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    Asset Criticality Ranking: Value for Each Management Level (Uptime Magazine)

    Asset Criticality Ranking: Value for Each Management Level (Uptime Magazine)

    Asset Criticality Ranking Article Uptime Magazine 300x226 Asset Criticality Ranking: Value for Each Management Level (Uptime Magazine)Asset Criticality Ranking: Value for Each Management Level

    By Ralph Tileston, Principal Reliability Engineer

    Published in Uptime Magazine August / September 2016

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    Asset dependent organizations need to be continually educated and diligent about the importance of classifying assets in terms of the impact of asset failure on the organization. By using a prescriptive method to identify and classify failure consequences, organizations can most effectively allocate asset care resources within their enterprise asset management (EAM) model. Within the reliability-based maintenance (RBM) asset management model, this prescriptive means is a facilitated process called asset criticality ranking (ACR).

    Using a list of all assets to be managed, ACR defines the relative importance of asset failure consequences to the overall business. This is accomplished by evaluating asset failure consequences against graduated criteria within several business impact factors. Typically, the business impact factors of safety, quality, throughput and cost are used for an evaluation, but ACR is unique from other asset criticality assessment tools because it allows for a completely customizable format. ACR recognizes input from a variety of sources, but is primarily a facilitated dialogue between subject matter experts (SMEs).

    Regardless of the business impact factors and criteria applied, ACR results in a numerical criticality score for each asset, which then can be put to use in a variety of ways, from daily maintenance workflow management to capital project funding decisions. The ACR numerical results can be scaled and grouped, making it possible to classify the asset groups by their functional importance to the business, such as non-essential to operations, essential to operations and critical to operations (listed in groups of least critical to most critical, respectively).

    By using ACR, asset management stakeholders can systematically arrive at an agreement about which assets are important to the business and why, thereby appropriately applying resources for their care.


    Ralph D. Tileston, CMRP, is a Principal Reliability Engineer and Project Leader for GenesisSolutions, An ABS Group Company. Ralph is located in Charleston, South Carolina.

    Ralph has over 30 years’ experience at various management levels in telecommunications, electrical construction and maintenance support. His responsibilities have included operations and service for regional areas of the United States, material management at the sourcing and distribution levels, and training and process development. During his military career in the US Air Force, Ralph worked in cargo and logistics support and air delivery for all branches of the military service.

    Strategies for Overcoming Asset Management Implementation Barriers – White Paper

    Strategies for Overcoming Asset Management Implementation Barriers – White Paper

    Removing Barriers Strategies for Overcoming Asset Management Implementation Barriers – White PaperStrategies for Overcoming Asset Management Implementation Barriers, by Mark Wolfgram, Senior Manager, Reliability Services, GenesisSolutions, An ABS Group Company

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    The best asset management strategy ever created will never be successful unless and until it is embraced by the entire business enterprise. Knowledgeable and forward thinking maintenance managers too often struggle to drive positive change within their internal organization, only to be stymied by their peers and superiors in other parts of the larger business unit. Over and over we see solid strategic asset management plans and well thought out implementation tactical executions fall prey to organizational “culture” issues that refuse to allow change; and ultimately fall victim to the fatal “flavor of the month” initiative syndrome. In this presentation we will touch briefly on effective asset management strategies, but will focus most of our attention on some keys to driving understanding and commitment from strategic parts of the larger business organization. In short, you will learn how to sell the sizzle while delivering the steak.


    Mark Wolfgram is a Principal Reliability Engineer and Project Manager for GenesisSolutions, An ABS Group Company, specializing in asset reliability and leveraging the CMMS to make data driven decisions. Mark has extensive knowledge of asset management processes and practices holding positions in engineering, maintenance, operations, logistics, and quality throughout a career spanning over three decades. He has been providing Asset Management and Reliability consulting services for the food & beverage, and life sciences industry for the past 15 years; serving dozens of organizations large and small. Most recently, Mark has led a multi-site Asset Management Master Plan implementation project from the assessment phase through pilot studies and full scale roll out. He will share his experiences in moving a large, ambivalent organization from hostility, to skepticism, to caution, and ultimately, to commitment. Mark has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and has done post graduate studies in advanced vibrations and acoustics, statistical methods, and business management. He is a member of the Society of Maintenance and Reliability Professionals (SMRP), a Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional (CMRP) and former member of The Association for Facilities Engineers (AFE), American Society for Quality (ASQ), and American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS).

    Kinder Morgan Selects ABS Group to Develop Maintenance and Integrity Program for Elba Island LNG Project

    Elba Liquefaction Project will leverage ABS Group’s proven methodologies for implementing Mechanical / Asset Integrity Management programs.

    June 16, 2016 (Houston) ABSG Consulting Inc., a subsidiary of ABS Group of Companies, Inc. (ABS Group), has been contracted by Kinder Morgan, Inc. to develop a Maintenance and Integrity Program for the liquefied natural gas (LNG) regasification terminal at Elba Island (Elba LNG Project) near Savannah, Georgia.

    ABS Group will develop the maintenance and integrity programs for the base plant, balance of plant and the terminal upgrade. The full scope of ABS Group’s services cover program development and execution, including project management, strategy development and business processes, asset register, mechanical integrity (MI), preventative maintenance development, spare parts and bill of materials, as well as data asset management services.

    “We are pleased to provide mechanical and asset integrity services to Kinder Morgan for the Elba LNG Project,” says Charles Mitchell, ABS Group Vice President, Business Development, Oil, Gas and Chemical. “ABS Group is committed to supporting LNG infrastructure projects globally by helping operators manage asset safety, reliability and efficiency in order to maintain the integrity of their facilities and business operations across their respective enterprise.”

    The Elba Project will leverage ABS Group’s core capabilities providing enterprise asset management (EAM), MI services and proven methodology for asset integrity management within our Asset Performance Optimization and Technical Inspection and Verification service lines. ABS Group has performed more than 330 projects worldwide supporting LNG facilities and maritime assets delivering EAM, MI, project quality management and other process safety programs and services.

    “For more than 40 years, ABS Group has contributed to best practices in process safety and mechanical integrity,” says Steve Arendt, ABS Group Vice President, Global Oil, Gas and Chemical. “Our technical advisors are uniquely positioned to continue supporting clients in the evolving North American LNG market as these stakeholders manage operational safety and performance with the goal of assuring project success.”

    About Kinder Morgan

    Kinder Morgan, Inc. (NYSE: KMI) is the largest energy infrastructure company in North America. It owns an interest in or operates approximately 84,000 miles of pipelines and approximately 180 terminals. The company’s pipelines transport natural gas, gasoline, crude oil, CO2 and other products, and its terminals store petroleum products and chemicals, and handle bulk materials like coal and petroleum coke. For more information please visit

    About ABS Group

    ABS Group of Companies, Inc. (, through its operating subsidiaries, provides a range of technical solutions to support the safety and reliability of high-performance assets and operations in the marine; offshore; oil, gas and chemical; power; and government sectors. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, ABS Group operates with more than 2,000 professionals in over 30 countries. ABS Group is a subsidiary of ABS, a leading marine and offshore classification society.

    Altered States: Thoughts On Organizational Change Management

    Altered States: Thoughts On Organizational Change Management

    Organizational Change Management 235x300 Altered States: Thoughts On Organizational Change Management To change is to live. How we manage the passage of change, however, can either improve or diminish the quality of that life.

    Organizational change management (OCM) is the embodiment of this principle. As its name suggests, OCM pertains to how effectively businesses oversee change across one or more of its processes. From an enterprise asset management perspective, OCM may mean implementing a system or spearheading a reliability engineering project. However, that’s not all OCM is or can be.

    “In organizational change, somebody somewhere has an idea that something should change,” said Tom Tehfehr, retired executive vice president of GenesisSolutions. Tehfehr sat down with us and shared his 40 years’ worth of experience in asset management and OCM to get to the heart of why businesses change and what stops them from changing effectively.

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    ABS Group to Develop Intelligent Maintenance Strategy for Golar FLNG Fleet

    Supported by a new CMMS, the fleet-wide strategy will help promote increased safety and reliability while strengthening the overall asset management program.


    ABS Group subsidiary Genesis Technology Solutions, Inc. (GenesisSolutions) has been awarded a contract by Golar LNG to develop an intelligent maintenance strategy for the Company’s new fleet of floating LNG (FLNG) vessels utilizing the GoFLNG floating liquefaction technology.

    As part of a fleet-wide maintenance strategy to address the safety and reliability of FLNG assets and activities, ABS Group will assist Golar LNG with implementing the Maximo computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) to support its asset management program. ABS Group will provide a model for asset data, criticality rankings, spare parts analysis, a risk-based inspection strategy, failure mode and effects analysis and a maintenance program for the first GoFLNG facility under construction, the Hilli, which will operate off the coast of Cameroon, as well as for future vessels.

    “This is an important project for ABS Group and GenesisSolutions to support our clients in the growing FLNG market,” says ABS Group CEO Todd Grove. “To maximize the value to our client, GenesisSolutions will collaborate closely with our Offshore Services team throughout development of this maintenance strategy, building on their technical knowledge and experience in providing related robust offshore asset management solutions.”

    “We are pleased to work closely with Golar LNG to develop an intelligent maintenance strategy based on safety, risk and reliability for the Company’s next-generation FLNG fleet,” adds Rob MacArthur, ABS Group Senior Vice President, Offshore. “During the past 20 years, ABS Group has developed and documented a proven way to implement asset management programs using Maximo and other intelligent systems that help drive asset uptime and productivity while simultaneously reducing OPEX costs.”

    “The coming years will see Golar LNG play an important role in the gas industry,” says Kenneth Ruyts, Lead FLNG Maintenance and Integrity Superintendent for Golar LNG. “We are implementing a new CMMS that will become the backbone of our Asset Management Organization, and we selected ABS Group to support the rollout of this system because of their reliable expertise in various industries, especially working with FPSO vessels, and proven model for risk-based inspection, maintenance and asset management.”

    As a trusted provider of technical solutions to the offshore, marine and natural gas industries, ABS Group offers a unique Asset Integrity Management (AIM) methodology and suite of AIM tools to help clients improve reliability and integrity, achieve high production uptime and reduce OPEX costs.

    About Golar LNG

    Golar LNG has been developing the GoFLNG project for the past two years. The GoFLNG business model reduces the resource holder’s CAPEX and project execution risk, advances their cash flow and is flexible enough to develop smaller reserves. The first GoFLNG facility’s location will be off the coast of Cameroon. The project is based on the allocation of natural gas reserves from offshore fields, which will be exported to global markets via the FLNG facility Hilli now under construction at Keppel Shipyard in Singapore. It is expected that production will commence in the second quarter of 2017.

    About ABS Group

    ABS Group of Companies, Inc. ( provides technical and certification services to support safe, reliable and high-performance assets and operations. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, ABS Group operates with more than 2,000 professionals in over 35 countries. ABS Group is a subsidiary of ABS, a leading marine and offshore classification society. Genesis Technology Solutions, Inc. (GenesisSolutions), a wholly owned subsidiary of ABS Group, provides best-in-class maintenance and asset management to the world’s most sophisticated industrial organizations. GenesisSolutions creates operational and financial advantages for its customers by identifying and implementing measures that enhance asset reliability and increase capacity, while reducing maintenance costs and extending capital asset lifecycles. Visit for more information.

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