Reliable Assets

Reliable Assets is a two day interactive course delivered to the assist maintainers, operators, supply officers, engineers and other stakeholders understand the total approach to ensuring assets deliver their required level of reliability and performance throughout their operational life. The outcome is that the assets will continually perform at a level necessary for the business to achieve its operational goals.

Reliable Assets involves delivering effective asset management plans that take into account measurements of assets; condition, past work history and other measurements which report on the potential risks that assets will fail in the future when required to operate or perform their function. The plans document necessary actions, prioritised on a risk basis, along with the likely costs and timing which will ensure problems are resolved before they lead to failure.

This course will assist individuals who wish to understand more about improving the performance of their assets and deliver long term, sustainable benefits. The course presents a range of essential techniques and important concepts in asset management, which can be applied within the context of the roles of the participants.

Advice is provided to allow refinement of the course material to asset-specific requirements in the participant’s work place, eg fixed plant, mobile assets, linear assets, facilities etc.

Course Goals

The goals for the attendees of fundamentals of work management course are:

  1. Plan improvement of the assets based on information about their condition and past reliability plus considering how long they have been operating and any environmental considerations;
  2. Understand techniques and methods to lift the reliability and performance of physical assets, ensuring they meet the objectives set for them by the business’ operational plans; and
  3. Specify a valid approach which the participants can take back to their work place to life asset performance and condition in their work place.

Learning Objectives

The learning objectives for the Fundamentals of Work Management course are:

  1. Understand the process of asset management planning and its dependence on condition monitoring, inspections and reliability assessments;
  2. Use appropriate data gathering and management processes to inform risks to reliable performance and support the continuous improvement of assets;
  3. Improve the maintenance and operations of assets to avoid unnecessary downtime;
  4. Drive defect elimination and coordinate the activity of many stakeholders in an integrated approach.


The participant is expected to:

  • Engage with their supervisor before coming to the course in order to determine where the most value in their specific business can be found from the learning experience;
  • Have an open mind to appreciate new concepts and challenge long held beliefs specific in their work place;
  • Critically test the material presented in the course in terms of relevance and applicability to their own situation;
  • Work hard to find opportunities for improvement to take back to their own work place;
  • Deliver improvement back in the work place by applying and testing the concepts taught in this course; and
  • Be positive and work with other participants in a collaborative learning experience.

This is a serious investment of time and funds and provides a rare opportunity to allow the participant to think through these concepts and seek out an improved way of undertaking their job.

Learning Materials

Materials provided include:

  • Pre-course questionnaire which will allow some tailoring of the delivery to the participants’ backgrounds and specific needs;
  • Comprehensive reference manual and explanatory slides; and
  • Interactive team sessions leading to material developed by the participants, which is documented and provided back as a course report.

The course report should assist individuals focus on priority improvements which they can take back to their organisation, consistent with their role.

The pre-course questionnaire is designed for the participant to discuss with their supervisor so that they come to the course prepared to address specific asset-related problems such as premature decay, lack of reliability, under performance of assets and so on.

The reference manual will provide a long-term benefit as a source of practical advice covering important techniques to improve the performance and reliability of assets.

Course Outline

The learning modules for the course are shown below.

Work Management and Assessment Management Planning

  • Introduction to asset management planning
  • Stakeholders in asset management plans
  • Specifying risks in the assets
  • Developing and prioritising work proposals

Reliability and Continuous Improvement

  • Reliability framework
  • Issues register
  • Condition assessments
  • Investigations
  • Defect analysis

Operator Care

  • Principles of Operator Driven Reliability (ODR)
  • Front line observation
  • Improving operator communication
  • Autonomous maintenance

Improving the Maintenance Approach

  • Elements of Preventive/Predictive Maintenance
  • Asset criticality
  • FMEA
  • Improvement techniques – RCM, TPM, PMO
  • RBD analysis of systems

Inventory Analysis and Obsolescence

  • Stock out analyses and minimum holdings
  • Critical spares analysis
  • Obsolescence management
  • Alternative supplier analysis

Conditioning Monitoring

  • Condition monitoring framework
  • Overview of technologies
  • Using condition monitoring data
  • Achieving value from condition monitoring

Handling Data

  • Work order history
  • Managing inspection data
  • Forecasting future problems
  • Reporting maintenance effectiveness

Defect Elimination

  • Root Cause Analysis
  • Handling evidence
  • 5Y
  • Fishbone analysis