IMarEST’s Condition Based Maintenance Conference aims to move CBM up companies’ agenda

Conferences, Seminars, Forums, Technology — By on July 4, 2012 at 4:47 AM

Removing obstacles to cultural change

David Loosley

Maritime condition monitoring technologies and methods, which permit a Condition Based Maintenance (CBM) regime, are becoming increasingly mature. Now it is essential to make the business case for the adoption of the approach rather than simply discussing the technical possibilities – in other words move the discussion further up the management chain within organisations.The theme of the conference is ‘Removing obstacles to cultural change’ and it has as its aim to determine what will be the tipping point for widespread adoption of CBM within organisations. The 3rd Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) Condition Based Maintenance Conference, is being held at Dexter House in London on Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 September 2012.

“The IMarEST CBM series of conferences has established the reputation of not merely raising the bar of the technical discussion – always the aim of Institute events – but of moving the level of discussion onto an altogether higher level among owners and in the maritime industry, ” explains the Institute’s Chief Executive, David Loosley.

“When properly implemented with the necessary buy-in from the top, an intelligent CBM approach to maintenance reduces the residual cost of ownership. Otherwise when adopted as an addition – rather than replacement to – traditional planned maintenance, it becomes an extra cost.

 CBM systems fail due to the lack of cultural implementation with organisations. Thus, the conference this year will have as its theme the removal of obstacles to cultural change for CBM; as well as human factors and strategic planning for an optimised – often risk based – maintenance regime.”

Targeted event  Aimed at ship owners, operators and charterers; ship superintendents and fleet engineers; marine engineers and technical managers; maintenance and CBM Managers; naval architects and consultants; engine and machinery manufacturers and suppliers; satellite, telecoms and software providers; oil and fuel suppliers; classification societies; surveyors; environmental management specialists; and academics, students and researchers, the 3rd IMarEST Condition Based Maintenance Conference is co-chaired by Danny Shorten, Product Manager Maintenance Management, Lloyd’s Register; and Bob Hargreaves, Managing Director, Hargreaves Marine Ltd.

David Penny, Vice President Gas Fleet Operations, Teekay Shipping (Glasgow) Ltd will get the two-day conference off to a flying start with his keynote address ‘Challenges and opportunities for shipping today’.

Over the rest of the two days other topics coming under the conference spotlight include: CBM – where we are? Are we meeting expectations? Whose expectations?; Detecting maintenance problems moving from slow steaming back to NCR operation; Organisational challenges to CBM implementation; Systems based design incorporation of CBM; Managing cultural change to achieve successful fleet CBM implementation; Through life cost benefits; New predictive maintenance technologies and conference conclusions: What will be the tipping point for widespread adoption for CBM. Networking always plays a key role at IMarEST events, and there will be plenty of networking opportunities during breaks in the conference and at the conference reception on the evening of 26 September.

“CBM has a key role to play in a cost effective and efficient maritime fleet, and this conference has an important function helping to disseminate information and act as a forum for discussion to help break down the obstacles and pave the way to the wider adoption of CBM regimes, ” says David Loosley.

For further information on September’s conference viewers can visit:  www.imarest.org/events; email: events@imarest.org and by calling: +44 (0)20 7382 2702.

About IMarEST

  • The IMarEST (Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology) is the leading membership body and learned society for marine professionals, industry, research and education, with 50 branches and 15, 000 members worldwide
  • Professional Recognition: qualifications for membership are based on the educational background and/or multi-disciplinary experience ensuring that high professional standards are maintained
  • The only membership body that can award Chartered Marine Scientist and Technologist, Chartered, Incorporated and Engineering Technician status to their professional engineering counterparts
  • The IMarEST is part of the Marine Engineering, Science and Technology Federation
  • IMarEST Marine Partners:  a membership network for organisations in industry, research and education operating in the marine and offshore sectors
  • Maritime journals include MER (Marine Engineers Review); Shipping World & Shipbuilder incorporating Maritime IT & Electronics; The Marine Scientist; and the Journal of Operational Oceanography.
  • IMarEST Publications: Technical Proceedings Journal of Marine Engineering and Technology (JMET), Journal of Operational Oceanography (JOO) and a catalogue of 100+/- books
  • The IMarEST Library is now housed at Lloyd’s Register at 71 Fenchurch Street, where IMarEST members and non-members alike have access to an extraordinary knowledge base. There is member-only access to a small but growing number of eBooks via www.imarest.org/knowlege.
  • IMarEST organises 30-40 events and conferences annually; and was the host organisation for the World Maritime Technology Conference held in London 6-10 March 2006

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