WCEAM 2006 First World Congress on Engineering Asset Management

The first World Congress on Engineering Asset Management (WCEAM) was held on the Gold Coast, Australia from 11th – 14th July. This inaugural international event, initiated by the CRC for Integrated Engineering Asset Management (CIEAM) was a great success as evidenced by the participation of 381 delegates, of which 94 were from overseas, representing the following countries: Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Cameroon, Canada, China, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, The Netherlands, UK and USA.

The vision originated from CIEAM in 2004 during discussions held at the closing of the 2004 Asia Pacific Conference on Systems Integrity and Maintenance (ACSIM) held in New Delhi, India. It was recognised that the ACSIM forum needed to expand its scope to include the research and development outputs from this growing transdiscipline. To facilitate rapid uptake for an inaugural event and in a spirit of collaboration, several international conference organizing committees were approached to combine their efforts for this first WCEAM. These included the International Conference on Maintenance Societies (ICOMS) hosted by the Maintenance Engineering Society of Australia (MESA), the International Maintenance Systems (IMS) Conference hosted by the IMS Centre, USA, The Condition Monitoring Conference hosted by the British Institute for Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT) and ACSIM hosted by CIEAM.


  • Peter Watson, Transfield Services – Asset Management and Maintenance – Its Role in Infrastructure
  • Prof Jay Lee, IMS Center, University of Cincinnati, USA. – Zero-Breakdown Machines and Systems: Productivity Needs for Next-Generation Maintenance
  • Ian Barnard, American International Group – Asset Management: An Insurance Perspective
  • Ravi Gopinath, Tata Consultancy Services – Challenges in Achieving Optimal Asset Performance based on Total Cost of Ownership Ltd Paper 5
  • Andrew Hess, Joint Strike Fighter Program Office – Challenges, Issues, and Lessons Learned in the Quest to Develop Comprehensive Diagnostic, Prognostics, and Health Management Systems
  • Ruth Wallsgrove, RailCorp New South Wales – Internationalisation of Asset Management
  • Stephen Ballesty, Rider Hunt Terotech Australia – An Integrated Collaborative Approach for FM – Sydney Opera House FM Exemplar
  • Gao Jinji, Beijing University of Chemical Technology (BUCT) CHINA – Fault Self Recovery of Industrial Plants – Vision and State of the Art


  • Chair: Prof Joe Mathew, CRC for Integrated Engineering Asset Management (CIEAM), Australia
  • Vice Chair: Jim Kennedy, Maintenance Society of Engineering Australia (MESA)
  • Co-Chairs: Prof Jay Lee and Prof Jun Ni, Co-Directors, Intelligent Maintenance Systems Center, USA.


  • Transfield Services as Gold Sponsor
  • The Queensland Government through the Department of State Development and Innovation as Silver Sponsor
  • The Beenleigh Merrimac Pimpama Alliance as Bronze Sponsor

The first WCEAM also hosted a state-of-the-art exhibition which provided an excellent opportunity for suppliers of equipment and services in EAM to showcase their offerings in this growing market.