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Electrical Switching Mentor School Operational Risk Management Services and Training

Electrical Switching Mentor School Operational Risk Management Services and Training

SA Power Networks recently encountered a setback in the organisation’s capability to safely and reliably perform electrical switching operations without error. Nova Systems was engaged by SA Power Networks to analyse and identify the key contributing factors behind the poor performance and reliability. Among a number of business process and technology related issues, Nova Systems identified a general lack of procedural standardisation as being one of the key contributors.

Nova Systems was then contracted by SA Power Networks to solve this problem. Nova Systems selected a successful model from a different industry that faced similar challenges and created a graduate-level training program which was delivered to hand-picked operators over an intensive, four day period. The selection of the Electrical Switching Mentor School attendees was considered to be critical to the success of the training course as a whole. By limiting selection to those regarded as the best Switching Operators in both experience and influence, a wide range of valuable feedback was able to be obtained in relation to the training course content and structure.

A key influence on the success of the Electrical Switching Mentor School Training was the support of management towards the large scale cultural change being targeted. Each step towards achieving operational safety involves a number of factors, including stakeholder engagement, operator buy-in and the development of practical training outcomes and tools, and it was important that the training, with the support of management, was able to address these outcomes.

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Bret Barton

Head Progressive Businesses

The Progressive Businesses division of Nova Group amalgamates our newer client sectors and locations with both establish...

The Progressive Businesses division of Nova Group amalgamates our newer client sectors and locations with both established engineering professional services and emerging global technologies.

Bret is responsible for the growth and governance of the businesses and programs which form the Progressive Business division.  These include the:

  • Nova Singapore Business (Commercial and Defence);
  • Nova New Zealand Business (Commercial and Defence);
  • Australian Transport Program (rail and infrastructure, autonomous vehicles, ports); and
  • Australian Energy and Resources Program (oil, gas, mining, power, water, utilities).

Bret is a member of Nova’s Executive Leadership Team and has been a Manager with Nova for 12 years. Bret served 20 years in the Canadian Air Force and supported major test programs for the United States and Australian Air Forces.

Bret is an Engineering Executive with the Institute of Engineers Australia.

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Tim Anderson

Program Manager - Energy & Resources

Tim is responsible for program management of the Energy & Resources Program in the power, water, oil and gas ...

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

Chief Capability Officer

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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