Richard (R.J.) Ruitenburg, MSc

Ph.D. candidate

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General information

Richard Ruitenburg is a Ph.D. candidate in the chair of Maintenance Engineering of the Department of Design, Production and Management at the University of Twente. In December 2013, he has started his Ph.D. research project at Liander N.V., the largest network provider in the Netherlands. The project aims to develop new methods and tools to assist Liander in its strategic Asset Life Cycle Management. The project is carried out in active cooperation with NedTrain, the company responsible for the maintenance of the trains used by the Netherlands Railways (‘NS’ in Dutch).

Project description

Liander is – as a part of the Alliander group – responsible for the management of the gas and electricity networks in a number of regions in the Netherlands. Currently Liander is facing a number of challenges, among others:

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the energy transition, which makes new demands on their networks due to the increase in the number of electrical cars and local sustainable energy production, only to mention a few; and

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the replacement of a part of their assets, which are approaching the end of their projected life time.

Hence it is important to gain deeper insight in the life cycle of the assets Liander owns. This research project aims to gain this increased insight, in order to grasp the full potential value of the assets used.

This will be done by the development of a method that assists a company in its strategic decision making in its Asset Life Cycle Management, by making optimal use of the knowledge and information available to the company. To do this, a literature research will be conducted on ALCM, a case study in ALCM practices will be carried out and the method will be developed, implemented, tested and evaluated using a combination of Design Science and Action Research. In order to safeguard the quality and generalizability of the method, the method will be tested in a number of different contexts using a case study approach. This Ph.D. research is supervised by dr. A.J.J. Braaksma and prof.dr.ir. L.A.M. van Dongen.

More information on this research can be found in the information flyer, which can be found here. The movie clip below gives a short preview of my research (in Dutch). Also, feel free to contact me using my contact details above.

movie clip on my research (in Dutch)

Current research projects

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the development of Asset Life Cycle Plans at Liander

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a survey study on the application of Asset Life Cycle Management in maintenance practice in the Netherlands, carried out in close collaboration with the Dutch Association for Effective Maintenance (NVDO)

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a literature review on Asset Life Cycle Management

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a case study on the application of Asset Life Cycle Management at NedTrain

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a case study on flexibility and agility in Asset Management at three large asset owners

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an action research project on the development of Asset Life Cycle Management practices at Liander

In the news…

2016

Maurits Korse, whose MSc-graduation project I supervised, has been granted the World Class Maintenance thesis award. The jury spoke highly of his broad approach to maintenance, in which he also included sustainability. Also, the jury was impressed by the thoroughness and the presentation of this work.

2015

A short article on performance management in Asset Management has been published in the trade journal MaintNL (2015:9, page 54). This article is based on the presentation of the results of my study on the application of Asset Life Cycle Management practices in the Netherlands, given in October 2015.

List of Scientific Publications

2016

Ruitenburg, R.J., A.J.J. Braaksma, L.A.M. van Dongen (2016) Agility in Asset Life Cycle Management, or: how to be flexible with assets designed for stability. Presented at EurOMA 2016 in Trondheim, Norway.

Ruitenburg, R.J., T. van Diepen, A.J.J. Braaksma (2016) Setting priorities for the proactive management of long-term challenges and opportunities in Asset Life Cycle Management. Presented at EurOMA 2016 in Trondheim, Norway.

Ruitenburg, R.J. & A.J.J. Braaksma (2016) Mitigating change in the goals and context of capital assets: design of the Lifetime Impact Identification Analysis. CIRP Journal of Manufacturing Science & Technology, in press [available online: 15 July 2016].

Ruitenburg, R.J. & A.J.J. Braaksma (2016) Evaluation of the Lifetime Impact Identification Analysis: two tests in a changeable context. CIRP Journal of Manufacturing Science & Technology, in press [available online: 20 August 2016].

Ruitenburg, R.J., A.J.J. Braaksma and L.A.M. van Dongen (2016) Asset Life Cycle Plans: a Tool to Assist Strategic Decision Making in Asset Life Cycle Management. In: Carnero, M.C., V. González-Prida (eds) (2017) Optimum Decision Making in Asset Management, IGI Global, August 2016, Chapter 12, pp. 259-287.

Korse, M., R.J. Ruitenburg, M.E. Toxopeus, A.J.J. Braaksma (2016) Embedding the circular economy in investment decision-making for capital assets – a business case framework. Presented at the 23th CIRP conference on Life Cycle Engineering, Berlin, Germany.

2015

Petersen, K.R., R.J. Ruitenburg, E.S. Madsen, A.J.J. Braaksma and A. Bilberg (2015) Lifetime Impact Identification for Continuous Improvement of Wind Farm Performance. Proceedings of the 16th International CINet Conference, Stockholm, Sweden.

Ruitenburg, R.J., A.J.J. Braaksma and L.A.M. van Dongen (2015) Towards a model for effective Asset Life Cycle Management control – a case study in rolling stock maintenance. Proceedings of the 22nd EurOMA conference, Neuchâtel, Switserland.

2014

Ruitenburg, R.J., A.J.J. Braaksma and L.A.M. van Dongen (2014) A Multidisciplinary, Expert-based Approach for the Identification of Lifetime Impacts in Asset Life Cycle Management. Procedia CIRP, 22 . 204 - 212. ISSN 2212-8271

Kemp, R.G.M., R. Nijhoff-Savvaki, R.J. Ruitenburg, J.H. Trienekens and S.W.F. Omta (2014) Sustainability-related innovation adoption: the case of the Dutch pig farmer. Journal on Chain and Network Science, 14 (1). pp. 69-78. ISSN 1569-1829

Ruitenburg, R.J, F.T.J.M. Fortuin and S.W.F. Omta (2014) The role of prior experience, intellectual property protection and communication on trust and performance in innovation alliances. Journal on Chain and Network Science, 14 (2). pp. 117-128. ISSN 1569-1829

In case a publication is missing from the list above: an auto-generated list of all published articles can be found here.

Conferences and presentations

2016

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World Class Maintenance Summer School, Breda, the Netherlands (August 2016)

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EurOMA 2016, Trondheim, Norway (June 2016) – click here and here for my presentations

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CIRP Conference on Life Cycle Engineering, Berlin, Germany (May 2016) – click here for my presentation

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Maintenance Research Day, Utrecht, the Netherlands (February 2016)

2015

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iMaintain Suto congress Performance Management, Maarssen, the Netherlands (October 2015)

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World Class Maintenance Summer School, Breda, the Netherlands (August 2015)

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EurOMA 2015, Neuchâtel, Switserland (June 2015) – click here for my presentation

2014

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Technische Dag Liander, Ede, the Netherlands (December 2014) – you can watch my presentation here (in Dutch) and find my powerpoint here (in Dutch as well).

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Through-Life Engineering Services Conference, Cranfield, the United Kingdom (November 2014) – click here for my presentation.

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Service Operations Management Forum, Tilburg, the Netherlands (October 2014) – click here for my presentation.

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World Class Maintenance Summer School, Breda, the Netherlands (August 2014) – click here for my presentation.

Education

2016

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A lecture on Asset Life Cycle Management at the Summer School of World Class Maintenance (August 2016)

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Two lectures on Asset Life Cycle Management for the MSc course “Design for Maintenance Operations”, University of Twente, the Netherlands (February – March 2016)

2015

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A lecture on Asset Life Cycle Management at the Summer School of World Class Maintenance (August 2015)

2014

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A lecture on Asset Life Cycle Management for the MSc course “Maintenance Engineering & Management”, University of Twente, the Netherlands (September 2015)

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A lecture on Asset Life Cycle Management at the Summer School of World Class Maintenance (August 2014)

Supervision of students [MSc thesis]

Are you looking for a graduation project in Asset Management? Please feel free to contact me!

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Tijmen van Diepen (M.Sc. student) writing his thesis on Asset Life Cycle Management and the identification of lifetime impacts at Liander [grade: 8].

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Maurits Korse, writing his M.Sc. thesis on sustainability in Asset Management at Liander [grade: 8]. The thesis can be found here. With this thesis Maurits was awarded the World Class Maintenance thesis award.

Courses

2016

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EurOMA doctoral seminar, Euroma 2016, Neuchâtel, Switserland (June 2016)

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Management of Operations, Organizations, Technology and Innovation, University of Twente, the Netherlands (February – April 2016)

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Krachtig Adviseren (Powerful Consulting), University of Twente, the Netherlands (March – April 2016)

2015

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Technical Writing & Editing, University of Twente, the Netherlands (October 2015 – January 2016)

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Supervising MSc Graduation Projects, University of Twente, the Netherlands (December 2016)

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English Pronunciation for speakers of Dutch, University of Twente, the Netherlands (November – December 2015)

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Introduction to working with Lean, University of Twente, the Netherlands (October 2015)

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Schrijven met ‘The Pyramid Principle’, Liander Opleidingen, the Netherlands (October 2015)

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EurOMA doctoral seminar, Euroma 2015, Neuchâtel, Switserland (June 2015)

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Effectiever Beïnvloeden, University of Twente, the Netherlands (April – May 2015)

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Communiceren met Effect, University of Twente, the Netherlands (January – February 2015)

2014

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Organization & Strategy, University of Twente, the Netherlands (December 2014 - January 2015).

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Maintenance Engineering & Management, University of Twente, the Netherlands (September - November 2014).

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World Class Maintenance Summerschool, Tilburg, the Netherlands (August 2014).

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Professional Effectiveness, University of Twente, the Netherlands (February - May 2014).

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EDEN Doctoral Seminar on Research Methodology, Brussels, Belgium (February 2014).

Side projects

Next to my Ph.D. research work at Liander, I am involved in a number of other projects:

Completed projects:

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The organization of the WCM Summer School 2015, where the latest scientific advances in Asset Management and its daily practice are brought together, this year with a case about the introduction of new rolling stock at NedTrain (August 2015).

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The organization of the WCM Summer School 2014, where the latest scientific advances in Asset Management and its daily practice are brought together, this year with a case about sustainability in Asset Management at Liander (August 2014).

Personal background

What drives me in my work as a researcher is a genuine interest in how processes work and how these can be improved. For me it is always the human that is central, and processes, technologies or products should somehow fit the desires of its users. That is what interests me in Asset Management: it is all about machinery, and at the other hand it is all about the people using, maintaining, loving or hating and depending on these machines. Furthermore, my focus is always on the relevance of my work: not only for science, but also for society, for the people. As a researcher, I see it as my responsibility to use my capabilities to make a contribution to society. That’s why for me it is a privilege to work for Liander, a very interesting company that has such a huge impact on society – just imagine what you’d be thinking and doing if just at this very moment a power outage would happen…

I have started my studies with a B.Sc. in ‘Economics and Policy’ at Wageningen University, specializing in the environment. After my B.Sc. I realized that my personal interest and the contribution I wanted to make would fit the field of youth and society better. Hence I changed my specialization from the environment into sociology. Summer 2012 I finished my M.Sc. degree in Management, Economics and Consumer Studies (specialization ‘Sociology of Consumers and Households), also at the Wageningen University. Within this program I followed the Research Master Variant (two years) – which included a large number of courses in methodology and qualitative and quantitative data analysis. Also, I took the minors ‘policy making’ and ‘consumer behaviour’ to increase the breadth of my background. I concluded my Research Master with two theses. First a minor M.Sc. thesis in Management Studies, where I studied the role of IP in innovative alliances. And then a major M.Sc. thesis in Sociology, where I studied the role of earbuds in interactions in the public space. During my studies I have also worked as a student assistant in several projects, mainly in statistics.