RAM analysis safeguards and speeds up reconstruction of Dutch lock complex

Overview

A centuries-old lock located in the Netherlands was completely renewed and upgraded by a Dutch construction firm. In cooperation with an engineering firm, MaxGrip carried out a comprehensive analysis to ensure that the designs meet all future operational requirements.

The contract was awarded by the local province, responsible for the quality and reliability of the provincial roads and waterways. The construction firm is a large building contractor in the Netherlands, active in property development, housing, non-residential construction, and infrastructure.

“RAMS analysis is an increasingly important development method, best applied from the initiative phase. It analyzes and maps out the level of reliability, availability, maintainability and safety in an integrated manner. It can translate the information into RAMS requirements for these four aspects, reflecting the performance to be delivered, and covering the entire asset life cycle. The results from the various analyzes substantiate any design changes and decisions, which end up in the RAMS dossier along with the client’s comments on the process and analysis results.”

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Renewing the lock complex

The lock is outdated in terms of its dimensions and technical condition. Renovation would not be an adequate long-term solution. The province opted for the renewal of the entire lock complex, including the nearby bridges, owned by the municipality. Broadening the chamber to 14 meters, deepening it to 4.7 meters, and lengthening it to 156 meters makes the new lock accessible to ships of the largest (inland waterway) class.

Design & construct

The construction firm was awarded a Design & Construct contract for the realization of the project. The province formulated a set of requirements and conditions in a public tender, allowing professional contractors such as the construction firm to apply their knowledge, expertise and innovative power to complete the renewal project as quickly and cost-effectively as possible. The construction firm needed support to demonstrate beyond any doubt that its design decisions and calculations will meet all requirements of availability, reliability and total life cycle costs.

Discovering differences

After devising an action plan, MaxGrip proceeded with extensive desk research to discover as much as possible about the lock complex. ‘We cross-checked digitally available data with the paper archives, highlighting all differences to be cleared up. We led the team of the construction firm’s subcontractors to check the as-built drawings and inspect the actual versions on site. Step by step we managed to restore data integrity, enabling the construction firm to determine the right maintenance plans.”

RAM Analysis

RAMS stands for Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Safety. “RAMS analysis is an increasingly important development method, best applied from the initiative phase”, says MaxGrip expert. “It analyzes and maps out the level of reliability, availability, maintainability and safety in an integrated manner. It can translate the information into RAMS requirements for these four aspects, reflecting the performance to be delivered, and covering the entire asset life cycle. The results from the various analyzes substantiate any design changes and decisions, which end up in the RAMS dossier along with the client’s comments on the process and analysis results.”

Critical spare parts

MaxGrip worked closely together with the Dutch national agency to restore data integrity for the lock complex which, for the purposes of this project, consisted of three locks and two vertical lift bridges. “We were already familiar with the actual locks, as we prepared a list of critical spare parts for the construction firm. Moreover, we have ample experience with restoring data integrity in a range of industries.”

Quality and value

MaxGrip has a proven track record in applying RAMS methodology for the Infrastructure & Utilities sector, demonstrating its ability to deliver quality and value within a limited time frame. “Our collaboration with Witteveen+Bos has created a substantial knowledge base. We use state of the art software solutions and our expertise is complementary. They contribute technical design knowledge, we have the expertise with regard to failure behavior and preventive maintenance, the methods and best practices for maximum availability and maintenance optimization.”

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Marcel Morsing

SENIOR ACCOUNT MANAGER INFRA & UTILITIES

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