Linear Asset Manager - A Quick History
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People often ask me about Linear Asset Manager. Not
what it does - but why the product was developed in the first place.
In May 2005, Don Beahm, who was the lead product manager for Maximo Transportation, and who now works for Accenture, stood before me and drew a line on the whiteboard. "This is a linear asset," he said. "It is not a pump, and Maximo should not treat it like a pump." He went on to explain that linear assets have characteristics that change over distance. On an interstate road, the speed limit increases from 55 to 65, the number of lanes changes from 3 to 4 and back, and the pavement material changes as well. In the world of Maximo, users were forced to create a new asset each time the characteristics changed. And that made little sense. It not only created a proliferation of assets, but also impacted work history. How can I accurately track my maintenance expenditures if I am continually retiring and creating new assets over the same span of road?
The key, we quickly realized, was to adopt the concept of dynamic segmentation, which we defined to mean 'the ability to virtually segment a linear asset without impacting its underlying geometry.'
Working with fellow Product Architect & Designer Nithiya Parameswaran, we began to construct a generic approach to dynamic segmentation that could be applied to roads, railways and pipelines. We did so by researching existing standards, such as ISO 19133, and the American National Standard for Information Technology - Information Technology Geographic Information Framework Data Content Standard. We also solicited input from development partners such as Amtrak, the Maryland Department of Transportation, and Los Angeles County Department of Public Works.
Our focus was to extend existing applications in lieu of a separate 'Linear Asset' module, since there was a significant amount of overlap between the linear asset and non-linear asset functionality. We did so by making controls display based upon whether or not the asset was linear. This allowed us to use existing applications without overwhelming non-linear users with additional elements on the screen.
Maximo Linear Asset Manager 7.1 was released on May 16, 2008, bringing to fruition the concept of 'treating linear assets differently than pumps', by allowing users to apply dynamic segmentation to Maximo assets, and track their work history more accurately.
And that’s the story of Maximo Linear Asset Manager.
Stay tuned to learn more about Linear Asset Manager, linear features, user-defined relationships...and the Linear Visual Control, available in Maximo Linear Asset Manager 7.5...
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