IBM Maximo Linear Asset Management, Version 7.5

Product overview

A linear asset is an asset that is defined and maintained using a linear referencing method. A road, a pipeline, or a railroad track are examples of linear assets. Using measurements along the linear asset, you can locate maintenance activities, identify where characteristics change, and plan monitoring and metering.

Linear assets enhance our ability to maintain large and complex systems, such as:

  • Roads and railways that carry transportation assets
  • Water, waste water lines, and streets that connect facilities
  • Gas and electric lines that support production assets
  • Fiber optic trunk lines that connect IT and communications assets

A linear asset can contain additional assets, including a combination of linear and point assets. You can create a linear asset for a road, for example, that has additional linear assets for segments of the road and you can manage each segment separately. You can add features to a linear asset, such as mile posts and guard rails on a road, and you can group linear assets and features into logical groups using the Classifications application. In the Relationships application, you can specify relationships between linear assets, such as road intersections. You can apply existing hierarchies and relationships, or you can specify new ones.

When you install Maximo® Linear Asset Manager, its components are added to existing Maximo applications and a new Features application is added. Linear asset components become visible in the following applications:

  • Assets
  • Relationships
  • Work Orders
  • Preventive Maintenance
  • Service Requests
  • Condition Monitoring
  • Routes

Some linear asset components are conditional and are visible only when the user is working with a linear asset.

Maximo for Nuclear

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. Whether you are a supporter of nuclear power or not, I think we can all agree that making sure those systems are properly inspected is very important, and that leads us to Maximo for Nuclear Power.

IBM Maximo for Nuclear Power helps nuclear organizations to address stringent regulatory requirements and improve productivity.

As the US and the world looks to lower overall emissions, the idea of Nuclear Power is slowly gaining momentum again, with an eye toward making it a safe option. With new technologies including the currently generation III plants which are starting-or-have already been build, and IV plants on the drawing board, the industry is pushing forward on making this energy source safer and more efficient. The biggest key is maintaining the assets that keep the plant running safely. And Maximo provides the tools to do just that.

For current plants, Maximo provides a single platform for managing all asset types. It supports industry-specific requirements by modeling nuclear objects and business processes, including tech specs, lineups, clearances, permits, surveillance testing, and corrective actions.

  • Manages all stages of the asset life cycle including purchasing, acquisition, inventory control, configuration, work management, preventive maintenance, and corrective action.
  • Addresses the specialized needs of the nuclear power industry by providing dedicated applications to support the management of tech specs, surveillance requirements, calibration, and procurement engineering.
  • Allows organizations to develop standardized job plans, impact plans, lineups, permits, and clearances for critical and recurring work activities.
  • Provides advanced scheduling and sequencing capabilities for the management of preventive maintenance programs
  • Helps to promote nuclear safety through the use of impact plans, lineups, permits, clearances, and corrective action programs
  • Provides an easy-to-use user interface to facilitate rapid execution of work management tasks by personnel in the field
  • Supports best-practice business processes defined in the Standard Nuclear Performance Model by providing ready-to-use and configurable workflow content
  • Provides industry-specific decision support by providing ready-to-use and configurable report content that is based on nuclear KPIs
  • Based on leading standards-based technology: leverages the advanced business process management capability of a service-oriented architecture (SOA) on a Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) certified internet platform

Don’t Go Mobile unless….


What’s great about PULSE is it gets you re-energized, gives you a shot of adrenaline, and a kick in the butt to get back out there and fight the good fight. The use case presentations for those of us that have been around Maximo for many years help re-affirm what elements lead to successful and not so successful implementations and for those new to the game provide valuable advice on what rabbit holes to avoid.  Having recently been put in charge of a new Maximo implementation I had to test my temptation of avoiding just that.  One of those rabbit holes is Mobile.  Mobile is the hot topic but be aware that the consumer experience is very different from the enterprise business experience and mobile isn’t the answer when you haven’t clearly identified where you are and where you want to go with your business processes.  You need to pay close attention to what elements lead to a successful implementation before you ever say the word mobile.  I may be preaching to the choir but it bears repeating that the following elements always seem to be at the core of successful implementation experiences:

Partnership between IT and Users – These two groups must work together towards a common goal, but the measurement of success if very different between the two.  IT’s success can be measured in a more objective way in terms of getting the software installed and configured, debugged according to the technical and software performance specifications.  But it is a completely different situation with the users.  They measure success in a very subjective manner and their definition is based more on how they perceive the user experience regardless of how well the software is running and doing what it is supposed to do.    ently been put in charge of a new Maximo implementation I had to test my temptation of avoiding just that.  One of those rabbit holes is Mobile.  Mobile is the hot topic but be aware that the consumer experience is very different from the enterprise business experience and mobile isn’t the answer when you haven’t clearly identified where you are and where you want to go with your business processes.  You need to pay close attention to what elements lead to a successful implementation before you ever say the word mobile.  I may be preaching to the choir but it bears repeating that the following elements always seem to be at the core of successful implementation experiences:

Good Data – The foundation of success is rooted in clean, reliable, accurate, fact based data.  The credibility of your system depends entirely upon the accuracy of your data.  Spend the time it takes to really find out what information you need, why you need it, and who needs it.   Don’t collect data that doesn’t matter.  Remember the more you want the more it cost to get it.  Make sure is serves a useful purpose.

Business Process Analysis – Just as important as good data is the processes of getting that data into and out of the system. This requires really understanding how your operation performs the work, obtains the required information, and how it gets that in front of those that need it.  Assessing these workflows and streamlining these processes is critical in establishing configuration requirements in support of your business.

Managing Expectations – Someone needs to be in charge of defining the dance floor.  Typically this tends to be someone from IT.  This is just the opposite of what should be.  Operations/Users are the ones that have to use it, live with it, work with it, and have to own it. Truly successful implementations are driven by users with realistic expectations and a good technical support team.

To get the most from Maximo there is nothing more important than getting processes defined and streamlined in support of what management has set as the vision and direction for the organization.  Mobile smart devices become the tool of choice when you look to eliminating paper processes and making Maximo “work like we do” to get and deliver the data to those that need it, the way they need it.  High expectations base on our personal “There’s an App for That” experience sets the standard and becomes a challenge when trying to deliver a similar experience with an enterprise business mobile application.  The solution that is “right” can be a bewildering and a hotly contested debate between users and IT.  That is why it is so important that use cases are firmly rooted in well-defined business process requirements established by users.

A few obvious and not so obvious considerations when assessing your mobile solution include:

  • Platform for devices (IOS, Android, Windows Mobile)
  • Device Compatibility – what types of devices can be used on the platform
  • License Structure (named vs concurrent)
  • Online – Offline connectivity
  • Support services
  • User interface – ease of use
  • System Architecture
  • Configurability of applications
  • Skills required to develop applications
  • Administration and deployment of applications
  • Integration needs with other systems besides Maximo
  • Security and BYOD policies
  • Device management and hardware support

Mobile is hot, so be careful that you don’t get burned. Success depends on meeting user expectations.  Get your requirements act together, set realistic user expectations, and —–partner with IT to architect a solution that simplifies the user experience.


About Randy McDaniel:
Randy has a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the California State University at Fullerton and has spent over 35 years in the field of maintenance engineering, maintenance planning, capital projects construction, and facilities maintenance. His industry experience includes oil refineries, petrochemical plants, universities, steel mills, assembly plants, lumber mills, and utility plants.

He has spent time as a Maximo senior consultant providing business process re-engineering assessments and managing Maximo implementations. A vocal advocate of Maximo, Randy has been the Chairman of the Southern California Maximo Users Group since 1998 where he often presents best practices, tips and other real life Maximo experiences.

Currently Randy is the Maximo System Administrator and Facilities Management Information Systems Integration Manager at the University of California Los Angeles. He manages the implementation of Maximo and provides IT integration direction and vision for the General Services business unit.

This post originally appeared on the Tivoli User Community boards on March 3, 2014, and is reprinted with permission of the author


Maximo for Transportation

IBM Maximo Industry Solutions for Transportation

Provides organizations with best practices to help improve the productivity of critical transportation assets.

Helps address stringent regulatory requirements, with best practices to extend asset life, optimize parts management, reduce road calls, and increase planned maintenance.Types of transport of transporting are loads.

  • Complete solution for managing all transportation asset types, including fleets of cars, trucks, buses, locomotives and rail vehicles, aircraft and vessels, adding capabilities over Maximo Asset Management.
  • Advanced Asset Management capabilities for equipment status, meter change out and history, meter import, position codes, serial number changes and warranty recovery.
  • Enhanced Work Management capabilities for campaigns, industry codes, labor certification, maintenance alerts, mechanic’s clip board and outside repair orders.
  • Extended Inventory Management features for cycle counting and fuel tank management.
  • Leveraging Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) on a Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) certified internet platform
  • Version 6.2 adds new product enhancements for life cycle costing, motor pool, labor qualifications, driver logs, fuel and fluid management and asset templates.


  • Industry specific capabilities
  • Rational consolidation
  • Internet architecture
  • Risk Management


  • Provides industry specific capabilities to support transportation business requirements, such as Campaigns, Industry Codes, Fuel and Meter Integration, Labor Certifications, Maintenance Alerts, Meter History and Warranty Recovery.
  • Allows organizations to consolidate multiple asset management solutions for fleet, facilities, production 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 compliance with government regulatory requirements and helps achieve service level agreements (SLA).


  • Aligns with the business needs and provides a greater fit out-of-the-box.
  • Lowers total cost of ownership for IT departments while providing a common platform for all EAM users.
  • Easy to use and easy to learn solutions that integrate easily with other SOA applications.
  • Allows organizations to track regulatory compliance of assets.