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IMEC to explore Evidence-based Asset Management

Chair says conference a great way to meld academia and industry


August 16, 2011
by Canadian Manufacturing Daily Staff

TORONTO—The International Maintenance Excellence Conference (IMEC) is set for this October 5-6 and will explore the world of Evidence-based Asset Management (EBAM), according to Andrew Jardine, director of the Centre for Maintenance Optimization and Reliability Engineering (IMEC).

Jardine says the conference is a great opportunity to meld academia and industry to develop new strategies for the maintenance engineering sector.

“We’ve got speakers who are practitioners—maintenance and reliability people who are using quantitative procedures to help industry make good asset management decisions,” he says. “But we’ve also got academics who are involved with industry guided research who can use the conference as a tool to generate new research ideas.”

While computerized data collecting systems may be convenient, they’re not always rich with data – something Jardine says is increasingly crucial when it comes to extracting data.

“A lot of people want to make good decisions, but they don’t have good data,” he says. “We need to remember there’s a lot of data in people’s minds and this is the kind of data we want to extract and use instead of using hard, computerized data.”

Speakers at this year’s event will not only provide attendees with tools to implement Evidence-based Asset Management into maintenance protocols, but also explore how the use of social and digital media will help to form those practices in the future.

IMEC will be held Oct. 5-6, 2011 at 89 Chestnut Residence in Toronto.