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UMS Group has recruited Robin Kok as a Consultant

With his arrival as an asset management specialist, Kok is taking his first steps in the consultancy industry. "After working for the municipality of Haarlemmermeer for two years as an asset management consultant in public space, it was time for a new challenge," says the new acquisition of UMS. "I was faced with the choice to develop further within the public domain, or to broaden my horizon to the commercial sector." He did not have to think for a long time: "Thanks to a very positive cooperation with  Ed de Vroedt of  UMS Group in the implementation of asset management at the municipality, the choice was made quickly."

While Kok is new to the consulting industry, he does bring the necessary asset management experience. “I was involved in the further development of asset management in public space. In addition, I was actively involved in multi-year investment planning in the light of the energy transition. This task has direct contact with the utility sector because there is a joint task to execute the transition efficiently with as little capital destruction as possible. ” Kok wants to develop further at UMS - in the field, but also as a management consultant, “an opportunity that UMS Group can offer me”, he says. “After an online cup of coffee, the interest turned out to be mutual. After a follow-up meeting with managing director  Ennio Senese, the matter was quickly settled. ”

The brand-new consultant says he is enthusiastic about starting his new challenge. “I expect a different dynamic within UMS than at the municipality, but with mentors of the caliber of Ed and Ennio, I will develop quickly and master the profession of consultant. The first weeks will be devoted to meeting colleagues, immersing myself in the subject matter, and supporting the senior consultants. I see it as a great opportunity to join an internationally oriented agency that has more than earned its stripes within the consultancy world.”

Source: Consultancy.nl

About UMS Group
UMS Group is an energy market focused global consultancy, providing a range of services in Strategy and Consulting, Global Learning Consortia, Operational Analytics, and Data Services. We combine unmatched experience and specialized capabilities across the Energy and Utility sector — powered by extensive benchmarking databases and a dynamic analytics and tool development center in Manila. UMS Group brings continuous innovation and access to worldwide best practices to help clients improve performance and create sustainable value across their businesses. Visit us at http://www.umsgroup.com
 

UMS Group Announces Appointment of Managing Director for UMS Group Europe

UMS Group today announced changes to its Global Management Team, with the appointment of a Managing Director for Europe and leadership moves across its EMEA business.

Ennio R. Neumann Senese has been named MD for Europe, with responsibility for the company’s EMEA business. He will join the UMS Group Board and assume responsibility for the EMEA region and overall growth strategy for the firm. “It is wonderful to join one of the world’s most innovative niche consulting companies, driving creative new client solutions and setting the pace for the challenging decades to come.”

“Ennio brings incredible energy and leadership vision to his new role as MD of UMS Group Europe,” said Jack Shearman, UMS Group’s Chief Executive Officer. He brings 30+ years of senior executive Energy Sector Line Management and Consultancy experience, including executive leadership positions with Shell Oil, Accenture, ILF Group, and Private Equity, as well as more than 14 years at two big-five Consulting companies. He is a strong leader and facilitator who hits the ground running, knowing how to bring out the best in people. His specific areas of expertise include Strategy, Procurement, M&A, and Performance Improvement. “Senese’s long track record of running major improvement projects in challenging environments, ideally positions him to help us in addressing the increasingly volatile and dynamic consultancy market worldwide.”

Ed De Vroedt has been appointed European Operations and Finance Director, and MD for Benelux effective immediately, with responsibility for UMS Group’s Benelux clients and our European based learning consortia programs. De Vroedt, a 13-year veteran of UMS Group Europe, is a leader in serving our clients in the electric utility, gas and water sectors. His roles have included driving asset management transformations across client organizations, strategic investment optimization, and more recently deployment of digitalization strategies. Prior to this current role, he served as Acting MD for UMS Group Australia in 2014-16 and was a key player in our expansion of Asset Management services into the Asia Pacific market.

Diego Klappenbach, who has served as Hub Leader in Scandinavia since 2015 will take on the title of MD Scandinavia. Klappenbach joined UMS Group as the first employee serving the Scandinavian market. He brought with him many years of experience in the Vattenfall Group. He joined UMS to spearhead the group’s presence in the Scandinavian market. Over the years he has earned recognition as a thought leader in developing asset strategies and implementation of asset management systems. Serving many different industries, including: Electric T&D, power generation, hydropower, nuclear and transportation, he has built broad recognition for the brand in the Scandinavian market.

“I am grateful to Ed and Diego for the positive impact they have had on the business as a force in our European and Asia Pacific operations. They have been role models for our people and committed advocates for our clients” said Shearman. “I am pleased they will be working with Ennio to forge a stronger team to drive success in Europe and to embrace the increasingly dynamic market in the EU, Middle East and Asia. As Ennio assumes overall leadership of our business in EMEA, I’m confident that his seasoned expertise and commitment to our people and clients will strengthen and grow UMS Group in this critical market.”

About UMS Group
UMS Group is an energy market focused global consultancy, providing a range of services in Strategy and Consulting, Global Learning Consortia, Operational Analytics, and Data Services. We combine unmatched experience and specialized capabilities across the Energy and Utility sector — powered by extensive benchmarking databases and a dynamic analytics and tool development center in Manila. UMS Group brings continuous innovation and access to worldwide best practices to help clients improve performance and create sustainable value across their businesses. Visit us at http://www.umsgroup.com
 

EUCI - T&D Asset Management Conference - December 9 & 10, 2019, Denver, CO

Interested in knowing more about how data analytics can help you make the best decisions around capital investments and exploring emerging technologies?  Join us at the T&D Asset Management Conference where Tom Myers, Principal at UMS Group will be presenting on Data Challenges & New Technologies.  There will also be a separate Panel discussion session on The Future of Asset Analytics where the Panel will discuss using drones, cameras, sensing devices and various analytical processing technologies currently being used and answer any questions you have around this evolving technology. 

We look forward to seeing you at the conference!  For more information email info@umsgroup.com or call 973-335-3555
 

UMS Group Celebrates 30 Years Guiding Utilities in Adapting to change - Nov 2019

From humble beginnings in 1989 with a handful of employees headquartered in New Jersey, UMS Group has grown to a global presence with offices in the U.S., Europe, and Asia serving utility clients on 6 continents. We deliver an unmatched combination of industry experience, data driven insights, global reach, and access to industry thought leaders.  Our size allows us to be agile and connected enough to leverage insights and lessons learned from around the world.   The results assist each client in driving sustainable change and managing their business to lower cost, higher reliability, and greater readiness for the future.

Utility executives face growing pressure on many fronts.  Continuing cost reductions, ever-higher reliability expectations from customers and regulators, impending staff retirements, aging asset portfolios, and potentially serious erosion of once stable service franchise areas by distributed energy resources are creating the need for fundamental changes in business processes and a redefined regulatory compact.  Fortunately, the emergence of new technologies, innovative Smart Grid solutions and a growing conviction that electrification of society is an essential element of the path to a greener future, all offer potential solutions to these key challenges.  However, the single greatest challenge faced by utilities today is the need to be more adaptable, innovative and agile in the face of change.

For the past 30 years, UMS Group has worked with hundreds of electric, gas, and water utilities around the world, helping them respond to such challenges, building world-class Asset Management capabilities, increasing workforce productivity, adopting best practices learned through UMS Group’s sharing consortia, developing advanced Operational Analytics capabilities,and creating / implementing a compelling Vision for the Utility of the Future.

The company was founded by John M. (“Jack”) Shearman in 1989 when he saw that the utility industry was on the brink of a long period of significant change. Thirty years later, UMS Group has some of the best strategic minds in the business, partnering with innovative technology leaders and senior industry executives to define strategic insights, but also to identify and help implement tactical solutions to accelerate business improvement.

"UMS Group is a utility sector innovation and best practices consultancy, helping clients understand trends and shape responsive solutions to emerging challenges”, said UMS Group CEO Jack Shearman. “We are fortunate to have a strong team in place across the globe, continually identifying critical new issues facing the utility sector, brainstorming solutions and then investing time and resources to create compelling new offers.”

About UMS Group   UMS Group is a premier global consultancy and thought leader in utility asset management, performance assessment and improvement strategies, and the management of sustainable change. UMS Group’s proprietary databases, analytical tools and methodologies have been utilized by over 300 gas, water and electric utilities on six continents to build world-class operations. UMS Group is also an ISO 55000 Assessor Endorsed by the Institute of Asset Management (IAM), which enables UMS Group to certify compliance with ISO 55000. For more information email info@umsgroup.com or call 973-335-3555


CEATI Asset Management Conference, October 29-30, 2019, Phoenix, AZ


Taking the Next Step in the Asset Management Journey . . .

Steve Morris of UMS Group will be presenting a topic on Branding Asset Management to Drive Change at the 3rd Annual CEATI Asset Management Conference on October 29th.  Tom Myers of UMS Group will be presenting on a newly added topic on the 29th of October at 3:45 PM on Risk-based Approach for Managing Critical Spares.  He will also participate in the Data Management Panel discussion the following day.  Both Steve and Tom have extensive experience in Asset Management in the electric and gas utility industries and would welcome the opportunity to speak further with you at the conference.   

The 3rd Annual CEATI Asset Management Conference will bring together subject-matter experts; asset management professionals from generation, transmission, and distribution; academics; and innovative thinkers to discuss developments on their asset management journey. This conference will be in a forward-looking forum designed to guide utilities in the right direction, with the right tools, and with the support and guidance of their peers and the industry.

We look forward to seeing you at the conference!  For more information or to reach us at the conference email us as follows:  Steve Morris  smorris@umsgroup.com; Tom Myers tmyers@umsgroup.com  or you can reach out to Wendy Grosvenor at wgrosvenor@umsgroup.com
 

The IAM North America Conference, October 1-3, 2019, Chicago, IL

The Institute of Asset Management will hold its inaugural North American Conference in Chicago, October 1-3, 2019. The event is focused on Asset Management professionals seeking to gain insight into, and hear first-hand experiences from, the latest methodology and technology innovators who are driving the discipline forward. This conference is essential for asset owners and operators interested in learning the benefits of asset management. It is a unique opportunity for seasoned professionals as well as novices in the field to hear from and meet with the standards bearers from across the globe.

Tom Myers of UMS Group will present a training workshop for the IAM Foundations Award prior to the conference on Monday, September 30, and UMS Group CEO Jack Shearman will present “Managing Assets in a Changing Utility of the Future” on Thursday, October 3. Please plan to visit us at our booth or contact Wendy Grosvenor to schedule an appointment with us while at the conference. wgrosvenor@umsgroup.com 
http://theiam.org/Events/iam-2019-NA-annual-conference/
 

2019 Substation Best Practices Conference, September 23-25, 2019

UMS Group is proud to facilitate the 7th Annual Substation Best Practices Conference, hosted by Southern California Edison on Monday, September 23rd through Wednesday, September 25th, 2019 in Irvine, California. The focal points will be on Substation construction, maintenance & asset management policies and practices. The objective will be to identify how companies are able to improve performance (both efficiency and effectiveness) of their substation personnel and assets. The conference will be comprised of a detailed look into Substation Technology (Building Substation of the Future, Artificial Intelligence to understand asset condition, On-line monitoring); Risk Management (Wildfire mitigation, Cyber Risk); Operational Analytics (Predictive forecasting of outages, using machine learning to determine asset health, health and risk scores); Work & Workforce Management (Transition to condition based maintenance for LTC's and breakers, Automating decision support, Enhanced Inspection Processes & Technologies); IT/OT Integration (Cyber Security, Defining roles and responsibilities & creating a governance structure); Impact of Distributed Energy Resources on Substations (Impact of DER's on system planning, Using energy storage to support the grid, the DER-compatible substation, Creating the Utility of the Future) and more.....

This event is for utilities only where the attendees can bring up issues they are having to see how other utilities are handling similar issues. We encourage early registration in order to reserve a seat. 

For more information email Substation@UMSGroup.com  or to register, go to:  www.SubstationConference.com
 

DistribuTech Conference, February 2019, New Orleans, LA

Learn how to use risk to drive effective asset-related decisions and optimize the life cycle cost of your assets at the DistribuTech Conference in New Orleans, LA.  John M. "Jack" Shearman, CEO of UMS Group, will be presenting on the Principles of Asset Management & Why Risk Matters and Best Practice Frameworks, Tools & Methods in Asset Risk Management on February 4, 2019 as part of DistribuTech's Utility University

The morning session will introduce Asset Risk in the context of using asset condition and consequence of failure to make Asset Management decisions more data-driven, a goal the industry has been pursuing for more than two decades.  The afternoon session will educate attendees on how to use risk to drive effective asset-related decisions and optimize the life cycle cost of their assets.  Utility case studies will also be discussed to demonstrate how these techninques have been used to drive improved asset management decision-making at leading utilities

For more information or to sign up for this event, visit Distributech's website or email us at  info@UMSGroup.com
 

2018 Substation Best Practices Conference, October 22-24, 2018

UMS Group is proud to facilitate the 6th Annual Substation Best Practices Conference, hosted by Baltimore Gas & Electric on Monday, October 22nd through Wednesday, October 24th, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. The focal points will be on substation construction, maintenance and asset management policies and practices. The objective will be to identify how companies are able to improve performance (both efficiency and effectiveness) of their substation personnel and assets. The conference will be comprised of a detailed look into Contractor Management, Commissioning, Asset Health/Economic Modeling, On-line Monitoring, Condition-based/Predictive Maintenance, Safety, Training/Augmented Reality, New Technology/Substation of the Future and Productivity Management/Continuous Improvement.

This event is for utilities only where the attendees can bring up issues they are having to see how other utilities are handling similar issues. We encourage early registration in order to reserve a seat. 

For more information email Substation@UMSGroup.com
 

CEATI'S Asset Management Conference, October 16-17, 2018, Newport Beach, California

UMS Group will be presenting a topic on Lessons Learned on the Road to ISO 55000 Certification at CEATI’s 2nd Annual Asset Management Conference on Tuesday, October 16th.  This presentation will describe the issues that Companhia de Electricidade de Macau (CEM) is addressing in their pursuit of ISO 55000 certification. 

The CEATI 2nd Annual Asset Management Conference will bring subject matter experts from around the world to provide insights on the corporate perspective of asset management.  In the various sessions of this conference, attendees will gain deeper understanding in the application of asset management in the electric utility context. The conference is aimed at industry professionals and will provide an exceptional opportunity to network with consultants, manufacturers, and other representatives from electric utilities.  See attached Agenda for more information or Contact Us if you are interested in learning more about ISO 55000 Certification.
 

Asset Management Information Hub: case study presented at the IAM AM Conference

Brian Kaiser presented his white paper “Asset Management Information Hub: A case study in effective, self-driven asset management tool development” at the IAM Asset Management Conference in London on November 22, 2017. The white paper, focusing on Brian’s experience in creating a knowledge center within a mid-sized electric utility, was well received by representatives across the rail, transport, and utility sectors. Presenters at the conference covered a wide range of pressing topics in asset management. Brian is an associate with UMS Group with asset management and operational experience in the electric utility industry.  For more information, please contact Brian at info@umsgroup.com