布鲁诺Lhopiteau.: A 20-year ride on China's digital water train
Embracing the China speed of change
After spending over 20 years in the Chinese infrastructure market, one lesson it has taught me is patience. Yet I won’t deny the proverbial “China speed” of change. In reality, the two realities coexist.
“IT systems for maintenance in large utilities show a dismal success rate, anywhere in the world."
IT systems for maintenance in large utilities have a dismal success rate, not just in China but anywhere in the world. They are often administrative-driven, implemented by IT people for IT people and aimed first at computerising cost and time control.
With the advantage of hindsight, Chinese utilities can design IT projects with their exact strategic needs in mind.
For this, Siveco has long advocated relying on the ISO55000 series of Asset Management standards (and its Chinese national standard equivalent) as a practical framework.
Labelled as the world’s fifth-largest water operator, it is also China’s most experienced in the field of rural sewage treatment, with projects often located in less developed areas.
The organisation has worked with Siveco to overhaul its maintenance management strategy at the group level, based on which practical guidelines were devised to deploy this strategy to newly-acquired contracts and existing operations.
The first such deployment took place in Yuyao Water, the comparatively large and advanced water company serving the city of Yuyao (population 850,000) in eastern China.
Disproving the PowerPoint nightmare
Considered a successful model in the industry, Yuyao has essentially managed to “close the ISO55000 loop” of ensuring the group strategy is applied in the field and continuously improving based on field-verified data.
“A major IT firm convinced the company board that AI-based solutions would end the company’s dependence on workers.”
By the time it took to disprove this PowerPoint dream (or was it a nightmare?), three years passed, the top management changed, and nobody dares to mention the successful pilot implementation to the new boss.
When I reflect on my 20+ years in China, it has been a slow train coming, certainly travelling at its own speed.
Yet, I am still enjoying the journey more than the destination.
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