Root Cause Analysis for Technical and General Applications

Online /
Sep 15 - 16, 2022 /
Course Code: 13-0903-ONL22

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Please note, This instructor-led course has specific dates and times:
This course is held online over 2 days on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):

9:30 am to 5:30 pm Eastern

After participating in this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand Methodologies used for Root Cause Analysis (RCA)
  • Recognize the Role and importance of RCA in Failure Analysis
  • Gain insight into Common System failures
  • Establish and co-ordinate multi-discipline team to conduct the RCA
  • Perform Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment
  • Develop the Plan for the Risk Mitigating Actions
  • Learn Techniques recommended for Prevention of Failures


Root Causes Analysis (RCA) enables engineers to address not only the immediate causes of failure, but more importantly to investigate the underlying root cause. With modern methodologies for RCA, it is possible to identify and eliminate the root cause of a problem by employing suitable mitigating actions.

Participants in this course will be presented the modern techniques used to perform RCA. The course will focus on technical and engineering failures, but the methodology will also be extrapolated to wider range of applications, including: business, medical, and other non-technical fields. Several workshops with real-life case studies will be provided where participants will gain hands-on experience of conducting the RCA analysis in a team work. The course is designed for technical and non-technical professionals with no or limited experience in the subject area, and can also be taken as refresher course.

Course Outline:

  • Causes of Failures and Failure Mechanisms
  • Hazards and Risk Assessment
  • Methodologies for Root Cause Analysis
  • Data Collection and Diagnostics
  • Use of Structured Model for Problem Solving
  • RCA Solution and Documentation
  • Workshops and Case Studies

Who Should Attend

Professionals who are involved in and responsible for identifying the potential failures and their successful solving. Managers, Engineers and Technologists, Maintenance and Operation Personnel as well as other Technical or Non-Technical Personnel who need to acquire or refresh the investigative skills required for RCA in the process of troubleshooting the problems.

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Time: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM Eastern Time

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  • Importance of RCA Analysis
  • RCA Analysis in Various Application Domains
  • Why Equipment or Systems Fail? Overview throughout the World
  • Common Failure Modes and Causes: Technical, Human, etc.
  • Post-Accident Investigation Gathering Data and Evidence
  • Methodologies in RCA: Fault Tree Method, Fishbone Ishikawa Method
  • Methods on Shop-Floor: 5 Whys, Event and Causal Factor, Pareto Method
  • Workshop: Case Studies and Applications of RCA


  • Hazard Identification and Importance of Diagnostics
  • Risk Assessment Methodology: Risk Matrix
  • Efficient Risk Mitigation Techniques: ALARP
  • Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA)
  • RCA used in Troubleshooting of Industrial Problems
  • Reliability Engineering and Failures: Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Workshop: Case Studies and Applications of FMEA
  • Summary and Conclusions


Mike Ivanovic, Ph.D.

Dr. Mike Ivanovic is President of UBAMIP Consulting, and also a former Adjunct Associate Professor at U of Toronto.

After working in the consulting group of ANSYS Canada Ltd., he now runs the private consulting company UBAMIP Consulting in Waterloo.

Mike has been very active in providing training courses of various levels of complexity for professionals in industry in Canada, USA and overseas.

His area of professional expertise has been the analysis and problem solving in operation of pressure systems, specifically of stationary components such as pressure vessels, storage tanks and piping systems, together with rotating machinery, such as pumps, compressors and turbines, in the process and petrochemical industry.

Technical consulting projects also included design, operation and maintenance of various thermal engineering components, such as heat exchangers and industrial heaters.

The focus in most of the projects has been on the equipment optimization, combined with the risk assessment and failure prevention technologies based on fitness for service studies and remaining life analysis.

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Fee & Credits

$1295 + taxes

  • 1.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 14 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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