OEUK’s Maintenance Backlog Measurement, Interpretation and Management Guideline – Issue 02
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OEUK’s Maintenance Backlog Measurement, Interpretation and Management Guideline – Issue 02 March 2022
Offshore Energies UK facilitated the creation of an agreed industry-wide suite of backlog KPIs to enable a common understanding and sharing of best practices. These guidance notes are a supplement to the agreed definition of the backlog KPIs (available as an appendix) and:
• Provide an overview of the underlying approach applied in the development of the OEUK Maintenance Backlog suite of KPI;
• Explain how to interpret the suite of KPIs to get an understanding of the current maintenance backlog position across the industry; and
• Give guidance on how backlog should be managed within a maintenance management system.
In March 2021 arranged a workshop with representatives from North Sea operators, suppliers, HSE and BEIS in attendance to discuss the increasing trend of maintenance backlogs within the sector. Whilst backlogs increased sharply in the previous year due to the additional challenges introduced by COVID-19, this was seen to exacerbate the issue and was not a root cause of maintenance backlogs as they had been trending upwards for several years.
At the workshop, it was agreed that one of the barriers to reducing maintenance backlogs was the lack of a common suite of KPI definitions for the measurement and articulation of what backlog was and what it represented that could be applied across all operators. This lack of a common definition had been a longstanding issue which presented a barrier to an understanding amongst all interested parties and to the sharing of best practices.
As a result, it was agreed that OEUK would facilitate the creation of an agreed industry-wide suite of backlog KPIs to remove these barriers. These guidance notes are a supplement to the agreed definition of the backlog KPI.
OEUK’s Maintenance Backlog is available for free to members.