Several asset intensive industries, like the railways, oil and gas, shipping and power transmission, struggle with managing their massive assets. Having a complete view on all assets, their utilization, fault detection and maintenance is imperative to get an effective return on investment in these capital intensive assets.
Currently, the assets are managed by a variety of discrete systems that don’t talk to each other. SCADA systems for industrial control and automation, legacy GIS systems and Excel work logs and even handwritten maintenance schedules are widely used. Several process efficiencies are possible if linear assets are treated differently than non-linear assets. Non-linear assets are defined by their location and position in a specific asset hierarchy, e.g. facilities or delivery fleet. Linear assets, on the other hand, have linear properties and are defined by their associated length dimension, given by a starting and ending point. Using SAP Linear Asset Management (LAM), these can be segmented dynamically along their length and treated as discrete sub-assets. Linear reference patterns and markers enable modelling both linear and non-linear assets in a single network.
A fully integrated linear asset management system can combine data from GIS, legacy software and sensors to analyze and graphically represent geographically referenced information about assets spread of hundreds or thousands of kilometres. This can be further combined with a mobility platform to wirelessly transfer information about maintenance schedules and workflow information straight into the hands of field technicians. Essentially we are talking about several layers of data and unconnected platforms coming together to provide a seamless view of asset distribution and utilization in real time with actionable insights and visualizations at anyone’s disposal.
This integrated SAP asset management framework can maximize ROI and enable dynamic segmentation for linear assets, provide effective visualization and analytics to support decision making and optimally integrate even existing legacy GIS systems. In addition, SAP Geo.e and SAP Syclo can optimize spare part planning, maintenance schedules and also help in field force optimization leading to improved efficiencies and better safety and compliance. In essence, a complete solution to managing large assets – both linear and non-linear.
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