MESNZ con­fer­ence pic­ture story

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The Main­te­nance En­gi­neer­ing So­ci­ety (MESNZ) wrapped up a busy and fruit­ful year with the most suc­cess­ful na­tional con­fer­ence seen by main­te­nance en­gi­neers yet. A record 200 peo­ple at­tended this year’s SKF spon­sored Hamil­ton event.

The high attendance num­bers meant seat­ing was a pre­mium in the con­fer­ence plenum; how­ever, del­e­gates en­joyed the rel­a­tively spa­cious James Walker Ex­hi­bi­tion Hall at the Kings­gate venue with a va­ri­ety of new and first time ex­hibitors to ex­plore.

The event man­age­ment team stepped up to the chal­lenge, work­ing hard to re­tain the spe­cial f lavour that is this iconic event. They got it right too; the mix of pre­sen­ters, ex­hibitors and ac­tiv­i­ties was “bang on” ac­cord­ing to the masses.

More im­por­tantly, the team of vol­un­teer so­ci­ety mem­bers proved that they too could build on their pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ences and “Lift their game”.

The big­gest mea­sure of suc­cess though, is the new in­for­ma­tion and in­spi­ra­tion taken back to com­pa­nies across New Zealand after the event. This or­gan­ised os­mo­sis is the sin­gle rea­son be­hind the big­gest man­u­fac­tur­ing and main­te­nance en­gi­neer­ing event of the year; pro­vid­ing a fo­rum to meet, learn and share.

The event started with a bang, with a pre-con­fer­ence field trip to Gen­e­sis Huntly Power sta­tion, guided by Glenn Pep­per. Del­e­gates ar­riv­ing early for the con­fer­ence were treated to a rare op­por­tu­nity to see the iconic site and they were not dis­ap­pointed by the dis­play of heavy en­gi­neer­ing on hand.

Among a mix of tech­ni­cal, case study, holis­tic and ex­pert pa­pers, peren­nial guest Daré Pe­treski scored highly among del­e­gates with his plant re­li­a­bil­ity case study, while pre­sen­ta­tions from Amer­ica Cup team mem­bers, the de­signer of the world’s first car­bon fi­bre he­li­copter and a men’s health doc­tor kept the in­ter­est lev­els high right up to the con­fer­ence end.

Wrap­ping up the con­fer­ence was a sur­prise life mem­ber­ship pre­sen­ta­tion to Craig Car­lyle from so­ci­ety peer and past chair­man Barry Robin­son.

The na­tional con­fer­ence dou­bles as the venue for the MESNZ AGM. A fo­cus on gov­er­nance and work streams al­lowed Bill Sole and Glenn Pep­per to re­lin­quish their com­mit­tee roles to fo­cus on spe­cific non-com­mit­tee roles. The va­cant seats were filled by Paul Vick­ers (Ash Air) and Joe Bain (DVT

Con­sult­ing). All pre­vi­ous ex­ec­u­tive and com­mit­tee roles were re­tained with Karl Hay­ward re­main­ing as chair­man. Sev­eral other at­ten­dees vol­un­teered to par­tic­i­pate in MESNZ ac­tiv­i­ties out­side of com­mit­tee.

Bill Sole pre­sented bud­ding en­gi­neer Kieran Flood with the in­au­gu­ral 2014 MESNZ Bill Buckley En­gi­neer­ing Schol­ar­ship at the 2014 SKF Na­tional Main­te­nance En­gi­neer­ing Con­fer­ence.

With the 2014 con­fer­ence wrapped up in a year that saw ma­jor de­vel­op­ments in the MESNZ’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive, train­ing and net­work­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, the com­mit­tee could be ex­cused for kick­ing back on the run into Christ­mas. No luck there, they have been busier than ever, lay­ing the foun­da­tions for 2015.

A re­turn to Hamil­ton in Novem­ber 2015 has al­ready been con­firmed with full de­tails to be re­leased be­fore Christ­mas. SKF has not hes­i­tated, step­ping up im­me­di­ately to support main­te­nance en­gi­neers yet again. The 2015 show will build on the suc­cess of 2014 with more ex­hibitors and a full mix of in­ter­na­tional, ex­pert and peer pa­pers. Awe­some.

Craig Car­lyle, who was awarded life mem­ber­ship of the MESNZ at this year’s con­fer­ence.

2014 Schol­ar­ship win­ner Kieran Flood with Bill Sole.

Demm’s sales man­ager Frank Atkin­son talk­ing about Demm mag­a­zine’s ninth year in support as me­dia part­ner to the MESNZ.

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