Leveraging the investment in existing software products is high
on the agenda for engineering firms responding to downward cost
pressures. Joining up the solutions already in use to make them
work together more effectively is one way to increase productivity
and drive process efficiency. One example of this is linking
existing EAM and EDMS systems together to improve work order
oversight and control for operations and maintenance teams.
In industries such as oil and gas; energy and utilities;
construction; or infrastructure, the management of drawings and
documentation is subject to rigorous control and regulatory
compliance standards. For regular maintenance work orders to be
carried out easily and efficiently, it is critical for Operations,
Maintenance and Engineering to have quick access to the most
up-to-date information about their assets.
Not surprisingly, engineering documents and data may be stored
in a number of different places. In addition to the EDMS,
information could be held in an Enterprise Asset Management (EAM)
system - a solution such as SAP, Maximo or JD Edwards. Typically,
these two systems have no relationship between them and if they
don't talk to each other, operations and maintenance teams can
waste time searching for related content. As a result, using
outdated or incorrect documentation can have a serious impact on
costs and compliance.
Engineering companies are beginning to address this issue. To
increase efficiency and reduce costs, it makes sense to maximize
the investment in existing technologies. Owner Operators are now
joining up their EAM and EDMS systems with tools such as McLaren
Software's EAM Connector. This allows engineering documents to be
accessed quickly, directly from the EAM interface, and searched by
asset tag, functional location or maintenance work order.
Searches are improved and processes execute seamlessly across
both systems. Confident decisions can be made, based on accurate
information. The integrity of the asset is maintained throughout
When the two systems are integrated, assets can be linked to
engineering documents and work packs can be created, tracked,
merged into a single pdf and managed through a secure change
Canadian Natural Resources Limited (Canadian Natural), one of
the largest independent crude oil and natural gas producers in the
world, has found the link between issued construction work packages
and the engineering execution work orders in their EAM system
(Maximo) to be crucial in avoiding mistakes. The integration
ensures that the construction execution team has the same
information that their engineers have endorsed. To find out more
about how Canadian Natural has enhanced safety with its solution,
download the full case study.
For more information about our EAM Connector visit www.mclarensoftware.com/EAM, or complete the contact form and
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