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Engineering and Project Management Review

Engineering and Project Management Review

ElectraNet is the private owner, manager and operator of the South Australian high-voltage electricity transmission network. In 2011 Electranet established an Engineering Management System (EMS), which Nova Systems was engaged to review. Nova Systems conducted a scoping study and found that there was a systemic lack of design integrity associated with ElectraNet’s assets. The review highlighted multiple opportunities to address these issues, by leveraging best practice from a number of other safety critical industries.

The scoping study detailed a comprehensive, multiple phased review of ElectraNet’s EMS, which Nova Systems was engaged to perform. The first phase of the review was risk identification and gap assessment of the extant system. Interviews and workshops were conducted with non-engineering and engineering personnel to gain an understanding of the perceptions of the EMS and of the perceived engineering risks. The outcomes from this phase were detailed in a report which was used as input to define the Engineering Management Policy and provide a skeleton Engineering Methodology. The next phase was the development of the Engineering Methodology and a Design Control procedure to address drawing configuration management.

This methodology provided clear responsibility for the management of design integrity, and achieved ElectraNet’s objectives in an effective and efficient manner; whilst ensuring design integrity was acceptably managed. The 4th Phase addressed Process Validation & Refinement. This phase was undertaken within the bounds of the Engineering Services business unit to produce documentation to address key risks identified during previous phases. Nova Systems conducted a series of workshops with ElectraNet to identify implementation issues and a report was developed to deliver which detailed the EMS documentation and workshop outcomes.

The final phase was the development of a technical review and audit procedure to ensure ElectraNet would be able to perform self-assessment to ensure they are working in accordance with their EMS. This project highlighted the importance of understanding the EMS from the engineering and non-engineering personnel perspectives; as it is through their interactions and industries best practices that a comprehensive engineering methodology could be developed.

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Bret Barton

General Manager – Integrated Solutions

Bret is responsible for building and governing the Integrated Systems Business Unit encompassing the ...

Bret is responsible for building and governing the Integrated Systems Business Unit encompassing the:

– Transport Program (rail, roads, ports, infrastructure),
– Oil/Gas and Utilities Program and
– Land and Protective Services Program (Defence and civilian vehicles and services)

Bret has been a Manager at Nova for 10 years and spent over 20 years working with Canadian, United States and Australian Air Forces. Bret additionally consults and instructs to industry in engineering and business systems.

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Tim is responsible for program management of the Energy & Resources Program in the power, water, oil and gas and mining sectors. In these sectors, Tim leads our client relationships, client solutions delivery,  client-led innovation and sector strategies. Tim has 30 years experience, working with clients in energy, resources, utilities and engineering sectors.

 

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Nick Kemp

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Reporting to the CEO, Nick is responsible for the leadership and management of Nova’s Capabilities comprising...

Reporting to the CEO, Nick is responsible for the leadership and management of Nova’s Capabilities comprising staff competencies, Intellectual Property, innovation and training. In this capacity, Nick works across the Australia and New Zealand business and is responsible for implementing Nova’s global capability framework.  Nick is an accomplished business leader with over 30 years’ experience across the defence, rail, utilities, medical device and civil aerospace sectors.

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