This course examines the fundamental factors, which influence the availability of complex engineering equipment, the cost of its through-life support and its ultimate effectiveness throughout its service.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • DurationFive days
  • LocationCranfield Campus
  • Cost


    Concessions available

What you will learn

On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Examine supportability concepts and logistics, and how they contribute to system effectiveness and sustainment.
  • Examine supportability management and integrated logistic support (ILS), including programme management, risk management and capability integration.
  • Examine availability, reliability and maintainability (A,R&M), and evaluate the influences on equipment availability and the particular influence of logistics.
  • Analyse the measures of A,R&M, how they are manipulated and applied, and how their delivery can be assured.
  • Evaluate the A,R&M and supportability (A,R&M&S) techniques used during concept, design, development, demonstration, production and trials. 
  • Examine evaluation, test and system effectiveness and its assurance.
  • Examine the management issues for A,R&M&S in providing operational availability at minimum through-life cost.

Core content

  • Availability, effectiveness and user requirements to deliver mission availability and mission reliability, and the influences of maintenance and logistics on availability and system effectiveness.
  • The concept and definitions for system effectiveness.
  • Supportability concepts and logistics, their elements and interaction with A,R&M.
  • Definitions and measurement of logistics for supportability contracting strategies.
  • Quantitative requirements, mean time between failure (MTBF), logistic delay, mean time to repair (MTTR) and impact on service provided.
  • Understand failure rate, hazard rate, failure distributions and failure avoidance, including failure analysis in design and use of R&M predictions. 
  • Integrated logistic support (ILS) and impact on system effectiveness and system sustainment through-life, including the design of the support solution.
  • Understand the philosophy, scope and capabilities of ILS and logistics support analysis (LSA), and associated systems thinking. 
  • A,R&M&S tools (e.g. FMECA and FTA techniques) and reliability centred maintenance (RCM). 
  • Human factors integration (HFI) and impact on system effectiveness, and system sustainment through-life.
  • Testing and evaluation and assurance of system effectiveness and sustainment for system operation and support.
  • Data collection and management/interpretation of data.

Who should attend

This course is intended for leaders, managers, champions and members of asset management teams, with responsibility for any physical assets or infrastructure that are important in the delivery of the organisation.

It is suitable for people in any industry sector, public or private (e.g. process or manufacturing, transport, utilities, buildings/facilities management, defence, mining, oil and gas etc). Most attendees will have between one and five years in their role, and their ambition will be to improve their influence in their employers’ asset stewardship and value contribution.


Where three delegates or more are booking from within one site or one organisation, a discount of 10% will apply to the invoice for the course tuition fee. Accommodation fees are not included in the discount scheme. Please ask about our discount scheme at time of booking

Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world. 

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Location address

Cranfield University
College Road
MK43 0AL

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