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Meet the Instructor: JD Solomon

Workshop: Communicating Reliability and Risk to Decision Makers



JD Solomon, Vice President, CH2M

JD Solomon is a vice president with CH2M HILL. His focuses include the application of risk, reliability, and decision analysis to enhance strategic planning, asset management, O&M optimization and financial management. He is a Certified Reliability Engineer (CRE), Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional (CMRP), is certified in Lean Management, and is a Six Sigma Black Belt. JD has a Professional Certificate in Strategic Decision and Risk Management from Stanford, an MBA from the University of South Carolina, and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from NC State.  

JD concurrently serves by gubernatorial appointment on North Carolina’s State Water Infrastructure Authority (SWIA), the Blue Ribbon Commission for Public Buildings and Infrastructure, and by speaker appointment on the Environmental Management Commission (EMC).  He currently serves on several Subject Specific Guideline development teams for the Institute of Asset Management and a select team to update the Buried Asset Management Institute’s certification material.



Communicating Reliability and Risk to Decision Makers
JD Solomon, Vice President, CH2M

Communication of concepts and solutions related to reliability and risk is frequently cited by technical professionals as the most challenging and overlooked aspect of their work.  Texts and guidance documents, including the international asset management standard, ISO 55000, frequently reference the importance of better communication and education; however, there are few practical examples and limited practical guidance provided. This workshop will fill many of these gaps. It will be provided from the perspective of an individual who dually serves on decision-making bodies and who also provides reliability, risk, and asset management information to decision makers.
The learning objectives include:

1. Practical approaches for communicating risk and reliability to subordinates, peers, senior management, and decision makers
2. Basic understanding of the definitions and basic concepts of risk, reliability, and communications
3. The major types of decisions and how communication approaches change with decision type
4. Personality profiles of decision makers and their impact on communication and decision making
5. The role of ethics in communication reliability and risk information 

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