary building blocks or pillars of asset management. The comprehensive approaches must effectively deal with leadership mindset, integrated asset information system, condition assessment technologies, organizational structure and human competencies and remain consistent with industry standard asset management practices as per ISO PAS 55-1 now ISO 55000. In conclusion, this paper will provide an update on these evolving practices and some early adopters experience with the new methodology. A sample working system utilizing a transformer will be described with the pros and cons of operating such a system rationalized. Real life data will be utilized to explain the principals of operation and if possible real time streaming data from an operational installation will be utilized.

     

  • MRO Roundtable

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    Rehana Begg - Editor, Machinery & Equipment MRO | REM Resource Engineering & Maintenance Magazine, Annex Business Media

    200 heads are better than one and together we are likely to have over 3000 years of experience. Let's gather the wisdom from the floor. In this session we'll break the conference attendees into 6 discussion groups. Each group will discuss 2 topics with 2 different facilitators whose task will be to summarize the discussions to the wider group. Insights gathered will be compiled and shared with the conference attendees.

  • PM Optimization: Integrating Lean into your Maintenance Strategy

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    James Kovacevic - Principal Consultant, HP Reliability Inc.

    Preventive Maintenance (PM) Optimization is often thought of as an activity to improve the effectiveness of the maintenance strategy, looking at the activities in the PM routine and matching them with known failure modes. While this is the first step to improving any maintenance strategy, it is just a beginning. In order for an organization to achieve its highest performance, they not only need to do the right maintenance, but they also need to do it efficiently.

    This is where PM Optimization can unlock the hidden potential. When PM Optimization is combined with known and accepted Lean techniques, the efficiency of maintenance is truly unlocked. When performing PM Optimization, the team should be aware of the 8 types of waste: (1) Defects, (2) Overproduction, (3) Waiting, (4) Not utilizing talent, (5) Transportation, (6) Inventory excess, (7) Motion waste, and (8) Excess processing. Once the team is aware of the waste, there needs to be an unrelenting focus on eliminating the waste and minimizing planned downtime. To eliminate the waste, the team uses various Lean tools, such as SMED, 5s, and Visual Factory. When the 8 types of waste are targeted, the amount of planned downtime goes down, allowing higher levels of asset utilization. 

     

    About the presenter:

    James helps organizations understand how world-class maintenance & reliability programs are designed and implemented so that they can be a source of profit. These profits are achieved through improved equipment uptime, improved efficiency in the maintenance department and in the storeroom. This profitability enables manufacturers to stay competitive, contributing to good jobs and prosperous communities. He has worked in various aspects of Reliability and Maintenance for his entire career. In 2015, James founded High Performance Reliability with the purpose of making industry a better place; where individuals and manufacturers possess the resources, knowledge, and courage to sustainably lower their operating costs. James is also the host of the Rooted in Reliability podcast,

  • IIoT, Smart Industry and Artificial Intelligence for Manufacturing: Beyond The Hype, A Practical Look from an Reliability Insider

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    Blair Fraser - Manager, Reliability Solutions, Lakeside Process Controls Ltd.

    Is it all just hype and the fad of the season or as transformational and disruptive as it is being hyped up to be? How will it impact manufacturing, industrial automation and the people responsible for running these operations? As a process control and reliability professional, what should I be preparing for, learning and applying to enable my company to benefit from this technological revolution? This keynote talk will address why and how the industrial automation and reliability professionals should embrace these technologies and be the leaders for the digital transformation of their companies.

    This talk will address some of the following topics: (1) These technologies will be as transformational as the invention of the internet was on our lives; as influential as the programmable controller, the PID controller, the personal computer, the Ethernet and digital communication was to industrial automation, (2) The pace of technology advancement will be unlike any seen before, completely defying Moore’s Law, (3) The technology will not - as hypothesised by fear mongers’ – replace humans. It will enable and empower humans to focus on creative and high value, rather than mundane contributions of their skills and expertise to advance the manufacturing industry, (4) While cloud computing is one of the key enablers, Smart Industry does not mean running all your applications in the cloud, (5) A majority of the infrastructure required to start implementing IIoT and Smart Industry exists in most industrial plants. Ripping out your existing automation infrastructure is not necessary; you may not need new sensors, and you certainly don’t need for a new, common IIoT protocol to be finalized, (6) That it is not as complicated, scary or risky as some laggards would have you believe; nor does it require everyone to become data scientist and programmers to implement it, (7) That industrial automation professionals and domain experts will now become some of the most valuable contributors to an enterprise’s supply chain, (8) That we can all begin our journey of learning and starting to apply these technologies today; without disruption to our existing operations and work processes.

     

    About the presenter:

    Blair is responsible for the day to day operations and the business development of the Reliability Solutions services and products. Prior to joining Lakeside Process Controls, Blair held various positions in maintenance in the Chemical Manufacturing and Pharmaceutical industries, focusing on implementing maintenance and reliability best practices.
    Blair has been an active Maintenance and Reliability leader with over 15 years of asset management and reliability strategy development with hands on implementation experience in the power generation, pulp & paper, manufacturing, mining, pharmaceutical and oil refining industries. Blair is a certified maintenance and reliability professional (CMRP) from SMRP (Society for Maintenance and reliability and a Certified Reliability Leader (CRL) from the Association of Maintenance Professionals (AMP). We welcome Blair as he shares his insights during his session.

  • Asset Management related Value Improvement Practices for Major Projects

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    Dave Daines - Chair of Board of Directors, Asset Management Council of Australia

    Asset Management is defined as “the coordinated activity of an organisation to realise value from assets” (ISO 55000. 2014). Simplistically, asset management converts the fundamental aims of the business into practical implications for selecting, acquiring, utilising and maintaining assets to deliver those aims whilst seeking the best total value approach (optimal combination of cost, risk, performance and sustainability) over the life cycle of those assets.

    Within the Capital Project environment, a key element of driving value is related to many Value Improving Practices (VIP’s) that are recognised by Independent Project Analysis (IPA) as out-of-the-ordinary practices used to improve cost, schedule, and/or operational performance of capital construction projects (IPA,2005).

    From the definition of Asset Management, it could be argued that all the recognised VIP’s form part of the “coordinated activity of an organisation” in terms of realising value, however there are three that have been discretely selected as particularly relevant and are used in the Asset Management related context.

    The three key practices of Process Reliability Modelling, Maintenance Development and Predictive Maintenance reflect a somewhat historical view of Maintenance versus Asset Management and this paper will demonstrate their inter-relationship combined with a broader Asset Management related focus can deliver a true value improving outcome that involves the balancing of costs, opportunities and risks against the desired performance of the assets to achieve the organisational objectives.

    About the presenter:

    Dave Daines has over 32 years’ experience in the industry working extensively in the fields of Maintenance, Operations, Projects and Asset Management. A qualified Lead Auditor and Trainer he now consults in the area of Asset Management

    Dave holds a Master’s in Business and Engineering Asset Management from UWA is a Certified Fellow in Asset Management and currently the Chair of the Australian Mirror Committee for the development of an ISO Standard for Asset Management.

    As Chair of the Asset Management Council of Australia and an Director of World Partners in Asset Management, Dave has had broad exposure to the application of Asset Management on an International basis

  • Case Study: Lean Six Sigma in Maintenance Optimization

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    Gustavo Moreno - Reliability and Maintenance Engineer, Husky Energy

    As always, equipment maintainability plays an important role in uptime. Besides the reduction of failure rates, the quick recovery from those failures or the successful execution of scheduled activities makes a considerable difference in availability indicators. The application of Lean tools and Six Sigma analysis contributes to the improvement of maintenance execution by applying the 5 steps of Lean Six Sigma methodology (Define, Measure, Analyze, Implement and Control) and using the tools associated with them. This presentation will discuss Lean Six Sigma theory, basic principles of the methodology and case studies showing the use of tools. Case 1 will illustrate the application of Lean Six Sigma in scheduled preventive maintenance for slurry pumps operating in the oil sands industry. Case 2 will examine how the use of Six Sigma analysis reduced the corrosion rate of tubes in a bank of 12 heat exchangers shell and tube type, which heat diluted bitumen upstream of a distillation tower. Both cases emphasize the importance of using data and facts to make decisions, including front end personnel, and the sustainment of implemented solutions. 

     

    About the presenter:

    Gustavo Moreno is a Reliability & Maintenance engineer working for Husky Energy supporting upstream and downstream operations. Before moving to Canada on 2007, he spent 10 years working in the financial sector applying statistical and reliability concepts to improve business performance. He took the challenge to come north where initially joined Canadian Natural Resources working 4 years for the oil sand division as maintenance engineer. Trained as lean six sigma black belt, he has been able to improve reliability and maintenance performance using Lean Six Sigma tools.

  • Debunking Risk Resiliency by Implementing a Risk-Based Maintenance Strategy

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    Suzane Greeman - Above Ground Asset Manager , Veolia North America

    Yet for the average Maintenance Manager, the challenge of interpreting asset risk for the organization is still uncharted waters. There are several ways in which the traditional Maintenance Manager can understand the wide breadth of risks facing the asset, determine appropriate responses and communicate them to the appropriate stakeholders. In fact, one or more of these may already be in place in the organization but may not be seen as building risk resilience. This presentation will explore one methodology used by Veolia to develop an asset-centric, risk-based Maintenance Strategy at the City of Winnipeg’s, Waste Water Treatment Plants using a Maintenance Management Maturity Assessment.

    The City of Winnipeg’s Waste Water Department is at a very interesting juncture in its history, in that there are several major capital upgrades being undertaken, whilst the plants continue to run. The goal of the Maintenance Strategy is therefore two-fold. To maintain the existing levels of service at least whole life cost with risk balanced against the cost of meeting objectives, whilst ensuring that there is a plan to maximise maintenance for the future asset base to realise the benefit of the investment over the whole life of the assets.

     As a result, in 2016, in collaboration with its selected O&M improvement partner, Veolia North America, the City of Winnipeg’s Waste Water Treatment Plants, went on a path of discovery. Two significant tools of investigation were employed: 1. An Asset Management Maturity Assessment was conducted and 2. The City participated in the National Waste Water Benchmarking Initiative (NWWBI) Maintenance Task Force Survey implemented by AECOM. The Asset Management Maturity Assessment examined 8 fundamental areas of Maintenance Management and outlined positions of excellence that the City hoped to achieve both at the 1-year and 3-year mark from the date of assessment with 2017 being Year 1. The NWWBI Maintenance Task Force Survey examined 42 granular yet, over-lapping areas of Maintenance Management, with 18 of them reporting significant gaps for the City’s Waste Water Treatment Plants. The results of the two analyses were combined into eight (8) key Objectives and the underlying activities required to achieving them over the next three (3) years. These eight (8) Objectives are: 1. Implementation of Asset Condition Assessment Plan (ACAP) 2. Inventory Management Optimization Plan (IMOP) 3. Work Organization Improvement Plan (WOIP) 4. Implementation of Maintenance Quality Strategy (MQS) 5. Financial Capability Improvement Plan (FCIP) 6. Asset Registry Improvement Plan (ARIP) 7. Implementation of Document Management (DM) 8. Revision and Implementation of Asset Criticality Model (ACM)

    This presentation will examine the detailed plans for each objective, the inter-connectivity and alignment of the Objectives, the Road Map for the next 3 years, the processes for monitoring and continual improvement and the benefits of implementing this approach. 

     

    About the presenter:

    Suzane Kaye Greeman, CAMA, CAMP, CMRP has been working in the fields of maintenance and asset management progressively for the last 20 years across wastewater systems, electric utilities, cement manufacturing and cement plant design at the engineering and managerial levels in Jamaica, Puerto Rico, USA, India, Trinidad, Bermuda and Canada. Suzane is currently employed with Veolia North America as an Above Ground Asset Manager in the Veolia Resource Optimization (VRO) team that is charged with developing asset management systems in North America. Over the course of her professional journey, she has held roles such as Maintenance Manager, Work Planning Engineer, HR Business Partner for Organization Capacity Building, Electrical Engineering Department Manager and Electrical Engineer (Capital Projects and Maintenance).

    Her areas of expertise and experience include: zero-based asset management policies and strategies; capital project and program management particularly leading multi-disciplinary, multi-hierarchal teams; risk management; business process re-engineering and workflow development/optimization; department startups; inventory management systems; organizational learning and development and maintenance management systems.
    A native of Jamaica, she was initially trained as an Electrical Technician in 1997 at the University of Technology, Jamaica and later returned to earn her Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical Engineering) degree in 2002. In 2013, she completed her MBA at the University of Liverpool, UK. Suzane also holds professional certifications and designations as a Certified Asset Management Assessor (CAMA) by the World Partners in Asset Management; Certified Asset Management Professional (CAMP) by the Plant Engineering and Maintenance
    Association of Canada (PEMAC) and Certified Maintenance & Reliability Professional (CMRP) by the Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals.

    Suzane is most proud of her husband Antonio and daughter Anna and is pleased to have their continued support on her professional journey.

    **The best part of the journey is the journey!**

  • Asset Management - Alignment between Financial and Operational

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    Edmea Adell - Présidente, IFRAMI

    The introduction of the ISO 55000 Asset Management Standards has raised awareness in many asset intensive organizations of the importance of improving their linkages between the various technical and financial functions that operate across the organization. Whilst we would all like to think that these functions operate collaboratively, in reality this is often not the case and instead organizational ‘silos’ prevail. Issues such as differing terminology and understandings, incompatible data bases, lack of sharing of information and competing objectives, all lead to inefficiencies that counter productivity.

    ISO 55000 has been helpful in shining a spotlight on a number of key principles or fundamentals that can flow from adopting a management systems approach to the way in which organizations manage their assets to maximize value for their stakeholders. We need to recognize that all organizations rely on assets (be they physical assets and/or intangible assets) to deliver the outcomes expected of them.

     

    About the presenter:

    Edmea Adell, president of IFRAMI (French Institute of Industrial & Infrastructure Asset Management) is Electronic Engineer, with MBA in Management & Finance, co-founder and president of ASSETSMAN SAS – a specialized consultancy in Industrial Asset Management. She has more than 30 years of experience in consulting industries & digital services. She specializes in Industrial Asset Management (IAM Endorsed Assessor) and she is an active member of AFNOR (French Standardisation Organisation) and ISO (ISO TC 251) for the development of the standards of asset management - ISO 5500X and ISO CASCO 17021-5. She collaborates also in the GFMAM – Global Forum in Maintenance and Asset Management.

September 28, 2017

  • Keynote Address

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    John Hardwick - Executive Director, Sydney, Roads and Martime Services NSW

    About the presenter:

    As the Executive Director Sydney at the Roads and Martime Services NSW John is accountable for the end to end management of the Sydney road network. This includes implementation of an effective asset management strategy and system to manage risk and provide value for our customers and communities.

    John is also Director Hardwick Hall & Associates and provides executive consulting services with a focus on improving business value through the implementation of asset and investment management frameworks.

    John is Chair of the World Partners in Asset Management (WPiAM) which is a worldwide partnership that develops, assesses and recognises competence in Asset Management. He is the Past Chair of the Global Forum on Maintenance and Asset Management (GFMAM) which is an association of professional maintenance and asset management societies formed for knowledge creation and sharing and for information exchange among our member societies.

    With extensive Executive Management and Board experience and a background over the past 30 years in asset management within the electricity distribution business John is a leader of organisational improvement in asset and operational risk management, and has implemented world class risk management strategies. John is co-author of Living Asset Management.

  • Case Study: Evidence Based Asset Management for Signals and Communication Systems

    Martins Efemuai - Signals & Communication Officer, CN Rails/ University of Alberta

    CN Western Canada has analyzed its train delays and categorized the causes based on a specific list of technical failures. Delays negatively impact CN’s ability to deliver customer goods and commodities on time and in good condition. From an operational and financial perspective, delay penalties create risk and income leakage for both CN and its many stakeholders.

    This presentation will demonstrate how an “Evidence Based Asset Management” critical analysis of the failure modes, failure rates and occurrences has resulted in: (1) Simplification of the management of these assets, (2) Reduction in outages due to technical failures and lower outage-related costs. The EBAM system is also enabling us to leverage data to determine correlation and to predict and minimize failures. A customized CMMS software program will help us to leverage the EBAM for work-management, repair/replacement decision-making, planned maintenance, asset life cycle management, ERP data importing and integration as well as KPI’s Analysis.

     

  • Case Study: Creation of Failure Codes and How to Leverage KPI Reporting for Failure Analysis

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    Kevin Vick - Manager, Maintenance Processes, PotashCorp

    ISO 14224:2016 provides a comprehensive basis for the collection of reliability and maintenance data in a standard format for equipment in all facilities and operations within the petroleum, natural gas and petrochemical industries during the operational life cycle of equipment.

    This presentation will discuss how I leveraged the ISO 14224 Failure Codes & and mapped them to Asset Groups in our asset data system. It is important to note that the data in the failure code hierarchy is not the root cause of the failure but a description of the problem or ‘what failed’. Failure Comments are used to provide the ‘technical’ description of the failure. The work we did analyzing and carefully developing our failure set data provided a basis for failure analysis and helped us to develop sound Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).

    Effective use of aligned Failure Sets provides information to satisfy the following business requirements: detailed reliability analysis, using data from within and across all sites, provide confirmation of Reliability Strategies applied by Asset Number and Asset Group, Failure Codes are created once, and applicable to all sites, benchmarking of common assets across all sites, provide data to support warranty issues, and identify “bad actors” – Asset Numbers and Asset Groups with high functional failure rates. 

     

    About the presenter:

    Kevin has held many different positions throughout his Maintenance career. He received his certifications as Millwright/Welder/Pipefitter through the State of North Carolina and has worked as a Millwright, Maintenance Planner, Maintenance Coordinator, Maintenance Genera Foreman & currently as Manager, Maintenance Processes. Kevin was also the Maintenance Lead (Business) for ERP Implementation for 16 sites, that were deployed within 2 years.

  • Managing Assets in the Context of Asset Management

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    David McKeown - CEO, Institute of Asset Management

    People and organizations have been caring for assets since mankind first invented tools. Over the years we have derived entire disciplines to help define the best ways to care for those assets through their lives and as such we have been Managing Assets forever. With the advent of the formal discipline of Asset Management some 20 years ago there has been a development of structured approaches to assure stakeholders that those care activities are focused on deriving value for the organization and not just promoting ‘gold-plated’ care arrangements. In this pursuit Asset Management and Managing Assets are not alternatives.

    Based on a recent article co-authored by the speaker, David McKeown, and published by the ISO TC251 Committee, this talk will highlight the value of being clear on the answer to the question, "Do you mean Asset Management or Managing Assets?"

     

    About the presenter:

    David McKeown is a Chartered Engineer and experienced manager and has spent most of his professional career in the rail industry. After British Rail was privatised, he was a freelance consultant for 14 years: advising on systems engineering and safety as well as competence and business processes.
    He was a Founder Member of the Institute of Asset Management in 1994 and was appointed the first full-time CEO in 2009.
    He is Chair of the UK Mirror Committee for ISO/TC251, responsible for the ISO55000 suite of asset management standards.
    He believes strongly that people (and their proper involvement and utilisation) are critical to successful Asset Management and has been closely involved in competence standards, teamwork and training. He has worked in commercial, military, volunteer and Institution environments and has experience of selecting and training leaders in both army and industry.
    As a Regional Engineer for British Rail he was accountable to senior (non-technical) management for balancing business requirements and safety priorities (especially life-expired signalling) - with engineering costs and staff competence.

  • Case Study: Digital Asset Management

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    Palak Patel - Engineering Technologist, Ontario Clean Water Agency

    Manuals and drawings are the basis of all plant operations and maintenance. In modern times, organizations are not only struggling to maintain these records of information for facilities, but also unable to provide or show data when required for maintenance work. Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA) faced this document management problem while operating water and wastewater sites in the Region of Peel. The Services group in OCWA took the initiative to resolve this problem by upgrading the already purchased Open Text database software and uploading Operation and Maintenance Manuals and Engineering Drawings that were available from the original plant operations that began in the Region during the 1960s. This project’s goal was to make information easily accessible to 160 OCWA employees that are distributed across 20 facilities in the South Peel area.

    All documentation in relation to the plant operations and maintenance are considered as assets and therefore the initiative was named Digital Asset Management (DAM). Initially, manuals and drawings for all facilities were scanned. Once scanning was completed, the documents went through a process of Optical Character Recognition (OCR) so each file could be searchable for key words. Furthermore, other documents such as reports on maintenance, inspections, and safety were uploaded on this database regularly. All the information uploaded on the database would be searchable and easy to view through different formats (ex. Pdf, Word, Excel, CAD, etc.) for all OCWA employees. Frequent Open Text training was provided to staff to ensure they knew how to use the various functions on the database, such as editing documents, creating versions of documents, and sharing those documents through the mobile phone application called Tempo Box.

    In total, 600 Operation & Maintenance (O&M) manuals for all water and wastewater facilities were scanned and uploaded onto the Open Text database. In total, 1100 various archival materials were received in 2016, which was highest ever since OCWA began operating its facilities in 2008. The Digital Asset Management initiative has proved to be a successful implementation for OCWA, as it plays a vital role in assisting maintenance work across facilities and improving asset management.

     

    About the presenter:

    Palak Patel has completed a Bachelor of Arts from University of Waterloo. He possesses a variety of experiences by working in Construction, Government and Water/Wastewater industries. Palak has administrative, research and professional experience and aspires to be exposed to new work environments and expand his learning horizons. Palak has gained thorough understanding of Project Management concepts by working on multiple projects at his previous positions and also holds Certified Associate of Project Management (CAPM) certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI).

    By working as an Engineering Technologist at Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA) for the past two and half years, he has gained efficient knowledge of drawings, manuals and reports related to Water and Wastewater operations. He has led the Digital Assets Management project team and provided training to over 100 employees at OCWA on using Open Text. Furthermore, Palak has performed a variety of locates and learned the related strategies and regulations required to perform them.

  • Kettles Hill Windfarm - Drive Train Condition Monitoring System

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    Edwin Fung - Plant Engineer, Windfarms and Cavalier Energy Center, ENMAX Energy Corporation

    with Marius Stoian - Senior Engineer - Rotating Equipment, ENMAX

    This project - Monitoring and Understanding the Health of our Wind Turbine Gearboxes, ENMAX Energy Kettles Hill Wind Farm - was executed to address the growing concern for the aging fleet of gearboxes at the Kettles Hill Wind Farm. The project was comprised of the installation of a vibration monitoring system and an oil particle count system which addressed the need for the monitoring and condition based maintenance of the wind turbine gearboxes. The project was constructed and commissioned through the collaboration of the owner (Kettles Hill Wind Energy, Inc.) and the OEM service provider (Vestas-Canadian Wind Technology, Inc.).The remote monitoring and analysis reporting is provided through an agreement with GE Bently Nevada.

    In the first five months since commissioning the system, three wind turbine generator gearboxes were identified as having significant indications of vibration or excessive particles passing through the particle counter. This resulted in planned maintenance and modular component change out activities to mitigate the issues and prevent unscheduled downtime. The mitigation activities executed prevented unexpected production losses and avoided substantial expenses due to major component catastrophic failure.

     

  • The Journey towards Maintenance & Reliability Excellence

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    Nezar Al Shammasi - Principle Director, Shammasi Maintenance & Reliability Consultancy

    This presentation describes the requirements to reach excellence in maintenance and reliability and describe the processes and tools to achieve it.

     

    About the presenter:

    Nezar Shammasi is the Principal Director of Shammasi Maintenance & Reliability Consultancy (SMRC). Until his retirement on October 2016, Nezar was the Director of Corporate Maintenance Services in Saudi Aramco, the National Oil Company of Saudi Arabia. He was leading a corporate transformation of maintenance and reliability, as part of the company’s strategic goals to be best-in-class in the field of maintenance. His career spans over 34 years in different areas including maintenance, operations and engineering, gained in a variety of production environments including Gas Processing, Refining and Distribution.
    Nezar is the Chairman and a founding member of the Gulf Society for Maintenance and Reliability (GSMR) and the current Chairman of the Global Forum on Maintenance and Asset Mngmt.

  • Case Study: Implementing a Lubrication Program – Cameco Cigar Lake Operation

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    Bradley Owen - Senior Reliability Technologist, Cameco Corporation - Cigar Lake

    Cigar Lake is Cameco’s newest uranium mine located in northern Saskatchewan. During construction it was decided that a lubrication program needed to be implemented to ensure that critical assets were properly maintained. The mine offers challenges in that there is not just one plant or area to setup. There is a fleet of equipment both underground and surface with mobile and stationary assets. In addition there is diesel power generation and a fleet of freeze compressors installed. Each area presents its own challenges and opportunities when setting up a program.

    There are several aspects of a lubrication program that need to work together to ensure reliability. This presentation will share Cigar Lake’s journey from ground zero towards a world class lubrication program, one that was featured in Machinery Lubrication’s 2016 Lube Room Challenge edition.

    Why a lubrication program is needed will be discussed. In addition, the improvements made to program management, storage and inventory management, cleanliness, product standardization and sampling will be presented. Lastly, some of the specialized assets in use at the mine will be highlighted and discussed on how they fit into the program.

     

    About the presenter:

    Brad Owen has been a Lead Technologist at the Cameco Cigar Lake Operation since 2006 working in various maintenance engineering roles. Over the last four years he has been focused on reliability and specifically implementing a lubrication program. Best lubrication practices were initiated during construction right through to production start-up and continue to be improved upon. His professional designations include: Applied Science Technologist (A. Sc.T.), Maintenance Management Professional (MMP), Oil Monitoring Analyst I through STLE (Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers) and Machine Lubricant Analyst I. Brad was recently featured in Machinery Lubrication Magazine (March-April 2017) in the Get to Know section.

  • Case Study: Implementing Business Process for Capital Investment Using Asset Analytics

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    Ashley Alex - Sr. Reliability Engineer, ENMAX Energy Corporation

    with Kurt Ersser - Senior Engineer, Asset Investment Management Planning , ENMAX

    Annual spending on new projects, major maintenance, and sustaining capital require careful consideration, which has led to an increased scrutiny at ENMAX Generation. A data driven and financial model-based decision-making process for Capital Planning and Portfolio Optimization can be significantly improved using asset analytics to provide meaningful insights.

    The implementation of this involved review of existing business process including current and future state mapping, gap analyses, alignment with Project Management Office (PMO) Stage Gate Process and with Authorization for Expenditure (AFE). It also included a redesign of value measures and modeling to appropriately value projects/investment opportunities. We developed preliminary Health Index based on asset condition, operating age, probability of failure curves, replacement costs/parameters, and consequence of failure and risk levels. This journey has utilized practices by ISO 55000 for data-driven decision making and Value Measures and Value Frameworks in the Capital Planning and Budgeting Process. The results are probabilistic “optimal” replacement dates. We use Reliability Centered Maintenance methodology to manage our plant physical assets. One of the challenges faced today is in integrating technology sources, which is driving our engineers and consultants to devise a Health Index (HI) for critical assets, starting with the high-value assets.

    In conclusion, a key element of effective data and model-based decision making in Capital Investment and Management Planning relies heavily on predictive asset analytics. For asset analytics to effectively work, we require a lot of meaningful data to populate newly enhanced Capital Budgeting Software (C55). These are used today in C55 to compute the optimal replacement dates.

     

    About the co-presenter: Kurt is currently implementing and operationalizing a strategic asset investment decision-making program which went Go-Live in March 2017. This initiative includes portfolio value and risk modeling, investment optimization, capital forecasting, predictive asset analytics, and investment lifecycle management. The team of approximately 75 people includes cross-functional teams (Commercial, Engineering, Finance, IT, Legal, Operations and Maintenance (O&M), and Supply Chain) and external consultants. He has several years of extensive field experience in construction, commissioning, service, and modifications with Gas Turbines, Steam Turbines, Generators, and Balance of Plant Equipment at ENMAX and across Canada, the United States, and England with Siemens. He has experience in Engine Manufacturing at General Motors Canada, Driveline Assembly at Dana Corporation, and other experience at Burlington Technologies Inc. and Arcelor Mittal Dofasco. Kurt is currently completing an MBA from Haskayne University of Calgary. He has a Bachelors of Engineering from McMaster University. Kurt is a Project Manager (PMP), a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.), and Interprovincial Red Seal Endorsement (RSE) tradesman. Kurt enjoys rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking and scuba diving in his spare time.
  • Tactics to Sustain and Improve Your Reliability Program

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    Vlad Bacalu - Sr. Director, Reliability and Technical Services, AECOM

    The first part of the presentation will discuss maintenance and reliability processes and how these processes relate to each other.

    Implementing a good and sustainable 5S program improves the efficiencies of the maintenance team and promotes a safer environment. The program begins by directing and training operators to perform minor checks and inspections and understand failure modes increases the reliability of the equipment. The next step is to develop a root cause analysis thought process, and train the maintenance technicians to follow an easy to understand RCA process. Once the proper troubleshooting mind set is developed, the next step is to evaluate the effectiveness of the existing PMs, and implement a PM optimization program. The main question you should ask yourself is: Are your PMs generating follow up work orders? An effective PM program would generate follow up work orders, as well as minimize or eliminate asset breakdown between PMs. For critical assets, a reliability centered maintenance (RCM) program ensures that the preventive maintenance program has tasks to mitigate failures, identified through the failure mode effect analysis (FMEA) process. RCM also considers the most cost effective way to increase the reliability of the asset.

    Developing the skills of the maintenance team plays an important part in the reliability roadmap. The first step in developing the maintenance team is to creating a skills matrix which shows the skills of each maintenance technician. The skills matrix serves as the foundation of the technical training program. Interpersonal trainings help the maintenance technicians interact with equipment operators and production personnel. Maintenance technicians need to be able to interview operators to understand the conditions that caused the failures. Once a repair is completed, the maintenance technician needs to ensure that the repaired asset is turned back to production and the operator is satisfied with the repair.

    Improving efficiencies by using mobile technology frees up maintenance personnel and allows them to focus on improving the reliability of the assets. Automating certain tasks, and making RCA and RCM database bases available to the maintenance teams, allows them to perform these tasks faster and use lessons learned, along with best practices.

    The last part of this presentation will focus on discussing benefits obtained from a well implemented reliability program.

     

    About the presenter:

    Vlad has extensive hands-on experience in creating and implementing maintenance strategies to support operation’s needs, and improve corporate bottom line performance through driving reliability improvements. He has over 25 years of maintenance and reliability experience in manufacturing and process industry. Vlad is an Executive Board Member of SMRP and past Chair of SMRPCO and he holds the CMRP, CAMA and CRL certifications. Vlad has a MS in Electrical Engineering.

  • A Case Study in Business Improvement Using Asset Management Maturity Principles

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    Sally Nugent - Principal Engineer, Salyent Pty Ltd

    Asset management maturity is defined by the Global Forum on Maintenance and Asset Management as, “the extent to which the capabilities, performance and ongoing assurance of an organisation are fit for purpose to meet the current and future needs of its stakeholders, including the ability of an organisation to foresee and respond to its operating context.” The authors of, ‘Living Asset Management Maturity’, have proposed five principles to be applied across an organisation to deliver asset management maturity. This presentation summarizes these five principles and explores how they have been applied at a specific oil and gas plant to achieve a turnaround in business performance. The key lessons and learnings are summarized. 

     

     

    About the presenter:

    Sally Nugent is a qualified Materials Engineer with extensive experience in corrosion and extrusion research with Comalco. She helped establish the Corrosion Prevention Centre during the 1990s, and the Asset Management Council Ltd during 2000s. She is currently the Executive Director of the World Partners in Asset Management

  • Operational Reliability: Case Study of an RCM Analysis and the Unexpected Result

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    Jean-Pierre Pascoli - Director, Asset Management & Reliability, Cameco Corporation

    with Richard Overman - President, Core Principles, LLC

    Developing an optimal maintenance strategy often requires a systematic approach that includes a Reliability-Centered Maintenance (RCM) analysis. To be successful, these analyses require involvement from many stakeholders and performing a number of pro-active actions to detect or prevent functional failure. Such actions can be unpopular at times and require a solid partnership between the reliability engineering function and Operations and Maintenance.

    In this case study, highlights of an RCM analysis are reviewed including the unexpected outcome. When there are no safety or environmental consequences, the decision of whether to do an inspection is based on a cost-benefit analysis. This presentation discusses a case study recently performed during a reliability-centered maintenance (RCM) analysis at Cameco’s Port Hope Conversion Facility. The RCM analysis evaluated the cost effectiveness of partially removing a calciner shell to perform a non-destructive examination (NDE) of the bottom of the shell. The RCM uses a specific equation derived to calculate the number of inspections required to be performed within the interval between potential and functional failure. The equation is generic and can be used for any situation.

    One purpose of this presentation is to demonstrate the identification of the interval between potential and functional failure and how the equation is used so the audience can replicate the analysis in their own situation. Sensitivity analyses are also performed to demonstrate how changes in certain data points affect the results of the analysis. The second purpose of this presentation is to demonstrate how the recommendation of the analysis was counter-intuitive to conventional thinking given a unique situation and highlights the importance of operational context.

     

    About the presenter:

    J.-P. is the director, physical asset management & reliability for Cameco Corporation, an uranium mining and nuclear fuel manufacturer based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Prior to this he was manager, engineering & maintenance at Cameco’s conversion facility in Port Hope, Ontario.

    Before joining Cameco, J.-P. held a number of management positions, including manager, maintenance & reliability for an OSB producer in northern Ontario, and superintendent, maintenance services for a pulp and paper manufacturer based in eastern Quebec. Leading to these positions were a number of technical appointments with a nickel mining company at various sites in northern Ontario and Quebec, including senior projects engineer, and senior maintenance engineer.

    J.-P. holds a degree in mechanical engineering from the Faculty of Applied Science at Queen’s University and is a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Physical Asset Management Program. He is a licensed engineer with Professional Engineers Ontario and Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec, as well as a certified maintenance and reliability professional with SMRP and a certified asset management assessor (CAMA). He is an active board member of PEMAC currently serving as vice-president.

    About the co-presenter: Rich Overman, CMRP, CRL has over 30 years of experience in working with companies and facilities to improve their organization as well as their equipment maintenance and reliability. He is the author of the internationally known book “Reliability Centered Asset Management”. His experience covers many industries including higher education, jet aircraft, nuclear power plants, mining, petro-chemical, pharmaceutical and nuclear fuel conversion. He is an expert in process design, FMECA, RCM, life cycle cost analysis, and other aspects of equipment maintenance and reliability. An internationally known speaker, trainer and author, Rich has spoken at numerous conferences and was invited to be an eminent speaker for the Maintenance Engineering Society of Australia (MESA). His paper at the MESA annual conference, “The Core Principles of Reliability-Centered Maintenance” was published in the Asset Maintenance Management Journal (V22. N1). He has taught courses on Maintenance and Reliability Best Practices and Reliability-Centered Maintenance (RCM) in the USA, Canada, Malaysia, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Australia. He also authored the book, “Versatile Reliability-Centered Maintenance” and was on the team that wrote the original Society for Automotive Engineers RCM standards, JA1011 and JA1012. Rich has a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering, a Master of Science degree in Science Education and a Master of Divinity. He also has a Graduate Certificate in Maintenance and Reliability Engineering.
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