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 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

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.


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


  • 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.


  • 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.

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.