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Meet the Speakers: Craig Edlund & Tacoma Zach

Session: Starting Right: Laying the Foundation for Successful Long-Term Asset Management Plans

 

SPEAKER

Craig EdlundCraig Edlund, Director of Asset Management, Metro Council of the Twin Cities

Craig Edlund is the Director of Asset Management, responsible for asset management and asset business systems for the Environmental Services Division of the Metropolitan Council. MCES owns and operates roughly $6.8 billion in infrastructure assets that protect air and water quality in the Twin Cities region.  Prior to this role Craig was responsible for all electrical systems in eight regional wastewater treatment plants and was the Master Electrician of Record.  Previously he was the Integration Manager at DLT&V Systems Engineering and the electrician foreman at Hunt Electric Corporation.  Craig is also a certified PMP (Project Management Professional) with the Project Management Institute and a Certified Reliability Leader from the Association of Asset Management Professionals.  He graduated as an electrician from Dunwoody College of Technology.

SPEAKER

tacoma-zachTacoma 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

Starting Right: Laying the Foundation for Successful Long-Term Asset Management Plans
Session
Craig Edlund, Director of Asset Management, Metro Council of the Twin Cities
Tacoma Zach, CEO, Uberlytics

In 2016, Metropolitan Council Environmental Services (MCES), which oversees water and wastewater for 2.9 million people in Minneapolis-St.Paul, launched an asset management program to address challenges of aging assets, rising debt service costs, knowledge loss, and increasing regulatory requirements.

MCES identified criticality analysis as a key first step in setting up the AM program for sustainable success. Historically, utilities that have implemented a criticality analysis have realized a 5% reduction in both capital and maintenance budgets within 12 months. MCES estimates that this criticality analysis initiative will achieve significantly higher savings in their capital and M&R budgets. 

The future success of asset management programs depends on laying the right foundation at the start. A criticality analysis is a vital part of creating a framework for risk-based decision-making at the beginning of your program. This presentation will present key elements of this framework and a roadmap for successful asset management.

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