Helsinki, Finland – The Global Forum on Maintenance and Asset Management (GFMAM) held its ninth face-to-face meeting May 3-9, 2014, in conjunction with the European Federation of National Maintenance Societies (EFNMS) in Helsinki, Finland. The six-day meeting was attended by Plant Engineering & Maintenance Association of Canada (PEMAC) president Rob Lash and executive director Cindy Snedden. Their report from the meeting follows.
At this meeting, the associations that had been part of the GFMAM prior to the Helsinki meeting welcomed a new member organization, the Japan Institute of Plant Maintenance (JIPM), the first organization from Southeast Asia to join its ranks.
Working groups of the GFMAM have recently published two important documents: 1) The second edition of ‘Asset Management Landscape’, which added significant detail to each of the 39 subjects of asset management that had been introduced in the first document and 2) the ‘Auditor Assessor Specification’, a document that recommends a baseline for the asset management knowledge and understanding requirements that an ISO 55001 assessor or auditor should have. GFMAM members will be recommending to asset owners that they apply this specification for internal assessors and require any external auditors to provide demonstrable evidence of this knowledge and understanding. Both of these documents are now freely available at www.gfmam.org.
Having established a clear pattern of working together productively, GFMAM wants to ensure that the worldwide community is aware of Its joint work. It intends to make the products of its projects useful to asset-owning organizations, asset management practitioners, and every kind of organization that serves them, to reach their aims.
The group working towards the development of a Maintenance Framework was also active. The Maintenance Framework will supplement details of the maintenance-related subject areas of the Asset Management Landscape. This will enable alignment of existing subject matter and certifications for those member organizations that have products and services specifically related to maintenance.
There was also a new project launched, called the ‘Asset Management Maturity’ project. This project aims to align the different approaches for assessing asset management maturity that are being developed in different parts of the world. One of the early tasks was to agree what was meant by asset management maturity and the following was agreed as a statement to start from:
– Organizational asset management maturity is the ability to demonstrate that capability across the 39 subjects (as defined by the Asset Management Landscape) is fit for purpose for its stakeholder’s goals and outcomes
– A mature organization ensures there are cycles of improvement that enable it to respond to changes in both the internal and external environments
– Asset management maturity includes the assessment of outputs/results.
The group said that guidelines for assessing asset management maturity will continue to be developed over the next year.
The GFMAM members said at the meeting that they are confident that collaboration has been beneficial to each of them as member organizations, and that their collaboration through the GFMAM will be beneficial to the asset management community as a whole.
Member associations of the GFMAM include: Abraman (Brazil), AM Council (Australia), EFNMS (Europe), FIM (Latin America), GSMP (Arabian Gulf region), IAM (UK), IFRAMI (France), JIPM (Japan), PEMAC (Canada), SAAMA (South Africa) and SMRP (United States).