Optimizing Equipment and Facilities Maintenance Programs

Richmond, British Columbia /
Jun 27 - 28, 2019 /
Course Code: 10-0604-2366

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After participating in the seminar, you will be able to:

  • familiarize yourself with the components of good maintenance practices that can produce the required reliability in the most cost effective manner
  • appreciate how an existing maintenance activities can be both improved and acceptable
  • understand the techniques and benefits for good, efficient maintenance planning
  • recognize the need for, and the interpretation of, maintenance measures
  • become conversant with techniques for maintenance budgeting and effective reporting

Poor maintenance programs and activities often lead to lost production and spiralling upward costs resulting from escalating equipment unreliability. Conversely, an effective maintenance program can be the target of budget cuts since the benefits of the existing expenditures occasionally go unrecognized by those outside the maintenance organization. Ideally, therefore, a good maintenance program should provide the required reliability at minimum cost. Further, the validity of the program should be continuously acknowledged by management.

This course will present the ingredients of an effective, cost efficient maintenance program together with continuous improvement aspects. It will also show not only how to validate the cost of the program but will also show how to justify to management any additional funding that may be necessary. During the course there will be several exercises designed to provide a practical explanation of some of the material presented.

Course Outline:

  • Maintenance Philosophy and Strategy
  • Effective Maintenance Practices
  • Maintenance Staffing
  • Efficiently Applying Reliability Centered Maintenance
  • Workshop
  • Maintenance Planning and Scheduling
  • General Maintenance Information
  • Monitoring and Reporting Maintenance Activities
  • Effectively Managing Maintenance Work

Who Should Attend
Staff Involved Maintenance of Equipment and Facilities Including Plant Engineers Supervisors and Managers Maintenance Engineers Supervisors and Managers Maintenance Planners Property/Facility Managers Who Are Responsible For Ensuring That Equipment and Facilities Operate in an Economic and Reliable Fashion Consulting Engineers Design Engineers Industrial Engineers Production and Managers

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Daily Schedule:
8:00 Registration & coffee (1st day only)
8:30 Session begins
12:00 Lunch
4:30 Adjournment

There will be one hour lunch break each day in addition to a refreshment & networking break during each morning & afternoon session.

Day 1

Welcome, Introduction, Seminar Preview, Learning Outcomes & the Assessment Method

Preliminary Questions

Maintenance Philosophy & Strategy

  • Overview of maintenance programs
  • Definition of maintenance terms
  • Roles & responsibilities
  • Maintenance strategy
  • Prioritizing maintenance work

Effective Maintenance Practices

  • Regulations, codes & standards
  • Preventive maintenance tasks & frequencies
  • Maintenance procedures
  • Maintenance spare parts
  • Reviewing an existing preventive maintenance program
  • Making the right economic decisions
  • Management systems

Maintenance Staffing

  • Shift scheduling
  • Multi-skilling
  • Total Productive Maintenance (TPM)
  • Contracting out maintenance activities

Efficiently Applying Reliability Centered Maintenance

  • Background
  • Description of process
  • Templates

To enhance understanding of the principles presented, attendees will be divided into working groups to develop maintenance tasks & frequencies for a particular device. Comparative solutions will then be presented under the guidance of the instructor.

Questions & Answers

Day II

Maintenance Planning & Scheduling

  • Overview of planning & scheduling
  • Preventive maintenance program planning, scheduling & time estimating
  • Corrective maintenance planning, scheduling & time estimating
  • Corrective maintenance planning tools
  • Backlogs
  • Emergencies
  • Minor adjustments & repairs
  • Unexpected outage opportunities
  • What the planner/scheduler needs to know
  • Long term maintenance requirements

General Maintenance Information

  • Equipment lockout/tagout
  • Lubrication
  • Material degradation
  • Non-Destructive Examination (NDE)
  • Vibration monitoring
  • Acoustic monitoring
  • Equipment condition instrumentation

Monitoring & Reporting Maintenance Activities

  • Useful measures
  • Benchmarking
  • Maintenance auditing
  • Reporting
  • Budgeting

Effectively Managing Maintenance Work

  • Limits for corrective maintenance & acceptability
  • Documentation
  • Historical records & analysis

Final Questions

Questions & Answers & Feedback to Participants on Achievement of Learning Outcomes

Summary & Final Adjournment


Mike Ivanovic, Dr.

Mike is President of UBAMIP Consulting, and also former Adjunct Associate Professor at U of Toronto. After working in the consulting group of ANSYS Canada Ltd., he now runs the private consulting company UBAMIP Consulting, dealing with analysis and problem solving in operation of vital stationary and rotating equipment in the process and petrochemical industry. Make has also been active in providing training technical courses of various levels of complexity for professionals in industry in Canada, USA and overseas.

His area of expertize among others, includes design, operation and maintenance of various types of heat exchangers such as coolers, reboilers, condensers, evaporators. The focus in the consulting projects has been on the process optimization and analysis of operational issues related to improving the overall thermal performance of equipment. This is also combined with risk assessment and selection of equipment failure prevention technologies based on fitness for service studies.


To be announced

Although the venue is not officially confirmed, EPIC courses are generally held at the following location(s):

Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport, Pacific Reach Hotel OP (Richmond LP)
8181 Cambie Road
Richmond Vancouver BC  V6X 3X9

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Fee & Credits
  • 1.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 14 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
Early Registration Fee:

$1495 + taxes

Fee after May 17, 2019:

$1595 + taxes


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