Client
Bureau of Meteorology

Background
The Bureau of Meteorology (Bureau) is Australia’s national weather, climate and water agency and is responsible for assisting Australians in combating the challenges of the natural environment and facilitating preparedness for any adverse weather events. Their observing network covers 98% of Australia’s population, 38% of the land mass and 74% of the Australian coastline.

Challenge
As part of the ROBUST program, the Bureau recognised the need to implement an effective and compliant asset management framework across their business. This was primarily to improve reliability, enhance maintenance practices, increase value, and ensure the aviation community, emergency services, industry partners and the Australian public received the level of service they need from this extensive and geographically dispersed asset network.

The Bureau made a decision to embark on the design, development and implementation of an Enterprise-level Asset Management System focusing on their observing network and facilities. The System was required to align to strategic direction, achieve compliance and include tailored processes and solutions to improve asset lifecycle modelling, procurement, maintenance and logistics practices.

Engagement
Coras was selected to provide expertise in guiding the Bureau in its Asset Management journey and develop a number of tailored deliverables within its Asset Management framework.

Coras commenced at the strategic level with finalising the Strategic Asset Management Plan (SAMP), specifically to meet ISO 55000 compliance and document service levels, risk and people management areas. Coras also facilitated an executive level workshop using visualisation techniques to ensure executive understood the benefits of effective asset management. This workshop determined organisational challenges, established accountabilities, and determined investment prioritisation and asset ownership.

Our services also delivered:

–   a process to measure the levels of service for Observing Network asset base
benchmark asset performance levels and establish key performance indicators – including alignment to current service level agreements
–   defined how a planning and scheduling function would service the Bureau to increase asset availability and efficiency levels.

We are now in the process of furthering the Bureau in their asset management maturity through the development of an Asset Management maturity self-assessment model, Asset Management Plans for their critical asset classes in the observing network and developing use cases for an asset management system solution.

Result
In providing the above services and deliverables, Coras have been able to guide the Bureau on a compliant Asset Management maturity pathway aligned to their strategic direction, establish executive team buy-in and ownership, develop asset management practices that will deliver value, and create a framework of performance and risk-based levels of service that leads to effective, informed decision-making.

CLIENT NEED

The Bureau of Meteorology is an asset-intensive and geographically dispersed organisation that needed to improve asset reliability, enhance maintenance practices, and understand true lifecycle costs. The Bureau required an Asset Management framework that aligned to their strategic priorities to enhance decision-making and operational effectiveness.

PROJECT OUTLINE

Coras provided asset management specialist services to support the Bureau in designing, developing and implementing an ISO 55000 compliant Asset Management Framework tailored to their needs.

OUTCOME/BENEFIT

The Bureau has now initiated and commenced its journey into implementing an effective and compliant Asset Management approach. It has been endorsed by the Bureau’s executive team with clear accountabilities and priorities. Asset Management Plans with defined levels of service aligned to performance and risk management are being documented for their Observing Network of Assets to improve asset lifecycle modelling, procurement, maintenance and logistics practices.

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