Lean reliability centred maintenance looks at what a process is intended to do, what factors stop the process from delivering, then works to mitigate those factors. Workstream 69 is one of the first, as well as the largest, RCM programmes undertaken by a UK water company. In another first the Asset Information Standards, which dictate how the assets are recorded and the asset information held, were created with full participation of operations and maintenance (O&M) teams. This enabled a collaborative LRCM study, producing a condition based maintenance programme based on failure modes, with O&M buy-in. This approach means time and money are focussed on ensuring process and asset outputs are maintained. Initial indications are a circa 30 percent decrease in reactive O&M work. "By cost-efficiently reducing asset failure this unique approach to the introduction of reliability centred maintenance for a water company will yield significant customer service, environmental and regulatory benefits," Steele added. Innovative use of mobile technology also yielded benefits. iPads with Bluebeam enable live asset survey findings, and piping and instrumentation diagram updates, to be uploaded to a dynamic asset database. O&M teams in the field are using mobile devices to access the condition based maintenance programme which guides their activities, and to record and upload condition reports, in real-time. This is central to enabling the implementation an effective predictive maintenance regime covering 695 water and wastewater treatment works and 83,000 kilometres of water and sewerage pipes. Editor’s Notes: Yorkshire Water serves five million customers in northern England Workstream 69 extends Black & Veatch's AMP6 relationship with Yorkshire Water, which also includes supporting the utility's Large Scheme design and build framework Yorkshire Water collects, treats and distributes 1.26 billion litres of water each day; and collects and treats 1 billion litres of wastewater per day, and returns it safely to the environment Black & Veatch is also delivering AMP6 asset management programmes for Thames Water and Dwr Cymru/Welsh Water Black & Veatch Media Contact Information: MALCOLM HALLSWORTH | +44 1737 856594 p | +44 7920 701764 m | HallsworthM@BV.com 24-HOUR MEDIA HOTLINE | +1 866 496 9149 0 About Black & Veatch Black & Veatch is an employee-owned, global leader in building critical human infrastructure in Energy, Water, Telecommunications and Government Services. Since 1915, we have helped our clients improve the lives of people in over 100 countries through consulting, engineering, construction, operations and program management. Our revenues in 2017 were US$3.4 billion. Follow us on www.bv.com and in social media. Related Insights With Grid Modernization, Utilities Poised For Most Visible Transformation The annual Strategic Directions Report series offers analysis and insights into key issues and trends facing the smart cities and utilities, electric, natural gas, and water utility sectors. FLNG Solutions Prove To Be Much More Than Potential It was roughly a decade ago when the initial introduction of floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) solutions sought to help bring uneconomic gas reserves offshore, such as those in remote locations, to the market. Over the past few years, however, we’ve watched as offshore FLNG capabilities have moved closer to the mainland, offering a very flexible and economical solution to operators looking to offload their supply around the world. Four Big Trends in Gas-to-Power Hold Promise for U.S. Market Major energy shifts are afoot, and the United States will play a critical role going forward. The EIA projects that by 2022, the U.S. will become a net energy exporter, according to its newly released Annual Energy Outlook 2018. For natural gas, this shift will happen even earlier, around 2020, the EIA says. Market Strives to Deliver Over Pipeline Challenges As if the persistent low-price environment wasn’t enough, rampant natural gas production in the Appalachian and Permian Basins is ramping up concern that pipeline take-away capacity can’t keep up. This comes as the United States natural gas industry prepares to enter one of its strongest growth periods to date, driven by increasing global demand for low cost natural gas supplies and growing domestic demand for cleaner energy sources. Southeast Asia’s Journey Toward a Cleaner Energy Future Strong economic growth, low gas prices and environmental goals are transforming natural gas demand in Southeast Asia.