H. Lobregt MSc


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How to implement Asset Management Control in a non-profit maintenance organization, on a cost effective manner

The goal of the research is to find out how to implement Asset Management Control in a non-profit maintenance organization, in a cost effective manner.

Sub-questions were:
Is there a way available yet to implement performance driven maintenance and system management approach (Asset Management Control) within a Defense Maintenance Organization?
The capital technical system forms the core feature of Asset Management Control (AMC). To achieve an effective capital asset, the activities in relation to design, production and maintenance have to be considered. Asset Management Control aims to specify, organize, plan, direct and control these activities to achieve the most cost-effective solution. AMC is practically supported by AMICO which is a software-tool that was specially developed to support the AMC theory. AMICO transparently combines performances and costs of actors and installations in view of the system’s life cycle to provide management information on installation and system level.

For one class of Navy ships (M-Frigate class) a case is conducted to discover any improvements in management and organization to elucidate the working of AMC to the defense organization. This case consisted of setting up and testing a Life Cycle Management model for a period of two years. This case resulted in locating performance killers, cost drivers and figures of system and cost-effectiveness.
To find out whether AMC could contribute to the profit of Royal Netherlands Naval Maintenance and Service Establishment, the level up to which the Royal Netherlands Naval Maintenance and Service Establishment was already managing their maintenance had to be investigated.
This case is based on the ten improvement factors on which AMC was developed. It appeared that AMC had room for improvement. It was estimated that Royal Netherlands Naval Maintenance and Service Establishment could save on specific parts of the operational costs by management according to AMC in the Design & Acquisition phase.  An analysis with the PRIMA program lists all strengths, weaknesses,

opportunities and threats for the implementation of AMC. The most important factor that resulted from this analysis is: motivation and education of participants. This is considered a success factor that should be monitored very closely by the organization. AMC can only become a success when all involved actors are motivated and educated.

The implementation of AMC is considered to be beneficial to the Royal Netherlands Naval Maintenance and Service Establishment when the success factors are closely monitored. AMC will provide insight in costs and performance over the life cycle of a ship and is therefore considered to be a significant and beneficial tool for management.

The main conclusion and recommendation of this dissertation are that a maintenance approach should be implemented utilizing the following phases:

  • prepare an appropriate business strategy with directives;
  • prepare and plan the implementation;
  • improve of the data systems and analyses
  • implement and continuously improve the maintenance organization by:
    - education and motivation of the employees.

A very interesting outcome of this dissertation is that in order to achieve the best results, Royal Netherlands Naval Maintenance and Service Establishment organization need to put some effort into basic needs such as better definition of responsibilities within the Royal Netherlands Naval Maintenance and Service Establishment, getting consensus about maintenance responsibility throughout the whole Defense Materiel Organization, and reinvestigate the structure and role of the changed management organization, which are the corner stone’s of motivation according to General Berlijn [Berlijn, Leiderschap in de Krijgsmacht, 2008].

De thesis kunt u hier bekijken. (EN)

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