Five Problems Asset Intensive Organizations face Solved With Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Posted by Gina Perleoni on April 7, 2020


What is GIS?

GIS (Geographic Information System) is an evolving application that enables users to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage, and present spatial/geographic data.

How does GIS impact an Asset Management Program?

An EAM (enterprise asset management) program is centered around maintaining an organization's physical assets in the most effective manner. For specific industries like electric and gas Transmission and Distribution, assets tend to be widely disbursed geograpgically. When assets are separated by large distances (for example: an electric utility managing its substations, points of service,  etc.) GIS applications help the organization track, analyze, and manage the physical asset’s location.

When you integrate your GIS system with your EAM system, you armerging asset feature spatial data and the asset’s geo-location with its asset lifecycle information, completing the full picture of the asset. When you have the full picture of an asset, you can better plan, manage and analyze both the asset itself and the assets around it.

Below are 5 common problems that are solved by a GIS/EAM Integration

  1. Double Entry vs. Single entry

If you have two separate systems, you may have one person (or a team) plugging in data to a GIS system and a separate person (or a team) plugging in the same data to the EAM system.

Integrating your GIS/EAM system eliminates the need for duplicate data entry which reduces time taken to enter data.This also helps reduce inconsistencies in the data that may occur between the duplicated efforts. 

  1. Misaligned/Undefined Data Ownership

Not only can GIS and EAM be integrated, but GIS is typically also integrated with the connectivity model and other crucial systems like Advanced Distribution Management, leak and pressure monitoring systems, vehicle tracking and with the proper technology, any live Data Stream, making the data available through Maximo Spatial Integration. This provides a system of record for different pieces of data.

When a company integrates Maximo and GIS using MX Spatial, they allow the GIS department the capability to maintain ownership of geo-location data, while putting the ownership of asset details and specification on the respective subject matter experts.

  1. Mobile capability

An integration with GIS and EAM can increase productivity and efficiency maintaining your assets by enabling mobility tracking. A mobile device can be used to seamlessly capture the GIS and EAM data on the same device, at the same time and into each system. This automatic synching reduces error by eliminating the need for tracking and transcribing from pen and paper to desktop system.

Additionally, GIS and EAM integrated mobility helps field workers know exactly where their asset is, what is around it, how to best physically access the asset and how to best maintain it.

  1. Location based analysis

Have you ever wondered: “Why do I have 100 work orders for this area of town?” or “are the pipes breaking down the most made from the same material?”

Marrying your GIS and EAM system allows for location based analysis of your assets and their locations. This enables organizations to analyze trends in your maintenance program that could be costing you money and/or customer satisfaction. Tracking the data from work orders combined with GIS enables users to answer these questions and make smarter decisions.

5. Increased Efficiency of Asset Maintenance

 All information for the asset will now be tracked in one system, creating a clearer more accurate picture of the asset. This helps increase efficiency and precision of asset maintenance, work order creation, routes, etc. Work orders can now be populated with exact GIS location of the asset, and GIS application can determine the fasts route for field workers to complete.

Does your organization struggle with one of the challenges described above? Learn more about GIS integrations with IBM Maximo or request a consultation with our EAM experts.



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