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APPENDIX D NAVAL FACILITIES ENGINEERING COMMAND CONDITION ASSESSMENT PROGRAM As an integral part of a comprehensive maintenance manage- ment program now known as the control maintenance manage- ment program, the U.S. Navy's Bureau of Yards and Docks (predecessor of the current Naval Facilities Engineering Command) established a continuous inspection program. This program had two basic parts: 1. A preventive maintenance program provided for periodic scheduled inspections and adjustments to selected elements of the physical plant, specifically including dynamic equipment such as pumps, air-conditioning units, boilers, and similar items. This program also identifiecl the need for replacement or repair of these items on a continuing basis. The purpose of this preventive maintenance was to assure that necessary routine adjustments, lubricating, and fine tuning of operating equipment were per- formed on a scheduled basis and, ultimately, to assure a high degree of reliability of these items with a minimum cost. 2. Controlled inspection program scheduled comprehensive annual inspections of each facility and structure at a naval installation. The purpose of this program was to monitor the overall condition of the Navy's shore facilities and specifically to identify deficiencies at an early date so that corrective action could be planned and serious failures thereby avoided. The con- trolled inspection program was in fact a counterpart to what is now known as condition assessment. Detailed checklists were developed for the inspection of specific kinds of facilities such as waterfront structures, airfield pavements, roofs of buildings, painting, electrical distribution systems, etc. Industrial engineering studies were performed to determine the optimum frequency for inspections--at least annually. . Deficiencies observed were analyzed to determine whether immediate or short-term corrective action was required, 43
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engineering studies were necessary, or the deficiency was such that correction could be deferred until later. The results of this program generated a major input to the workload planning for each activity's public works department. Some deficiencies were scheduled for correction by the maintenance or utilities department, while others were designated for correction by contract. The controlled inspection program also provided the basis for an annual inspection report that was a summary state- ment of the condition of all of the Navy's real property. This report provided information to the command structure of the Navy concerning the readiness of Navy shore facilities to support missions and combat readiness of Navy sea units. The annual inspection summary was the source of information that supported estimation of the Navy's backlog of maintenance and repair, an important factor in the development of Navy maintenance and repair budgets. Starting from the mid- 1 970s the annual inspection summary also became a primary input to the development of justifications in the Navy's programming process for the commitment of resources in the "outyears" (i.e., for a 5- year planning period f rom which each annual budget was derived). The annual inspection summary was also analyzed by investment category (i.e., water-front facilities, aviation operational facilities, or ammunition storage facilities) to build an understanding of the factors influencing facility performance and maintenance needs. While there have been evolutionary changes to the con- tinuous inspection program, which was initiated in the 1950s, the program continues today with essentially the same structure and purpose. 44