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AQUASIS - 15 December 2020 | Infrastructure Operation and Maintenance Meeting

The growing interest of the industry, in the implementation of integrated management systems for the operation and maintenance of its infrastructures, prompted AQUASIS to organize, on December 15, 2020, the Meeting of Operation of Infrastructure and Maintenance - 2020, with the framing theme “Maintenance in times of pandemic – perspectives for 2021”.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting was held in the form of a webinar.
The Meeting had a high number of registered inscriptions: 226 registered, representing 17 Companies, 23 Managing Entities and 1 University. The Meeting was organized in 2 sessions, the second consisting of 2 panels of speakers.

The first session was attended by the General Director of AQUASIS, Carlos Mariano, who opened the Meeting, and the guest speaker, Joaquim Assunção Vieira, representing APMI – Portuguese Association of Industrial Maintenance.
Guest speaker Joaquim Assunção Vieira reflected on the theme of the meeting from different perspectives describing what was learned from the pandemic. He also addressed the European Roadmap for Recovery and the Recovery and Resilience Plan for Portugal (PRR) in its three structuring dimensions – Resilience, Climate Transition and Digital Transition. He concluded his presentation with the sector's perspectives for 2021.

The 1st panel of the 2nd session was moderated by Emídio Santos, Responsible for the IOM area of AQUASIS, and was attended by Henrique Teixeira, Responsible for the energy management area of Águas do Norte and Miguel Ângelo Silva, Financial Director of Águas do Centro Litoral.
The first guest speaker, Henrique Teixeira, addressed the issue of using solutions for information management, correlating the organization of the company, the importance of inventory, the respective impacts of the pandemic and the application of mobility in industrial maintenance.
He concluded his communication with emphasis on the importance of reporting information in a more effective and timely manner and acquiring greater reliability in the data reported, aiming at improving the indicators acquired and their importance in helping decision-making.
Guest speaker Miguel Ângelo, in his speech, highlighted the maintenance activity in this contingency situation, identifying the opportunities and weaknesses that result from this, such as the implementation of planned maintenance strategies, the organization of warehouses and the management of flows of materials and registration information, which must be continually corrected and complement existing information.
In conclusion, the technological resources made available in a general way make the work environment safer and most administrative, organizational and management tasks are not compromised by the telework situation.

The 2nd panel of the 2nd session was moderated by Carlos Mariano, and was attended by André Ramirez and Marco Nunes, both Technicians from the OIM Area at AQUASIS, and Luis Silva, Technical Partner Architect Ecosystem Portugal at IBM.
The speakers presented their perspectives, in the context of an infrastructure operation and maintenance solution, supported by demonstration, of the themes:
• Alignment of the maintenance system with the functions of the technicians.
• Advanced information extraction to support decision making.
The news of the new version of the Maximo 8 software was also broadcast.
Speaker Luis Silva focused his presentation on the future perspectives for maintenance and operation activities, emphasizing the connection between people, processes and technology.
In his presentation, he also referred to the path that will need to be taken until predictive maintenance.

The Meeting was attended by national and international speakers, with many years of experience in the maintenance and asset management sector, to whom AQUASIS extends special thanks for their availability, dedication, contributions and sharing of experiences!
The realization of the Meeting had the support of IBM.