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Meet the Speakers: 
Sam Paske, MCES
Tacoma Zach, Uberlytics

Session: Avoiding Risky Business: Creating a Framework for Effectively Managing Risk

 

SPEAKER

Sam Paske, Assistant General Manager, Metropolitan Council of Environmental Services

Sam Paske is Assistant General Manager for the Environmental Services Division of the Metropolitan Council, the regional planning and transit/wastewater services provider for the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area. Sam graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. He has 20 years of utility experience including planning, technology and management consulting.

 

Tacoma Zach, CEO, Uberlytics

Tacoma Zach, CEO of Uberlytics, is the author of “Criticality Analysis Made Simple” and thought leader in the area of complex facility criticality analysis. He was formerly Area Manager and Vice President with Veolia, most recently overseeing the Western US industrial operations, including refineries, production fields, remediation sites and maintenance facilities. Tacoma has managed numerous industrial and municipal operations and has spent the bulk of his career in the resource recovery business. He holds a BASc and MASc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto, is a Professional Engineer in Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia, Canada.

 

SESSION

Avoiding Risky Business: Creating a Framework for Effectively Managing Risk

Sam Paske, Assistant General Manager, Metropolitan Council of Environmental Services

Tacoma Zach, CEO, Uberlytics

Serving nearly 3 million people in the Twin Cities, Metropolitan Council Environmental Services (MCES) partners with 109 local government customers to reclaim over 250 million gallons of wastewater every day to protect public health, be a good neighbor, enable growth and support the region’s economy.

In 2016, MCES launched an asset management program to address challenges of aging assets, rising debt service costs, knowledge loss, and increasing regulatory requirements.

Creating a framework for identifying and managing risk is central to the success of an asset management program. MCES identified criticality analysis as a key first step in setting up the AM program for sustainable success. Through the first phases of criticality analysis and other risk discovery efforts, MCES now has a more complete risk and criticality profile of their facilities and operations leading to:

• Capital planning will now be based on criticality and driven by risk, not geography
• Condition-based monitoring and assessments are based on asset criticality and risk to business
• PM optimizations have been reconciled against criticality rankings
• New hire selection will be made for appropriate skill sets to address identified business risks

The improved knowledge of risk throughout the organization is creating the framework for better risk-based decision making across all aspects of the business including operations, EH&S and maintenance and reliability.

 

LESSONS LEARNED

  • Assessing your organization’s risk appetite
  • Accurately identifying risk (of all kinds)
  • Relating Operational Risk and Business Risk
  • Risk management and mitigation that leads to an improved overall risk profile

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