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Condition monitoring system
Maintenance management
Asset management
Decision making
Risk assessment
Tire failure
Enterprise system
Performance based
Performance evaluation
Discrete event simulation
Hauler truck
Information System
Information flow
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Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Farahani, Rezsa
Supervisor and department
Lipsett, Michael (Mechanical Engineering)
Examining committee member and department
Kumar, Amit (Mechanical Engineering)
Zaiane, Osmar (Computing Science)
Doucette, John (Mechanical Engineering)
Lipsett, Michael (Mechanical Engineering)
Hall, Robert (Mining Engineering)
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Engineering Management
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Doctor of Philosophy
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Industrial information systems can improve the management of industrial operations by providing relevant and timely information on the status of physical assets via condition and process monitoring systems, and by enabling the effective use of data by systems and processes that restore proper functionality via control and maintenance systems. A framework and methods have been developed that extend current information system design methods for design and evaluation of effective industrial information systems, as a method for more concretely demonstrating the value of system features prior to system design, and for assessing system performance after implementation for continuous system improvement. An effective system from the framework’s perspective is first, performance-based, i.e. benefits due to the system are balanced with associated costs. Second, it is fit for the system owner’s purpose, i.e. it has been designed with respect to organizational business strategy, objectives, and constraints. And third, it is holistic, i.e. it addresses various performance criteria that are important to the system stakeholders, e.g. operational excellence, financial, safety and environmental. This thesis describes the development and application of the framework and methods, and verifies their effectiveness using data from an industrial operation. The application case is on the development of a machine condition monitoring and maintenance management information system for mobile machine management of mining and production operations. Evaluation methods have been developed to assess several candidate systems and to select the most effective alternative as part of the framework. The first method is a risk assessment method for analytical performance evaluation of the system using a time-based, event-risk tree model. The second method involves simulating the system for evaluating system performance based on a developed probability model linked, stochastic, discrete event simulation method, which includes machine events, operations workflow, information flow, and decision making related to the case operations. After system alternatives are evaluated, the process for selecting the most effective system is then demonstrated using the analytical hierarchy process (AHP) method coupled with the framework as a multi-criteria decision analysis method. Verification of the case description, models, and the assumed parameter values has been achieved by subject matter expert review.
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Citation for previous publication
R. Farahani, M.G. Lipsett (2012), “Framework for Design and Performance Evaluation of Effective Condition Monitoring and Maintenance Management Systems,” Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop and Congress on eMaintenance, PP.69-76.

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