EuroMaintenance20 December 2022
Support is what is needed

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The EFNMS Asset Management Committee recognises that there are at least two stages of an asset’s life when the Maintenance Strategy is prepared, or reviewed, to be in line with the objectives of an organisation’s Asset Management.

Simply put, stage one (1) is during the Capital Project design of the life cycle, and stage two (2) is during the lengthy period of Operations and Maintenance. The former requires that maintenance issues are covered fully by the experienced site maintenance related personnel within so-called 'Early Asset Management’. The latter takes place following the receipt of data and information on operation of the asset systems within their working environment; or when cost reductions or other signifi cant change demands that it takes place. The implementation of the investment project management strategy at each of the stages 1) and 2) includes the two types of strategy involved in Maintenance. One is the Asset Strategy, which is the set of job activities to be implemented; the other is the Maintenance Management Strategy. They both are infl uenced by, and have an impact on, Asset Management throughout the lives of the asset systems. The importance of creating interaction and strength within the triangle of the top-down and bottom-up actions of Project, Operations and Maintenance supporting Asset Management will be represented widely with the presentations throughout the forthcoming EuroMaintenance Conference at Rotterdam. 


The value of LCC

Janez Tomazin is Chairman of the EFNMS Asset Management Committee and supports the fact that the greatest opportunity for infl uencing projected Life Cycle Cost occurs during the initial design stages of the life cycle. "Once the investment has been put into service, there is relatively little fl exibility in infl uencing the overall committed cost. Preparation during the design, build, commissioning and handover stages includes the preparation of the policies for Asset Management and maintenance within it, but also the inclusion of O&M personnel in the project management team and the evaluation of previous operating performance and failure information of similar assets”. Besides these Tomazin mentions also the aimed at assets reliability and maintainability objectives, and associated confi gurations, checks on the anticipated life-cycle costs at each stage of the life cycle design and build and the defi nition of the operability, safety, ESG, and wider organisational objectives of the project.The required support to the operations and maintenance stage should be in place on the fi rst day of the commissioning function, and its verifi cation should be part of that activity. It matters little that the asset is brand new, it can fail, and if the right spare is not available or the people are not trained, then the expectation for the budget and commissioning time may be compromised



The application of standards, those existing and those being considered, is supported strongly by EFNMS personnel through their national societies. The standards applied may include the most recent issues of those shown in the diagram, which illustrates a structure having EN 16646 Maintenance within Asset Management as 
key support to the Asset Management ISO 55.000 series. Tomazin; "I will strongly recommend everyones attendance to EuroMaintenance. Maybe we can inform you about these kind of standards”.