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MEETA Conference 2016: Plant LifeCycle; Maintaining for Life

  • Date(s)
    Friday, 18 November 2016
  • Time(s)
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Venue
    Engineers Ireland, 22 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland
  • Fee

    MEETA and Engineers Ireland Members: €295
    Non-Members: €345

    MEETA members must book through the CPD training office - PHONE (01) 665 1305 or email . 

    Paid-up MEETA members can bring another delegate free. 
    Delegates can nominate a guest for €100 - max one guest from each organisation.
    ***Please book early, as the number of places at the conference is limited.*** 

    Contact the CPD team to avail of these offers on (01) 665 1305 or email

  • CPD Credit
    1 hour   C1

Plant LifeCycle... Maintaining for Life

About the MEETA Conference

Since 1984, the annual conference has provided a forum for maintenance practitioners, decision makers, experts and solution seekers to meet, discuss problems, seek advice, network, and hear the latest industry news. The conference has developed over the years into an event of truly international standing.

The theme of the conference is Plant LifeCycle…..Maintaining for life”, and will focus on management of plant and equipment throughout its useful life.

In engineering, maintenance and reliability management, we deal with Lifecycle issues (and especially their consequences) on a daily basis. In keeping with the notion that Baby, Bath and Water combine to make a virtuous circle, we are not treating Lifecycle management here as a discrete element of Asset Management - it is integral and interwoven into the fabric of our enterprises. Pre-planning, maximising performance during normal life, knowledge of condition, Engineering vs. Financial perspectives, life extension, and Short-term vs Long-term culture changes are all part of that fabric. The conference topics and speakers are therefore chosen to offer differing perspectives in order to give delegates a broader and deeper understanding of Lifecycle in Engineering Asset Management.

We look forward to meeting you at the conference - our perennial objective is that you leave the conference inspired, empowered and envigorated!

Who should attend

The annual conference is an essential event for maintenance practitioners, decision makers, experts and solution seekers working in maintenance and asset management.


The programme is designed so delegates will be able to use and apply the tools, knowledge and learnings presented to make a contribution that will greatly benefit their organisations.

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Asset Management - Bridging the Gap between Technical and Financial Views of the Business 
Andy Hunt, Woodhouse Partnership

Full Programme:

(Download available here)

08:30 Registration/coffee

09:00 Opening Address


Lifecycle maintenance – CHP plant

Paul Farrell - Bilfinger

Maintenance/Energy projects such as CHPs provide considerable OPEX savings, but failure to plan maintenance on a lifecycle basis will lead to substantial balance sheet disturbance during the lifetime of the asset. This presentation will explore the various maintenance philosophies and their impact on CAPEX and OPEX budgets.



An Asset Management Journeyfrom a Manufacturing perspective”

Claude Costelloe - Zimmer Shannon

Zimmer’s journey to excellence is explained (warts and all) from the perspective of the Manufacturing team; what was needed, what was expected and what was achieved from the Asset Mgt programme that improved the performance of the plant on a day to day basis.

10:15 Tea/coffee break


“Asset Life Extension”

Lorcan Keyes, Rusal

This presentation relates to the development and implementation of an Asset Life Extension Programme at Rusal, Aughinish. Lorcan outlines the structure of the programme, and gives examples of how specific assets were treated to extend their expected life. This paper will be particularly relevant to our delegates given the challenges faced from an engineering and business perspective.

11:15 Paper 4                                                                         

Toolbox Talk.

11:30 Keynote address:

“Asset Management - bridging the gap between technical and financial views of the business”

Andy Hunt, Woodhouse Partnership

Plant life cycles have a technical/functional viewpoint (condition, deterioration, risk, obsolescence etc), but it is often difficult to convert these into business significance and investment justification.  Funding for replacement of ageing assets, for example, has to compete with ‘vanity’ projects and greenfield opportunities.  The business / accountant’s view clashes with the engineering view of risks, condition and performance.  This paper will show how we can bridge the gap between technical and financial perspectives +  how we can quantify and demonstrate the best value mix of asset lifespan, and financial investment,

12:15 Q&A 

12:30 LUNCH

13:30 Toolbox Talk

Regenerating an Ageing Asset Population

Jerry Larkin, GE Healthcare

Criticality x Condition = Care: - this paper presents a proven approach to connect plant Criticality with Condition to optimise Care for Ageing Assets, esp where resources are limited, and priorities are elsewhere. The output is a measured action plan to regenerate the asset population.


Seven Persistent Questions of Change

Peter de Jager, Technobility

What must we do to bring about a Change initiative as smoothly as possible? Communicate! Communicate! Communicate! This isn’t exactly news. We sort of get this. I can ask any audience in the world to tell me the ‘secret’ to good Change and they repeat back “Communicate, Communicate and Communicate some more!” as if it’s been forcefully injected into their cerebellum. The problem arises when the questioning becomes a bit more detailed, “What exactly should we communicate?” and when it becomes more specific, “What exactly should we communicate about THIS particular Change?”

The response to that question is usually either a blank stare or the reasonable recitation of the reporter’s standby; Who, What, Where, When, How and Why. Not a bad start. If we’re writing a news article, then these are good solid questions. It’s just that they don’t address the peculiar psychology of the Change challenge that presents itself in all Change scenarios.

Peter De Jager deals with the Seven Persistent Questions of Change that must be addressed to enable successful change. His presentation of this subject is inspiring and world-renowned, and his last visit in 2011 was exceptionally well received. Delegates will be empowered with the requisite knowledge  to gain the confidence and trust of Change stakeholders. 

14:30 Closing address: John Coleman, MEETA

14:40 Tea/coffee/networking

15:00 Close 


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18 November 2016