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:

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.


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


  • 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.


  • 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

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.

Don’t Panic, and Maximo On!

Don't Panic!

When I think of how complicated Maximo can be, I think of a quote by Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

(If you like British humor, or Science Fiction, you should read this. If you like both, you probably already have, but I digress.)

“Space is big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind- bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the (pharmacy), but that’s just peanuts to space.”

Now, replace the word “Space” with “Maximo”.

I’m sure you’ve felt the same way.

So, I will be adding a few guide posts to help you on your quest for Maximo enlightenment. AKA: Here are  a few helpful links.

Tivoli User Community
The TUC the official IBM community site, and may be the largest online and offline organization of Tivoli professionals in the world. Face to face and virtual groups collaborate at group meetings and with the online, global community to answer technical questions, find business solutions and learn about the latest innovations.

 You’ll need to weed through the Non-Maximo groups, such as Storage, cloud and other topics. There are blogs, and each group has a forum The central hub for several regional user groups. This confederation of Maximo User Groups represents users from Boston to Los Angeles. Most topics revolve around the upcoming in person meetings, but it does feature a forum area for users who wish to ask questions and share information. Each member is manually added, so avoid using a hotmail account, which spammers will often use. Keeps the forums strictly for Maximo Users.

Features a links page to currently active MUGS, and also a calendar of all “real life” MUGs, regardless of affiliation on the lower front page.

Maximo Yahoo Group The granddaddy of online Maximo help, it has been in existance since 1999. You’ll find a wealth of information within the archives. You will need to have a Yahoo account, and request membership. Make sure you give all the pertainent information, such as company, version of Maximo and why you want to join. Each person is manually validated.

Your IBM Guru
Of course, your IBM rep or System Integrator is also a great source of information.

Where ever you turn, there is help on the Maximo front. Sometimes it helps to chat with other folks that are “in the trenches” and understand your day-to-day processes. Or are the SQL gurus. Or, just have had that same problem, and can help you get through your particular issue. Just remember: Don’t Panic.

Kat Pullen is a Convergence Specialist at DataSplice, LLC, a mobile computing company founded in 2001 to deliver handheld technology to Maximo users in the field. Working as a freelance graphic designer, she originally took on a contract with DataSplice in 2004, and the rest, as they say, is history. She is also a Science Fiction nut and costumer, so please be patient with any random nonsense you may encounter.