Reliability information: where to get?

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There are a number of sources of reliability information available in the market these days. For instance, the recent release of Maros and Taro provides a refreshed material which include more than 500 pages of information related to reliability.

Below I’ve tried to list where I normally go from when I in need of information.

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ISO 20815: Petroleum, petrochemical and natural gas industries — Production assurance and reliability management

This standard introduces the concept of production assurance within the oil and gas industry. It has a good definition of the different stages of a project lifecycle and covers issues related to reliability and maintainability. The only requirements mandated by ISO 20815 are the establishment and execution of the production-assurance programme (PAP).

BSI PAS55 – Asset Management

PAS 55 provides objectivity across 28 aspects of good asset management, from lifecycle strategy to everyday maintenance (cost/risk/performance). It enables the integration of all aspects of the asset lifecycle: from the first recognition of a need to design, acquisition, construction, commissioning, utilization or operation, maintenance, renewal, modification and/or ultimate disposal.

ISO 55000: Asset management — Overview, principles and terminology

This standard provides an overview of asset management, its principles and terminology, and the expected benefits from adopting asset management.

ISO 14224: Collection and exchange of reliability and maintenance data for equipment

This standard provides a comprehensive basis for the collection of reliability and maintenance (RM) data in a standard format for equipment in all facilities and operations within the petroleum, natural gas and petrochemical industries during the operational life cycle of equipment. It describes data-collection principles and associated terms and definitions that constitute a “reliability language” that can be useful for communicating operational experience.


A list of nice books that I’ve been using lately:

Springer Handbook of Engineering Statistics by Hoang Pham

Key Topics

  • Fundamental Statistics
  • Process Monitoring and Improvement
  • Reliability Modeling and Survival Analysis
  • Regression Methods
  • Data Mining
  • Statistical Methods and Modeling
  • Wide Range of Applications including Six Sigma
  • Link to the book

Gas and Oil Reliability Engineering, Modelling and Analysis by Eduardo Calixto

Key Features

  • Mathematic methods for analyzing failure historical data
  • Instruction for utilizing modeling systems such as MAROS, TARO, and interpret results
  • Step by Step approach for formulating an cost effective maintenance program
  • Identifies equipment and procedural problems inherent to oil and gas operations
  • Easily understood methods and software tools that will save time and money
  • Provides a tutorial for using the most used software programs such as: MAROS, TARO, and BLOCKSIM
  • Step by step instruction to create a custom maintenance policy
  • Reduce project cost, reduce redundancies and optimize equipment life
  • Link to the book

Old but gold references:

  1. Reliability Technology; Green. AE and Bourne, AJ; Wiley, 1972.
  2. Reliability Evaluation of Engineering Systems; Allan, RN and Billinton, R; Pitman, 1983.
  3. Practical Reliability Engineering; O’Connor, PDT; Wiley, 1985.
  4. Maintenance Replacement and Reliability; Jardine, AKS; Pitman, 1973
  5. Reliability Management, Methods and Mathematics; Lloyd, DK and Lipow, M; Prentice Hall, 1977.
  6. Reliability in Engineering Design; Kapur, KC and Lamerson, LR; Wiley, 1977.
  7. Repairable System Reliability: Inference and Modelling Misconceptions and their Causes; Ascher, H and Feingold, H; Marcel Dekker, 1984.
  8. Reliability Engineering and Risk Assessment; Henley and Kumamoto; Prentice Hall 1981.

Reliability data sources


OREDA is a project organisation sponsored by eight oil and gas companies with worldwide operations. The main purpose is to collect and exchange reliability data among the participating companies. They have a well-established and comprehensive databank with reliability and maintenance data for exploration and production equipment from a wide variety of geographic areas, installations, equipment types and operating conditions.

This page gives a survey of sources for reliability data – mostly failure rate estimates:

Other useful websites:

Readers contributions:

From Carlos Viloria:

“Reliability mathematics: fundamentals, practices, procedures”, by Bertram L. Amstadter, McGraw-Hill, 1971.


  1. Introduction
  2. Fundamental statistical concept
  3. Distributions used in reliability
  4. Tests of hypotheses
  5. Related statistical procedures
  6. Data considerations
  7. Logic diagrams
  8. Mathematical models
  9. Prediction of component reliability
  10. System prediction
  11. Apportionment
  12. Reliability growth
  13. Assessment methods: attributes
  14. Assessment methods: variables
  15. Reliability demonstration
  16. System reliability considerations

From Eduardo Calixto:

Good source of reliability data and data analysis:

CCPS Generic Failure Rate Data Base; Published Online: 28 SEP 2010

Author: Victor Borges

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