Globally there is a rapidly growing need to optimally manage the integrity of physical assets over their entire life cycles, from design to decommissioning. Engineering assets are increasingly used past their original design lives. This happens in the context of growing safety and environmental concerns as well as continuous financial pressure. Trends like these require in-depth understanding of all aspects of the asset management process and a new generation of engineers and scientists to be educated with a proper understanding of the asset life cycle and the interdisciplinary nature of this process.
The Centre for Asset Integrity Management (C-AIM) at the University of Pretoria explore a wide range of aspects pertaining to the structural integrity and performance of physical assets such as power generation equipment, petrochemical plant, water utility equipment and mining equipment.
Our research agenda is driven through close interactions and collaboration with industry partners. We therefore invite interested partners to contact our centre to explore mutually beneficial collaborations.
The centre is well-established with an excellent computational and experimental infrastructure, with specialist laboratories which have been in development since the mid 1980s and a strong research program focused on vibration monitoring of rotating machinery under fluctuating load and speed conditions since 1999. As discussed above, this programme has now expanded considerably.
C-AIM welcomes academics and researchers in the broad field of asset management as visitors and collaborators. For more information contact Professor Stephan Heyns the director of the centre.