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Key Sessions

Richard Edwards

OPENING KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Developing world class asset management capability to deliver value to stakeholders

Institute of Asset Management

08:15 - 09:00 45 mins
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Registration and coffee
09:00 - 09:15 15 mins
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Chair’s opening remarks
  • Bruce Stedall - Asset Management Director, TRANSCO
09:15 - 09:45 30 mins
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OPENING KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Developing world class asset management capability to deliver value to stakeholders
  • Richard Edwards - IAM Past President, Institute of Asset Management
  • Exploring the key drivers for Asset Management around the world
  • Where is Asset Management leading practice in 2017?
  • Solving the challenges in realising value from investment in Asset Management capability
  • Realising the benefits delivered by early adopters
09:45 - 10:25 40 mins
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Establishing a property asset management strategy embedded into the organisation’s vision
  • Fadi Alshakhshir - Strategy and Compliance, Corporate FM, Emaar


  • Defining the essential ingredients for a robust asset management framework
  • Understanding how to link an asset management framework to the organisation’s overall purpose and strategy and how this impacts on corporate performance
  • Engaging with staff and management internally to get buy-in
  • Overcoming common challenges that may arise during implementation: resourcing, time frame, internal support, cost management etc.
  • Total Life Cycle Asset Management Components
10:25 - 10:55 30 mins
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CASE STUDY: Successfully implementing Asset Management and Certification to ISO
  • David Pocock - Director, Asset Management, CH2M

Hear from successful Asset Management practitioners how they have successfully implemented asset management leading to ISO 55001 certification. Understand the journey required to reach certification through the showcasing of real organization experiences, both from the region and internationally. This will include:

  • Key steps and stages in the journey
  • The training required to prepare organizations
  • Some of the challenges faced and how they were overcome
  • Important lessons learnt for those looking to start the journey
10:55 - 11:05 10 mins
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This unique facilitated session will give you the opportunity to shake hands with your peers from companies representing different sectors in the region. Bring a lot of business cards!

11:05 - 11:35 30 mins
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11:35 - 12:15 40 mins
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PANEL DISCUSSION: Raising the profile of asset management with management and board room
  • Shabeer Nellikode - Founder & Managing Director, Universal Hospital
  • Essa Shukri - Manager - Asset Management Strategy, Distribution Asset Management, DEWA
  • Mohamed Badie - Project Based Program Manager, Government Agencies
  • Moderator Bruce Stedall - Asset Management Director, TRANSCO


  • Understand the benefits of asset management so that you can effectively undertake or continue an effective asset management strategy within your organisation
  • Change management: overcome any resistance by getting your staff and management on your side and working with you to achieve optimum results
  • Create the right capability in your organisation: from recruiting the right set of skills to training people - what resources do you need?
  • View from the top: how is asset management seen and perceived by the senior leaders?
12:15 - 12:45 30 mins
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Understanding best-practices in geographic information systems-based (GIS) asset management to improve efficiency
  • Mahmoud Al-Hader - Head of Assets Information Section, Al Ain Distribution Company


GIS gives organisations the opportunity to streamline processes through visualisation, sharing, analysing and monitoring of asset data in ‘geo-spatial’ ways, different from numeric data. GIS challenges are varied and include gaining the buy-in from senior leadership, showing ROI, time and costs, integration with other systems etc. Dr Al-Hader will present how they have developed a GIS function within Al Ain Distribution Company and how they have overcome structural and functional obstacles for an information multi-system that is applied to maintenance and usage. Find out about the different stages of GIS as well as getting certification ISO.

12:45 - 13:45 60 mins
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13:45 - 14:15 30 mins
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Industry Focused Interactive Roundtable Discussions

This interactive session divides the audience into groups, each discussing one of the below industries. Participants have 30mins to discuss the following

Topic: Top 3 Objectives when Developing an Asset Management Strategy 

  • A. Transport
  • B. Property and Real Estate
  • C. Utilities
  • D. Roads and Bridges
14:15 - 14:55 40 mins
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A framework for reviewing adequacy of Engineering Asset Management (EAM) systems
  • Khaled El-Akruti - PhD, Mech, Leader of Engineering Asset Management Discipline, Faculty of Engineering & Information Sciences, University of Wollongong in Dubai


This presentation will provide a general framework of EAMsystems for auditing asset management in your organisation andmaintain continuous improvement.

Learn more about:

  • Definition of EAM System
  • EAM as an integrated system
  • Use of framework as an auditing tool
  • Investigation approach to status of EAM
  • Application to energy pipeline case study
  • Mapping status of EAM activities
  • Findings and suggestions
14:55 - 15:25 30 mins
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Innovative property asset initiatives
  • Sherif Mahmoud Osama Mahmoud - Project Manager- Maintenance Projects Management, Abu Dhabi Housing Authority
  • Developing Abu Dhabi’s first National Housing Life Cycle Management Program, complete with policies, procedures and controls
  • Collating, spatially mapping, and enhancing existing inventory life cycle data, then developing a prioritized 15year plan for portfolio assessment and remedial works (maintenance, recapitalization or replacement), including several funding analyses
15:25 - 15:55 30 mins
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15:55 - 16:30 35 mins
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CLOSING ADDRESS: Explore the role of soft asset management (HR & Knowledge) from a project management perspective
  • Mohamed Badie - Project Based Program Manager, Government Agencies
  • What is the quality of your asset data, and how do you know?
  • Where do people typically get the information they need to do their jobs?
  • Who is capturing what data and why?
  • What do people do when they can’t get the information they need?
  • How do you know if your Asset Management activities are delivering value?
  • Diagnostic pyramid of poor performance and HR resources Disengagement (proactive Vs reactive approach)
16:25 - 16:55 30 mins
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Roundtable Discussion Findings Announcement

Each table will have 7-10mins to present their findings on Top 3 Objectives when Developing an Asset Management Strategy

16:55 - 17:00 5 mins
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Chair’s closing remarks
17:00 - 17:05 5 mins
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End of conference day one