UMS Group partner of Infrastructure Asset Management event

02 February 2016

From 8 – 10 March 2016 the 2016 edition of the Infrastructure Asset Management Exchange takes place, with more than 100 business leaders and advisors from the asset management industry to find their way to London to attend the event. UMS Group, a consulting firm with a focus on the industry, serves as one of the key partners of the event.

The annual Infrastructure Asset Management (IAM) Exchange is one of the largest premier conferences for executives active in the field of asset management, operating across sectors such as utilities (water, gas, electricity), transport (road and rail), oil & gas and energy. The invitation-only event provides the roughly 100+ participants with an overview of the latest trends and developments in asset management topics, spanning among others asset strategy & engineering, maintenance, operations, infrastructure management, risk management, sustainability, asset integrity and lifecycle management. The IAM Exchange, which is supported by the Institute of Asset Management, in addition provides attendees the opportunity to bounce ideas and approaches, learn from best practices, network and engage with providers in the market.

Key themes on the agenda of the 3-day event are Lifecycle Modelling & Costing and Asset Investment Planning, two topics that according to a survey conducted by the organisers (IQPC) in the run-up to the event represent the top two investment priorities of asset management executives. Other topics that currently dominate boardrooms are Condition Monitoring/Assessment, Asset Integrity and Data Quality.

The conference boasts an impressive line-up of executives with asset management responsibilities, including Basil Scarsella (CEO of UK Power Networks), Richard Moore (Head of Asset Management Development at Transport for London), João Torres (CEO of EDP Distribution), Davin Crowley Sweet (Professional Head of Asset Data & Information at Network Rail) and Carlos Esquiroz (Engineering and Maintenance Director at Metro de Madrid).

Jan Schipper, Managing Director of UMS Group’s European operations and former Director Asset Management of Dutch energy firm Nuon, will also take the stage, sharing in a think tank session the results of a peer group study UMS performed on the topic of Reinvestment Strategy for large Asset Populations. Schipper has published an E-Book regarding this topic which can be downloaded from the website of UMS Group.

Commenting on the upcoming event, Schipper says: “Each year the Asset management Exchange is a journey of discovery around the latest developments in Asset Management.”


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Grey Consulting and Makerversity announce strategic partnership

05 April 2019

Grey Consulting has forged a new alliance with Makerversity, a 500-strong community of the brightest creative innovators, headquartered at Somerset House, London. The partnership hopes to tap into the experimental community to develop pioneering solutions for Grey Consulting’s clients.

In August 2018, one of the world’s largest design agencies surprised the business world by launching a dedicated consulting outfit. The news came as the two industries continued on their trajectory towards a historic synthesis. The consulting industry has been engaged in a pitched battle with the advertising and design space for the past few years, as the former increasingly encroaches on the territory of the latter via a protracted campaign of mergers and acquisitions; but there had been little traffic moving in the other direction.

At its launch, Grey Consulting was not billed as a direct competitor to established consultancies. However, the firm behind the new entity hopes that its creative experience will give it a competitive edge in winning consulting business from its existing clients. The Grey Group is a global advertising and marketing agency with headquarters in New York City, and 432 offices in 96 countries, operating in 154 cities. Grey Consulting opened its doors with a view to aiding clients within the areas of business and brand design, innovation and digital transformations.Grey Consulting and Makerversity announce strategic partnership

Now, as the firm looks to further expand its footprint in the market, Grey Consulting has unveiled details of a ground-breaking new alliance with Makerversity, a 500-strong community of creative innovators headquartered at Somerset House, London. The alignment with Makerversity is hoped to unlock the potential of collaborating with one of the world’s most experimental communities.

Makerversity curates and convenes the best talent across product design, fashion, art and experimental architecture, sustainable materials, IoT, digital manufacturing, and coding. It provides spaces and workshops for professional makers to develop and create their work, supported by Somerset House Trust. The alliance is expected to enable Grey Consulting to develop pioneering solutions for its clients, together with innovators who make something amazing for a living, every day. 

Leo Rayman, Grey Consulting CEO, commented, “This gives our clients the potential to access a network of some of the most diverse and innovative individuals in the world today. Being so tightly connected to a community of makers means we don’t just develop transformational strategies but can quickly realise them in three dimensions. This sets Grey Consulting apart from the pure play strategy houses who are sometimes criticised for not making their thinking real at the pace modern businesses require.” 

Fiona Dent, CEO of Makerversity, added, “Makerversity acts as a catalyst for unexpected encounters, fostering collaborations between an incredible range of the brightest leading creators and innovators. Our experimental approach and engaged members, whose own practice is defining our world, create highly original new outcomes. We are delighted to bring this philosophy to a wider audience and generate interesting projects for Makerversity members through our partnership with Grey Consulting.”