Celebrating the leadership, technology, ideas & innovations that are literally transforming Asset Management

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  • 6:30 PM Networking JumpStart
  • 8:00 AM Registration and Arrival Tea & Coffee
    9:00 AM Opening and Chairperson's Welcome
    9:15 AM Opening Keynote
    Opening Keynote
    How to Move the Right Reliability and Asset Management Levers to Significantly Enhance Shareholder Value
    Robert DiStefano - CMRP and Global Asset Management Thought Leader (US)
    10:15 AM Morning Tea & Exhibition Viewing
    10:55 AM
    Asset Management Strategy
    Applying ISO 55000 Beyond Just Asset Management - Developing Strategy in Operations and Supply
    Scott Morris - Director Global Engineering, Sanofi SCO (US) & Vice Chairman, ISO 55000 US Delegation
    Leadership and People
    Slashing Mean Time to Repair by Making Maintenance and Reliability Improvement the New Religion
    Sandy Dunn - Managing Director, Assetivity & Brad Burgess - General Manager Asset Management, Transdev
    Technology and Innovation
    Disruptive Capability of Smart Sensing Systems in Asset Management
    Ben Travaglione - Defence Research Analyst, Department of Defence, Science and Technology Group
    Partner Showcase
    Motion Amplification: Moving Vibration Analysis to the Visual Spectrum
    Jeff Hay - CEO, RDI Technologies
    11:50 AM
    Asset Management Strategy
    Choosing Metrics to Achieve Cost Optimisation and World Class Performance
    Kevin Desrosiers - Systems Reliability Team Lead, Monsanto (US)
    Leadership and People
    Driving Manufacturing Excellence through Leadership, Culture & Safety
    Brian Ropitini - NZ Director of Manufacturing, Methanex (NZ)
    Technology and Innovation
    Drone Technology, Thermal Imaging & 3D Mapping – Game Changers for Asset Managers
    John Bowie - Director, Palm Crest
    Partner Showcase
    Promoting Your Asset Management Improvement Ideas at Every Level of the Organisation
    Steve Koro - Mining Practices Lead, Ausenco Rylson
    12:40 PM LUNCH & EXHIBITION VIEWING
    1:40 PM
    ASSET MANAGEMENT STRATEGY
    Getting Companywide “Buy-In” from the Board to the Shop Floor for Asset Management with ISO 550001
    John Tumbers - Chief Operating Officer, Gladstone Area Water Board
    LEADERSHIP AND PEOPLE
    Turn Your Problems into Opportunities: Survival Kit for Changing Times
    Cyriel Kortleven - Creativity and Change Catalyst (Belgium)
    TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION
    Your Big Asset Management Data Means Nothing Unless its Turned Into Knowledge
    Alba Ruiz Leon - Asset Manager, Tilt Renewables
    Partner Showcase
    Factory, Facility or Resource Giant – How to Leverage ISO 55000
    Johan Snyman - Asset Manager, Programmed
    2:35 PM
    INTERACTIVE LIFE HACKS PANEL
    Interactive Life Hacks Panel – Awesome and Innovative Ideas to Improve Asset Reliability and Maintenance
    Mike Greyling - Head of Asset Management, BHP Billiton Iron Ore & Brian Ropitini - NZ Director of Manufacturing, Methanex (NZ)
    Executive Panel
    Executive Panel - How to Make Reliability Equal Profitability
    Robert DiStefano - CMRP and Global Asset Management Thought Leader (US) & John Searls - Resources and Manufacturing Leader, Aurecon & Robert Papworth - Group Manager Recruitment, MMG
    3:25 PM AFTERNOON TEA & EXHIBITION VIEWING
    4:05 PM
    KEYNOTE
    What if You Were Becoming Obsolete and Didn't Even Know? Proven Strategies to Stay Ahead of the Game!
    Michael McQueen - Social Researcher and Best-Selling Author
    5:15PM MAINSTREAM COMMUNITY NETWORKING DRINKS
  • 8:00 AM ARRIVAL TEA & COFFEE AND EXHIBITION VIEWING
    8:45 AM KEYNOTE PRESENTATION
    KEYNOTE PRESENTATION
    Implementing an Asset Management System Without Senior Management Support
    Scott Morris - Director Global Engineering, Sanofi SCO (US) & Vice Chairman, ISO 55000 US Delegation
    9:50 AM
    Interactive Session
    “Engineering is Logical, People Are Illogical” – People Skills for Engineering Managers
    Wayne Dyson - Director, Bridgeworks
    Interactive Session
    The Award-Winning Kanban System: Higher Quality Work, Better Productivity and Peace of Mind
    Jim Benson - Founding Partner, Modus Institute
    Interactive Session
    Creativity for Asset Management Engineers: How to Break out of the Box of Fixed Thinking Patterns
    Cyriel Kortleven - Creativity and Change Catalyst (Belgium)
    Interactive Session
    Build a World Class Living Reliability Program
    Philip Sage - Principal Reliability Engineer, ARMS Reliability
    10:50 AM MORNING TEA & EXHIBITION VIEWING
    11:30 AM
    Interactive Session
    “Engineering is Logical, People Are Illogical” – People Skills for Engineering Managers
    Wayne Dyson - Director, Bridgeworks
    Interactive Session
    The Award-Winning Kanban System: Higher Quality Work, Better Productivity and Peace of Mind
    Jim Benson - Founding Partner, Modus Institute
    Interactive Session
    Creativity for Asset Management Engineers: How to Break out of the Box of Fixed Thinking Patterns
    Cyriel Kortleven - Creativity and Change Catalyst (Belgium)
    Interactive Session
    Achieving Breakthrough Performance by Unleashing Team Capability
    Tony Deane - Practice Lead - Asset Management, Enterprise Improvement Solutions
    1:00 PM LUNCH & EXHIBITION VIEWING
    2:00 PM
    ASSET MANAGEMENT STRATEGY
    How BlueScope Identified the Critical and Eliminated Waste Leveraging ISO 55000
    Andrew Schweitzer - Cold Reduction Maintenance Strategist, BlueScope Australia and New Zealand
    LEADERSHIP AND PEOPLE
    Communicating and Enabling Change in Your Maintenance Organisation
    Kevin Desrosiers - Systems Reliability Team Lead, Monsanto (US)
    TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION
    Creating Entrepreneurs in Asset Management – Nature or Nurture?
    Prof. Melinda Hodkiewicz - BHP Billiton Fellow for Engineering for Remote Operations, UWA
    Partner Showcase
    How 3D Imaging and Visual Technologies Add New Depth and Dimensions in Maintenance
    Ian Renall - Maintenance Superintendent - Iron Making, New Zealand Steel
    2:50 AFTERNOON TEA & EXHIBITION VIEWING
    3:30 PM
    CLOSING KEYNOTE
    How Engineers Will Learn and Adapt in a Changing World
    Prof. Stephen Heppell - Chairman - Learning Possibilities, Centre for Excellence, Bournemouth University (UK) & UCJC (Spain)
 
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talk:
How to Move the Right Reliability and Asset Management Levers to Significantly Enhance Shareholder Value

 
27 Mar 2017, 9:15 AM Opening Keynote
 

Corporate senior executives have traditionally seen reliability and asset management levers as uninteresting and technical activities.  However, forward thinking organisations are learning that when these levers are moved, they can significantly enhance and sustain the shareholder value of the enterprise. Bob DiStefano is credited with being one of the earliest leaders to recognise and emphasise the links between corporate business…

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Robert DiStefano
CMRP and Global Asset Management Thought Leader (US)
 
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talk:
Applying ISO 55000 Beyond Just Asset Management - Developing Strategy in Operations and Supply

 
27 Mar 2017, 10:55 AM
 

Is asset management about maintenance management? Or is it operational excellence? Or is it compliance? Or is it about finance? No, it’s about realising value from assets. There are many ‘behind the scenes’ functions that are often overlooked, but are essential to ensure success of an asset management program. Identifying and understanding the needs of these functions is a key…

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Scott Morris
Director Global Engineering, Sanofi SCO (US) & Vice Chairman, ISO 55000 US Delegation
 
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talk:
Slashing Mean Time to Repair by Making Maintenance and Reliability Improvement the New Religion

 
27 Mar 2017, 10:55 AM
 

Transdev WA is Perth’s largest bus company operating and maintaining a fleet of approximately 560 buses covering more than 31 million route kilometres and servicing nearly 33 million journeys each year. Hear how Brad transformed Maintenance managers, supervisors and team members who were demonstrating difficulty in stepping back from “hands-on” maintenance to focus on the management and improvement activities required…

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Sandy Dunn
Managing Director, Assetivity
 
Brad Burgess
General Manager Asset Management, Transdev
 
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talk:
Disruptive Capability of Smart Sensing Systems in Asset Management

 
27 Mar 2017, 10:55 AM
 

IoT, Big Data, Small Data, Cloud, Arduinos, MEMs, Beaglebone, Raspberry Pi, Python, R, PHP, JSON…..there is a whole new lexicon surrounding the rapidly evolving space of solid state (MEMs) sensors, their associated microcontrollers, open-access code and wireless capability to store raw or processed sensor data in the Cloud. There is a significant technical gap evolving between people, often in their…

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Ben Travaglione
Defence Research Analyst, Department of Defence, Science and Technology Group
 
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talk:
Motion Amplification: Moving Vibration Analysis to the Visual Spectrum

 
27 Mar 2017, 10:55 AM
 

Hear how companies are combating the limitations of traditional vibration technologies by shifting motion and amplification sensors from the 1D digital world to the visual spectrum. Videos created through Motion Amplification enhance the understanding of the components and interrelationships creating the motion and allows the user to simply draw a box and measure the time waveform and spectrum in absolute…

Read more >

 

Jeff Hay
CEO, RDI Technologies
 
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talk:
Choosing Metrics to Achieve Cost Optimisation and World Class Performance

 
27 Mar 2017, 11:50 AM
 

Every maintenance organisation needs to be measured. However there is no one size fits all method of measuring the health of your organisation. Using well-thought through and carefully selected metrics, Anheuser-Busch moved from being an average maintenance organisation to world class across twelve facilities. The efficiencies gained in this effort enabled them to reduce parts costs by over 20% and…

Read more >

 

Kevin Desrosiers
Systems Reliability Team Lead, Monsanto (US)
 
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talk:
Driving Manufacturing Excellence through Leadership, Culture & Safety

 
27 Mar 2017, 11:50 AM
 

Hear Brian’s insights and learnings from executing two significant projects: Restarting a plant that had been idle since 2008, completed over 10 months (Jan – Oct) Major turnaround which included replacement of major assets at end of life, executed over 75 days (Oct-Dec) During the restart 600 people were on site each day and the turnaround peaked at 1300 people…

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Brian Ropitini
NZ Director of Manufacturing, Methanex (NZ)
 
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talk:
Drone Technology, Thermal Imaging & 3D Mapping – Game Changers for Asset Managers

 
27 Mar 2017, 11:50 AM
 

When new technologies make bold promises, how do you discern the hype from what's commercially viable? In this fascinating interactive session, John will demo two technologies currently being utilised – both are game changers for Asset Managers. • Drone technology used for inspections, thermal imaging and 3D mapping. Hear and see how drones are changing the way condition monitoring data…

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John Bowie
Director, Palm Crest
 
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talk:
Promoting Your Asset Management Improvement Ideas at Every Level of the Organisation

 
27 Mar 2017, 11:50 AM
 

For successful and sustainable asset management improvement implementation, all team members need to be engaged and fully supportive. Change Management is also critical to successful implementation. Taking people out of their ‘comfort zone’ is a major challenge, but if not done well, nothing will change. Hear how to be the instigator of the improvements needed to ensure the correct message…

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Steve Koro
Mining Practices Lead, Ausenco Rylson
 
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talk:
Getting Companywide “Buy-In” from the Board to the Shop Floor for Asset Management with ISO 550001

 
27 Mar 2017, 1:40 PM
 

The Gladstone Area Water Board (GAWB) is the first water service provider in Australia (and the second in the world!) to achieve ISO 55001 certification.  The journey to certification provided for a collaborative engagement and companywide “buy in” from the Board level to the shop floor, in asset management. GAWB utilised already developed practice and process, along with existing certified…

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John Tumbers
Chief Operating Officer, Gladstone Area Water Board
 
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talk:
Turn Your Problems into Opportunities: Survival Kit for Changing Times

 
27 Mar 2017, 1:40 PM
 

Putting a ladder on top of a banana-peel to avoid somebody falling over it, is probably not the most efficient solution. But it's weird that you can find several ladders (rules, systems, habits, ...) in almost every organisation. The ladders had an added value in the past but are not relevant anymore in this changing world. But a lot of…

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Cyriel Kortleven
Creativity and Change Catalyst (Belgium)
 
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talk:
Your Big Asset Management Data Means Nothing Unless its Turned Into Knowledge

 
27 Mar 2017, 1:40 PM
 

Join Alba as she discusses how data-driven decision making is key at a leading developer and owner of renewable generation in Australia and New Zealand. Learn how wind farms gather data from different sources and interpret it to take meaningful decisions to improve production, safety, efficiency and availability. Alba will discuss how to build meaningful KPIs specifically for your business,…

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Alba Ruiz Leon
Asset Manager, Tilt Renewables
 
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talk:
Factory, Facility or Resource Giant – How to Leverage ISO 55000

 
27 Mar 2017, 1:40 PM
 

Shareholders, Asset Managers, General Managers, Superintendents and Planners, from CEOs to CFOs and company boards - how to add value to the businesses through the application of ISO 55000. How to ensure you maintain a deeply engaged, inspired and motivated maintenance team working with a structure, leadership commitments and the framework for good decision making and consistent auditable risk mitigation through quality data and aligned processes.…

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Johan Snyman
Asset Manager, Programmed
 
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panel-discussion:
Interactive Life Hacks Panel – Awesome and Innovative Ideas to Improve Asset Reliability and Maintenance

 
27 Mar 2017, 2:35 PM
 

The Oxford Dictionary meaning for Life Hacks is: a strategy or technique adopted in order to manage one's time and daily activities in a more efficient way.  Have you ever repaired a conveyor belt with a radio-controlled car, surveyed a remote asset with a baby monitor, or achieved 3d modelling with Play-Doh? We are constantly told that there are technology…

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Mike Greyling
Head of Asset Management, BHP Billiton Iron Ore
 
Brian Ropitini
NZ Director of Manufacturing, Methanex (NZ)
 
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panel-discussion:
Executive Panel - How to Make Reliability Equal Profitability

 
27 Mar 2017, 2:35 PM
 

We are operating in a world of ageing assets, capital constraints and changes in monitoring and maintenance models. We are trying to extend asset life and reduce costs – but does the business understand the implications of that? And is it even possible? Join accomplished executive manager Bob DiStefano with nearly 40 years of professional engineering, maintenance, reliability, management and…

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Robert DiStefano
CMRP and Global Asset Management Thought Leader (US)
 
John Searls
Resources and Manufacturing Leader, Aurecon
 
Robert Papworth
Group Manager Recruitment, MMG
 
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talk:
What if You Were Becoming Obsolete and Didn't Even Know? Proven Strategies to Stay Ahead of the Game!

 
27 Mar 2017, 4:05 PM
 

We are living in an age of unprecedented disruption. Once-lucrative revenue models are under siege. Market structures and distribution channels that have been stable for decades are crumbling before our eyes. The demise of brands such as Kodak, Borders and Blockbuster leaves us with little doubt – shift is happening and no business is immune. In this fast-paced and compelling…

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Michael McQueen
Social Researcher and Best-Selling Author
 
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talk:
Implementing an Asset Management System Without Senior Management Support

 
28 Mar 2017, 8:45 AM KEYNOTE PRESENTATION
 

Many organisations in asset intensive industries have realised value from implementation of asset management systems. In these industries there is clear line of site between asset performance and organisational objectives. With the publication of ISO 55000, there is a growing realisation of value creation opportunity in other industries. As a result, asset management is becoming more accepted as a practice.…

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Scott Morris
Director Global Engineering, Sanofi SCO (US) & Vice Chairman, ISO 55000 US Delegation
 
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workshop:
“Engineering is Logical, People Are Illogical” – People Skills for Engineering Managers

 
28 Mar 2017, 9:50 AM
 

In this interactive workshop you will learn from a real-life case study identifying engineers and technical leaders style and effectiveness, including their strengths & weaknesses, with high quality feedback data.  With a roadmap to develop leadership and team building capabilities, this hands-on approach can become firmly embedded in your business. You will walk away with a logical, practical, easy to…

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Wayne Dyson
Director, Bridgeworks
 
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workshop:
The Award-Winning Kanban System: Higher Quality Work, Better Productivity and Peace of Mind

 
28 Mar 2017, 9:50 AM
 

While you and your co-workers can see widgets on an assembly line, asset registers, maintenance plans or work orders, knowledge work is mostly invisible.   Your work-in-process (WIP) grows. Before you know it, you’re overloaded. You can’t think deeply about what you’re doing, let alone find enough time for continuous improvement.  Productivity slows. Mistakes and defects grow. Morale and job satisfaction decline.…

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Jim Benson
Founding Partner, Modus Institute
 
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talk:
Creativity for Asset Management Engineers: How to Break out of the Box of Fixed Thinking Patterns

 
28 Mar 2017, 9:50 AM
 

Everything is constantly changing. Most people feel overwhelmed by the continuous waves of change and try to resist by sticking to their fixed thinking patterns. Tomorrow’s economy will be one in which creativity is not exclusively the domain of designers, writers and musicians. The traditionally ‘left-brained’, ‘conservative’ and ‘safe’ roles like engineering will require a very different toolkit to survive…

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Cyriel Kortleven
Creativity and Change Catalyst (Belgium)
 
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talk:
Build a World Class Living Reliability Program

 
28 Mar 2017, 9:50 AM
 

This interactive session addresses the integration of a range of reliability initiatives into an asset strategy management framework that promotes tangible outputs. Participants will be exposed to the key links between work management, ERP systems, and reliability management. The key tools that the Reliability Program can deploy are: Process Reliability Analysis to quantify plant production losses using plant downtime records Weibull analysis…

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Philip Sage
Principal Reliability Engineer, ARMS Reliability
 
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workshop:
“Engineering is Logical, People Are Illogical” – People Skills for Engineering Managers

 
28 Mar 2017, 11:30 AM
 

In this interactive workshop you will learn from a real-life case study identifying engineers and technical leaders style and effectiveness, including their strengths & weaknesses, with high quality feedback data.  With a roadmap to develop leadership and team building capabilities, this hands-on approach can become firmly embedded in your business. You will walk away with a logical, practical, easy to…

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Wayne Dyson
Director, Bridgeworks
 
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workshop:
The Award-Winning Kanban System: Higher Quality Work, Better Productivity and Peace of Mind

 
28 Mar 2017, 11:30 AM
 

While you and your co-workers can see widgets on an assembly line, asset registers, maintenance plans or work orders, knowledge work is mostly invisible.   Your work-in-process (WIP) grows. Before you know it, you’re overloaded. You can’t think deeply about what you’re doing, let alone find enough time for continuous improvement.  Productivity slows. Mistakes and defects grow. Morale and job satisfaction decline.…

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Jim Benson
Founding Partner, Modus Institute
 
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talk:
Creativity for Asset Management Engineers: How to Break out of the Box of Fixed Thinking Patterns

 
28 Mar 2017, 11:30 AM
 

Everything is constantly changing. Most people feel overwhelmed by the continuous waves of change and try to resist by sticking to their fixed thinking patterns. Tomorrow’s economy will be one in which creativity is not exclusively the domain of designers, writers and musicians. The traditionally ‘left-brained’, ‘conservative’ and ‘safe’ roles like engineering will require a very different toolkit to survive…

Read more >

 

Cyriel Kortleven
Creativity and Change Catalyst (Belgium)
 
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talk:
Achieving Breakthrough Performance by Unleashing Team Capability

 
28 Mar 2017, 11:30 AM
 

Port Kembla Coal Terminal faced the challenge of a lack of alignment within the business around how to measure ‘stream’ reliability. Delay data was recorded manually, and as a result was subjective and open to interpretation and debate. A new metrics system was set up to determine the reliability of the outbound coal stream. This improved stream reliability by understanding…

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Tony Deane
Practice Lead - Asset Management, Enterprise Improvement Solutions
 
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talk:
How BlueScope Identified the Critical and Eliminated Waste Leveraging ISO 55000

 
28 Mar 2017, 2:00 PM
 

By removing the siloed approaches that exist in many plants, asset intensive companies can gain a comprehensive view of asset integrity across the entire facility. BlueScope broke down the requirements of ISO 55000 to identify and develop strategy for their critical equipment that: Reduced volume of scheduled maintenance tasks by 50% at the Western Port plant Improved OEE performance Increased…

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Andrew Schweitzer
Cold Reduction Maintenance Strategist, BlueScope Australia and New Zealand
 
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talk:
Communicating and Enabling Change in Your Maintenance Organisation

 
28 Mar 2017, 2:00 PM
 

After several failed change process efforts, Kevin designed a strategy to successfully implemented change.  By understanding the four phases of change and how to communicate using the three voices of change they were able to make their team receptive.  Kevin used five key enablers - vision, skills, incentives, resources, and action plans - to implement a system to assess the…

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Kevin Desrosiers
Systems Reliability Team Lead, Monsanto (US)
 
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talk:
Creating Entrepreneurs in Asset Management – Nature or Nurture?

 
28 Mar 2017, 2:00 PM
 

Prior to the 2014 downturn the resource industry was seen as the ultimate “big-corporate” – home of large international companies with secure and predictable career paths. But today’s graduating students are more cynical about job security and opportunities. The downturn has caused large corporates to look more seriously at transformative technologies and develop the sort of agile culture necessary to…

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Prof. Melinda Hodkiewicz
BHP Billiton Fellow for Engineering for Remote Operations, UWA
 
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talk:
How 3D Imaging and Visual Technologies Add New Depth and Dimensions in Maintenance

 
28 Mar 2017, 2:00 PM
 

Over the past years New Zealand Steel forged a new ‘virtual’ reality in plant maintenance, by pushing the boundaries of what is possible (and practical) using emerging technologies such as drones, laser scanning and interactive 3D visualisation. The result? A highly visual, yet cost effective approach that offers superior insight into assets and equipment and provides front-line maintainers with greater…

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Ian Renall
Maintenance Superintendent - Iron Making, New Zealand Steel
 
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keynote:
How Engineers Will Learn and Adapt in a Changing World

 
28 Mar 2017, 3:30 PM
 

Stephen will show you how the engineers of tomorrow want to learn and how their education will be shaped by science. Stephen is the world’s leading authority on learning styles. He has worked with some of the world largest companies, showing them how to integrate technology with learning and education. An example includes working with Ford (UK) to analyze through…

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Prof. Stephen Heppell
Chairman - Learning Possibilities, Centre for Excellence, Bournemouth University (UK) & UCJC (Spain)
 
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How to Move the Right Reliability and Asset Management Levers to Significantly Enhance Shareholder Value

Corporate senior executives have traditionally seen reliability and asset management levers as uninteresting and technical activities.  However, forward thinking organisations are learning that when these levers are moved, they can significantly enhance and sustain the shareholder value of the enterprise.

Bob DiStefano is credited with being one of the earliest leaders to recognise and emphasise the links between corporate business performance and asset management. In this fascinating keynote, Bob will dissect a company’s financial statements to expose the direct connections between asset management measures and strategic measures of shareholder value, including company profit, share price, market capitalisation and Return on Assets.


  • Understand the elements of income statements and balance sheets

  • The direct connections between asset management and enterprise strategic performance

  • Significant shareholder value makes it a moral imperative for company leaders

  • Why have many company executives not recognized the connections?

  • The elements of the financial statements that can be affected, including income, expenses and return on assets (ROA)


You will also hear what the top performers are doing to enhance corporate strategic performance, and the positive impact on shareholder value that is possible with top-quartile reliability and asset management practices.

Bob DiStefano is widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost Asset Management thought leaders. He was formerly the VP and General Manager of Emerson Reliability Consulting. He has authored countless articles on reliability and asset management and a text book on Asset Data Integrity. Bob was the top rated speaker at Mainstream North America. Later this year, he has the honour of delivering the keynote at the American Society of Maintenance & Reliability Professionals (SMRP) Conference.

Applying ISO 55000 Beyond Just Asset Management - Developing Strategy in Operations and Supply

Is asset management about maintenance management? Or is it operational excellence? Or is it compliance? Or is it about finance? No, it’s about realising value from assets.

There are many ‘behind the scenes’ functions that are often overlooked, but are essential to ensure success of an asset management program. Identifying and understanding the needs of these functions is a key element in your asset management journey. Scott will share how ISO 55000 has been applied beyond just Asset Management for Operations and Supply, allowing Sanofi SCO to bring their organizational functions into alignment.

Scott Morris is the global process owner for asset management, work management and MRO inventory management. Additional responsibilities include system owner of the corporate Enterprise Asset Management system. He is also the Vice Chairman of the US delegation for the development of the ISO 55000 series documents on Asset Management.

Slashing Mean Time to Repair by Making Maintenance and Reliability Improvement the New Religion

Transdev WA is Perth’s largest bus company operating and maintaining a fleet of approximately 560 buses covering more than 31 million route kilometres and servicing nearly 33 million journeys each year.

Hear how Brad transformed Maintenance managers, supervisors and team members who were demonstrating difficulty in stepping back from “hands-on” maintenance to focus on the management and improvement activities required to ensure a productive workforce and improve bus reliability.

By implementing enhanced, targeted training and mentoring together with the implementation of a new CMMS, Mean Time to Repair has been halved and planning schedules can now be accurately predicted to a period of weeks rather than hours.

Disruptive Capability of Smart Sensing Systems in Asset Management

IoT, Big Data, Small Data, Cloud, Arduinos, MEMs, Beaglebone, Raspberry Pi, Python, R, PHP, JSON…..there is a whole new lexicon surrounding the rapidly evolving space of solid state (MEMs) sensors, their associated microcontrollers, open-access code and wireless capability to store raw or processed sensor data in the Cloud.

There is a significant technical gap evolving between people, often in their 20s who have grown up with these components and code, and many engineers working in Asset Management today. This presentation is from a team of engineers who straddle this divide: experienced engineers responsible with assessing the technical capability of these new sensing systems; and graduate engineers for whom this technology is second nature. They will present two cases demonstrating the potential disruptive capability of smart sensing systems in asset management:


  • The potential for significant cost savings, improved supportability and interoperability through a Beaglebone-based system

  • Cheaper Teensy-based system aimed at large coverage, difficult to access monitoring locations


With the potential for so much data from these new sensing systems, have you thought through what data you want, when and how you want it, and where you will store it? Do you understand the trade-offs in sensor system selection? Does your company have a strategy to guide your relationship with the open source community? And what is the capability of your staff and organisational structure to operate in this environment?

Motion Amplification: Moving Vibration Analysis to the Visual Spectrum

Hear how companies are combating the limitations of traditional vibration technologies by shifting motion and amplification sensors from the 1D digital world to the visual spectrum. Videos created through Motion Amplification enhance the understanding of the components and interrelationships creating the motion and allows the user to simply draw a box and measure the time waveform and spectrum in absolute units of displacement. Hear practical examples of how this troubleshooting tool is providing a quick and effective alternative to traditional ODS, and an effective communication tool between technical and non-technical resources.

Choosing Metrics to Achieve Cost Optimisation and World Class Performance

Every maintenance organisation needs to be measured. However there is no one size fits all method of measuring the health of your organisation. Using well-thought through and carefully selected metrics, Anheuser-Busch moved from being an average maintenance organisation to world class across twelve facilities. The efficiencies gained in this effort enabled them to reduce parts costs by over 20% and labour costs by over 10%. This was accomplished by auditing their facilities on a regular basis and developing action plans after each audit for reaching the next level. They also had buy in from production which helped stress the importance.

Kevin has been in Engineering and Maintenance for 35 years: moving from plant engineer to maintenance supervisor to maintenance superintendent to engineering manager, and finally as a corporate strategic asset planning manager. Kevin audited how well the North American breweries at Anheuser-Busch planned, scheduled, executed, and followed up on maintenance. He is a Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional. He is now applying the same principles at Monsanto to elevate their maintenance organisation to World Class. Kevin has made many mistakes along the way but has learned from every one of them and his mission is to help others avoid some of the mistakes he has made.

Driving Manufacturing Excellence through Leadership, Culture & Safety

Hear Brian’s insights and learnings from executing two significant projects:


  • Restarting a plant that had been idle since 2008, completed over 10 months (Jan – Oct)

  • Major turnaround which included replacement of major assets at end of life, executed over 75 days (Oct-Dec)


During the restart 600 people were on site each day and the turnaround peaked at 1300 people on site.  This meant that local resources were stretched and a number of resources were drawn from outside of the region and overseas, resulting in varying degrees of experience which presented increased risk in safety and quality.

Despite having a robust safety plan for the projects, early results did not reflect that.  Numerous interventions and tactics were deployed but still results did not improve. So, as the end of the project approached a new strategy was developed to ensure that the safety performance for the turnaround would be an improvement on the restart.

This meant a higher leadership presence throughout the turnaround which resulted in a very pleasing improvement in safety performance between the 2 projects.  Recordable injuries went from 16 during the restart project (600,000 man-hours) to only 1 during the turnaround (750,000 man-hours). Key learnings from the presentation will be:

  • Description of overall strategy and key tactics implemented for success

  • What Methanex did to increase “leadership” presence in safety

  • The importance of trust in creating a safety culture

Drone Technology, Thermal Imaging & 3D Mapping – Game Changers for Asset Managers

When new technologies make bold promises, how do you discern the hype from what's commercially viable? In this fascinating interactive session, John will demo two technologies currently being utilised – both are game changers for Asset Managers.

• Drone technology used for inspections, thermal imaging and 3D mapping. Hear and see how drones are changing the way condition monitoring data is being collected and how that information is impacting Asset Management
• 3D Gantt visualisation and live field updating to significantly improve the quality of data used for scheduling large and complex Shutdowns

Using the Gartner Hype Principle, John will guide you through case studies and show you examples of how cutting edge technology is transforming asset management - as opposed to just being tech hype!

Promoting Your Asset Management Improvement Ideas at Every Level of the Organisation

For successful and sustainable asset management improvement implementation, all team members need to be engaged and fully supportive. Change Management is also critical to successful implementation. Taking people out of their ‘comfort zone’ is a major challenge, but if not done well, nothing will change. Hear how to be the instigator of the improvements needed to ensure the correct message is used to engage stakeholders, depending on where they sit in the organisation.

Getting Companywide “Buy-In” from the Board to the Shop Floor for Asset Management with ISO 550001

The Gladstone Area Water Board (GAWB) is the first water service provider in Australia (and the second in the world!) to achieve ISO 55001 certification.  The journey to certification provided for a collaborative engagement and companywide “buy in” from the Board level to the shop floor, in asset management.

GAWB utilised already developed practice and process, along with existing certified systems, to demonstrate compliance to the standard, identify gaps and develop documentation to meet the standard. Stakeholder engagement included not only inter department groups within GAWB, but most importantly the certifying auditors themselves.

Learn how to interpret the standard to match your business, and embrace the opportunity that the standard provides.

Turn Your Problems into Opportunities: Survival Kit for Changing Times

Putting a ladder on top of a banana-peel to avoid somebody falling over it, is probably not the most efficient solution. But it's weird that you can find several ladders (rules, systems, habits, ...) in almost every organisation. The ladders had an added value in the past but are not relevant anymore in this changing world. But a lot of times, we don't dare to get rid of those ladders because we're afraid of change.

Discover how you can turn problems into opportunities. Learn methods to explore the world from different perspectives. Get inspired by several tailor-made examples and stories and experience the power of thinking in a ‘Yes and Act’-mindset.


  • YES - Suspend your judgement. Believe.

  • AND - Explore alternative views. Imagine.

  • ACT - Get into action. Experiment.


Cyriel will show you how to: get in the right mindset for change, learn to suspend your judgment, triple the number of ideas that you’re having and dare to fail more to get more.

Cyriel Kortleven has been working in the domain of creativity and innovation for more than 15 years. He stimulates people to break their fixed thinking patterns and inspires with creative skills and examples on how to gain more with less. Through his playful and enthusiastic attitude to life, he creates an open and informal atmosphere for creativity and innovation.

Your Big Asset Management Data Means Nothing Unless its Turned Into Knowledge

Join Alba as she discusses how data-driven decision making is key at a leading developer and owner of renewable generation in Australia and New Zealand.

Learn how wind farms gather data from different sources and interpret it to take meaningful decisions to improve production, safety, efficiency and availability.

Alba will discuss how to build meaningful KPIs specifically for your business, and stop unnecessary generic reports that add no value and consume such great valuable time.

Big data means nothing it you cannot translate it into knowledge to take decisions with to improve your business.

Factory, Facility or Resource Giant – How to Leverage ISO 55000

Shareholders, Asset Managers, General Managers, Superintendents and Planners, from CEOs to CFOs and company boards - how to add value to the businesses through the application of ISO 55000. How to ensure you maintain a deeply engaged, inspired and motivated maintenance team working with a structure, leadership commitments and the framework for good decision making and consistent auditable risk mitigation through quality data and aligned processes. This approach creates the platform for clear and transparent cross-functional teamwork and engages multiple disciplines in the work planning activities across the life cycle of the asset.

Interactive Life Hacks Panel – Awesome and Innovative Ideas to Improve Asset Reliability and Maintenance

The Oxford Dictionary meaning for Life Hacks is: a strategy or technique adopted in order to manage one's time and daily activities in a more efficient way.

 Have you ever repaired a conveyor belt with a radio-controlled car, surveyed a remote asset with a baby monitor, or achieved 3d modelling with Play-Doh?

We are constantly told that there are technology products and major strategic transformations that will change the way we do business. But often, the changes that make the most impact come from practical solutions that are right before our eyes and suggested by team members working on the shop floor.

Following on from Mainstream 2016’s keynote, “Maintaining a Space Station with a Toothbrush”, this interactive session is your chance to hear Australian and NZ reliability and maintenance people talk about big changes that came from the most innovative and inconspicuous places.

Facilitated by Mike Greyling, Head of Central Asset Maintenance, BHP Billiton Iron Ore. Mike has studied Electronic Engineering, Business Administration and Industrial Psychology and has thirty years of experience in Asset Management in the aviation, aluminium, refining, smelting, underground mining and open cut mining industries.

Executive Panel - How to Make Reliability Equal Profitability

We are operating in a world of ageing assets, capital constraints and changes in monitoring and maintenance models. We are trying to extend asset life and reduce costs – but does the business understand the implications of that? And is it even possible?

Join accomplished executive manager Bob DiStefano with nearly 40 years of professional engineering, maintenance, reliability, management and consulting experience.

Bob will lead a discussion on how senior asset management leaders need to understand how their direct efforts influence the ultimate profitability of the company.

Armed with this knowledge they can build a compelling business case for asset reliability that will enable them to garner buy-in and support of site and corporate leadership.

The fact is we rely on our assets to make money. But how do we begin to disrupt the mindset that asset management simply equals maintenance? How do we make asset management the value proposition that we know it needs to be? How can we maximise asset performance through stakeholder engagement, operational excellence and reliability?

What if You Were Becoming Obsolete and Didn't Even Know? Proven Strategies to Stay Ahead of the Game!

We are living in an age of unprecedented disruption. Once-lucrative revenue models are under siege. Market structures and distribution channels that have been stable for decades are crumbling before our eyes. The demise of brands such as Kodak, Borders and Blockbuster leaves us with little doubt – shift is happening and no business is immune.

In this fast-paced and compelling keynote presentation, you will discover:


  • Why most businesses don’t realise they are becoming obsolete TILL IT’S ALMOST TOO LATE

  • The 4 MAJOR SHIFTS that are causing brands and industries to become irrelevant

  • PROVEN and PRACTICAL strategies for staying ahead of the curve and competition


You will leave this presentation with a game plan for successfully navigating change and emerge stronger and more relevant than ever.

Michael is the special keynote for Mainstream 2017. He is an award-winning strategist and author of 5 bestselling books.

Implementing an Asset Management System Without Senior Management Support

Many organisations in asset intensive industries have realised value from implementation of asset management systems. In these industries there is clear line of site between asset performance and organisational objectives. With the publication of ISO 55000, there is a growing realisation of value creation opportunity in other industries. As a result, asset management is becoming more accepted as a practice. But the key element to be truly effective in an asset management system is top management support. Unfortunately, most organisations starting the asset management journey do NOT have this support.

However you can implement an asset management system without top management support. Middle managers have a disproportionate effect on organisational success and by harnessing their energy and aligning them in common objectives, you will make top management take notice. Reaching out across functions and developing relationships allows the free flow of information. Understanding the ‘what’s in it for me’ is a key element for the program to take root. Leadership in an organisation is not just about a title!

Scott Morris is the global process owner for asset management, work management and MRO inventory management. Additional responsibilities include system owner of the corporate Enterprise Asset Management system. He is also the Vice Chairman of the US delegation for the development of the ISO 55000 series documents on Asset Management.

“Engineering is Logical, People Are Illogical” – People Skills for Engineering Managers

In this interactive workshop you will learn from a real-life case study identifying engineers and technical leaders style and effectiveness, including their strengths & weaknesses, with high quality feedback data.  With a roadmap to develop leadership and team building capabilities, this hands-on approach can become firmly embedded in your business.

You will walk away with a logical, practical, easy to use system to understand yourself and others you work and live with to increase your personal, leadership and team effectiveness.

Wayne has vast experience in challenging people’s mindsets around their leadership, team and communication effectiveness.  His most recent success has included work with a major food manufacturer who had significant ‘communication’ breakdown between MD and Operations Manager. Wayne’s program and processes increased communication by 110.8%, lifting trust by 52.9%.  This had a major impact on future plans for $30 million upgrades to plant. More-over, this win-win collaboration significantly improved the change process and efficiency of all planned upgrades.

The Award-Winning Kanban System: Higher Quality Work, Better Productivity and Peace of Mind

While you and your co-workers can see widgets on an assembly line, asset registers, maintenance plans or work orders, knowledge work is mostly invisible.   Your work-in-process (WIP) grows. Before you know it, you’re overloaded. You can’t think deeply about what you’re doing, let alone find enough time for continuous improvement.  Productivity slows. Mistakes and defects grow. Morale and job satisfaction decline. Planning is nearly impossible.

Personal Kanban is a simple, effective, award-winning management system for digging out of work -- and staying dug out -- to achieve higher quality, better productivity, greater job satisfaction, and peace of mind.

Jim Benson is a Lean Work Flow expert.  He has successfully applied lean management principles to knowledge work for individuals, teams, and companies. In this workshop, he’ll show you a proven system that makes knowledge work visible, calms disruptive variations in workloads, and converts mountain of WIP into an actionable, manageable flow of work.


  • Implement a system that tames overloads

  • Explore how limiting WIP allows you to complete what you start

  • Prove your value to senior executives

  • Schedule the right work at the right time

  • Apply lean concepts to individual and team knowledge work

  • Know how to take on only the work you have the capacity to do

  • Recognise how to “pull” in new work when a job is completed

  • Replace guesstimates with accurate forecasts

  • Have more time for balance in your personal, professional, and social lives.

Creativity for Asset Management Engineers: How to Break out of the Box of Fixed Thinking Patterns

Everything is constantly changing. Most people feel overwhelmed by the continuous waves of change and try to resist by sticking to their fixed thinking patterns. Tomorrow’s economy will be one in which creativity is not exclusively the domain of designers, writers and musicians. The traditionally ‘left-brained’, ‘conservative’ and ‘safe’ roles like engineering will require a very different toolkit to survive and thrive.

In fact, the word ‘engineer’ comes from the Latin words ‘ingeniare’ and ‘ingenium’. Simply put, an engineer is someone who uses his or her ingenuity to change the world. Engineers solve some of the world’s toughest problems!

This 3 hour creativity workshop - designed for Engineers - will help you to dream big and break out of the box of fixed thinking patterns. Learn methods to explore the world from different perspectives. It will be a very interactive workshop where we will be exploring different creativity methods - focussed on the method & process to make sure that you can integrate these methods in your daily (professional) lives. We will apply the methods on several challenges to make sure that you will experience the power of a creative process. We will both been working on generating new ideas and on selecting, clustering, fine tuning ideas into a concrete action plan.

Cyriel Kortleven has been working in the domain of creativity and innovation for more than 15 years. He stimulates people to break their fixed thinking patterns and inspires with creative skills and examples on how to gain more with less. Through his playful and enthusiastic attitude to life, he creates an open and informal atmosphere for creativity and innovation.

Build a World Class Living Reliability Program

This interactive session addresses the integration of a range of reliability initiatives into an asset strategy management framework that promotes tangible outputs. Participants will be exposed to the key links between work management, ERP systems, and reliability management. The key tools that the Reliability Program can deploy are:


  • Process Reliability Analysis to quantify plant production losses using plant downtime records

  • Weibull analysis using time to failure data for equipment and failure modes, to forecast the likelihood of future failures

  • Simulation based maintenance strategy review to ensure the type and frequency of tasks are at an optimal interval

  • Availability Simulation to ensure the plant is capable of meeting production requirements and to identify any emerging bottlenecks


But the tools must fit in a framework, align with your ERP system and support the work management process. This session covers how and where the key tools fit into a reliability management framework and what’s required to make the process work.

“Engineering is Logical, People Are Illogical” – People Skills for Engineering Managers

In this interactive workshop you will learn from a real-life case study identifying engineers and technical leaders style and effectiveness, including their strengths & weaknesses, with high quality feedback data.  With a roadmap to develop leadership and team building capabilities, this hands-on approach can become firmly embedded in your business.

You will walk away with a logical, practical, easy to use system to understand yourself and others you work and live with to increase your personal, leadership and team effectiveness.

Wayne has vast experience in challenging people’s mindsets around their leadership, team and communication effectiveness.  His most recent success has included work with a major food manufacturer who had significant ‘communication’ breakdown between MD and Operations Manager. Wayne’s program and processes increased communication by 110.8%, lifting trust by 52.9%.  This had a major impact on future plans for $30 million upgrades to plant. More-over, this win-win collaboration significantly improved the change process and efficiency of all planned upgrades.

The Award-Winning Kanban System: Higher Quality Work, Better Productivity and Peace of Mind

While you and your co-workers can see widgets on an assembly line, asset registers, maintenance plans or work orders, knowledge work is mostly invisible.   Your work-in-process (WIP) grows. Before you know it, you’re overloaded. You can’t think deeply about what you’re doing, let alone find enough time for continuous improvement.  Productivity slows. Mistakes and defects grow. Morale and job satisfaction decline. Planning is nearly impossible.

Personal Kanban is a simple, effective, award-winning management system for digging out of work -- and staying dug out -- to achieve higher quality, better productivity, greater job satisfaction, and peace of mind.

Jim Benson is a Lean Work Flow expert.  He has successfully applied lean management principles to knowledge work for individuals, teams, and companies. In this workshop, he’ll show you a proven system that makes knowledge work visible, calms disruptive variations in workloads, and converts mountain of WIP into an actionable, manageable flow of work.


  • Implement a system that tames overloads

  • Explore how limiting WIP allows you to complete what you start

  • Prove your value to senior executives

  • Schedule the right work at the right time

  • Apply lean concepts to individual and team knowledge work

  • Know how to take on only the work you have the capacity to do

  • Recognise how to “pull” in new work when a job is completed

  • Replace guesstimates with accurate forecasts

  • Have more time for balance in your personal, professional, and social lives.

Creativity for Asset Management Engineers: How to Break out of the Box of Fixed Thinking Patterns

Everything is constantly changing. Most people feel overwhelmed by the continuous waves of change and try to resist by sticking to their fixed thinking patterns. Tomorrow’s economy will be one in which creativity is not exclusively the domain of designers, writers and musicians. The traditionally ‘left-brained’, ‘conservative’ and ‘safe’ roles like engineering will require a very different toolkit to survive and thrive.

In fact, the word ‘engineer’ comes from the Latin words ‘ingeniare’ and ‘ingenium’. Simply put, an engineer is someone who uses his or her ingenuity to change the world. Engineers solve some of the world’s toughest problems!

This 3 hour creativity workshop - designed for Engineers - will help you to dream big and break out of the box of fixed thinking patterns. Learn methods to explore the world from different perspectives. It will be a very interactive workshop where we will be exploring different creativity methods - focussed on the method & process to make sure that you can integrate these methods in your daily (professional) lives. We will apply the methods on several challenges to make sure that you will experience the power of a creative process. We will both been working on generating new ideas and on selecting, clustering, fine tuning ideas into a concrete action plan.

Cyriel Kortleven has been working in the domain of creativity and innovation for more than 15 years. He stimulates people to break their fixed thinking patterns and inspires with creative skills and examples on how to gain more with less. Through his playful and enthusiastic attitude to life, he creates an open and informal atmosphere for creativity and innovation.

Achieving Breakthrough Performance by Unleashing Team Capability

Port Kembla Coal Terminal faced the challenge of a lack of alignment within the business around how to measure ‘stream’ reliability. Delay data was recorded manually, and as a result was subjective and open to interpretation and debate. A new metrics system was set up to determine the reliability of the outbound coal stream. This improved stream reliability by understanding root causes, while quantifying the benefit to the business. At the same time, developing individual capability and a common framework for improvement.

How BlueScope Identified the Critical and Eliminated Waste Leveraging ISO 55000

By removing the siloed approaches that exist in many plants, asset intensive companies can gain a comprehensive view of asset integrity across the entire facility. BlueScope broke down the requirements of ISO 55000 to identify and develop strategy for their critical equipment that:


  • Reduced volume of scheduled maintenance tasks by 50% at the Western Port plant

  • Improved OEE performance

  • Increased mean time between maintenance

  • Introduced Lean Manufacturing as a way of life


Put simply – they identified the critical; and eliminated the waste!

A journey of continuous improvement of this magnitude is founded on challenging the status quo and adapting the process. But above all else, it’s investing in and having respect for your people. Critical to this success was the engagement with our trades and maintenance planning teams.

Asset integrity and management is not just a plant issue. It’s a company issue, and ISO 55000 encourages better communication across the company, leading to more informed decisions and better outcomes about people, equipment and capital resources.

Communicating and Enabling Change in Your Maintenance Organisation

After several failed change process efforts, Kevin designed a strategy to successfully implemented change.  By understanding the four phases of change and how to communicate using the three voices of change they were able to make their team receptive.  Kevin used five key enablers - vision, skills, incentives, resources, and action plans - to implement a system to assess the health of the maintenance organization across 12 sites. Hear how recognizing how the people in your organization affected by a change are feeling (and then by responding accordingly!) will enable you to successfully manage lasting change.

Kevin has been in Engineering and Maintenance for 35 years: moving from plant engineer to maintenance supervisor to maintenance superintendent to engineering manager, and finally as a corporate strategic asset planning manager.  Kevin audited how well the North American breweries at Anheuser-Busch planned, scheduled, executed, and followed up on maintenance.  He is a Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional.  He is now applying the same principles at Monsanto to elevate their maintenance organization to World Class.  Kevin has made many mistakes along the way but has learned from every one of them and his mission is to help others avoid some of the mistakes he has made.

Creating Entrepreneurs in Asset Management – Nature or Nurture?

Prior to the 2014 downturn the resource industry was seen as the ultimate “big-corporate” – home of large international companies with secure and predictable career paths. But today’s graduating students are more cynical about job security and opportunities. The downturn has caused large corporates to look more seriously at transformative technologies and develop the sort of agile culture necessary to embrace change and attract the best talent.

As a solution to this shift, Melinda will share the results of ‘Unearthed Hackathons’ – a collaboration between mining companies, oil & gas companies, developers, designers, students and industry insiders – coming together to develop prototype solutions for resources sector challenges, working with proprietary industry data as well as data from government partners.

Asset management is a key focus area. Corporates have been collecting data on assets for years but not leveraging it effectively for decision making. One of the issues is that the human capital to deal with the data and link it to business value has not been there. A number of the data sets submitted by corporates into the Hackathons have been asset management related.

The results have been eye-opening and show senior management what value can be delivered immediately by entrepreneurs, students and data analysts who may know little to nothing about the corporate’s business.

This work is a collaboration between Prof. Melinda Hodkiewicz, BHP Billiton Fellow for Engineering for Remote Operations at UWA, Zane Prickett, Co-Founder of Unearthed and Prof. Thierry Volery, Chair of Entrepreneurship at the University of Western Australia (UWA) Business School.

How 3D Imaging and Visual Technologies Add New Depth and Dimensions in Maintenance

Over the past years New Zealand Steel forged a new ‘virtual’ reality in plant maintenance, by pushing the boundaries of what is possible (and practical) using emerging technologies such as drones, laser scanning and interactive 3D visualisation.

The result?

A highly visual, yet cost effective approach that offers superior insight into assets and equipment and provides front-line maintainers with greater clarity and confidence.

Attendees will visually learn how New Zealand Steel’s 3D-enabled strategy is helping to address maintenance challenges such as:


  • How to improve planning and execution of complex maintenance activities?

  • How to better prepare for breakdowns and repairs?

  • How to reduce errors, rework and delays?

  • How to improve hazard awareness and reduce safety risk

  • How to capture and communicate vital ‘how-to’ knowledge? (before it walks off site), and

  • How to engage a newer generation of tech savvy workers? (who have different ideas when it comes to learning and doing)

How Engineers Will Learn and Adapt in a Changing World

Stephen will show you how the engineers of tomorrow want to learn and how their education will be shaped by science. Stephen is the world’s leading authority on learning styles.

He has worked with some of the world largest companies, showing them how to integrate technology with learning and education. An example includes working with Ford (UK) to analyze through MRI scanning and scientific research the educational tools and teaching methods which resonate most with different levels of hierarchy and parts of the supply chain.

His groundbreaking work led him to be hired by the British Olympic Team to identify and implement the learning styles to deliver optimum performance.