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Project & Asset Management Training – Central London 2020


Codub Training will once again be organizing the popular practical project and asset management workshop come June 2020. This training involves practical sessions on project and asset management as well as a visit to UK’s most well planned and executed project site.

Some of the learning objectives include:

  • Understanding some key terminologies used.
  • Understanding steps in Project Management.
  • Identifying what makes projects different and why they commonly fail.
  • Identify key factors for successful projects.
  • Identify key factors for successful projects.
  • Understand the benefits of Asset Management and why it is important.
  • Reviewing Asset life cycleDescribing the various risks and mitigation within Asset Management.

Venue: Central London

Date: 22nd – 26th June 2019

Time: 09:00 AM – 05:00 PM

Get the leaflet here…

Register here…

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Between 2015 to 2018 – Asset Survey and Building Services Consultancy for BioPark Medical Laboratory.

Codub was the sole contractor responsible for carrying out a comprehensive building and asset survey for BioPark Life Sciences, a Research and Development Centre. BioPark offers a range of ready-to-use chemistry and biology laboratories with a suite equipped to containment level 3 (CL3). The portfolio size was 51,844 square metres.

We surveyed all the properties on site and all the engineers used industry approved Motorola held PDAs to do the asset collection, which eliminated the need for paperwork and all the associated errors and time delays. Because the PDA packs the power of a cell phone, two-way radio, bar code scanner, digital camera and mobile computer, we were able to capture pictures of each asset.

As part of the contract, all the assets were bar-coded and we configured the screens specifically for BioPark to allow the ability to collect relevant information about any type of asset, which included the medical assets as BioPark provides specialist facilities and support for bioscience and health technology businesses. We were also involved in migrating the final data into Concept CAFM system for Reactive and Planned Maintenance.

Our building services design team carried out a measured survey to produce a CAD floor plan of the various plantrooms as well as the CL3 lab. We also provided installation survey and preparation of original schematic information. This entailed:

  1. Installation Survey and preparation of Original Schematic Information. Visit site to understand ‘As Is’ installation
    • AHU plant and ductwork
    • Associated electrical services, controls and interlock systems
    • Compressed air services support                     
    • Room equipment, sensors and Fire alarm
  1. Produce Schematic Drawings with various points like dampers, AHU, fans etc.

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Is Big Data Truly Capable of “Disrupting” the Way We Practice Asset Management?

Chidi Umeano, Principal Consultant at Codub Consulting Ltd, says that with more focus on Predictive Maintenance strategies, which is a key aspect of Asset Management, Big Data has a major role to play.

In a nutshell, the ‘Big Data’ concept is about trying to predict the future. Data has always existed and the issue I think is about ‘meaningful’ data. Yes there is an increase in the data generated today and the possibilities are huge. However, the methods of analysing these huge data lag way behind. It is important to note that it is the systems and tools that are used to analyse and understand such vast amounts of data that could be disrupting the huge potentials in the way we practice Asset Management. Nevertheless there are good opportunities like the ability to make insightful planning, fore-casting and predictions as regards asset behavior and production patterns, which should increase return on investment (ROI) e.g. predicting and avoiding asset down time. Equally, matching data samples around different asset operating parameters and the resulting production output can give us insight into how different operating levels affect the asset and its components. Such information allows for a truly optimised operation as an asset is run to the most efficient production rate, whilst ensuring that equipment and components life-cycles are at maximum capacity.

Failure to produce relevant data for decision making is a major drawback due to the lack of very intelligent analytic tools. Equally, there is a cost implication when it comes to introducing additional sensors to capture the required data. The opportunities depend solely on the proper application of big data. This means the ability to understand what data sample is needed, how to analyse and interpret these data and of course the flawless application of the findings. Without factoring each of these functions, big data may be just too much to handle. Analysed Big Data: So rather than ‘Big Data’, we should think of ‘Analysed Big Data’

One needs to balance the effort (cost or otherwise) required in sifting and analysing big data in order to predict an asset failure with the cost of the asset failure. This I feel is where the focus should be as the practice of Asset Management is about realising value from assets.

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Attracting Investment into the Private Sector in Nigeria

Nigeria is regarded as one of the main economic powerhouses of Africa and there are lot of interests by global investors.

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Accenture’s insight on Next-Generation Asset Management

Asset Management Accenture, one of the largest management consulting firms in the world, reports that to develop an enterprise view of analytics, an organisation must do more than integrate data, combine analysis or build a corporate IT platform. It must eradicate all of the limited, piecemeal perspectives harboured by managers with their own agendas, needs and fears—and replace them with a single, holistic view of the organisation.

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Codub Monitors Ebola Virus

 Update August 11, 2014: Codub continues to monitor the Ebola outbreak that is affecting parts of Western Africa. Countries with confirmed cases include Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.  Community spread of the virus has not been reported in Nigeria. For more information on the Ebola outbreak, please visit International SOS at this link.

The following information about the disease, including prevention measures, is excerpted from  the World Health Organization (WHO)  and Centers for Disease Control:

1. What is Ebola virus disease?

  • Ebola virus disease is a severe, often fatal illness that affects humans and nonhuman primates (monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees). The origin of the virus is unknown but fruit bats are considered the likely host of the Ebola virus, based on available evidence.

2. How do people become infected with the virus?

  • Infection occurs from direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes) with the blood, or other bodily fluids or secretions (stool, urine, saliva, semen) of infected people or animals. Infection can also occur if broken skin or mucous membranes of a healthy person come into contact with environments that have become contaminated with an Ebola patient’s infectious fluids such as soiled clothing, bed linen, or used needles.
  • Burial ceremonies in which mourners have direct contact with the body of the deceased person can also play a role in the transmission of Ebola.
  • People are able to infect others as long as their blood and secretions contain the virus. For this reason, infected patients receive close monitoring from medical professionals and receive laboratory tests to ensure the virus is no longer circulating in their systems before they return home.

3. Who is most at risk?

  • During an outbreak, those at higher risk of infection are:

·    health workers;
·    family members or others in close contact with infected people;
·    mourners who have direct contact with the bodies of the deceased as part of burial ceremonies; and
·    hunters in the rain forest who come into contact with dead animals found lying in the forest.

4. What are typical signs and symptoms of infection?

  • Sudden onset of fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat are typical signs and symptoms. This is followed by vomiting, diarrhoea, rash, impaired kidney and liver function, and in some cases, both internal and external bleeding.
  • The incubation period, or the time interval from infection to onset of symptoms, is from 2 to 21 days. People become contagious once they begin to show symptoms. They are not contagious during the incubation period.
  • If employees become ill in the workplace with these symptoms they should notify their manager, leave the workplace and contact their health care provider.  Either the employee or their manager should notify the Integrated Health Services contact that supports the country in which the illness occurred by email

 5. When should someone seek medical care?

  • If a person has been in an area known to have Ebola virus disease or in contact with a person known or suspected to have Ebola and they begin to have symptoms, they should seek medical care immediately. Prompt medical care is essential to improving the rate of survival from the disease. It is also important to control spread of the disease and infection control procedures need to be started immediately.

6. What is the treatment?

  • There is currently no specific treatment to cure the disease. Some patients will recover with the appropriate medical care. Severely ill patients require intensive supportive care

7.  Can Ebola be prevented?

  • There is no vaccine for Ebola virus disease but there are prevention measures you can take:
  • Pay strict attention to hand hygiene.
    •  Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, and help young children do the same.
    •   If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact, such as kissing, or sharing cups or eating utensils, with sick people.
  • Avoid hospitals – they may be treating patients with Ebola. (Call International SOS if you need medical treatment.)
  • Avoid funerals. Do not directly touch dead bodies.
  • Do not handle animals or bats.
  • Do not eat bats or “bush meat” from gorillas, monkeys and other primates.
  • If you choose to care for an ill person in your home, notify public health officials of your intentions so they can train you and provide appropriate gloves and personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as instructions as a reminder on how to properly care for the patient, protect yourself and your family, and properly dispose of the PPE after use.
  • Avoid large gatherings.

8. Is it safe to travel during an outbreak? What is WHO’s travel advice?

  • The risk of infection for travelers is very low since person-to-person transmission results from direct contact with the body fluids or secretions of an infected patient. Travelers should avoid all contact with sick people.
  • Anyone who has traveled to areas where cases were recently reported should be aware of the symptoms of infection and seek medical attention at the first sign of illness.
  • All travel to any African country must be approved.

9. Where can I learn more about Ebola virus disease?
Centers for Disease Control:

 It is recommended that employees who live in or travel to affected countries monitor this email for updates

    10. What is WHO’s reassuring news?

    • The  WHO have said that the Ebola situation in Nigeria looks reassuring. Of the 12 Ebola cases identified in Nigeria, at least one patient has made a full recovery.

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How can you get Senior Leadership to support Asset Management?

The real cash benefit has to be communicated clearly to senior management, says one of the Principal Consultants at Codub.

Asset management is nothing new in Africa or other developing countries; infrastructure has had to be installed, maintained, operated and expanded for a long time. What’s new is the integrated, whole-life costing and risk management approach. But what does that mean to senior leaders and decision makers in this part of the world?

“How does asset management and maintenance give me extra cash?” is the typical question from senior leaders. To them these are expenditure cost centres, not part of the cash generation side of the business like marketing and sales.

Thus, a strong business case is required that not only shows the good use of money but also clearly communicates the anticipated savings from implementing asset management strategies and policies. So if you need to replace a generator that is only 3 years old and the expected life span is 5 years, you need to have solid data showing actual run hours. Also, the business impact of having a power failure must be demonstrated e.g. the revenue lost due business inactivity, which must include staff costs due to unproductivity.

If the savings aren’t immediate and obvious, people outside asset management hardly recognise them as savings at all. Thus, asset management practitioners and consultants must therefore communicate the financial benefits of asset management – that is, to help organisations and governments come to terms with the current economic realities – without technical jargon.

The full article, which was published in the May edition of the Assets Online magazine can be read here.

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Asset Management vs. Maintenance

Asset Management can be defined as the systematic and co-ordinated activities and practices through which an organisation optimally and sustainably manages its assets and asset systems, their associated performance, risks and expenditures over their life cycles for the purpose of achieving its organisational strategic plan. It could also be described as the combination of management, financial, economic, engineering, legal and other practices applied to physical assets with the objective of providing the required level of service in the most cost effective manner.

Maintenance Culture is a popular phrase in developing economies; the lack or absence of it is normally referenced in speeches at conferences, seminars, workshops, debates, etc. Equally whenever there is an accident (car or plane), lack of maintenance is usually sited as the underlying problem whether it is poorly maintained road or unmaintained vehicles.

As David McKeown, CEO of the Institute of Asset Management (IAM), UK says: “The starting point is to understand that asset management is not a part of maintenance – maintenance is a (key) part of the whole life of an asset. Unless businesses understand that, they will never get the real benefits that strategic asset management offers…”

Asset Management is an emerging multidisciplinary profession of which maintenance and facilities management are key parts. Part of this was addressed at the recently concluded Asset Summit 2014

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Asset Management – Celebrating the beauty of womanhood


Now you see her

Black, rich and defiant

Standing firm amidst the elements

Sucking deep into nothingness

Refining fossils from refuse

Producing feasts from debris

Daring every tribulation

Defying time

Excerpts from PETALS OF STEEL: Praises to the Baobab- The Tree of Life

Uloma Umeano (January 2014)


This Art Exhibition is all about celebrating the Woman, the beautiful African Woman. She is the earth, she is the tree; she is the present, she is the future.

The diversity issues that surround gender equality and female inclusion in various aspects of the economy have in recent times taken the lead in discussions at Human Capital Management seminars and workshops. Several interest groups have found the need to protect and project the female gender so as to provide a fair, or at least better advantage. It is on this backdrop that Petals of Steel was developed.

It is an opportunity to recognize the unsung; to celebrate the resilience of this weaker yet tougher gender. To showcase to the world, through art, the silent victories that the woman records on a daily, if not hourly basis. This is represented by the African Woman so as to incorporate the deep historical and cultural influences that have further defined her. An exciting “Day-in-the-life” approach allows us tell this story in the deepest, most complete manner.

We implore you to be a part of this project, your organisation will surely benefit immensely from this positive gesture and show of support. The benefits of such involvement include positive organisation reputation and an endearing therefore to the corporate brand. You will join other organisations like yours to announce that Nigeria is also sensitive to issues of gender recognition and balance in diversity issues.

There is ample evidence that women are the engine behind economic and social development and this Art Exhibition seeks to celebrate this. It recognises and magnifies the position and importance of women, extolling their virtues as mothers, wives, sisters and daughters. The theme for this Exhibition is “Petals of Steel”. This theme has been developed based on the need to portray the woman as the phenomenal individual that she is. The woman is the backbone of the society; she is the alluring beauty, the committed mother, the tireless nurturer and the graceful hard-worker. There is a need to showcase the woman and applaud her strength and fragility, an amazing combination that should be loved and respected and this Art Exhibition intends to do all this. It intends to show the woman in all her glory, showing all her capabilities and creating a deeper awareness and appreciation for her by not just the society but by the women themselves.

The proposed event is of a twofold nature, there will be an Art Exhibition and a Fashion display where clothes made by the artist will be displayed. Of course, the clothes have been made with an artistic twist and flair, a beautiful and sensational way to wear Art. Both events will hold at Transcorp Hotel, Abuja. The opening night is scheduled to take place on the 26th of May, 2014 from 3pm – 6pm.  The exhibition will be open for 4 days after.

This exhibition is mind blowing – an amazing collection of mixed media and experiential art, the set for the display is beyond the ordinary and Art in itself! Every aspect of this exhibition is meant to tell a story and evoke emotions from everyone who witnesses it. It is filled with different elements that reflect the women in our culture and her diversity.


Thank you very much for the opportunity to share this with you.


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