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RAMS

In today’s society, which seeks to have total control over events, the safety of people and infrastructure has become a primary concern. It is an objective in itself, and a highly sensitive issue in our time. As a result, risk is increasingly considered unacceptable, both for individuals and groups of people. Additionally, human beings have become more and more dependent on machines of increasing technical complexity, interfaces are proliferating and operational conditions are becoming more stringent. Requirements for operational safety, as well as reliability and availability, have become highly exacting.

Against this backdrop, a multitude of national and international standards, directives and regulations have been applied in order to guarantee the safety of human beings and the reliability, availability, maintainability and safety (RAMS) of infrastructure and equipment. It has therefore become essential for safety engineers to possess experience, detailed knowledge of these standards and of the most useful RAMS methods of analysis and thorough technical expertise in these systems.

Our specialists, with their extensive experience acquired on the international level, possess these qualities. They carry out hazard and risk analyses, and prepare RAMS studies and safety concepts and files for complex systems involving human beings, infrastructure and equipment. By applying a global, systemic and transdisciplinary approach, and taking into consideration the requirements and constraints of the immediate surroundings, they provide effective risk management, whilst incorporating suitable preventive measures. They carry out services throughout the life cycle and at all stages of the risk management process, from defining the context to providing demonstrations for RAMS, applying the most appropriate method for each problem (PHA, FTA, ETA, FMECA, HAZOP, ...). For railway applications, they use the CENELEC EN 50126, 50128 and 50129 standards. .

 

Domains of activities

  • Complex systems
  • Infrastructures
  • Buildings
  • Equipment
  • Persons
  • Processes

 

Core competencies

  • Hazard and risk analyses, RAMS studies
  • Safety cases and demonstrations
  • Type-approval of installations
  • Second opinions, expert advices and audits
  • Safety and evacuation concepts, contingency plan
  • Distribution of compartments and escape routes, fire resistance of materials

 

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