Technical Blog Post
Permits in Support of Work Orders...How to Plan and Execute Work Efficiently and Safely
(OK, it's a clunky title, but I'm trying to be clear. Permit to Work, Work Permits, and variations of these words have meanings that depend on the industry and the region using them.)
All businesses today have pressures to cut costs and must deal with the loss of skilled workers. The typical nuclear work management process -- highly coordinated long range planning and scheduling in a complex and ultra-safety conscious environment -- meets the needs of businesses in all types of increasingly regulated industries. And so, many "non-nuclear" companies have chosen to use Maximo for Nuclear Power as well as other "nuclear" applications to support their needs.
Differences between the Permits application and other permit processes
The Permits application in Maximo for Nuclear power is different from some other permitting processes:
- It is different from a clearance or lock-out/tag-out permit. These permits are handled by a separate Maximo module. You can read more about lock-outs and tag-outs in another blog entry: Integrated Operational Management (http://bit.ly/pbdUtI).
- It is not a general work permit process. Work management in the nuclear environment is characterized by weeks of planning, coordination, communication, and approvals. This process culminates in a precise schedule that typically authorizes permission to work. In other work management approaches, these processes are driven by the permit-to-work process.
- Document need
- Schedule execution and coordinate usage
- Plan specific requirements
- Setup job site and establish baseline conditions
- Approve initial permit parameters
- Approve permit
- Control users of permitor monitor permit requirements and conditions
- Terminate permit use
- Authorize demobilization
- Update permit information, close permit, update permit job plans
They can stand alone or be fully integrated with Work Orders. The Maximo Permit engine makes extensive use of Job Plans, Classifications, and Impact Plans thereby allowing complete design flexibility. Think about one of your permit processes: Analyze your permit from request to closure and create a Permit Job Plan whose tasks mimic the key steps, statuses and resources in that process. Then, create a classification structure for that permit type with detailed classifications and specifications for each task that requires user input or data recording. Assign those classification to the Job Plans and Tasks. That permit's program administrator or other authority approves the Permit Job Plan. That's it!
You can read more about permits and about the other capabilities of our Nuclear Power Industry Solution here (http://ibm.co/nvTE2J).