V Narayan BMech, DipEE, DIM
V. Narayan is a mechanical engineer with over 38 years experience in Petroleum Refining,
Pharmaceutical, Liquefied Natural Gas Production, Oil & Gas Exploration and Production and
in the Engineering Industries. He led the Maintenance Strategy group in Shell UK Exploration
and Production, Aberdeen 'til his retirement in March 2002. He also managed the Royal
Dutch Shell Group's Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Maintenance and Reliability Engineering.
Within Shell, he has been teaching Reliability Centred Maintenance, Root Cause Analysis and
Maintenance Management for about 12 years. In his CoE role, he has also taught staff in Shell
Companies in Brunei, Philippines, Gabon and Nigeria. Over 500 staff in Shell have taken part
in RCA training courses, and the value added by RCA studies is over GBP 5 million.
He has worked in several countries and cultures, including India, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia,
the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom, in maintenance and project management. He has traveled
widely in a consulting or training capacity to Brunei, Australia, Singapore, Oman, Gabon, Nigeria,
France, Philippines and Germany. He represented the Royal Dutch Shell Group of Companies in a
Joint Industry Project for the collection of reliability data in the Oil & Gas Industry (OREDA).
He has published many articles and presented papers at International Conferences. His book entitled
Effective Maintenance Management - Risk and Reliability Strategies for Optimizing Performance was
published by Industrial Press Inc., New York in April 2004.