Maintenance Matters
Plant shutdown expert to headline NMEC 2017

Phone goes: ”We have a shutdown in twelve weeks and need some support. What started off looking like a 20-hour shut now appears to be more like 7 or 8 days, but unsure, there’s now eleven new projects, power outage due to transformer replacement and a bunch of corrosion under insulation (CUI) which requires scoping. We need a shutdown manager/coordinator, workpacker, scheduler and some engineering support. I’ve started a worklist but it’s just a dump from our maintenance system. By the way I haven’t got a budget so will need some help identifying what total costs will be also. And we need someone to start yesterday!”

Craig Moles from WorleyParsons is the ‘go to’ guy when it comes to Shutdown Management. Since 2009 he’s planned / coordinated and managed thirteen shutdowns ranging from 7,000 to 55,000 man hours with the longest execution window being 25 days. Craig also carries out pre-shut readiness assurance reviews and post shut lesson learnt sessions. Industries he’s covered have include Oil & Gas, Petrochem, Dairy and Food & Beverage, so he brings a wealth of experience and learnings to share.

Craig is the keynote speaker on day 1 of the annual National Maintenance Engineering Conference (NMEC) to be staged in November at the Claudelands Event Centre in Hamilton (more details

With Craig’s expertise, delegates will gain a comprehensive understanding of the shutdown management assurance process, the strategy for implementing continuous improvement and how to plan for and deliver a successful shutdown.

His keynote address will kick off two days of professional development training, talks, workshops and networking involving some of the sharpest, most innovative minds taking the engineering industry into the future. Other topics to be covered at NMEC include Filtration and Food Safety, Steam, Counterfeit Materials, Lubrication, and Training. There is also a separate day set aside for specialised pre-conference training programmes, an opportunity to take a field trip to global innovation leaders Gallagher Group, and excellent networking with other delegates and exhibitors. NMEC 2017 – registrations now open at

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