Call for Abstracts

Abstract submissions for MainTrain 2019 will be welcome very soon!

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The conference organizing committee invites practitioners and service providers to submit ideas for presentations for MainTrain 2019 conference that will be held in Edmonton, Alberta, September 16th to 19th, 2019.  

MainTrain 2019 will provide participants with the tools to Connect, Learn & Contribute through excellence in Maintenance, Reliability and Asset Management. We are seeking workshops, experience-based presentations and case studies that demonstrate the value realized from maintenance, reliability and asset management improvement initiatives.





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Why Present?

Connect with your industry peers through online promotion, the printed program, and the conference app
Learn from delegates on what is being asked in your industry through the question and answer period of your presentation  
Contribute to the advancement and education of attendees by showcasing your work, lessons learned, success stories, results, and expertise
Receive a complimentary 4 day registration for the conference which includes all tours, workshops, off sites, exhibit hall and MORE.

Abstract Submission Requirements

  • Register through PEAMC website to submit an abstract (if not a member or previously submitted an abstract)
  • Completed online Abstract submission form including a 250 word description of your presentation and Presenters Bio and picture
  • Presenter and co-presenter do not need to be PEMAC members
  • One complementary four day pass will be given to primary presenters. Each additional presenter will need to purchase a conference pass unless the presentation is a case study 
  • One or more presentation can be submitted

Presentation Guidelines

  • PowerPoint Presentation Draft (using MainTrain PPT Template) submitted no later than August 1st.
  • 2000 word paper with description of PPT submitted no later than August 1st.
  • Final PPT and Paper is due no later than September 2nd.
  • International Speakers must show approval for Canadian Entrance no later than July 1st, 2019. 
  • Presenters must refrain from being commercial in nature.

Presentation Requirements

  • 45 minutes (including 10-15 minutes for questions)
  • Case studies will be given priority
  • Information about new developments in the field are also welcome

Workshops Requirements

  • ½ day or full day skill-building workshops
  • Workshops are for building skill of the participants around an established area of excellence in maintenance, reliability and asset management practice. These might be either technical or management related subjects.
  • Workshop plans that demonstrate focused, interactive time spent on a few key-learning objectives will be given priority.
  • No need for a 2000 word paper but a Statement of learning objectives for the workshop, presentation slides, take-away handouts and a brief description of planned interactive activities

Abstract and Presentation Timeline

  • Feb 11: Call for Abstracts Open
  • Apr 15: Call for Abstracts Closed 
  • Apr 19 – May 28: MainTrain Committee scores abstracts
  • May 28: Chosen presenters are invited to submit PowerPoint and Papers
  • Aug 1: All Drafts of PPT and Papers (or Learning objectives for workshops) must be submitted
  • Aug 1 - 19: Committee conducts final review of presentations
  • Aug 19: Presenters are notified of any suggested changes
  • Sep 2: All final PPT, Papers, Learning Objectives (workshops) and Content Sharing Forms must be submitted
  • Sep 16-19: Presenters to attend MainTrain and bring presentation on USB Drive. Workshop presenters bring any handouts. 

Evaluation Process

Submissions will be evaluated by the MainTrain 2019 Committee. We will be looking to balance presentations between the various subject areas, regions and industries. Topics that address the needs of the conference participants at different levels between 'innocence and excellence' are of interest.

  • Subject relevant to Maintenance, Reliability, or Asset Management
  • Presentation learnings clearly defined
  • Based on actual work
  • Learnings can be applied across all industries 
  • Will provide new or additional value

Subject Areas

Asset Management


Maintenance Management

Supporting Technologies

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

Topic Examples:

Developing Asset Management Policy, Strategy and Plans

Topic Examples:

Establishing consensus on required Levels of Service

Topic Examples:

Materials Management

Topic Examples:

CMMS / EAM Systems

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


Internet of things



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

Performance metrics for materials management




Laser alignment

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


Machine intelligence



Optimizing decisions through data analysis

Best practices/tips for setting up/configuring CMMS

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

Performance metrics for work management
Risk-Based Inspection
Analytical Tools

GIS Systems

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

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

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