Supportability and purchasing decisions for capital assets: positioning paper

J.E. Parada Puig, Sipke Hoekstra, B.H. Huisman, Leonardus Adriana Maria van Dongen

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)
2 Downloads (Pure)


Acquisition decisions for capital assets have a titanic impact on the operational costs of capital-intensive organizations. After the acquisition process, the cost of ownership is tied to the design characteristics of the assets, which dictate how they are operated and maintained. This reflects the importance of the prominent role of maintenance in the asset acquisition process, creating an optimal balance between suppliers, owners and maintainers. To provide this balance, the maintenance organization can use supportability analysis to assess design and measure its impact on the support organization. The analysis will highlight the design attributes of an asset that create critical demand for support resources. The resources will be necessary in order to sustain operational capability. In this work, we review existing literature for the purchasing of capital assets and supportability analysis methods. To understand the drivers of demand for support resources we conducted field studies of asset downtime using examples of trains that operate within The Netherlands. We further motivate research and provide our research agenda.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIET and IAM Asset Management Conference 2011
Place of PublicationLondon, UK
ISBN (Print)9783642290688
Publication statusPublished - 30 Nov 2011
EventIET and IAM Asset Management Conference 2011 - London
Duration: 30 Nov 20113 Dec 2011

Publication series



ConferenceIET and IAM Asset Management Conference 2011
Other30-11-2011 - 03-12-2011


  • IR-96957
  • METIS-291806


Dive into the research topics of 'Supportability and purchasing decisions for capital assets: positioning paper'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this