Risk and Reliability Engineering for Crisis Management: Using Experience from Asset Management
Cyp F.H. van Rijn, Lecturer Risk Assessment and Safety, Master of Engineering, Utrecht University of Applied Sciences,
Hon. President ESReDA.
History shows that scientific research in Risk and Reliability Engineering has not been very successful in improving Asset Management whilst a comparable disciple as control engineering is now fully integrated into the (process) engineering curriculum and widespread applied.
The author has 20 years’ experience of teaching some 300 Master students, trying to close the intellectual gap between (stochastic) Operations Researchers and practical (especially, mechanical) engineers.
Discussing a number of common decision problems, it is shown that simple models that visualise the results of the AM decision process in time are powerful tools to store the insights produced by reliability engineering tools in memory. Such under-standing is required in deciding on maintenance strategies to be applied, as well as on achieving agreement and endorsement between/from the various parties involved, in order to guarantee a long-lasting success of an implementation and to evaluate the results with field data.
Even these simple models yield results that hitherto are surprising to practicing engi-neers, as demonstrated by their use in the long series of Master Course RAM blocks. It is our experience that, after graduation, most course members successfully apply these techniques in practice.
Keywords: Asset Management, Decision Support Techniques, Dealing With Uncer-tainty, Stochastic Analysis