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Evaluating the Reliability of Your Electrical Distribution System

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Original date: 
Thursday, September 22, 2016

Electrical reliability requirements for facilities vary based on their criticality to the organization. Unplanned outages can cost millions of dollars in damages, directly and indirectly. Furthermore, it impacts the performance and compensation of a facility’s engineers, operators and plant managers. Although poorly understood among stakeholders, electrical system reliability is directly tied to productivity and operating cost. This presentation will demonstrate that by quantifying the statistical probability of an electrical system failure, maintenance resources can be prioritized to address the critical components of your system and therefore minimize maintenance costs. Participants will see that by understanding the type of inherent failure modes of your equipment, recommendations can be made to improve preventative maintenance programs, to implement on‐line and off‐line predictive maintenance programs and to eliminate ‘single points of failure’ all of which will contribute to minimizing downtime in the event of an unplanned outage.

BoK Content Source: 
MainTrain 2016
BoK Content Type: 
Presentation Slides
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Asset Management Framework Subject: 
03 Lifecycle Delivery, 3.03 Systems Engineering, 3.10 Fault & Incident Response
Maintenance Management Framework Subject: 
05 Maintenance & Reliability Engineering, 5.1 Stats Analysis / Analytical Methods, 10 Continuous Improvement, 10.4 Maintenance Practices Improvements, 10.5 Asset Reliability Improvements
Author Title: 
Senior Project Engineer, Industrial
Author Employer: 
Magna IV Engineering
Author Bio: 

Doug Marshall has over 35  years  of  experience in Electronics and Electrical Power Distribution. Doug's technical and project management experience, along with distribution and transmission of electrical engineering design gives him great insight into electrical and power systems. His current role allows him to conduct feasibility and power system studies for his clients, which provided various technical options, provided EPC budget costs, technical & construction risk assessment and execution strategy to implement each option. Doug has a B. Eng from Concordia and a Graduate Diploma from McGill, as well as a member in good standing with APEGA & APEGS.