Asset Management and Utilities
The purpose of the Utilities Industry is to provide power and water to commercial and residential consumers safely, reliably and cost effectively.
The physical assets involved include Power Stations (Nuclear, Fossil fuels, Hydro, Solar and Wind), and the infrastructure assets to transport the utilities (Transmission and Distribution grids, Water and Gas Pipelines and Pipes etc.).
Most Utility operations require a large investment in both Production, Storage and Infrastructure assets, and therefore it is essential to maximise the utilisation of all of these if a sustainable Utility business is to be achieved.
Utility and Industry Challenges
Operators in the Utility industry face a large number of national and international rules and regulations which governs the way they operate. With the safety of both employees and the general public being given the highest priority by regulators and legislators.
Physical assets are required to be maintained regularly and records for maintenance work retained for audit purposes, in addition, for more sophisticated assets (e.g. nuclear power stations) proof that the operating configuration of the assets is as designed is also audited.
In order to manage a profitable operation it is also necessary to ensure:
- The physical assets are available when required
- They are utilised to their maximum potential
- They perform over their lifetime reliable and cost effectively
- Compatible Unit Estimation (CUE) functionality for creating construction and build estimates for line extensions and replacements for distributed assets
- Maximo Spatial provides the perfect way for infrastructure operators and maintainers to synchronise their assets between the GIS representation of assets and that represented in Maximo. Assets in Maximo are dynamically linked to the map, which can also be used to visualise work orders and service requests. This provides a truly unique capability to manage work in a spatial context.
- Crew Management recognises that work can be performed not just by individuals, but by teams of men formed into recognised crews, which have their own defined skills and equipment.
- Scheduling maintenance work in the Utilities industry is a big challenge and Maximo Scheduler is capable of supporting the optimisation of many of the common scheduling scenarios that occur in the industry.
- For power station operators routine work needs to be fitted in with the operational schedule and especially the planned and unplanned outage schedule. Major outages require project planning capabilities that optimise both the utilisation of people and skills, and minimise the time taken to perform the outage. Maximo provides resource planning capabilities that include critical path method, as well as automated resource levelling and capacity planning functionality.
- For Infrastructure companies the challenge is the scheduling of maintenance and inspection individuals and crews across a wide geographical area. Maximo provides despatch capabilities that can optimise work allocation in association with routes, locations and priorities.