Are you Team Linear or Team Spatial? (Spoiler alert: We are all Team Maximo)
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The question is – If I have Maximo Linear and Maximo Spatial, how do they work together?
As any good consultant knows, it’s always good to answer a question with a question, so here goes. How should they work together? We often get trapped in technical discussions and sometimes lose sight of the fact that any solution we provide should be a solution to an existing problem, not just a technical solution in search of a problem. So whenever I am asked if Maximo Linear and Spatial work together, I ask what the use cases are for how they should, in fact, work together. What is the task? Who is responsible for completing it? Will they have the tools necessary to access both Maximo Linear and Spatial? Those are the questions you need to ask. But just in case you thought this entire entry would be one long question – here are a few answers to get you started.
How are they integrated today?
Linear assets integrate with Maximo Spatial just like nonlinear assets; at the asset level. That means that you can use the map to display and locate your linear assets and then use Maximo to display the asset details, much like you would a nonlinear asset today.
Understanding linear assets in Maximo
A key driver for linear asset design in Maximo is dyamic segmentation: the ability to virtually segment an asset based on changes in characteristics, relationships or work zones without having to physically segment that asset. That means that the pipe material might change, but the asset is still the same asset. We maintain history of all changes, so there is no need to create new assets every time characteristics change.
Understanding linear assets in Maximo Spatial
An immediate challenge when modeling linear assets in the map is that you have two choices. You can create a single line feature to represent the entire asset, or you can create a route feature. A line feature is much like a traditional asset in Maximo, where the attributes have a single value that applies to the entire asset. So if my water main has material, it is concrete for the entire length. A route feature supports dynamic segmentation, so my material can change over the span.
Will we be able to integrate at a level lower than ‘Asset’?
We are presently working on leveraging geoprocessing to display Maximo data in the map. ESRI provides a number of tools to that end that we are planning to exploit. The plan is to not duplicate data, but simply display the Maximo data directly from Maximo views. We do have customers who wish to push dynamically segmented data from the map back into Maximo. That will be our next area of focus.
I’ll keep you posted on our progress, and would be interested in any use cases you might have for enhancing the integration of Maximo Linear Asset Manager and Maximo Spatial. Remember – we’re all on Team Maximo!