More Insight into Assets Gives This Utility Company More Energy

Maximo Mobile Utilities applicationOne of the largest energy companies in the United States manages a significant amount of its asset data using IBM Maximo®. And, like many companies, this utility company strives to get the most out of their assets for the least amount of money. However, after utilizing Maximo for almost a decade, they needed a tool that would provide additional insight into their assets, particularly the data necessary to make informed decisions regarding their asset life cycles.

REQUIREMENTS

The company required a highly configurable, mobile system for Maximo. The system also needed to meet the following requirements:

  • Be rapid to implement throughout the enterprise.
  • Capture key asset details and work performed, so that the company could easily improve compliance and meet regulatory requirements.
  • Enable field personnel to complete tasks correctly, with accurate data collection, so that asset and financial managers can make key decisions to improve reliability while reducing costs.
  • Be a mobile system that could be utilized on numerous device types as well as on desktops, so that field personnel, EAM administrators, and managers could use it wherever they do their job.

SOLUTION

The company employed an adaptive mobile solution in 2007: DataSplice Field Inspections. After an implementation period of less than six months, this utility realized several benefits. 

BENEFIT HIGHLIGHTS

Compliance improved. The company imported and converted their existing inspection job plans into the DataSplice Field Inspections solution. Technicians completed inspections for compliance items such as Battery Inspections, Fire Extinguishers, Emergency Lighting, Stray Voltage Inspections, and Smoke Alarms faster and more accurately.

As the utilization of the initial system increased, the utility added more capabilities to the system. These included: 

  • Gas Calls: When a (SF6) Gas Call is created, DataSplice Field Inspections tracks the location, equipment, SF6 cylinders and the amount of gas added. 
  • Pump House Readings: DataSplice Field Inspections enables the user to enter pump house tank level readings and compare them to prior readings. Managers can compare the readings to ensure there are no oil losses or leaks.
  • Drum Logs: DataSplice Field Inspections enables the users to enter the type of waste (Hazardous or Non-Hazardous) and the amount of waste, then it generates a tracking number that a technician affixes to the container. Now managers know the when, where and how of waste removal.
  • Use case type: Inspections
  • Departments: Substation Operations, Transmission Line Maintenance, Steam Generation, and Construction
  • Systems integrated: Maximo, Esri GIS, and Custom Databases
  • Mobile software configuration type: Inspections
  • Device hardware deployed: Motion Computing Windows Tablets, Motorola Handhelds, Windows Laptops
  • Implementation team: DataSplice Professional Services
  • Deployment type: On-premise