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Developing Asset Health Indices

Presenter: Sachin Pradhan
Senior Consultant, AMCL USA
Description:
An Asset Health Index or AHI refers to analysis performed using various asset data to determine the state or condition of the asset. AHI can be used to better assess asset condition, used and useful life, progression toward potential failure, and failure probability. Further, using AHI can also enable the development of optimized maintenance and replacement strategies for assets using a set of objective criteria to assess the true health of the asset. However, entities vary widely in whether they develop Asset Health Indexes (AHIs) for their key assets. For those that do, there are marked differences in the level of rigour and sophistication employed in developing and applying AHIs for effective asset management decision-making. AHI calculations involve identifying and collecting data which may include a review of core asset attributes such as manufacturer, inspection data including field observations, destructive and/or non-destructive test data, maintenance data including historical records, operational records, and asset failure/refurbishment data. In other words, some are core inventory data, some work records, and some inspections or tests. This presentation will go through how to make the best use of asset SMEs and how you can start to develop useful AHIs from what you already know/have. Technically, the process begins with identifying the most critical assets and determining which can best benefit from AHI formulation development. The next steps are used to develop proposed condition factors (CF) and weighting factors (WF) that provide insight into the condition of the assets. Finally, CFs and WFs are used to develop a mathematical algorithm or formulas for the Health Index. We will also discuss how AHI can be used to develop asset management and maintenance strategies – the whole point of the data and analysis in the first place.
About the Presenter:

Sachin has 14 years experience in consulting, project management, and engineering in the North American utility industry.
Sachin is an expert with the ISO 55000, ISO 31000 and the GFMAM/IAM 39 subjects specializes in Asset Management gap assessments, Risk Assessments, Reliability Analysis, Benchmarking, and Data Analytics & insight generation.
Sachin has excellent communication, strategic and analytic skills and has worked extensively in Electric, Water and Gas utilities, with publicly and municipal owned utilities, and across the generation, transmission and distribution business units.
Sachin has presented at multiple industry conferences including CEATI (2020), DistribuTECH (2020), American Water Works Association (2006, 2010 and 2011), Illinois Water (2006) and ISAWWA-IWEA Joint Water Conference (2006).
Sachin is a member of the ISO/TC 251/WG 9 - Data asset value evaluation index system Committee and has the IAM Certificate and the IAM Diploma with Distinction.


Impact of electrification on long-term infrastructure decision-making

Presenter: Sachin Pradhan
Senior Consultant, AMCL USA
Co-presenter:
Sarah Vine
Technical Director
Description:
The energy landscape is shifting with the rise in electrification of transit and the rise of renewable energy shaping a new energy era that is changing the way we think about infrastructure decision making. This presentation will articulate how electrification of transit and an increase in renewables will impact medium and long-term infrastructure planning by providing examples and a practical perspective (case study) to demonstrate how Asset Management decision-making played a vital role in a utility company’s response to this change. This utility company is a key contributor to several electrification initiatives. They recognized the challenge associated with these initiatives and the overall success of the first implementation phase with minimal disruption to current operations. They are also preparing for electrification of the government transit’s first all-electric bus garage to support future procurements of battery-electric buses (eBuses) and will be working on the design and implementation of charging systems infrastructure across the city(?). Over the past 20 years, more than 50 renewable energy systems have been installed on City buildings and properties. In 2020, the city developed recommendations for the utility to achieve greater outcomes for energy efficiency, demand management, and renewable energy. The city also mandated installation of renewable energy systems on all buildings, where feasible, by 2020. The rate of development in electrification and technology in the transit sector is faster than implementation of major infrastructure developments; changes in demand patterns impact everything from the transmission and distribution networks to generation, dispatch and peak-load system capacity design; so it is not possible to “wait and see” before committing to infrastructure investment decisions. This presentation will cover how the utility is dealing with these changes by ensuring an appropriate long-term decision-making framework is in place to assure business continuity and reduce the impact on climate because it poses a particular risk for asset owners and operators. AMCL will present best practices for long-term decision-making and how the impact of change should be taken into account during the development of long-term infrastructure planning processes, in the context of a public utility.
About the Presenter:

Sachin has 14 years experience in consulting, project management, and engineering in the North American utility industry.
Sachin is an expert with the ISO 55000, ISO 31000 and the GFMAM/IAM 39 subjects specializes in Asset Management gap assessments, Risk Assessments, Reliability Analysis, Benchmarking, and Data Analytics & insight generation.
Sachin has excellent communication, strategic and analytic skills and has worked extensively in Electric, Water and Gas utilities, with publicly and municipal owned utilities, and across the generation, transmission and distribution business units.
Sachin has presented at multiple industry conferences including CEATI (2020), DistribuTECH (2020), American Water Works Association (2006, 2010 and 2011), Illinois Water (2006) and ISAWWA-IWEA Joint Water Conference (2006).
Sachin is a member of the ISO/TC 251/WG 9 - Data asset value evaluation index system Committee and has the IAM Certificate and the IAM Diploma with Distinction.

About the Co-presenter: Ms. Vine is a Chartered engineer and asset management professional with over 20-years industry experience in asset management in utilities, transportation, defence and civil infrastructure across the UK, US and UAE. She has been a PAS 55/ ISO 55000 assessor for over 10 years and provides advice to clients on business process improvements to achieve ISO 55000 accreditation. Sarah relocated from the UK to Canada in 2018 and is based in our Calgary office.