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One of PM Solution Pro’s remarkable resource Planning and Scheduling Consultants is Maris Gomez. She’s been with project controls for more than fifteen years. She describes herself as ambitious, dedicated, collaborative , strategic, and tactical.
She has represented both owner’s and contractor through the years. Maris is multilingual, able to communicate in English, Spanish and Italian. She is friendly and ready to professionally engage anytime!
In plain words an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system is a central database system that houses financial, human resources, material, schedule, regulatory and work orders information about the capital and operational expenditures (capex and opex) of a company. It has various modules that display that information in a fashion that is suitable for various departments, functions and levels of an organization. An ERP system today is a crucial tool for utilities to bring greater visibility to the workflows, resource availability, productivity levels, stakeholder commitments and asset management. Access to good data leads to better decisions. Utilities have all kinds of useful and important data about their people, projects, asset health, contractors, facilities, inspection and maintenance, connection requests, regulatory commitments and documents.
Today, utility asset managers can have access to higher quality “realtime” data. For instance, with mobile devices with barcode scanners technicians can record and tag the results of equipment maintenance and test result so their values can be tracked against acceptable norms to flag any abnormalities that may warrant further inspection. If this information can be monitored and tracked for all major or critical equipment, then at any time there’s a good indication of enterprise wide assets health. With data at fingertips it is easy to start looking for patterns such as assets nearing end of optimal useful life before reliability metrics start being impacted or risk of costly catastrophic failure start becoming unacceptable resulting in long-term operational savings.
Capital project designs need to consider assets full life-cycle costs to better understand the truer cost of environmental permitting and land acquisition, build, operations, maintenance and disposal to end up with assets that bring long-term value. For instance, there has been much research done in-terms of loading various assets to go beyond their design capacities into their safe-operating limits where you start to trade the remaining asset life for short-term or momentary loading such as during emergency situations or momentary peak demands. You can also extend life of existing assets by replacing only the components that have reached their limits.
In the early 1900’s when electricity was being distributed to the houses. Utilities were considered technology companies because they were laying the foundation of the modern life and there was a strong demand for electricity service to be able to bring light and connect time saving tools and appliances at home with perhaps the same longing eyes as there is today with the latest smart devices. Somewhere along the way utilities lost their cool and instead of being innovators utilities became known as bureaucratic and boring.
Utilities are trusted with a responsibility to provide a standard service at a regulator approved rate, without a right to refuse anyone, with expectations for the highest levels of public safety and reliability of service. That makes us conservative by nature, I get it. But that’s no excuse to be complacent, hiding behind the shadow of greater responsibility and walls of regulation, thinking that we have too many constraints to innovate. Hoping that our business model will continue to deliver value for our customers, the shareholders and the stakeholders.
Utilities are at a crossroad today and they need to decide whether they are going to evolve to become more innovative on their own initiative or are they going to be forced by customer pressure through political will and regulators or be taken-over by the non-utility competition.
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Announcement! Just released the paperback coloured edition of the book “Schedule Quantitative Risk Analysis (Traditional Method). Now available in Amazon.com and other international outlets.