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Asset management community alive and well

Last month Engineers Australia hosted the Victorian Engineering Industry Week (VEIW) to celebrate and promote Victorian engineers’ work, including an event supporting asset management and maintenance.

Held by Engineers Australia Victoria Division, VEIW celebrated and promoted the work of Victorian engineers through a variety of events and activities, including an event supported by asset management firm United Group Services (UGL Services) and the Asset Management Council (AM Council).

At the event the AM Council told attendees that, despite the current unsteady economic climate, the asset management community is continuing to deliver improved reliability of assets and financial performance for organisations across Australia.

UGL Services asset manager Ken Robertson and design manager Ian McGrath delivered a joint-presentation called ‘Asset Management at the Royal Women’s Hospital’ outlining the asset management plan that UGL Services — an FM Service Provider — has put in place for the recently-opened hospital in Melbourne.

One of the key messages addressed was the British Standards Institute PAS 55 — Part1: Specification for the optimised management of physical assets, a worldwide specification for any organisation seeking to demonstrate a high level of professionalism in managing its physical assets.

The worldwide specification was successfully incorporated by UGL Services into the Women’s Asset Management Plan, regarding the design of the building, the establishment of asset management documentation, including processes and procedures, and the establishment and continuation of an effective maintenance strategy, helping to ensure that the hospital achieves, and often exceeds, its asset management strategy, performance and condition targets.

A tour of the Women’s Hospital concluded the event, led by McGrath and another of UGL Services’ FM experts, David Galea.

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