WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — Brown and Caldwell, an environmental engineering and construction firm, has strengthened its reliability-centered design and maintenance expertise by entering a network partner agreement with Aladon.

Aladon is a renowned global network of asset reliability professionals certified in the delivery of risk and reliability-based methodologies. Its practices help clients increase asset value; reduce operating and maintenance costs; and improve safety, reliability, and productivity.

In becoming a partner, Liz Minyard, integrated project delivery owner advisor, Brown and Caldwell, and Simon Watson, senior utility performance consultant, successfully achieved Aladon Practitioner certification for Reliability-Centered Design (RCD) and Reliability-Centered Maintenance (RCM3TM) services. Their training comprised a rigorous learning and testing process providing the skills required to promote, train, and implement Aladon’s risk-based reliability methodologies.

RCM3TM is a process to determine what must be done on existing or new assets, including maintenance, engineering, operational, and other failure management policies, to ensure an asset or system continues to fulfill its function within tolerable risk levels as defined in an organization’s asset management system.

RCD methodology provides tools and a holistic approach to failure management that is applied during design phases to proactively mitigate operational risks. It assesses engineering designs for reliability in addition to optimizing equipment availability to support the success of new projects through risk-based evaluation and management strategies.

Adopting RCD and RCM together leads to improved resource planning, forecasting, maintenance planning, execution, and the implementation of asset life cycle failure management strategies.

Network partnership and RCD/RCM certification is a key differentiator for Brown and Caldwell.

“Certification augments Brown and Caldwell’s service offering by advancing support to clients during design, construction, and current operations,” Watson said. “The training equips the firm with processes to better manage assets and improve operational performance, enhance compliance, lower risk, increase asset utilization and availability, and further protect our clients’ reputations.”

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