Maximo for Utilities

Welcome to our continuing series on what is Maximo, or at least, what is available for the vertical markets from IBM’s asset management solution. We’ve covered a few of the verticals over the last few months. Utility users are probably the most visible of the Maximo users, and the most active in their user community, too.

 IBM Maximo Industry Solution for Utilities

Continuing on our overview of IBM Maximo solutions for Industries (and the user groups that love them), we’ll be highlighting yet another industry favorite: Utilities.

MUWG not only has the largest membership of users, it also has a spiffy new logo.

MUWG not only has the largest membership of users, it also has a spiffy new logo.

One of the largest sub-industries of Maximo is the Utility Market. The largest user group, the Maximo Utility Working Group or MUWG holds a conference twice a year. A multi-day event, this conference brings together industry professionals from around the US and world. Learn more about them at www.muwg.org

Supports work and asset management for transmission and distribution in water, gas and electric utilities.

Helps increase asset and resources effectiveness by providing a platform to support all types of asset classes and all types of work in water, gas and electric utilities.

  • Improve productivity with Compatible Unit Estimating (CUE) and a multilevel compatible unit library
  • Manage crew type and crew makeup with enhanced crew management while tracking labor skills and certifications
  • Support smart meter or revenue meter asset management lifecycle
  • Integrated with fixed-asset accounting, mobile workforce management and design tools based on SOA
  • Includes Maximo Spatial to support map-based user interface built on the latest ESRI ArcGIS Server technology
  • Integrated work and asset management functionality on a modern, J2EE standards based platform including supply chain management, contact management, and SLA.

Features

  • Industry specific capabilities for electric, gas and water transmission and distribution
  • Rational consolidation
  • Internet architecture
  • Spatial Enablement

Advantages

  • Built on Maximo, provides industry specific capabilities to support compatible unit estimating (CUE), crew management, tracking of labor skills and certifications, integration with fixed asset accounting, mobile workforce management, design tools and spatial (GIS) enablement.
  • Allows utilities to consolidate multiple work and asset management solutions across business units, including transmission, distribution, power generation, water/wastewater treatment, vehicle fleet, facilities, and IT assets into a single platform and database.
  • Provides a standards based, Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) certified platform that is Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) enabled.
  • Supports visualization of assets, locations and work orders, leverages investment in GIS.

Benefits

  • Aligns with the specific business needs and provides a greater fit out-of-the-box into the complex utility eco-system.
  • Lowers total cost of ownership for IT departments while providing a common platform for all asset management users promoting best practice throughout the enterprise.
  • Open architecture that integrates easily with other business applications in the enterprise.
  • Improves work planning and analysis while reducing data duplication.

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While not a member of the MUWG committee, Maximo mobile software evangelist Kat Pullen of DataSplice Mobile Computing is an event coordinator for several regional Maximo User Groups.

Maximo for Oil and Gas

IBM Maximo Industry Solutions for Oil & Gas

Next week, folks will be attending GOMAXIMO, the Maximo User Group for the Oil and Gas Industry.

Going to go to GOMaximo? Better get going!

Going to go to GOMaximo? Better get going!

The 3 day event features training, networking, and a trade show. I get to make a running trip to Houston (seriously..I fly in and out the same day, while my local counterpart is there the full trip). The October 2-4, 2013 event is held at the Omni Hotel in Houston. If you are in the Oil and Gas industry, I recommend you attend. Currently their web site is hosted at the Tivoli Users Community site, and you’ll need a TUC log in to view the information.

So, in honor of this industry specific event, I present IBM’s Oil and Gas Solution:

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IBM Maximo for Oil & Gas helps manage production equipment, facilities, transportation and IT assets on one single platform and provides oil & gas companies with best practices to help improve the productivity and efficiency of their critical assets.

  • Manages assets with a single approach.
  • Manages each asset’s life cycle including acquisition, work management, inventory control, purchasing, and preventive maintenance.
  • Addresses the specialized needs of the oil & gas industry such as – failure codes, asset specifications, location details, prioritization matrix, regulatory compliance, and condition for work.
  • Built on J2EE component-based Internet architecture, it easily integrates into most existing business systems.

Features

  • Failure Codes
  • Asset Specifications
  • Location Details
  • Prioritization Matrix
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Condition for Work
  • Defect reporting
  • Incidents reporting
  • Improvements reporting
  • Investigations
  • Solutions
  • Benefits & Losses

Advantages

  • Ability to import standard failure code data based on ISO 14224: Petroleum and Natural Gas Industries directly into the Maximo table structure for Failure Class and Failure List. The failure class, problem cause and remedy for Oil & Gas assets are represented by this data.
  • Ability to import standard asset specification data based on ISO 14224 into the Maximo table structure.
  • Provides insight on such asset characteristics as the true physical location, engineering reference numbers & drawing ID’s, safety zones, permitting requirements, etc.
  • A matrix based system of work or risk prioritization.
  • Provides the ability to hold details of regulations relevant to work carried out in Maximo, and relate these regulations to both work planned in Maximo and actual work carried out.
  • Provides guidance as to when work can be completed on an asset, group of assets, or even an area or location within a plant site.
  • Documents an asset that deviates from perfect operation.
  • Documents a deviation from an expected standard of operation.
  • Documents actual costs and benefits of implementing improvements to an existing business process or plant configuration.
  • Addresses an unresolved incident or defect, to record lessons learned from an After Action Review, or to record the results of Root Cause Failure Analysis.
  • Creates and manages predefined responses to problems and lessons learned from an After Action Review.
  • Defines benefits that can be associated with Improvements and Solutions.

Benefits

  • Reduces the time to gather and load failure classes, problems, causes and remedies.
  • Reduces the time to create this data from scratch. Once loaded, the follow-on value is the ability to classify all assets within Maximo for purposes of certification, licensing, trend analysis, equipment standardization, etc.
  • Oil & Gas customers add a number of additional fields to Locations to support a variety of different purposes, including physical location, taxonomy, operating context and reliability related data.
  • Customers need to evaluate whether work needs to be carried out within say 1 hour, 24 hours, 3 days, 1 week, etc. based on preset criteria. Prioritization matrix ensures that critical assets are given priority maintenance; thus, removing the emotion out of critical decisions.
  • The customer is provided documented proof that work carried out in Maximo was completed based on the required regulation. Also provides the ability to demonstrate compliance with many statutory requirements covering safety, health and the environment.
  • By defining the Condition for Work (CfW), this criterion could be used by maintenance planners to aggregate similar work based on CfW or recognize work that could be done given a CfW opportunity that arises during plant operations.
  • Drives enhanced maintenance and operational performance.
  • Improves process safety management.
  • Drives continuous improvement.
  • Improves process safety management and serves as a mechanism for initiating the recording of lessons learned by an organization.
  • Supports organizational learning.
  • Drives improvements in plant availability

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When not dashing off to Maximo user groups dedicated to Oil and Gas,  Maximo mobile software evangelist Kat Pullen of DataSplice Mobile Computing works on the opposite side of the table, as an event coordinator for several regional Maximo User Groups.