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Early Life Metrics (Stage)
These are the initial years in the life of an asset when it is still young and there are few problems under normal operating conditions. This phase is focused solely on maintenance and warranty protection. The challenge for the owner is to prevent complacency, particularly when the renewal of the asset appears to be so many years into the future.

Attributes of assets, systems or buildings during their early stages of their respective asset life cycle.  Note to reader: this term may also be used in reference to the early stage of a facility life cycle but that application is not considered here.

Early life period is a relative concepts. For example, a short-life asset (of say 10 years) will have an early life stage of perhaps three years, whereas a long life asset (say 35 years) may have an early life period of perhaps 15 years.


Attributes
Listed below are some of the key attributes of assets during their early life stages.

    Variations
    The metrics during the early life of an asset will vary depending on the overall life cycle pattern of the assets, which can be understood in terms of the following concepts:


    Management principles
    Listed below are some of the asset management principles to be considered during the early life of an asset:
    • Resources - Determine resource requirements. How much maintenance has been identified in the maintenance manual. Is it necessary to set up a service agreement. (Schedule of Service Agreements).
    • Establish the budgetary needs.
    • The focus is on maintenance and care of the asset to help it reach life and extend life.
    • Warranties - Set the warranty expiration dates into a master calendar in order to commission Warranty reviews in sufficient time prior to the to the end-of-warranty period (see: Schedule of Warranty Expirations). Owners must exercise a certain amount of due diligence in order for a warranty to remain valid so that they may confidently make warranty claims for defective assets.
    • Systems - Set up systems and procedures for stewardship of the assets
    • Scan the drawings and other documentation associated with the asset so that these are available for ongoing reference over the life of the asset. (See: Schedule of Documents).
    • Maintenance. Find a suitable maintenance contractor and execute a service agreement. to establish and embark upon a long-range maintenance program for the assets. 
    • It is important not to get complacent during the early life of an asset. Some of the maintenance performed in the early life of an assets.

    During the early life of assets it is useful to periodically remind ourselves of the following: “Somebody is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago” (Buffett).

    The whole life of assets can be divided into life stages - early life, mid-life and late-life.
    Fig. The whole life of assets can be divided into life stages - early life, mid-life and late-life.



    Decisions should consider the whole life of assets, including the I-P interval and the P-F interva
    Fig. Decisions should consider the whole life of assets, including the I-P interval and the P-F interval.



    Early life, late-life and mid-life stages of an asset reflected on the PF Curve.
    Fig. Early life, late-life and mid-life stages of an asset reflected on the PF Curve.


    The risk spectrum extending along the P-F interval to illustrate the varying strategies in the Pre-P and Pre-F periods. For example, a shift from Time-Based Maintenance (TbM) to Condition-Based Maintenance (CbM)
    Fig. The risk spectrum extending along the P-F interval to illustrate the varying strategies in the Pre-P and Pre-F periods. For example, a shift from Time-Based Maintenance (TbM) to Condition-Based Maintenance (CbM).


    Illustration of a deterioration model for a roof system.
    Fig. Illustration of a deterioration model for a roof system with distress metrics at different life stages.


    Major maintenance tasks mapped to the P-F Curve
    Fig.  Different types of maintenance activities at various life stages of an asset.

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