Overview of Tracks

Theme 1: Asset Management (AM) and Systems (AMS)

Asset Management (AM), combines economic, engineering, financial and other practices applied to (physical) assets to maximize value derived from an asset over its life cycle, delivering adequate levels of service to communities and the environment at an acceptable level of risk. Asset Management System (AMS) is a collection of tools and techniques that are used to create AM objectives and policy. AMS will help an organization determine how and what it wants to do. AMS is a sub-set of AM. AMS need not be a software, but one can use a software to establish the objectives and policies. AMS will consist of policies, strategies, plans, documents, procedures, roles and responsibilities and the information management.

The topics include but are not limited to:
Asset Management (AM), ISO 55000 and related standards, ISO 55001 certification and beyond, critical assets, e.g., water, power, smart grids, energy management, intelligent traffic system, rural asset management, regulations and compliance environment, Internet of Things (IoT), Industry 4.0 in AM, analytics and applications in AM, risk management, Cyber Physical Systems, process modelling, digital twins, machine learning in AM, AM for oil and gas industry, built environment asset management, low cost sensing for asset management, and related topics.

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Frequent breakdown of equipment due to various technical and managerial practices results in an increase in maintenance costs, loss of production and productivity.  Optimal equipment functioning, controlling cost, maintenance scheduling, improvement of availability and performance is dealt with by Reliability, Availability and Maintainability (RAM). This sort of analysis is helpful to assess the maintenance intervals and to plan and organize an efficient maintenance strategy. A RAM analysis can help assess current operations management to improve quality, productivity, and performance. It enables production managers and engineers to evaluate decisions and strategies made with respect to the system functioning. Maintenance management (MM) ensures that the company’s assets and resources are maintained while controlling time and costs and ensuring maximum efficiency of the manufacturing process.

The topics include but are not limited to:
New advancements in reliability, maintenance engineering, preventive and predictive maintenance, life-cycle cost analysis, remaining useful life analysis, Tribology, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and IoT in RAM, Condition Monitoring (CM), Condition Based Maintenance (CBM) and efficiency, RAM in Industry 4.0, resilience, rolling stock maintenance, reliability and resilience, risk and performance assessment, risk-based maintenance and related topics.

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Safety Engineering and Analytics (SEA) involves safety interventions and decisions based on data, to realize zero incidents in organizations and workplaces. It is a system of models, methodologies, tools and techniques, designed specifically to create and analyse safety data. Safety analytics is a descriptive, predictive and prescriptive approach to data analytics. It focuses on data driven decision support systems (DSS) for integrated safety management. Certain risks can be effectively managed by using the human factors knowledge, tools, and techniques. Importance of integrated approach to risk management discussing the economies of integrating the inputs of different disciplines.

The topics include but are not limited to:
Safety analytics, occupational health, integrated safety management systems, Prevention through Design (PtD), probabilistic risk assessment & uncertainty analysis, human factors & cognitive ergonomics, process safety, workplace safety, safety economics, industry 4.0 technologies in safety, digital asset management, asset integrity, cyber security challenges and risk to management, AI and ML applications in safety & security, Smart transportation and logistics, Cyber Supply Chain Risk Management (CSRM) and related topics.

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Theme 2: Rural Assets and Sustainable Development

Achieving SDGs by 2030 has emerged as a challenge. There are calls for urgent action from multilateral organizations, such as the United Nations and the member states, to expedite efforts in achieving the goals within the stipulated timeframe. The experiences, so far, indicate that merely government efforts and resources are not adequate to achieve the goals by 2030. It is essential that localized efforts are channelled through local government and community institutions that are better poised to use socio-economic assets available locally. Available models such as ‘solidarity economy’ and ‘collective actions’ can be harnessed to make the SDGs contextually relevant. This Track explores successful examples of localizing SDGs. The Track also invites innovative ideas to use local socio-economic assets to achieve the SDGs.

Broad contours of rural asset classifications and the rationale, contributions of rural assets, how rural commons, rural enterprises, rural households, rural governing institutions could enumerate the rural assets and use them for productive purposes, find a possible approach for the policymakers, governing institutions, academia, and practitioners to devise a strategy to ensure rural assets generate the returns and contribute, benchmark for rural-urban continuum, rural assets in social, economic, financial, and digital context.

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In early September 2015, The United Nations (UN) adopted the seventeen “Sustainable Development Goals” (SDGs), to come with new international strategies to resolve many challenges across the globe such as poverty, unemployment, and pollution. However, implementing and monitoring the SDGs in rural areas is not trivial. In fact, the SDG 11 “Sustainable cities and communities” does not provide a unique solution; different rural areas define different contexts and solutions depend on contexts. The development of smart rural areas requires the use information and communication technologies (ICTs). These ICTs represent a digital asset that rural areas need to cope with in their development to meet the SDGs. Hence, this track aims to provide a platform for researchers and practitioners to present new research and developments in the following topics:

  • Using geospatial data and technologies to build indicators for rural SDGs monitoring,
  • Educating and engaging citizens and local communities in rural SDG strategies,
  • New technologies adoption in rural areas for SDGs
  • The role of policymakers to develop smart rural areas coping with the SDGs
  • Data and software management in rural areas
  • IT physical infrastructure management in rural areas

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With the present aspirations of new India and to maintain the progressive dynamism that the country has now set, it does not require any discussion to prove that India needs to pay more and continuous attention for the rural infrastructure and services. The sustainable development goals of the United Nations have clearly defined the areas of attention. However, the Indian rural conditions are very much diversified due to the geographic, demographic and cultural variations. The action plans and policies for developing and implementing the action plans and policies for Sustainable Development Goals will be varying to a large extent. However, all such action plans will have to be under certain basic principles which will induce local level planning for contributing to national ambitions. India has numerous universities and academic institutions devoted to architecture and city planning, however systematic results for progressive realization were always in the backdrop and did not receive adequate attention like urban planning and development. With the new enthusiasm of modern India, Panchayati Raj is now entrusted for development of goals and objectives. Thus, streamlining Panchayati Raj activities with sustainability goals and integration with Make in India as well as start-up activities will contribute to evenly distribute rural production centres to a number of interconnected and networked rural production basses which will be passage for the outreach initiatives of India’s premier technical, management and planning institutes.

Towards this, the social think tank, policy makers, technocrats and raw material industry must come forward for the development of national standard and guidelines for rural infrastructure and services for different categories of rural areas of our country.

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