Structuring AHP-based maintenance policy selection

Adriaan Goossens, Robertus Johannes Ida Basten, J. Marjan Hummel, Leonardus L.M. van der Wegen

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We aim to structure the maintenance policy selection process for ships, using the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP). Maintenance is an important contributor to reach the intended life-time of capital technical assets, and it is gaining increasing interest and relevance. A maintenance policy is a policy that dictates which parameter triggers a maintenance action and it appears that selecting the right maintenance policy is a difficult group decision. To investigate maintenance policy selection (MPS), we use an eight stage method to structure the multiple criteria decision making process, and build on previous research to propose a refined decision hierarchy, aiming for a structured abstraction of MPS to reveal the core of the MPS problem. After a preliminary MPS session, this decision hierarchy is applied at a multi-company MPS session, where a group of companies from the same maintenance chain is present. We conclude that the chosen methodology, using our previous results as a starting point, greatly improves the workability of the decision hierarchy. Also, it turns out that discussing the exact meanings of the criteria plays a crucial role in the group decision process.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEindhoven, the Netherlands
PublisherTU Eindhoven, Research School for Operations Management and Logistics (BETA)
Number of pages19
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Publication series

NameBETA working paper series
PublisherTU Eindhoven, Research School for Operations Management and Logistics (BETA


  • METIS-321867
  • IR-104015


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