Score: 8.3/10
Type: Conference


The theme of the 2014 SAAMA conference was Fifty five – the way to integrated asset management. Most of the presentations have focussed on what ISO55000 is, how it differs from PAS 55, what its implications are, and which role SAAMA and other institutions will fulfil regarding ISO 55000. There are also presentations regarding performance management, risk management, life cycle costing, and strategies.

Note: the scores and comments are not necessarily the same as the opinion of the SAAMA council or SAAMA members. The scores and comments from the attendees have only been included to ensure that SAAMA does not review its own conference unfairly.

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The scores, the good, the bad and the use listed below are derived from the feedback forms from the conference attendees.


  • Theme: 4.17/5
  • Quality of Speakers in General: 4.08/5
  • Conference Material: 3.88/5
  • Venue: 4.22/5
  • Overall Impression of Conference: 4.18/5

These are some of the most prominent or frequent comments left by the conference attendees

The Good:

  • many excellent speakers
  • comprehensive overview of ISO 55000 and everything entailed or subsequent to it
  • informative
  • aimed at gaining knowledge, not aimed at marketing
  • The Bad:

    • too much repetition of ISO 55000
    • AUW did not add much value
    • the food hall was too crowded and not enough room to sit
    • the food (especially for vegetarians)
    • no summaries/abstracts of the presentations beforehand (to ease selection)
    • would have liked more case studies
    • venues spaced too far apart
    • would like more peer reviewed presentations
    • some speakers not relevant enough
    • would have liked more networking opportunities
    • registration bottleneck
    • The Use:

      • useful for asset managers and engineers
      • useful for facility managers
      • useful for financial managers
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        From Global to Local Asset Management Landscape

        Presenter(s): SAAMA Council

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        Professional Development for Optimal Engagement: is PAS 55 enough? A Pragma case study

        Presenter(s): Stéphan Pieterse, Tim Beavon

        Score: 9.0/10

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        Connecting the dots – PAS 55, ISO 55000 and the 39 Subjects into an asset management strategy

        Presenter(s): Arnold Botha, Karl Nepgen

        Score: 8.6/10

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        Lean Asset Management

        Presenter(s): Leon Erasmus

        Score: 8.0/10

        Comments: production too long

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        Case Study – Balancing Capital Efficiency with Optimising Operational Performance

        Presenter(s): John Doran

        Score: 8.7/10

        Download It! (900kb)


        Whole-life cost and value optimisation: SALVO presentation

        Presenter(s): Jack Hugget

        Score: 8.6/10

        Comments: Would have liked less theory and more practical

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        Life, The Universe and Asset Management

        Presenter(s): Anton Booyzen

        Score: 8.3/10

        Comments: wonderful to see a well informed CEO; good; boring

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        The Role of Asset Management in the Public Sector

        Presenter(s): Ernst Swanepoel

        Score: 8.7/10

        Comments: good, but too quickly through slides; too fast; good; boring, too long;

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        ISO 5500x an African Context

        Presenter(s): Dean Griffin

        Score: 8.9/10

        Comments: Thought provoking; informative

        Download It! (6,1Mb)

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        An Asset Management Strategy that yields results

        Presenter(s): Obbie Lephauphau

        Score: 8.7/10

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        The Evolution of Asset Management at Johannesburg Water

        Presenter(s): Rob Childs

        Score: 8.9/10

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        Presenting the results of a global research study on the critical success factors for AM services

        Presenter(s): Wyhan Jooste

        Score: 8.7/10

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        Beyond Asset Management: An Appeal to reason

        Presenter(s): Emile Coetzer

        Score: 8.7/10

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        Asset Register for GRAP Compliance

        Presenter(s): Kobie van Rooy

        Score: 8.4/10

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        Risk Assessment and Management

        Presenter(s): Jaco White

        Score: 8.6/10

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        The implementation of asset maintenance management in coal mining

        Presenter(s): Jacques van Schalkwyk

        Score: 8.5/10

        Comments: Slides rich, but not presented clearly. More facts would have been nice.

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        The development of a user friendly and easily accessible Roads Asset Management System

        Presenter(s): Alan Lynch

        Score: 7.3/10

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        The alternative way to manage your assets

        Presenter(s): Niels van Huet & Geert Fuchs

        Score: 8.3/10

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        Optimum Replacement Ages of Equipment derived from Maintenance Plans

        Presenter(s): Carl Kirstein

        Score: 8.6/10

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        Linkage between online Condition Monitoring and Asset Management – real-time maintenance planning

        Presenter(s): Thomas Kessler

        Score: 8.4/10

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        An integrated approach to Reliability Engineering

        Presenter(s): Maretha Price

        Score: 8.9/10

        Comments: too short

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        What does ISO 55001 require in terms of failure codes and failure reporting?

        Presenter(s): Jan Myburg

        Score: 8.4/10

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        Outsourced facilities management, the benefits and the challenges

        Presenter(s): Kolosa Madikizela

        Score: 8.4/10

        Comments: too much info on the slides

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        Key factors impacting on implementation of physical asset management guidelines in physical asset intensive organizations

        Presenter(s): Cillia Mphephu

        Score: 7.0/10

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        Mobile Data Velocity – What does it bring to the C-suite?

        Presenter(s): Adriaan Scheerers

        Score: 8.5/10

        Comments: Rushed; need more time for such a relevant topic; can we get more speakers/data scientists to present on this topic?;  would like to know more about big data.

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        What will the imact of future technology be on Asset Management?

        Presenter(s): Peter Geldenhuys

        Score: 9.5/10

        Comments: Superb presentation; Interesting but not for a discussion on how to incorporate this into your company’s strategy; Brilliantly interesting; Must give more and speak next year;

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        SAAMA Awards

        Presenter(s): Anton Booyzen

        Score: 8.3/10

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        Strategic Assets: Life-Cycle Value Optimization Approach in Sasol

        Presenter(s): Christine Pretorius

        Score: 8.5/10

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        KPIs as a key pillar to performance assessment

        Presenter(s): Arend Theron

        Score: 8.6/10

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        Technical Standards and Legislation

        Presenter(s): Pierre Swart

        Score: 8.6/10

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        The SAAMA Certification for Individuals: The Road Ahead

        Presenter(s): Prof. Krige Visser

        Score: 8.9/10

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        Asset performance and health management in power generation

        Presenter(s): Prof. Stephan Heyns

        Score: 8.1/10

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        A physical asset modelling framework to guide implementation of computerised asset management systems

        Presenter(s): Craig Henry

        Score: 8.7/10

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        Risk Management in Asset Management

        Presenter(s): Jeff Hollingdale

        Score: 8.8/10

        Comments: I was hoping to get a better link between Risk Management and Asset Management. Did not see it.

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        Managing asset information in the modern way: fully integrate the spatial component

        Presenter(s): Ruben Busink

        Score: 7.9/10

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        Asset Management Plan

        Presenter(s): Jessica Murray

        Score: 9.0/10

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        Panel Discussion – ISO 55000 Best Practices

        Presenter(s): Anton Booyzen, Prof. Krige Visser, Prof. Stephan Heyns, Stephan Terblanche, Dean Griffin

        Score: n/a

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        The Southern African Asset Management Association (SAAMA) hosted its inaugural physical asset management conference at the CTICC in Cape Town, 12 to 14 May.

        The SAAMA Conference, Fifty five – the way to integrated asset management, focused attention on the impact of aspects such as ISO 55 000, the Gobal Forum on Maintenance and Asset Management’s (GFMAM) 39 Subjects and on asset management globally.

        SAAMA’s President, Anton Booyzen, is satisfied with the positive feedback received during the conference. “Physical Asset Management (PAM) is definitely an area that will be developing in South Africa in the next couple of years.  We don’t have money to invest in new infrastructure all the time and must take better care of existing infrastructure than is the case at present. A very important issue, which also arose at the conference, is that when we plan new assets, we need to take the full lifecycle cost of the asset into account. Simply put, we spend millions of Rands on the actual physical asset, but also need to allow and plan for the lifecycle costs of the asset. In the future, the planning and design of assets will change and lifecycle costs will be a larger element in the planning process.”

        With regards to the rest of the world, Booyzen comments that South Africa is way ahead in some instances and in other respects lagging behind. “The main area in which we are ahead of the world is that we involve the financial team in the asset management process from the start to full lifecycle. We definitely have a broader view of the physical asset management process, which encompasses human resources, finances, and more. In the rest of the world, it’s still mostly viewed as an engineering function. We’re lagging behind in ensuring the efficiency of our assets, in their operating optimally. In terms of future planning, most other countries have plans for every asset including the full lifecycle of the asset. On the other hand, we’re on par with the rest of the world in terms of ISO. Our links to global organisations keep us up to speed, as we’re heavily involved with those processes.”

        The most common obstacles for effective physical asset management locally are our lack of understanding. “This pertains to the financial and engineering side thereof. Engineers want to design and build new assets i.e. focus on the creation of new infrastructure with lesser focus on maintaining the asset. On the financial side, there is a bigger focus on regulatory compliance rather than asset efficiency. We tend to stop at compliance instead of pulling it through to lifecycle of the asset. We need to plan for finances, HR, the tools for maintaining the asset, etc.”

        Booyzen continues that financial directors should be playing a much larger role in ensuring asset optimisation. “FD’s need to be involved from the start and ensure that funds are available to maintain assets optimally. Although many view it to be an engineering function, we see this key role moving to FD’s. Without financial resources, the technical division can’t optimise the use of the assets. Financial directors need an understanding of the impact of their decisions on the physical asset management process.”

        Another obstacle highlighted during the conference, is physical asset management in the Public Sector. “Generally, it’s easier to get capital for new infrastructure than for operating costs, especially in the Public Sector. Typically, when budgets need to be cut, maintenance costs are cut first. This is obviously not the right way to optimise use of assets. If one looks at municipal situations, it’s quite clear that service levels are not what they should be. We experience many problems with regards to service levels and this centres mainly around the asset management process.

        “Firstly, in many instances unsuitable assets are installed to deliver the service without looking at the long-term effects on the environment and there is a lack of human resources with regards to the operation of those assets. Secondly, it comes back to capital expenditure. Capex is spent on the asset without plans to maintain the asset once it’s installed. One needs to take into consideration that the installation cost accounts for around 30% of the total cost of asset. The other 70% is spent over the rest of the lifetime of the asset, which is often not planned for. This leads to the huge backlog we’re experiencing at the moment. For example, when it comes to electricity supply, the backlog on distribution networks in terms of maintenance is sitting at around R35 billion. We’re continuously getting new infrastructure, but the backlog is just growing and service levels catered for by infrastructure is deteriorating rapidly.”

        Booyzen further explains the impact of Strategic Integrated Programmes (SIPS). “R867 billion will be invested in infrastructure over the next three years in terms of the National Development Plan (NDP). If one assumes a weighted average expected useful life (EUL) assumed of 50 years for this infrastructure, R24 billion per annum will be required with regards to maintenance, and another R16 billion per annum when taking replacement provision (depreciation) into account.”

        Another obstacle is staff competency. “This is one of our serious obstacles,” says Booyzen. “We tend to install state-of-the-art equipment without ensuring that we have the staff to maintain and operate it. We often need to import resources to fulfill this function. That is why there needs to be a much greater emphasis on training on all levels, from strategic to tactical to operational levels, and also across all functions from financial to HR, to technical and maintenance. We must further ensure that we have the technical capability to operate and maintain assets. It was stressed as one of the core areas of focus by SAAMA representatives.”

        Booyzen concludes: “The overall message is not only doom and gloom. Awareness of physical asset management is definitely growing in both the Public Sector and industry and South Africa is moving towards a more effective asset management mindset. The proven benefits of affective asset management include improved financial performance, informed asset investment decisions, managed risk, improved services and outputs, and demonstrated social responsibility. Furthermore, proper physical asset management also demonstrates compliance, enhances reputation, offers improved organisational sustainability, as well as efficiency and effectiveness.”



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