An Australian case study in establishing due diligence and continuous improvement in preventive maintenance.

Beginning in 1991, Rail Services Australia (RSA) has pursued the application of reliability centred maintenance and other risk based decision tools to the determination of cost effective preventive maintenance programs in all rail infrastructure disciplines. The development of technical maintenance plans using aerospace industry approaches has been pivotal in the establishment of due diligence maintenance programs, significant reductions in the cost of asset condition monitoring, and the facilitation of alliance style asset management contracts in the New South Wales rail industry. This paper examines the approach adopted in a unique transfer of knowledge from the aerospace to the rail industries and the success achieved in the signalling and electrical disciplines. Also presented are the next generation of tailored technical maintenance plans drawing on a foundation of the original technical maintenance plans, sustaining maintenance management system and improved gathering of asset performance data using handheld computers. For the covering abstract see ITRD E125214.


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  • Accession Number: 01011772
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • ISBN: 0-947644-43-1
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Dec 19 2005 3:30PM