Monday, October 22, 2012
SMRP Annual Conference Recap
Attendance was great with over 900 people from all over the world at a great venue that provided for networking and learning with over 70 industry papers presented.
Disney Institute provided a seminar on Business Excellence. Supplier members provided many other pre and post conference workshops which were well attended and from what I saw very well presented.
The tours were great. I was able to attend a behind the scenes maintenance tour at Universal Studios that was very informative and entertaining. The group rode the Spiderman ride and then went into the maintenance shop to see the ride equipment and witness the maintenance testing of the assets we had just ridden on. They wrapped up the night with a great dinner and a presentation of all the fine work they are doing to improve reliability and the experience for the customer.
In one of the conference tracks SMRP had two panels of past SMRP chairmen that provided thoughts on all facets of the organization and the industry. They spoke at length on topics like the upcoming ISO-55000 standard and the industry skills crisis.
Many SMRP benefits were featured included:
Creation of 3 Special Interest Groups: Oil, Gas and PetroChem, Reliability Analytics and Pharma & Biotech. It looks like a few others are on the horizon
Continuation of 18 local chapters. Is there one near you?
Award winning Solutions Magazine
Free Regional Workshops
SMRP Metrics Compendium
SMRP Bench Marking Survey
CMRT and CMRP certifications are provided to allow member to demonstrate their skills
Past year Conference Proceedings are now available to members
Last but certainly not least the new board of directors was elected and I have the honor of serving as the Chairman for the next year.
It was a great week spent with an incredibly passionate group of reliability professionals.