Issue 3
Monday, 27 March 2017
Charles Darwin University
E-news
From left: Clough EPC Oil and Gas Australia Vice President Rob Hannan, CDU Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Research Training Professor Lawrence Cram, CDU Maintenance Engineering Professor Sureshkumar Perinpanayagam, Clough Head of Business Development Christian Sputore and Clough Maintenance Manager Talak Mohammed
From left: Clough EPC Oil and Gas Australia Vice President Rob Hannan, CDU Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Research Training Professor Lawrence Cram, CDU Maintenance Engineering Professor Sureshkumar Perinpanayagam, Clough Head of Business Development Christian Sputore and Clough Maintenance Manager Talak Mohammed

Partnership to improve industry outcomes

By Leanne Miles

A new partnership with engineering and construction company Clough will help build Charles Darwin University’s maintenance engineering program and further partnerships with local industry.

The recently launched Clough-CDU Maintenance Engineering Collaboration brings the specialist research capabilities of CDU together with Clough’s proven maintenance engineering expertise to support the oil and gas and other industries’ maintenance engineering and asset management requirements. 

Clough works with some of the world's largest energy and resource companies to engineer, construct, commission and maintain a range of infrastructure for energy, chemical, mining and mineral projects, and has a broad range of experience in maintenance engineering.

CDU’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research Professor Lawrence Cram said the collaboration would help steer training and research towards commercially viable outcomes and support the undergraduate, postgraduate and training requirements of Northern Australia. 

The agreement includes the appointment of a specialist in maintenance engineering, Associate Professor Sureshkumar Perinpanayagam, who is based at CDU’s North Australian Centre for Oil and Gas.

Dr Perinpanayagam, who comes to CDU from Cranfield University in the UK, has worked in maintenance engineering and asset management for more than a decade.

“Given the current oil and gas prices, there is a need to reduce the operational cost of gas plants and improve availability and plant performance via predictive maintenance,” Dr Perinpanayagam said.

Clough’s Maintenance Manager, Talak Mohammed said: “Our major clients are challenging the status quo to drive productivity improvements and reduce operating costs. This collaboration with CDU is an exciting step that will enable us to fast track the development of intelligent maintenance solutions to achieve real savings for our clients.”

Through the partnership working with Clough and its clients, Dr Perinpanayagam said he hoped to help develop innovative technologies that addressed key industry challenges and provide more effective maintenance service.

“As an example, going forward we would like to develop real-time failure prediction capabilities to improve the performance and availability of oil and gas plants,” he said.