Meridium Conference

Meridium Conference 2016 will help you create your APM gameplan and give you the right tools for impacting your bottom line and overall operational excellence.

Pre-conference Training and Workshops

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Meridium Houston Office (additional fee - 50% off regular rate)

Meridium APM Foundation Work Process V4 (May 2) $750.00 $375.00 Click for details
Instructor: John McLaggan
  • Monday, May 2, 2016 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Abstract

During this one-day, work process course, participants will learn all of the necessary elements for a successful Asset Performance Management (APM) initiative and the framework for a living strategy. 

Course attendees will gain an understanding that a successful APM initiative will ensure basic yet appropriate asset characterization and measurement processes, such as critical analysis, asset health indicators, on-line analytic and Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) interfaces.

Participants will create Health Indicators based on Measurement Locations and Xi Tags, as well as, learn about Health Indicators that are based on other Primary Sources.

Key Session Topics:

  • Asset Performance Management
  • Asset Characterization and Measurement Process
  • Importance of Good Recommendation Management

Who Should Attend:

Individuals who want to ensure their assets perform more effectively.

​Course Length: 1 day

 

Introduction to Reliability Engineering (May 3 - May 6) $2,250.00 $1,125.00 Click for details
Instructor: Matt Markham and Paul Casto
  • Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
  • Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
  • Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
  • Friday, May 6, 2016 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

Abstract

This is an introductory course to the subject matter in the field of Reliability Engineering.  During this four-day course participants will review the basics of reliability, the fundamentals of reliability engineering, and the relationship between reliability, maintenance and operations.  Students will learn about reliability theory, tools and techniques such as risk management, data mining, Bad Actors, life data distribution analysis, RCA, RCM, criticality, etc.  In addition Weibull analysis, Reliability Growth (Crow-AMSAA) and Production Analysis will be reviewed and the foundational concepts and tools will be applied in hand-on exercises to demonstrate and reinforce best practice.  The overall course objective it to introduce students to the basics of reliability engineering and equip them to apply common reliability tools to real world problems.

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Please note: This is a fundamental concepts course but software will be used to illustrate these concepts students will need to bring their own computer to work through the examples.  The software will be run in the cloud so no software will be installed on the student’s computer (as this is sometimes a problem).

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the fundamentals of reliability
  • Introduce students to the Reliability Engineering body of knowledge
  • Recognize the reliability engineering
  • Increase knowledge about statistical analysis tools
  • Apply Weibull Analysis, Reliability Growth and Production Analysis tools
  • Reinforce the reliability concepts by hands-on examples

Course Text (Included with the course)

Practical Reliability Engineering by Patrick O’Conner

The New Weibull Handbook by Dr. Robert Abernathy

Who should attend:

This course is designed be applicable to cross functional group of employees such as: Reliability Engineers, Maintenance Engineers, Plant Supervisors, Plant Managers, Operations Managers, Facilities Managers, and anyone seeking to improve the safety, and operational effectiveness and efficiency of their facility.

Course Length: 4 Days

APM Framework V4 (May 3 - May 4) $1,000.00 $500.00 Click for details
Instructor: John McLaggan
  • Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 8:00am to 5:00pm
  • Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Abstract

In this highly interactive two-day, hands-on course, you will learn about the Asset Performance Management Framework tools, features and workflows that comprise the Meridium APM Framework module.

You will learn about the APM Framework core tools, including Home Pages, Record Manager, and the Catalog. You will create, save and modify queries, datasets, graphs, and reports. You will use queries and other core tools to identify bad actors for strategy management and evaluation purposes. You will create, reconcile, review and implement recommendations in Meridium.

Additionally, you will learn how to assess asset and system criticality, as well as, create both a new asset criticality analysis and system criticality analysis.

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Key Session Topics:

  • Introduction to Meridium Asset Performance Management
  • Home Pages, Objects, and Searching
  • Records Management
  • Queries and Report Building
  • Asset Criticality Analysis
  • Managing Recommendations

Who Should Attend:

All Meridium Users

Course Length: 1 day

Asset Health Manager V4 (May 5) $750.00 $375.00 Click for details
Instructor: John McLaggan
  • Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Abstract

In this one-day course, you will learn about Asset Health Indicators, which provide a graphical representation of equipment health, as well as the means to respond by initiating mitigating actions. You will be introduced to the Asset Health Indicator (AHI) Standard Practice and Asset Health Manager (AHM) workflow. You will learn about AHM system architecture and requirements, security privileges, and the primary source of health indicator data.

You will learn to navigate and evaluate Health Indicators that are based on a variety of primary sources and data types, and view equipment with one or more Health Indicators in alert. You will create Health Indicators based on Measurement Locations and Xi tags, and learn about Health Indicators that are based on other Primary Sources.

You will learn how to navigate an Asset Strategy to view its associated Health Indicators, create a Health Indicator based on an existing source, as well as

Key Session Topics:

  • Introduction to Asset Health Manager
  • Evaluating and Managing Asset Health Indicators
  • Asset Health Policy Development

Who should attend:

This course is designed be applicable to cross functional group of employees such as: Asset Health Managers and Policy Managers, Maintenance Engineers, Reliability Engineers.

Course length:  1 day

Policy Designer V4 (May 6) $750.00 $375.00 Click for details
Instructor: John McLaggan
  • Friday, May 6, 2016 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Abstract

In this one-day, hands-on course, you will navigate an existing Meridium APM Policy Designer to learn how it may be used to monitor the health of equipment.

You will learn about suggested conventions for building Policies and then build a Policy that consists of several branches.  Policies will consist of various Input Nodes, Condition Nodes, and Calculation Nodes.  You will add a Policy Instance and validate the policy at several milestones.

Additionally, you will navigate several policies to learn about nodes that offer advanced functionality, such as Collection Filter Nodes, Threshold Statistic Nodes, and Point Value Nodes.  Finally, you will copy an existing policy and enhance it by deleting some of its existing nodes and connections, and by adding Case Nodes to it.

Key Session Topics:

  • Introduction to the Policy Designer tool.
  • Building a Policy
  • Using Nodes with Advanced Functionality

Who Should Attend:

Meridium Policy Manager Users and Administrators

Course length: 1 day

 

Gaylord Texan (complimentary with conference registration)

Introduction to ISO 55000: Executive Overview (May 9) $375.00 $0.00 Click for details
Instructor: Marc Laplante
Room name: TBD
  • Monday, May 9, 2016 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Abstract

Adopting and conforming to an asset management standard like ISO 55000 is not just good asset management practice but delivers return on investment.

This half-day course is designed to provide executives and senior managers responsible for asset management with a thorough introduction to the ISO 55000 standard. Attendees will learn why a comprehensive asset management system is a vital part of their business, how it produces and protects value and what they need to do to implement a compliant management system. Additionally, attendees will learn how to leverage any existing management system that they have in place such as ISO 9001 or 14001.

Key Session Topics

  • The necessity for an Asset Management System
  • How an Asset Management System protects value
  • How to build and implement an Asset Management System

Who Should Attend:

Executives and Senior Managers

Course Length: 1/2 day

 

Improving Data Quality and Asset Performance Using Comparative Analysis (May 9) $0.00 Click for details
Instructor: Manjish Naik and Sarah Lukens
Room name: San Antonio 5
  • Monday, May 9, 2016 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

As a plant professional, wouldn’t you like to have the confidence that your data is good enough to use for making accurate, reasonable, and actionable decisions?  This workshop will explain how well established data improvement techniques can be efficiently employed to allow you to know which assets are performing well and those that can do more to add value to the business. Correct application of these techniques can improve effectiveness of engineering resources and increase production while reducing maintenance spend.  This workshop will highlight how an effective comparative analysis and benchmarking solution will allow you to confidently make equipment purchase decisions and track return on your investment in improved maintenance strategies to create value in your plant using Meridium solutions.  

API-580 Overview (May 9 - May 10) $500.00 $0.00 Click for details
Instructor: Mark Gurley
Room name: TBD
  • Monday, May 9, 2016 - 8:00am to 5:00pm
  • Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Course length:  2 days

Abstract

With most companies now doing some form of Risk Based Inspection to more effectively manage their risk profile, it is increasingly important for today’s workforce to be skilled and knowledgeable about building and sustaining an RBI initiative at their company.

This course outlines the overall goals and objectives for an RBI program, and identifies best practice methodologies for assembling an RBI team and planning an assessment. Additionally, this course examines RBI concepts for improving risk management, including determining probabilities and consequences.

Key Session Topics:

  • Risk Based Inspection program goals
  • Best practices for successful RBI teams
  • Improving risk management through Risk Based Inspection

Who should attend:

This course is designed be applicable to cross functional group of employees such as: Mechanical Integrity Users and Administrators, RBI Inspectors, RBI Practitioners

 

NEW!! Smart Cuts Workshop: How to Manage Risk in a Cost Cutting Environment (May 9) $500.00 $0.00 Click for details
Instructor: Don Fitzgerald
Room name: San Antonio 1
  • Monday, May 9, 2016 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Abstract

In a dynamic business environment, profit margins can be squeezed by a lack of demand or increases in the cost to manufacture and deliver.  A downturn in the business environment may be long- or short-term in nature and largely outside of the company’s control, as seen recently in the oil & gas production industry.  These changes can be significant and rapid enough to require companies to make immediate budget and expense cuts to remain profitable and competitive.  How well companies can make these cuts, while still managing and minimizing their business risk, may well determine the company’s viability in the new business environment.

This workshop will provide an opportunity to explore the concepts and methodology for making smarter decisions to cut costs while safely managing business risks.  Companies that have a mature Asset Performance Management program and risk-based asset strategies will be very well positioned to make “smart cuts” in their programs, and Meridium has the tools that will support this effort.  But even if your company’s Asset Performance Management program is in early stages of development, or even nonexistent, there are things can be done to make smarter risk-based decisions in cutting costs.

Key Workshop Topics:

  • Review concepts and methodology to make cost cutting decisions in asset strategies that take into account and manage business risks (i.e. "smart cuts") in the morning session
  • Application of “smart cuts” methodology as a work process to one of your asset strategies in the afternoon workshop (for Meridium clients who have APM Foundation as a minimum)
  • Development of a prospective client’s work process for applying “smart cuts” concepts and methodology in the afternoon workshop (for prospective clients who are not using Meridium)

Who Should Attend:

Companies with a need for work processes to support management of dynamic risk-based asset strategies that must be ready to adapt to changes in the business environment. 

Course Length: 1 day

 

Reliability Management (May 9) $500.00 $0.00 Click for details
Instructor: Paul Casto
Room name: San Antonio 6
  • Monday, May 9, 2016 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Abstract

This course is overview of Reliability Management designed for a wide range of individuals who are leading, managing, interacting or working with reliability personnel and need to understand the basic concepts of reliability, how to leverage the reliability program to generate value, and how to create a culture of reliability within their organization.   Critical elements of reliability management will be reviewed including: Reliability policies, setting reliability goals, building a reliability plan, developing a reliability department, organizing for reliability, and measuring the results of the reliability program.  In addition the important topics of creating a culture of reliability and change management for reliability will be discussed.

Learning Objectives

  1. Appreciate the basic elements of reliability
  2. Understand reliability management and development of reliability policies
  3. Learn to set reliability goals, develop a program to meet these goals and measure the results of the reliability program
  4. Know how to develop and organize a reliability organization
  5. Recognize the importance of a reliability culture and understand what’s necessary to create it

Who should attend:

This course is designed be applicable to cross functional group of employees including:  Corporate reliability managers, plant managers, department heads such as maintenance, operations, reliability/maintenance engineering, plant engineering, superintendents, area managers and team leads (foreman) from plant operations and maintenance.

Course length:  1/2 day

APM Advances in the Power Sector (May 9) $500.00 $0.00 Click for details
Instructor: Don Doan and Roger Shaw
Room name: TBD
  • Monday, May 9, 2016 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

This is an overview course focused on the Power Industry and is open to a diverse group of people with interest in that area.  The course will look at Power Utility Solutions in Meridium and the value of these solutions.  A particular emphasis will be given to Intelligent Asset Strategies in Electric Utilities which enable the use of the large amount of available data to create information to drive critical business decisions at all levels of the organization.   Meridium’s solution for Electric Utilities encompasses critical Power Generation / Bulk Power Delivery / and Distribution Assets, with tools and related workflows, which include:

  • Field, facility and transactional data capture tools
  • structured data storage that assures operational, maintenance and financial data can be tightly related to a common asset ID
  • Asset Health for Critical Assets from Combined Cycle to Nuclear Power generation
  • Bulk Power and Distribution Transformers, Circuit Breakers, essentially all assets required to provide uninterrupted power to our clients' customers.

Meridium, through our partnership with Asset Performance Technologies (APT), has an extensive library of integrated Asset Strategies based on EPRI Content reflecting 30 years of industry expert input.  These templates are used throughout the Power Generation and Delivery industries.

Learning objectives

Attendees will:

  • understand the Meridium solutions developed for Electric Utilities
  • appreciate Meridium’s quantitative Asset Heath Solutions for fast and easy implementations
  • review the library of Asset Strategies available for Power Generation.
  • get familiar with the Generation Availability Accounting solution from Meridium
  • learn how Meridium keeps the utility organization ready to support any changes in the regulatory market, and stay ahead of the regulatory curve by being proactive and profitable

This course is designed be applicable to a cross functional group of employees such as:  Corporate reliability managers, plant managers, department heads including maintenance, operations, Reliability/Maintenance engineers, plant engineering as well as area superintendents, area managers, inspectors and team leads.

Course length: 1/2 day

Introduction to Meridium APM Now v4 (morning session) (May 10) $500.00 $0.00 Click for details
Instructor: Joe Petersen
Room name: TBD
  • Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

**This session will be repeated in the afternoon. 

This course will introduce attendees to the new user interface for Meridium APM v4 Foundation. In this 4 hour session you will learn how to navigate the interface as well as about the APM Foundation core tools, including Dashboards, Record Manager, and the Catalog. Additionally, you will learn how to assess asset and system criticality.

Leadership Characteristics of Successful Reliability and Maintenance Projects (May 10) $500.00 $0.00 Click for details
Instructor: Paul Casto
Room name: Dallas 4
  • Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Abstract

Visionary leadership is a distinguishing characteristic of successful Reliability and Maintenance (R+M) initiatives. Today’s leaders are dealing with the loss of their critical knowledge base to retirement, a constant drive to reduce costs and capital expense, reduce risk to lives and the environment, while managing their corporate image. In this environment it takes forward-thinking leaders to understand the need to develop their people while defining and developing processes that are effective and impact improvement. Business as usual worked when these factors weren’t in play, but today’s innovative leaders are driven to change. The language of today’s R+M leaders needs to include change management, organizational integration, improving work processes, stakeholder management, building stronger interdepartmental relationships, and instilling sustainability into the fabric of the organization. This workshop will discuss these aspects of R+M leadership, as well as metrics to measure progress, rewarding the right behaviors, how to improve the probability of success, building and communicating the business case and basic elements of leadership.

Who Should Attend:

This course is designed be applicable to cross functional group of employees such as: Maintenance Personnel, Operations Managers, and Reliability Engineers.

Course Length: 1/2 day

Introduction to Meridium APM Now v4 (afternoon session) (May 10) $500.00 $0.00 Click for details
Instructor: Joe Petersen
Room name: San Antonio 4
  • Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

This course will introduce attendees to the new user interface for Meridium APM v4 Foundation. In this 4 hour session you will learn how to navigate the interface as well as about the APM Foundation core tools, including Dashboards, Record Manager, and the Catalog. Additionally, you will learn how to assess asset and system criticality.

Building a Reliability Business Case for Asset Management (May 9) $500.00 $0.00 Click for details
Instructor: Paul Casto
Room name: San Antonio 6
  • Monday, May 9, 2016 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Abstract

This is an overview course open to a diverse group of individuals who have a need to understand business case development and the value creation process.  These skills are often required to justify projects and then to verify the benefits realized by the project. This is a two part process which begins with the development of a robust and defensible business case but also must include a value planning, creation, capture and documentation strategy.  During this session we will discuss the elements of the business case, how to build the business case and how to create and execute a value capture plan.

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Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the elements of a business case
  • Learn how to present the business case
  • Appreciate the need for the value creation and capture plan
  • Know how to develop and execute the value creation and capture plan
  • Be able to verify created benefits from the project to the original business case



Who should attend:

This course is designed be applicable to cross functional group of employees such as:  Corporate reliability managers, plant managers, department heads, such as maintenance, operations, Reliability/Maintenance engineers, plant engineering, area superintendents, area managers, inspectors and team leads.

Course length:  1/2 day

Developing & Deploying Intelligent Asset Strategies (May 10) $500.00 $0.00 Click for details
Instructor: Matt Markham
Room name: San Antonio 1
  • Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Abstract

This one-day course will walk through the lifecycle of an intelligent asset strategy from initial development, deployment, execution, monitoring and revision. The emphasis will be on development and implementation of logic to adapt strategy actions to changes in asset condition and business drivers.

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Who should attend:

Individuals who set asset strategies for their organizations and review effectiveness of operations.

Course Length: 1/2 day

Gaylord Texan (focus groups - clients only)

APM Platform Focus Group (clients only) (May 10) $0.00 Click for details
Instructor: Deryk Anderson, Liz Futrell, and Sarath Mohan
Room name: San Antonio 5
  • Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

The APM Platform Focus Group will provide a forum to facilitate learning and collaboration on a strong foundation and integration platform for APM technologies.   It will include discussions on current topics, tools and approaches to implementation and integration with other systems, as well as methods to identify improvement opportunities in any aspect of an APM initiative.

  • Solutions:  APM Foundation; APM Connect, APM Now
  • Product Capabilities:  User Interface, Integration Platform, EAM Integration, Asset Hierarchy, Asset Criticality, Metrics, Recommendation Management, Administrative Tools
Intelligent Asset Strategies Focus Group (clients only) (May 10) $0.00 Click for details
Instructor: Louise Pattison and Mark Sinozich
Room name: San Antonio 4
  • Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

The Intelligent Asset Strategies Focus Group will discuss risk-based approaches to develop effective asset strategies and the evaluation of the strategy performance thru asset health monitoring.  This group will cover current topics and methodologies for strategy development and health monitoring techniques from integrated monitoring to manual data collection via operator and technician rounds.

  • Facilitated by product managers Louise Pattison and Mark Sinozich
  • Solutions:  APM Strategy; APM Health
  • Products:  ACA, ASM, ASI, ASO, RCM/FMEA, AHM, Rounds, Policy Designer, M2M integration
Reliability Focus Group (clients only) (May 10) $0.00 Click for details
Instructor: Don Rozette and Jonathan Bywater
Room name: Dallas 2
  • Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

The Reliability Focus Group will provide an opportunity for learning and networking on tools and methods to provide operational visibility and analysis that can help practitioners and managers reduce asset failures, control cost and increase production availability. This group will focus on profiling the causes and true costs of failures, lost production, lost profit, excessive cost and risk and will map solutions that drive results for the plant floor and the front office.

  • Facilitated by product managers Don Rozette and Jonathan Bywater
  • Solution:  APM Failure Elimination
  • Product Capabilities:  PLA, RCA, Reliability, Calibration
Asset Integrity Focus Group (clients only) (May 10) $0.00 Click for details
Instructor: Vipin Nair and Ashok Acharya
Room name: San Antonio 6
  • Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

The Asset Integrity Focus Group allows customers to network in and across business streams to share best practices around integrity work processes and how they have been utilized to maintain compliance, manage risk, and optimize inspection activities via the use of risk-based approaches.  Risk-based approaches include qualitative and quantitative methods, such as API-581 for Risk Based Inspection.

  • Facilitated by product managers Vipin Nair and Ashok Acharya 
  • Solution:  APM Mechanical Integrity; APM Safety
  • Product Capabilities:  RBI, Inspection, TM, Hazards & SIS

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