In September 2009, Engineers Australia, Victoria Division, hosted the Victorian Engineering Industry Week (VEIW). The campaign celebrated and promoted the work of Victorian engineers through a variety of events and activities, including a captivating event organised and delivered through asset management experts United Group Services (UGL Services) and the Asset Management Council (AM Council).

Attendees gained great industry knowledge from the AM Council on how, despite the current unsteady economic climate, the asset management community is continuing to deliver improved reliability of assets and financial performance for organisations across Australia. UGL Services’ Ken Robertson (Asset Manager) and Ian McGrath (Design Manager) then delivered a presentation on ”Asset Management at the Royal Women’s Hospital”, outlining the asset management plan that UGL Services - as FM Service Provider - has put in place for the recently opened hospital in Melbourne.

One of the key messages addressed was the British Standards Institute PAS 55 – Part1: Specification for the optimised management of physical assets, a worldwide specification for any organisation seeking to demonstrate a high level of professionalism in managing its physical assets; A worldwide specification that was successfully incorporated by UGL Services into the Women’s Asset Management Plan, regarding the design of the building, the establishment of asset management documentation, including processes and procedures, and the establishment and continuation of an effective maintenance strategy, helping to ensure that the hospital achieves, and often exceeds, its asset management strategy, performance and condition targets.

The event provided a valuable insight into the work of our Victorian engineers, together with a glimpse of the ongoing dedication, support and commitment offered by leading asset management experts the AM Council and UGL Services.

About UGL Limited

UGL Services is a division of UGL Limited that provides outsourcing services to property users in Asia, North America, Australia, New Zealand and the Middle East. The business has an end-to-end model that includes corporate real estate advisory, integrated facilities management, engineering & energy management, space & project management services and township management. The comprehensive service platform enables UGL Services customers to delegate key facilities and real estate functions to a single entity to realise operational and strategic benefits. For further information about UGL Services in Asia, visit www.ugl-premas.com.

UGL Limited (ASX: UGL) is an engineering, maintenance and facilities management company operating in the water, power, transport, communications, resources and property sectors. It consists of four divisions – UGL Infrastructure, UGL Rail, UGL Resources and UGL Services. Headquartered in Sydney, Australia, UGL Limited operates in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, North America and the Middle East employing approximately 44,000 people. For more information, visit: www.ugllimited.com.

The Asset Management Council is a non profit organisation, committed to the promotion and education of optimal asset management practices in industrial, commercial, academic and government organisations. The Asset Management Council offers Membership, Courses, A Body of Knowledge, Technical Papers, Presentations, Forums, Business Directory, Local Events and the annual ICOMS Asset Management Conference. For more information, visit http://www.amcouncil.com.au.