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A multi-disciplinary review of the various systems of a facility, or group of facilities. A technical investigation and review of one or more assets or systems to provide findings and recommendations regarding the root cause of deterioration or failure symptoms.
The data is often summarized in a Facility Condition Index (FCI) that provides an objective benchmark against which the owners and operators can monitor changes over time.
The primary objectives of a facility condition assessment (FCA) are listed below:
One of the many decision support tools to assist owners, managers and operators.
The FCA can include or exclude the following individual services and pieces of data:
I n c l u d e d:
Listed below are some of the attributes of a facility condition assessment:
A non-invasive inspection of a facility with the following primary objectives:
The methodology with vary depending on the following:
There are four different levels of assessment that can be applied to a facility condition assessment:
I n c l u d e d:
Condition assessments can be performed at different levels of detail, such as:
One such example is a “leaky condo” investigation
Listed below are the key steps in the process of preparing a facility condition assessment:
Listed below are some of the concepts taken into consideration by the consulting team when making evaluations and analysis for the facility condition assessment:
Listed below are some of the distress metrics used in a facility condition assessment:
Listed below are some of the merits and advantages of a facility condition assessment:
Included below are some of the asset management principles to consider:
Fig. Field inspections are one of the primary data collection methods used in a facility condition assessment.
Fig. Diagnostic testing (left) and destructive testing (right)An FCA is a form of physical needs assessment (PNA), which belongs to a triad of three classes of assessments may be included to gather data for the FCA.
Fig. An FCA is a form of physical needs assessment (PNA), which belongs to a triad of three classes of assessments.
Fig. Matrix of assessment tools for vertical assets, linear assets and portable assets.
Fig. Matrix of datas associated with each of the three classes of assessment
Fig. The alignment of the different types of assessments to each asset (the mix) and the register those that have been commissioned to date (the status)
Fig. I. Care is figuring out the right balance of assessments for his assets, including: physical needs assessment (PNA), capital needs assessment (CNA) and functional needs assessment (FNA).
Fig. Cycles of assessments and re-assessments for PNAs, CNAs and FNAs over a 40-year planning horizon.
Fig. Interviews (left) and surveys (right) to gather data for the facility condition assessment.
Fig. Common Standard for Facility Condition Assessments (FCAs) - E2018
Fig. The results of an FCA expressed in one of the industry metrics - FCI, EFCI and/or FNI.
Fig. I. Care is using destructive testing (and other creative means) to reveal the hidden stuff going on in the iceberg under the surface (latent defects, concealed conditions, lagging indicators, legacy problems, root causes, back-of-house, interval censoring, covert failures, and potential failures).
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