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Marc Yarlott, Veolia

Session: Maintaining a Protective System and the Implications for Asset Management Planning



Marc YarlottMarc Yarlott, Asset Manager, Veolia

Marc Yarlott is Project Manager, Technical Support Group for Veolia North America and thought leader in Asset Management. Marc actively oversees and develops corporate standards for equipment condition assessment, root-cause failure analysis, strategic long range planning to manage at-risk contracts, audit/track progress on asset management conformance to PAS-55, ISO55000 and WERF SAM-GAP, and the implementation of web-delivered CMMS to track maintenance activities across the service area. He holds an Operations Certification Grade IV-Wastewater Washington, is the past Asset Management Committee Chair for the Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association, and is a Certified Lubrication Specialist, CRL, CMRP and P.E. (Oregon).



Maintaining a Protective System and the Implications for Asset Management Planning

Marc Yarlott, Asset Manager, Veolia

In 1899, the Louisiana State Assembly commissioned the New Orleans Sewage and Water Board to deal with the damage and disease from the flooding occurring in the greater New Orleans area. The resulting system of protection contains a network canals and pump systems capable of moving ½” of rain per hour continuous of 50,000 plus acres. The majority of the pumps are Wood Screw Pumps commissioned first in 1916 and designed by AB Wood who was both an engineer for the Sewage and Water Board and an inventor/designer.  AB Wood led the design and maintenance of the drainage system, continued to championing the improvements to his pump design until his death in 1957. By August 2017, 60 years after AB Wood’s passing New Orleans made the headlines when a thunderstorm caused flooding in large areas of the city, prompting an emergency order by the mayor resulting in significant changes at the Sewage and Water Board including Veolia, as a third party, being commissioned to assess the condition of the storm-water system.  The case-study will draw a lesson on how changing the focus at both the stakeholder and the leadership level can lead to a slow demise of the readiness of a protective system and how functional based performance standards must be implemented as the key performance indicator (KPI) to keep the focus on the objective to protect New Orleans from flooding.



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