PK8207 - Maintenance Optimisation


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Passed/Failed

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Oral examination 50/100 1 hours D
work 50/100 1 semesters A

Course content

The course is lectured every second year. Next time is spring 2020. The focus is decided according to participants needs among these topics:
Maintenance management. Age, block, and minimal repair policies. Optimisation of intervals and intervention level in condition monitoring models. Optimum grouping of maintenance activities. Spare part optimisation. Opportunity based maintenance. Reliability centered maintenance. Optimisation of renewal. Data collection and analysis for use in maintenance management. Data driven prognostic and predictive maintenance (often a main focus). Influence of maintenance on safety and reliability for complex systems. Use of numerical methods.

Learning outcome

Knowledge: Basic insight into the theoretical foundation and practical applications of maintenance optimization. The theoretical foundation shall form a basis for development of new models and methods within maintenance optimization

Skills: Recognising standard situations related to such maintenance optimisation, and be able to develop reasoning for more complicated situations. Solve optimization problems in practice. Assess RAMS performance for systems.

General competence: Understand RAMS as an important cornerstone of industrial and commercial systems and in the public administration.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, project work and exercises. In the lectures we will actively use personal computers to solve optimisation problems. Exercises and the exam are also based on the use of a personal computer. The lectures and exercises are in English when students who do not speak Norwegian take the course. If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may be changed from written to oral. The course may be run as a seminar based course with full days in blocks after agreement with the students. To pass the course a score of at least 70 percent is required.

Compulsory assignments

  • Øvinger

Further on evaluation

Portfolio assessment is the basis for the grade in the course. The portfolio includes writing a Project paper counting 50 % and an oral exam counting 50 %. The results for the entire portfolio are graded passed or not passed. Passed requires at least 70 % score in total for the Portfolio.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

Selected papers and book chapters. Specific course compendium.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
TPK5155 3.7 01.09.2007
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2020

No.of lecture hours: 3
Lab hours: 2
No.of specialization hours: 7

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Energy and Process Engineering
  • Safety, Reliability and Maintenance
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Marine Topics
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering



Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Oral examination 50/100 D
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Oral examination 50/100 D
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD work 50/100 A
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD work 50/100 A
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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