IEEE PES/IAS Joint Chapter Serving Northern Alberta IEEE

Embedding Reliability Engineering Practices, A Practical Example

IEEE-NCS, PES Chapter Presents
Tuesday, November 27th, 2018, 6:00 to 8:30pm, doors open at 5:30pm

Embedding Reliability Engineering Practices, A Practical Example

Asset Management, Reliability engineering, predictive and preventative maintenance; these are the new catch phrases of the day. But what do they really mean? What does it look like when implemented? Are reliability engineering and asset management the same thing? How do I present and argue the inherent value of embedding these practices into my business and drive not only compliance but a commitment to doing them and improving them? In today’s talk we will endeavor to help put the topics of Asset management, Reliability engineering, predicative and preventative maintenance in context for electrical utilities, and provide guidance to support your journey in successful implementation and sustainment of these practices.

Key Takeaways:

  • How do you engage the business to deliver?
  • What does a maintenance strategy or reliability practice look like, and where does it fit in ISO55000?
  • How do you sustain and embed what you’ve built?



Dr. Ehsan Abbasi

Ehsan has been with AltaLink as Reliability Engineer – Lifecycle Maintenance Engineering since 2015. He has been active in electrical power industry and academia for more than 12 years with experience on reliability assessment of power transmission and distribution networks, power assets lifecycle, reliability centered maintenance, risk based asset management, condition monitoring along with power system SCADA and IED management solutions. Ehsan received B.Sc. from Amirkabir University of Technology and M.Sc. in Energy Systems Engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran in 2005 and 2007 respectively. He received M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer from University of Calgary, AB, Canada in 2010 and 2018 respectively. He joined IEEE in 2009 and is currently a Senior Member.

Marina Van Koughnett

Marina Van Koughnett is one of the founding member of TransAlta’s Operational Integrity Program, which combines practices from Asset Management, Process Safety, Environmental Health and Safety and Risk Management to create an integrated operational Management System. As one of the program leads, Marina’s focus was on Operations risk management, Competency management, business planning and strategy and Process Safety. Graduating from Queens University in Engineering in 2004, Marina started her career in TransAlta’s new graduate program. After completing the program Marina found a home in Major Maintenance for Gas and Hydro generation, ultimately progressing to the role of Manager Major Maintenance for Gas & Renewables before transitioning to the development of TransAlta’s Operational Integrity Program.


Location: German Canadian Cultural Center, 8310 Roper Rd NW, Edmonton, AB  T6E 6E3