Asset intensive industries like Oil & Gas, Railways and Utilities are struggling to manage their infrastructure or production networks which are complex and difficult to maintain. Their business needs a unique solution to manage their network of assets. Currently these businesses rely largely on different standalone, loosely integrated systems and manual processes (e.g. GIS, spreadsheets, LAM applications) to access linear asset information and store/ access historical information. This makes their processes time consuming to analyze, track, identify work location, collate cost information, and schedule and track work status.
These organizations need to optimize reliability, availability, maintainability, and safety of their networks and infrastructure. Most asset management softwares have been designed around discrete assets and fail to address these demands. Hence there is a need for a comprehensive, integrated solution that facilitates and connects linear asset management activities with the full gamut of enterprise processes and data. This paper highlights an SAP solution to fulfill the demand from business to have a well-integrated system which is cost effective, which can aggregate linear and non-linear asset data, help in quick decision making, avoid data redundancy and duplication, and provide a single source of information to all stakeholders.
SAP Linear Asset Management
SAP Linear Asset Management - This functionality within the SAP Plant Maintenance (PM) module which is specially designed to meet the business requirements to manage linear asset and maintain them. The need to represent and model assets which extend for several kilometers with changing characteristics and conditions requires network modeling and maintenance tools to provide specific capabilities to support and manage these complex assets. The solution provides an integrated solution which can improve the operations, safety, decision making and reduce cost.
Deploying an integrated enterprise asset and maintenance management solution for maintaining linear assets can significantly improve an organization’s operation and achieve increased safety, improved access to decision tools, enhanced regulatory compliance, and reduced in costs.
These companies can now combine both performance and safety, across the network infrastructure with all key stakeholders involved. Natively integrating within the existing SAP Plant Maintenance module; SAP Linear Asset Management connects and coordinates the asset management processes across the organization. SAP LAM can do all of the following:
- Configure linear assets as Linear Reference Patterns
- Improve safety, compliance and risk management
- Integrate with SAP GEO.e (GEOgraphical Enablement) and Mobility for enhanced real-time information & operations
- Change linear asset conditions / characteristics can be incorporated at ease.
- Automate asset maintenance & operations
- Evaluate operational status more accurately with real-time information
- Reduce operation and maintenance costs
- Improve decision making and resource management
- Integrate maintenance and financial management
Linear Reference Pattern and markers enable modeling using both linear and non-linear assets in one network. SAP Linear Asset Management thus enables to connect business processes throughout the organization.
SAP Linear Asset Management enables to standardize and connect business processes throughout the organization. Business can model complex assets – both linear and discrete – in single SAP landscape. This enables business to adopt changes to the network faster, helping ensure data integrity across multiple asset types.
Conceptual Design & Architecture
Non-Linear Assets – A non-linear asset occupies a defined space and can be tracked by its location or modeled as part of a parent child hierarchy. They can be installed, maintained replaced as a whole. E.g. Physical Assets like Facilities or Mobile equipment’s like fleet or component based like ships.
Linear Assets - Linear assets have linear properties and often connect with each other by their relationship with the linear infrastructure itself. They can be preserved and restored in place, and in segments. E.g. Department of transportation managing roads or Railways managing rail tracks and signaling, or the Oil & Gas industry managing pipeline or Utility industry managing transmission towers.
Linear Asset Management deals with an asset whose length plays a critical role in the maintenance of the asset. They are a special type of asset which has an associated length dimension; this dimension is represented by means of start points and end points. Linear assets are subject to dynamic segmentation and multiple characteristic combinations can be defined with any portion of an existing linear feature independently of where it begins or ends.
The example below shows how we can achieve dynamic segmentation of pipelines. Markers & characteristics can be maintained along the length of the network: