Applied Reliability - Centered Maintenance

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PST0416-201801  10 Dec 2018  12 Dec 2018  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  SGD 2995  Ahmed D., PHD, CMRP, CRE, PE.   Register
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Past Course

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        Aaron A. Zick, Ph.D. 

The purpose of this course is to broaden the knowledge of the Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) process and illustrate how RCM can apply within an industry neutral application. The discussion will drive deeper into the various aspects or RCM and different methodologies applied (SRCM, RCM2, RCM Turbo, ..etc) in order to identify the most appropriate approach for a successful implementation. RCM introduces three basic concepts for asset management. Identify what is important, define what should be done, and change the existing programs is what RCM practitioners will possess and commune when applying the RCM process.
We will also study some techniques that will engage people to change the existing program, as well as explore general RCM project steps.

Day 1 :

  • Module 1: Setting the Scene (Course Introduction)

                         - RCM History and introduction to the RCM Standards SAE JA1011, SAE JA 1012

  • Module 2: RCM Overview and Business Context
  • Break
  • Module 3: RCM Phase “What is Important?”
  • Lunch
  • Practical Session: Criticality Matrix
  • Module 3: RCM Phase “What is Important?”
  • Break
  • Module 3: RCM Phase “What is Important?”
  • Practical Session: Developing system Boundaries and Asset Hierarchical Structure (ISO 14224:2016)
  • Conclude Day 1

Day 2 :

  • Reflection Day 1
  • Practical Session: Functional Failure Analysis
  • Module 4: RCM Phase “What should be done?”
  • Break
  • Module 4: RCM Phase “What should be done?”
  • Lunch
  • Practical Session: Maintenance Strategy (What works best?)
  • Break
  • Module 5: RCM Customization and Requirements
  • Practical Session: FMEA
  • Conclude Day 2

Day 3 :

  • Reflection Day 2
  • Module 6: Change the Existing Program (Implementation and Improvement)
  • Break
  • Practical Session: Change the Existing Program
  • Module 6: Change the Existing Program (Implementation and Improvement)
  • Lunch
  • Module 7: RCM Project
  • Break
  • Practical Session: Project Plan
  • Module 8: RBI Integration with RCM in AMST
  • Closure and Reflection Day 3


In order to comprehend and practice these techniques, we will use a number of practical sessions – some simple examples to illustrate the principles, but also reconsider a number of technical RCM topics.
At the end of this course, you should:

  • Know how to describe the RCM process flow
  • Understand the importance of identifying and categorizing assets
  • Understand criticality and the FMECA approach in RCM
  • Understand how to develop a RCM analysis, as well as the implications of making the strategy work
  • Understand the requirements for RC
  • Recognize the importance of data structure and content before you do any kind of strategy work
  • Understand RCM customization
  • Understand why to conduct a task comparison
  • Understand what work packaging is
  • Understand how to implement RCM
  • Recognize what a living program is
  • Know the content of a RCM project plan

This course specially designed for the following disciplines:

  • Maintenance and Reliability Engineers and Managers
  • Engineering personnel and managers

Aaron A. Zick, Ph.D.

Founder and President


President, Zick Technologies (Since 10/93).

Petroleum engineering consulting and software development, specializing in the area of reservoir fluid phase behavior modeling. References available on request. Key achievements:

-Developed numerous equation-of-state and black-oil fluid characterizations for various major oil companies and as a sub-contractor for Pera A/S.

-Recommended phase behavior experimentation and modeling guidelines for several major oil companies.

-Wrote PhazeComp, a new, state-of-the-art program from Zick Technologies for equation-of-state phase behavior modeling, reservoir fluid characterization, and the robust, efficient calculation of minimum miscibility conditions.

-Wrote Streamz, unique Petrostreamz A/S software for translating, manipulating, and managing vast quantities of fluid stream information.

-Designed and helped write Pipe-It, unique Petrostreamz A/S software for managing and manipulating petroleum resources, processes, and projects.

-Taught numerous industry courses on phase behavior, equations of state, reservoir fluid characterization, and miscible gas injection processes.

-Designed and helped implement a new set of equation-of-state routines for the in-house reservoir simulator of a major oil company.

-Advised the architects of a major commercial reservoir simulator on ways to significantly improve their equation-of-state routines.


Director of Research, Reservoir Simulation Research Corporation (6/91–10/93).

Responsible for the research and development of more efficient, accurate, and reliable techniques for modeling reservoir fluid phase behavior within MORE® (a fully-compositional, equation-of-state reservoir simulator). Also responsible for improving three-dimensional visualization of reservoir simulator output, and for occasional consulting work. Key achievements:

-Designed and implemented new equation-of-state solution algorithms for MORE®, improving both efficiency and robustness while using less memory.

-Developed a powerful and flexible interface between MORE® and TECPLOT™ (three-dimensional surface contouring software from AMTEC Engineering).


Senior Principal Research Engineer, ARCO Oil and Gas Company (9/83–5/91).

Developed expertise in reservoir fluid phase behavior, phase behavior modeling, compositional reservoir simulation, and relative permeability modeling.  Designed and analyzed PVT experiments. Created equation-of-state reservoir fluid characterizations. Developed ARCO’s phase behavior modeling software and relative permeability modeling software. Helped develop several of ARCO’s compositional and limited compositional reservoir simulators. Key achievements:

-Discovered the true, condensing/vaporizing mechanism of oil displace­ment by enriched hydrocarbon gases.

-Represented ARCO on the Prudhoe Bay co-owners’ Enhanced Oil Recovery Task Force for the Prudhoe Bay Miscible Gas Project.

-Designed and analyzed most of the PVT and slim-tube experiments for the Prudhoe Bay Miscible Gas Project.

-Created the equation-of-state reservoir fluid characterization adopted by the operating companies for the Prudhoe Bay Miscible Gas Project.

-Developed the miscibility pressure correlations used by the facility operators for the Prudhoe Bay Miscible Gas Project.

-Developed EOSPHASE, a then state-of-the-art program for equation-of-state phase behavior modeling, reservoir fluid characterization, and the robust, efficient calculation of minimum miscibility conditions.

-Developed SLIMTUBE, a special-purpose, equation-of-state simulator for slim-tube displacements.

-Developed new, compositionally-consistent, three-phase relative perme­ability models for ARCO’s compositional simulators and wrote data-fitting software for those models.

-Developed the phase behavior and relative permeability routines for a new, limited compositional reservoir simulator and assisted on other aspects of it.

-Continually added improvements to various in-house reservoir simulators.

-Regularly taught in-house courses on the phase behavior of miscible gas displacement processes.



A. A. Zick, “A Combined Condensing/Vaporizing Mechanism in the Displacement of Oil by Enriched Gases,” presented at the 61st Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, New Orleans, LA (October, 1986).

D. E. Tang and A. A. Zick, “A New Limited Compositional Reservoir Simulator,” presented at the 12th SPE Symposium on Reservoir Simulation, New Orleans, LA (March, 1993).