On Thursday 5th July 2018, Dr Yvonne Power, Principal IMPOWER TECHNOLOGIES® (IMPOWER™) presented at the Fourth European Conference on Prognostics and Health Management (PHME18) hosted in Utrecht, The Netherlands. The Prognostics and Health Management Society (PHM Society) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of PHM as an engineering discipline. The conference brings together the community of PHM experts from industry, academia and government in diverse application areas such as energy, aerospace, transportation, automotive, defence, manufacturing, mining, rail and industrial automation.
Dr Power’s presentation focused on strategies for automated, predictive monitoring and diagnosis incorporating advanced intelligent systems technologies for large scale assets across the energy and natural resources sector. It examined the selection of appropriate data (not just ‘big data’), sensors, algorithms (not just ‘machine learning’), platforms, analytical tools, visualisation and ERP/CMMS integration for sustainable, scaleable, supportable, fully automated monitoring and diagnosis in an industrial setting. The emphasis was on the development of algorithms that continue to provide benefits over the long term and across the life of the assets.
Dr Power finished with a case study, a world first mining application of automated root cause analysis to automatically detect, identify and isolate the root cause of equipment, process and control issues across a mining and minerals processing operation. The case study incorporates causal graphs which show the causal relationships between faults and their progression across the supply chain, whereas current platforms on the market mainly rely on statistical or machine learning models to detect and identify failures.
No conference is complete without an industry visit, this time, to Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance depot in Amsterdam.
Dr Power specialises in introducing intelligent systems across the resources sector for asset management, maintenance and operations. She has a PhD in Integrated Process Operations Management and has worked nationality and internationally on intelligent Asset Performance Management (iAPM) focusing on platform development, guiding technology developments as part of a technical steering committee and successfully introducing advanced and award winning Asset Health and Integrity Management Solutions into operations such as iron ore, uranium, gold, alumina, coal, civil (process and non-process) infrastructure, hydroelectric power generation and rail.
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