16 MAY – 20 MAY 2016, SINGAPORE

About this course

The reliability of a Plant or Facility determines its performance – process safety, environmental and cost performance all depend on it. It is thus a pivotal driver, which we can use to make significant business gains. Unfortunately it is often seen as a black art, best left to mathematicians or other specialists.

This practical training course will show you that it is easy to understand and explains how to use data from operating and maintenance records and get the results.

This course has been designed to enable participants to develop an awareness and understanding of:

  • The links between maintenance and reliability, and the effect of Reliability on Process & Environmental Safety, Production, Productivity, Costs and Morale/Culture will be clarified
  • A systemic roadmap for managing reliability
  • The Reliability Discipline at Strategic, Tactical and Execution levels
  • The tools to manage reliability

Benefits of Attending

  • Learn reliability terms, their definitions and its use.
  • Practice exercises to determine e.g., MTBF, MTTR, Scale and Shape factors etc. and learn how to use these to determine maintenance strategies and operating philosophies.
  • Find out how Plant availability depends on reliability and see how configuration affects the outcome.
  • Study different failure distributions and see why these matter. Exercises on spares holdings will show you how to optimize these to meet service level and cost considerations.
  • A number of tools including RCM, RBI, FMECA, IPF, RBD, FTA, ETA, and Modelling will be covered briefly, so that you know what to use where. Failure analysis using RCA will be discussed. The Business Process to manage Reliability Improvement and a roadmap to achieve high performance will be included

Who Should Attend

Engineers from all parts of the water industry will benefit and be able to apply the learning to their advantage eg.

  1. Plant and equipment, ie electrical equipment (e.g. switchboards, transformers), mechanical equipment (e.g. pumps, gensets, compressors, aerators, tidal gates), and instrumentation & control (e.g. SCADA, sensors and water quality analysers), and
  1. Networks which consists of drains, water distribution network and the sewerage system.

Attendees are typically from functions that include Operations, Reliability, Maintenance, Projects, Design and Materials .

For optimal results, a University degree in Science or Engineering is desirable, as some mathematical background knowledge is necessary. Managers, supervisors or support staffs from different disciplines are all suitable.

Course Faculty - David Challis

Dr. David Challis

Dr.David Challis has worked as a strategic energy and engineering specialist in major organisations for in excess of 35 years.

He holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Power Electrical Engineering (UNSW) and a PhD in Management (University of Melbourne – 1996). David co-authored an international text (“Patterns of Excellence”) with Professor Danny Samson of Melbourne University that describes managerial excellence (MANEX) and operational excellence (OPEX) in leading international organisations (refer

38766/Patterns-of-Excellence for further information).


David was employed by Shell Australia for 15 years in abroad range of international roles that included Strategic Change Manager, Business Development Manager and

Engineering Manager before working with the Australian Energy Sector Regulator in co-developing major reforms for the power generation, distribution and transmission industries. He has subsequently completed over 200 Power Industry consulting assignments with major organisations including:


  • Canadian Generation Authority – strategic business development advisor in relation to power generation
  • investments and major projects implementation
  • Spectra Energy Canada : Development of strategic contractor management frameworks to maximise ROI
  • and manage risk
  • SERF :Development of Power Utility and Energy sector Asset Management Roundtable
  • The Electrical Operating Authority Of Australia – development of Safety Management Schemes
  • Solaris Power – development of Asset Management Plan for 200MW expansion facility
  • Texas Energy : Realignment of Asset Management Plans (RCM, TQM, RBI) to meet global business demands
  • Petronas (Malaysia) – Design Reviews/eHAZOP studies for 400MW Gas Turbine Generating Plant
  • Gasco Abu Dhabi : Development of Electrical Engineering Masterplan and Asset Management Plans


David has completed assignments for the energy sector at all points along the value chain. Assignments include

independent review of major projects and development proposals, establishment of strategic contractor management

frameworks and acting as an independent agent for owners, operators, regulators and governments to assist them in

business development, service provider management and all aspects of operational excellence (OPEX).



  • Water Industry Plant Project – Building
  • Reliability Into The Elec Design (Switchboard and Transformer emphasis)
  • Case Study : Water Industry – Main
  • Pumping Station
  • High Lift Pump No 1 of MPSHLP No1
This training course has a limited attendance for up to 20 participants only. Sessions commence at 9am on all days, with short intervals at 10.30am and 3.30pm respectively. Refreshments will be provided in the short intervals. Lunch will be provided at 12:30pm for 1 hour. Sessions will end at 5pm on all days.

Unique Features with powerEDGE Training

• Pre-Course Questionnaire to help us focus on your learning objectives
• Detailed Course & Reference Manual for Continuous Learning and Sharing
• Practical Exercises & Case Examples to better understand the principles
• Limited class size to ensure One-to-One Interactivity
• Assessment at the end of the course to help you develop a Personal Action Plan