May 19, 2020

Eskom wins Innovation in Power Generation Award

South Africa
Eskom
Award
Innovation
Bizclik Editor
2 min
Eskom wins Innovation in Power Generation Award

Eskom, supplier of about 95 percent of South Africa’s power, has been honored for its innovative use of technology in power generation.

 Eskom’s Kusile power station, which is currently under construction near Emalahleni (Witbank) in Mpumalanga province, has been awarded first prize in the 2013 Be Inspired competition, in the Innovation in Power Generation category for the innovative development and use of a 3D Plant Operating & Maintenance (O&M) Simulator.

The O&M Simulator was created on 3D-Pact and Flownex technology developed by South African companies Samahnzi and M-Tech Industrial, using CADD 3D model content delivered by EPC contractors for the new power station and integrating it on the Bentley MicroStation platform before migration into the 3D-Pact Simulator technology platform.

The Bentley Innovation in Power award recognises projects that have demonstrated excellence in planning, designing, building, operating, modeling, and analysing power generation plants including traditional fossil fuel plants, combined cycle plants, nuclear power facilities, and renewable power generation.

The 3D, virtual and interactive model of Kusile allows Eskom engineers, operators and plant maintainers a thorough understanding of the plant design and lay-out, plant processes, operations and maintenance requirements.

Changing plant conditions and operating parameters can be simulated in a 3D virtual environment. The 3D simulator will also provide improved emergency preparedness capability; operators can train for abnormal or emergency situations in a simulated environment, reducing the impact of actual plant damage caused by such occurrences.

 Proactive training on the 3D plant simulator will assist in reducing the risk of “learning curve” failures during commissioning and operations.

The award ceremony took place at the Hilton Metropole hotel in London on 30 October 2013.

The 3D plant simulator project was headed by Eskom Chief Technologist Riekie Swanepoel, who accepted the award in London on behalf of the Kusile team.

“The 3D plant simulator shows that Eskom is constantly looking for innovative ways to improve the design, operations and maintenance of their power generation fleet,” said Swanepoel.

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Jun 14, 2021

5 minutes with... Janthana Kaenprakhamroy, CEO, Tapoly

Tapoly
Insurance
Leadership
Digital
Kate Birch
3 min
Heading up Europe’s first on-demand insurance platform for the gig economy, Janthana Kaenprakhamroy is winning awards and leading with diversity

Founder and CEO of award-winning insurtech firm Tapoly, Janthana Kaenprakhamroy heads up Europe’s first on-demand insurance platform for the gig economy, winning industry awards, innovating in the digital insurance space, and leading with inclusivity.

Here, Business Chief talks to Janthana about her leadership style and skills. 

What do you do, in a nutshell?

I’m founder and CEO of Tapoly, a digital MGA providing a full stack of commercial lines insurance specifically for SMEs and freelancers, as well as a SaaS solution to connect insurers with their distribution partners. We build bespoke, end-to-end platforms encompassing the whole customer journey, but can also integrate our APIs within existing systems. We were proud to win Insurance Provider of the Year at the British Small Business Awards 2018 and receive silver in the Insurtech category at the Efma & Accenture Innovation in Insurance Awards 2019.

How would you describe your leadership style?

I try to be as inclusive a leader as possible. I’m committed to creating space for everyone to shine. Many of the roles at Tapoly are performed by women and I speak at industry events to encourage more people to get involved in insurance/insurtech. Similarly, I always try to maintain a growth mindset. I think it’s important to retain values to support learning and development, like reliability, working hard and punctuality.

What’s the best leadership advice you’ve received?

Build your network and seek advice. As a leader, you need smart people around you to help you grow your business. It’s not about personally being the best, but being able to find resources and get help where needed.

How do you see leadership changing in a COVID world?

I think the pandemic has proven the importance of inclusive leadership so that everyone feels supported and valued. It’s also shown the importance of being flexible as a leader. We’ve had to remain adaptable to continue delivering high levels of customer service. This flexibility has also been important when supporting employees as everyone has had individual pressures to deal with during this time. Leaders should continue to embed this flexibility within their organisations moving forward.

They say ‘from every crisis comes opportunity’, what opportunities do you see?

The past year has been challenging, but it has also proven the importance of digital transformation in insurance. When working from home was required, it was much harder for insurers to adjust who had not embedded technology within their operating processes because they did not have data stored in the cloud and it caused communication delays with concerned customers at a time when this communication should have been a priority, which ultimately impacts the level of customer satisfaction. This demonstrates the importance of what we are trying to achieve at Tapoly in driving digitalisation in insurance and making communication between insurers and distribution partners seamless. 

What advice would you give to your younger self just starting out in the industry?

Start sooner, don’t be afraid to take (calculated) risks and make sure you raise enough money to get you through the initial seed stage.

 

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