Operations and Maintenance Management (OFF510)

The course deals with operations and maintenance management of industrial assets. The course provides the basic theory and project execution models to design and manage maintenance concepts, based on relevant standards e.g. NORSOK Z-008, IEC 60300, ISO 14224, as well as it provides the relevant engineering and management methods and tools. The focus is mainly directed towards the Offshore Oil & Gas industry and Offshore renewable energy, and to some extent the onshore industry.

Course description for study year 2023-2024


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The course will describe central factors and methods used to optimize activities in various life cycle phases (e.g.design and development, installation and commissioning, operations and maintenance, removal and recycling), with respect to costs, profits, and acceptable risk level for health, safety and environment (HSE), as well as investments. A project report shall be prepared with a theme in Operations and maintenance management.

The course will be taught in three modules with the following content: Module 1: Introduction to operations and maintenance; -Maintenance as a business process and added value process; -Trends in maintenance management; -Definitions and terminology; -Types of maintenance, choice of maintenance strategy and methods -NORSOK Z-008, IEC 60300 standards, legislative requirements and governmental regulations; -Establishment of goals, requirements, and risk acceptance criteria with respect to Health, safety and environment; Module 2: Principal concepts, tools and techniques; -Engineering analysis, equipment technical and functional hierarchy, Consequecne Classification, Failure mode effects and criticality analysis (FMECA), Fault tree analysis (FTA), Event tree analysis (ETA), Spare parts Evaluation, etc.; -Design out/ design for maintenance considering reliability, availability, maintainability, operations and maintenance support; -Life cycle cost analysis; -Spare parts inventory and logistics; -Data and information management; Module 3: Maintenance management and development of maintenance programs; -Reliability centered maintenance (RCM); -Risk based maintenance (RBM) and Risk based inspections (RBI); -Maintenance objectives and strategies; -Maintenance management and work processes;

Learning outcome

After attending the course the student should have a basic understanding of central aspects of management of operations and maintenance during the planning, manufacturing, installation, commissioning, and operation of advanced, complex and integrated machines, equipment, products, systems as well as production/ manufacturing facilities. The students should demonstrate understanding and application of common methods, tools and analysis. The context will be on onshore/offshore technology (as for example oil and gas platforms or offshore wind farms).

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Project work and oral presentation

Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Project work 9/10 Letter grades
Oral presentation 1/10 Letter grades

The course has an ongoing assessment consisting of a project assignment 90% and an oral presentation 10%.All assessment parts must be passed to achieve an overall grade in the course.There are no re-sit opportunities on the project assignment, if students want to take this part again, they must take the course again the next time the course is lectured.Students who do not attend the presentation cannot expect to take this part again. If there is a valid absence, the student can, by agreement with the subject teacher, complete the presentation at a later date.Students who do not pass one of the assessment sections, or wish to improve their grades, must retake all assessment sections within the same semester in order to obtain a new overall grade.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator:

Idriss El-Thalji

Course teacher:

Jawad Raza

Course teacher:

Idriss El-Thalji

Head of Department:

Mona Wetrhus Minde

Method of work

Lectures, project assignment. Guest lectures. Lecture language is English.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Operations and maintenance management (MOM460_1) 5

Open for

Master studies at the Faculty of Science and Technology

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course coordinator, the student representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital course evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


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