Manage your Linear, Networked Assets

The optimal management of physical asset systems and their life cycles (IAM)

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Why Choose Us?

TAM, from Asset Man Ltd, is an “off the shelf” package developed on the Microsoft Dynamics CRM platform that brings all assets’ information into a single database. TAM can be used as a standalone package or interfaced with different Financial and GIS applications.

TAM has been developed initially, for the Electricity industry and has been continually developed ever since. TAM claims to be the only system with specific industry focus on linear, networked assets such those used in:

  • Electricity
  • Fibre
  • Water
  • Gas
  • Roads
  • Rail

TAM is specific to managing thousands of the same asset type, stretching away in a long interconnected line.

TAM package consists of several modules which combine to deliver ERP functionality to your existing systems.

  • Asset Model
  • Network Model
  • Design & Project
  • Plan & Schedule
  • Construct & Schedule
  • Network Reliability
  • Billing
  • Test Results

One of the most important issues when considering an integrated Asset and Works management system is the ability to morph all existing business processes into one, common business process.

Because clients have many disparate systems, an important consideration when deciding to keep any of the existing, but disparate, systems, is whether the existing can be extended to encompass the all.

TAM has been developed from the ground up, to use a common business process with modules established to massage complex primary data so that it eventually fits the common process. This means that all works activities are manipulated so that they can all appear on the same schedule, thus making all work, visible to all.

Asset Module

Assets are either very simple or incredibly complex. Most client asset data is well catalogued and the asset structure easily recognised through their existing asset numbering and identification systems. Also, any Asset photographs provide an important verification role and are easily accessed from within the TAM package.

Complex assets are those which consist of an asset site and the coupling of several other assets to that site. When this occurs it is crucial to hold all of the assets, resident at the site, in the same frame so that all data is visible.

In this example of a Power Pole, the Pole Site is clearly identified with details of its construction and a summary of the other assets that may be attached to it. In the first grid we are able to see all of the crossarms that are attached to this pole, beginning with the uppermost arm.

This pole also has a transformer attached and therefore will have some more crossarms to complement the infrastructure required for a pole mounted transformer.

In the second grid, sits the actual transformer, so that, at a single glance at this screen, everyone can see all of the assets that are under scrutiny, in the same place. This is important when an organisation is promoting transparency because it allows any emergent work tasks to be created, on any of the individual assets on display, from this same screen.

Any work tasks that may be initiated from this screen are attached to this pole site as well, enhancing transparency and enabling your people to see your whole asset and works base, in one place.

Network Model

Linear, Networked Assets are all linked and begin at some point in the Network and continue until the end. It is essential to model this type of Network linking because any failure of a particular asset can have dramatic effects on other assets which are either upstream, or downstream, of the offending asset.

This Network modelling is built to ensure that we know exactly where any asset is, in the overall scheme of things as well as to bring the grouping of assets to a smaller and more manageable size, especially when it comes to such things as programming preventive maintenance schedules.

However, at the same time, it is important to maintain the connectivity between the assets, along the Network, so that those assets merely affected, during an outage, can be identified in real time and their subsequent return to normal transmission can be effectively measured and accurately reported upon.

This tabular control of Network reliability has proven to be more robust than other methods and, while requiring a more detailed approach initially, has delivered higher levels of trust in the data, when reporting outages and customer minutes lost.

This detail of Network Modelling allows your business to eventually know:

  • The Capital cost per segment
  • The Maintenance cost per segment
  • The Reliability per segment

To deliver a reliable economic cost of building, owning and maintaining any segment in your Network.

Works Model

The Works model is simple in that, rather than sending people out to do work, we approach the matter from the principle of building and maintaining assets. Therefore while each asset is made from multiple components, so too are the work tasks that are undertaken on any asset, or its components.

The work components that go hand in hand with an asset component are then combined into standard work tasks that can then be issued to:

  • Construct a new asset
  • Maintain an existing asset
  • Repair a defect discovered on an existing asset

This regime allows strict separation of Capital and Maintenance work while, at the same time, allowing traditional reporting on work, under the headings of; Plant, Labour and Materials.

With this methodology, accurate work estimates can be prepared, before a job is issued and tightly managed through job variations and increased costs. TAM enables you to manage:

  • the work that you issue
  • the reason that it was issued
  • the eventual true cost of that work

Summary

By knowing the distinct asset, the distinct type of work required and the historic reliability of that particular asset, alongside other assets of the same class, you will be able to program the right work into the right place, satisfying your Governance requirements and enabling you to introduce realistic performance targets for your people through driving the transparency of your Network and its performance. This is what TAM delivers.