Ever since my studies ‘Naval Architecture’ at the Technical University of Delft, I have been interested in so-called system thinking: how parts fit into a larger unity (a ‘system’) and how those parts interrelate. Life Cycle Management (for example of ships), made me think about how to take into account future uses and maintenance during the design and construction phase. To exceed different professional disciplines, but also connecting different phases like the design and maintenance phase, have intrigued and challenged me. Since then I have always worked in what is now called Asset Management.
After my acquaintance with System Dynamics, I discovered how physical assets can be placed in their dynamic contexts. I was able to give substance to Life Cycle Management through underpinned future explorations that provide insights into how physical assets behave in the future and by which factors that behaviour is determined.
In order to make the operation of a system visible, and in particular to place physical assets in their complex and dynamic context, we have set up the so-called Asset Dynamics method within Copernicos Group. Asset Dynamics allows for insight into the ‘system’ – consisting of many factors that influence each other – in relation to its performance, risks and costs/ revenues.
We would like to share this approach with the organisations we work with. And have the ambition that also they might include Asset Dynamics in their working methods in order to achieve better but above all, more sustainable results.