Improve Integration Using Contracts, Case Study: Rail Infrastructure

Document Type : Original Article


1 Griffith School of Engineering, Griffith University Gold

2 Faculty of Science, Engineering and Health CQUniversity Australia


Maintenance contracts have received significant attention in last ten years. It has huge potential to reduce the
upfront investments in maintenance infrastructure, specialised maintenance facilities, and risk for owners through
expert services provided by the original equipment manufacturers and/ or specialist maintenance providers. There is
a growing trend for asset intensive Industries to outsource the maintenance services of their complex and critical
asset through maintenance contracts due to economic pressure and technical complexities not within the capability
of the owner/ user. One of the complex and critical assets in transport infrastructure is rail. To maintain reliable
service through safe and uninterrupted rail operation maintenance contracts are currently being used as a cost
effective option. However, there is a need to develop mathematical cost models to build into the contract price. In
this paper, a conceptual rail maintenance contract model is proposed for estimating cost of outsourcing maintenance
that takes into account cost of maintenance, inspection and risk of accidental failure.


Volume 5, Issue 1
June 2018
Pages 41-48
  • Receive Date: 24 January 2018
  • Revise Date: 24 January 2019
  • Accept Date: 24 January 2019