Stemming from early careers as employees to nuclear utilities, Cohesive brings nearly 30 years of experience implementing work management, corrective action, configuration management, and clearance and tagging systems for some of the nation’s largest names in the industry. Recognized by IBM for our unique backgrounds, no other firm in North America brings an equivalent blend of Standard Nuclear Performance Model knowledge, commercial product expertise with solutions like Maximo, EMPAC, and SAP, and lessons learned from implementing these systems within the industry.
Lance co-leads the Cohesive Solutions consulting practice and is a subject matter expert to projects in the nuclear, fossil, and electric T&D industries. Having started his career in the late ‘80s at Duke Energy’s Catawba Nuclear Station, he managed the station’s Surveillance and Predictive Maintenance Programs. Lance has since led and participated as a subject matter expert and solution architect to over 30 nuclear operations and work management related projects. Lance offers a rare blend of Standard Nuclear Performance Model best practices knowledge with exceptional solution skills leveraging his product expertise, particularly with EMPAC and Maximo Nuclear. Lance’s most recent large-scale implementations of Maximo Nuclear involved implementation at TVA, Constellation/Exelon, Dominion Energy, and support for Southern Nuclear. Currently, Lance is leading the implementation of Maximo’s Automated Clearance and Tagging module for DTE Energy’s Fermi II nuclear station in Michigan. He is an active participant in the Maximo Nuclear Development Partner Program, and as a key contributor to the group has offered perspective and interpretation of both industry requirements and Maximo product design.
Scott is a seasoned consultant with 30 years of experience leading and supporting EAM initiatives in Energy and Utilities. Scott's early career began in the late '80s in the nuclear industry at Virginia Power's Surrey Nuclear Station as an engineer. He is an expert in the SNPM and the industry-leading practices and systems for asset and work management. Scott is also one of Cohesive's master facilitators to complex process re-engineering, solution design and change management projects. Scott is an active member of the IBM development partner for Maximo Nuclear where he contributes his industry knowledge and experience implementing Maximo.
George started his current career in 1991 when he worked for The System Works in Atlanta, Georgia. Here, he spent four years leading technical teams implementing the MPAC system (preceded EMPAC) at nuclear stations operated by TVA, NYPA, and Niagara Mohawk. By the mid ‘90s, George, was consulting as an independent on projects involving EMPAC and Curator at stations currently operated by TVA, First Energy, Dominion, and Wolf Creek. One of George’s key accomplishments during this period was the development of the first Clearance and Tagging application compatible with the EMPAC product. In late ’98, George began a 24-month long implementation of EMPAC and Curator at Wisconsin Public Service. He spent 18 months leading the fossil and substation deployments before moving to Kewaunee where he finalized data conversion and supported the cutover to EMPAC and Curator. In 2003, the Cohesive team was awarded the implementation of EMPAC Supply Chain at the newly formed Nuclear Management Company and its fleet of six nuclear stations. George’s role at the NNC was to manage data migration and support key integration development with the individual station work management systems. Following the NMC, George began focusing on the growth of Cohesive Solutions. During these early days of Cohesive, George remained engaged in strategic projects such as the business case development for Southern Generation and Nuclear’s move to Maximo, building the early Maximo nuclear prototype, and assisting with sales efforts as a partner to MRO Software and IBM.
Tom is an information technology professional with over 30-years experience in leadership, project and program management, and strategic planning. Currently, he is a Program Manager leading Maximo Asset Management and Supply Chain initiatives. Before joining Cohesive, he served as head of IT for a $1B international joint-venture start-up, that included the development and integration of a new $200M Nuclear IT platform to facilitate the collaborative licensing, design, build, and operations for a fleet of new nuclear plants. At a major U.S. nuclear operator, he was the Transition Lead for an $85M program to consolidate Finance, Work Management, Supply Chain, and Human Resources systems. Tom is passionate about creating positive and collaborative working environments that lead to sustainable high-performance teams delivering superior results.
In 1982, Alex started his career in Technical Operations at Detroit Edison’s Fermi 2 Nuclear Station. He was later assigned to the In-service Inspection and Testing group in support of the initial criticality milestone at Fermi 2. Following graduate school, Alex moved into “Big 6” Consulting where his major work focused on the design and implementation of the MPAC System (predecessor to EMPAC) for NYPA’s James A. Fitzpatrick and Indian Point 3 nuclear power plants. Following these projects, Alex turned to independent consulting whereby he supported the initial design and implementation the EMPAC system at Wolf Creek in Kansas. Following Wolf Creek, Alex participated in the implementation of both EMPAC and Curator at the Beaver Valley Power Station. In 1998, along with his current Cohesive business partners, Alex led and supported the Curator and EMPAC implementations respectively at the Kewaunee Nuclear Station. In 2002, along with the Cohesive team, Alex became a key contributor to the implementation of EMPAC Supply Chain for the Nuclear Management Company’s six nuclear stations. In 2005, Alex turned his focus to the configuration and installation of Maximo. He worked on various Maximo projects in energy and utilities, including a participating role at TVA as a training team lead. Subsequent work at TVA years following supported the evaluation of existing functional requirements and gap analysis associated with TVA’s pending upgrade from Maximo V6.2 to V7.5. In 2015, Alex was a key member of the Cohesive team implementing Maximo’s Corrective Action solution for Dominion’s nuclear plants. Alex’s current specialty is offering subject matter expertise, managing technical teams, and leading mobile system deployments for organizations using Maximo.
Charlie is a 30-year industry veteran and subject matter expert, well-versed on Nuclear standards, codes, regulations, and industry process models. He is experienced in the evaluation of process automation solutions for alignment with accepted practices common among industry peers and industry standard process models. The last several years Charlie has led business process workshops, Maximo enhancements, upgrades and testing at Dominion, Vogtle Power Station, Clinton Power Station, and DTE.
Working for Cohesive Solutions in varying capacities since 2007, Tom Beneduci brings a unique blend of hands-on nuclear industry experience, with information technology. Spending the majority of his career with Entergy Northeast, Tom holds a Senior Reactor Operator certification on GE boiling water reactors. Early in his career, he served in multiple positions including instrumentation and controls technician and supervisor, maintenance supervisor, senior test engineer, shift outage manager, electrical maintenance supervisor, and deputy plant manager. Tom ultimately achieved technology positions as Site IT Manager and Business Unit CIO for Entergy Northeast. While in these roles, Tom sponsored and led the implementation of Maximo at four of Entergy Northeast nuclear units. Following Entergy, Tom joined Cohesive where he now offers his experience in multiple capacities. Highlights of Tom’s Cohesive assignments can be found in his contribution as a subject matter expert to TVA’s implementation of Maximo. Following that deployment, TVA requested that Tom extend his role by organizing an directing TVA’s new governance program for asset management solutions. Following TVA, Tom has participated as a project manager, subject matter expert, and quality assurance lead on other Maximo projects for Cohesive.
Tom Johnson | Nuclear SME, Senior Business Analyst, QA Lead
Tom has over 17 years of experience in nuclear power plant operations and maintenance and over 15 years of all aspects of enterprise asset management system implementation. Tom held a senior reactor operator license certification at one of Exelon’s nuclear generating station. His assignments included senior reactor operator, simulator instructor, and operations training manager. In 1995, Tom was team leader for preparing and administering the first utility-generated initial licensing examination in the U.S. Since 1999, Tom has worked on a multitude of Maximo implementation projects for nuclear and fossil generating facilities and electrical T&D; this includes nuclear generating organizations at Tennessee Valley Authority and Dominion Energy. His assignments have included business/functional analyst and QA lead.
Ben Gustafson | Nuclear SME, Practice Leader, Operations & Maintenance Services
Ben has over 15 years of experience in nuclear power plant operations and maintenance. Starting as a nuclear reactor operator in the United States Navy, Ben transitioned to becoming an equipment operator for Exelon’s Braidwood Unit One and Two. Ben assumed the role of Operations Shift Scheduler in 2009 and spearheaded the implementation of the NRC RG 5.73 fatigue management rule for Operations. In late 2010, Ben left Exelon and joined the consulting ranks. With an expertise in lockout/tagout, shift narrative logs, operator rounds, LCO management and configuration control, Ben has acted as a lead implementation consultant for the Electronic Shift Operations Management (eSOMS) suite across the United States, Canada, Europe, Middle East and Asia. He now serves asset-intensive organizations by helping them implement, optimize, and continuously improve world class asset management programs with IBM Maximo.