Walking a mile in the shoes of an Inspector

Walking a mile in the shoes of an Inspector

If I had a dollar for every time I've heard someone in a comfortable office tell me that they'll "just" get the guys in the field to do this or that for them... Well I'd have more dollars than I do now.

The old saying to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes means before judging someone, you must understand his experiences, challenges, thought processes, etc. It is in effect, a reminder to practice empathy. 

The asset inspector is the key to any asset data collection program. A little empathy for the challenges faced by the asset inspector will go a long way to ensuring a successful outcome for asset data collection efforts.

Really? You want to use a selfie stick?

Really? You want to use a selfie stick?

Whether its walking around the city, or at an event, I am continually amazed at what I see as a bunch of self absorbed people waving selfie sticks to capture the moment rather than experiencing the moment. Whether that is more a symptom of advancing years turning me into the proverbial "grumpy old man", or a legitimate gripe is a discussion for another time. But there was no way I was ever going to touch a selfie stick!

Yarra Valley Water - meter condition auditing

Yarra Valley Water - meter condition auditing

Yarra Valley Water recently completed an audit of a statistically significant sample of its water meter fleet across its service area to confirm the condition of the water meters and to identify any potential safety issues associated with access. The information collected will allow Yarra Valley Water to plan their resources more effectively for future activities such as meter exchanges.

Energex - changing how asset data is captured

Energex - changing how asset data is captured

In late April 2016 Energex embarked upon a project with ORDITAL to collect information on 9,466 Ring Main Units (RMU's) that were distributed across South East Queensland. Instead of sending personnel into the field to enter data into a keyboard or notepad, Energex sent personnel to describe their assets with photos alone using the ORDITAL solution. This is one of several successful projects that Energex has now completed with ORDITAL.

Electricity Meter Fleet Management

Electricity Meter Fleet Management

Electricity distributors own that part of the network that takes power from the electricity transmission network and distributes it to consumers. Generally the electricity distributor also owns a fleet of electricity meters that are used to determine the amount of electricity used by a consumer in a specific billing period. There are often millions of meters installed for each distributor and maintaining accurate information on these assets can be a challenge. ORDITAL recently completed a project for an electricity distributor and discusses the scope in this article

A deeper look at the ORDITAL Mobile App

A deeper look at the ORDITAL Mobile App

In this blog post we'll take a deeper look at the end to end process using the ORDITAL mobile app and how it synchronizes with the ORDITAL server. This is what a client with an Enterprise license would be able to do with the system.

Success with AssetFuture

Success with AssetFuture

ORDITAL recently completed a successful project with AssetFuture, an Australian company specializing in Asset Optimization. ORDITAL was a key part of the solution going into this project. The software and services from ORDITAL helped AssetFuture to meet their objectives in terms of on-time and on-budget delivery to their client. This was a new area for ORDITAL and allowed us to achieve some great new enhancements for all users.

First look at the new mobile app

First look at the new mobile app

ORDITAL has added new asset & photo types to its production servers to support an expanded data schema. To go along with this release is a new user interface that has been redesigned via a design competition to allow a fresh look at how to make the app more productive and visually appealing, whilst building on the strong foundations established through project use.

Visualizing your Asset Register

Visualizing your Asset Register

Significant enhancements for the ORDITAL Asset Navigator have been pushed to production today and are immediately available for all subscribed users. The Asset hierarchy is an essential part of any CMMS and visualizing it prior to loading into the CMMS ensures accuracy

The Lean Startup

The Lean Startup

The Lean Startup provides a great methodology for startups to minimize waste and remain focused on the value they seek to provide to their clients. However, to implement this requires you to continuously evaluate how well you are engaging with your team to deliver results. Exactly the same teams can deliver dramatically different results based on your approach. And the responsibility for providing this guiding vision rests with the management of the startup.

The Circle of Trust

The Circle of Trust

Errors and inaccuracies in data are a fact of life. Professions like surveying acknowledge that errors are a fact of life in everything and employ rigorous closure methodologies to reduce and quantify possible errors. Compare that with asset information - particularly materialized asset information. We store data about that asset, but give users of that data no tools to assess the accuracy of that data. Is it any wonder that lack of trust in asset data is such a major issue for many organizations?

Big Data in the Pool Shed

Big Data in the Pool Shed

Whilst collecting structured asset data for materialized physical objects is problematic, organizations are collecting massive amounts of data containing this information on a regular basis. The problem is that this data is not collected and processed to harvest the information contained therein in any useful way. It is currently an opportunity lost.

Physical Objects & Data Corrosion

Physical Objects & Data Corrosion

In this blog article we shall explore the differences between functional and materialized physical objects, challenges and expectations with respect to data accuracy with respect to these physical objects, and the effect of temporality in data corrosion.

The Pool Shed

The Pool Shed

In this blog article we'll delve into the mystery that is my pool shed and look at the challenges surrounding the information that is known on that equipment. This is an extremely small scale problem that will be used for a series of upcoming blog articles to demonstrate complex challenges faced by organizations trying to keep tabs on thousands of equipment items.

What are you actually getting for your audit dollar?

What are you actually getting for your audit dollar?

In one of my many ill-fated attempts to learn Chinese I came across a text book trying to explain the difference between a Chinese word and an English word. Whilst my continued lack of proficiency in Chinese is a testament to how much of the book I actually absorbed, I did remember this graphic from that text and the point it was trying to make.

Intrinsically Safe Big Data Collection

Intrinsically Safe Big Data Collection

Today we all have cheap access to powerful devices that we carry with us everywhere. These devices allow us to capture high resolution imagery and share it over a network instantly. An enormous amount of information that is collected is in the form of imagery and a lot of big data analysis involves extracting intelligence from these images.

Social Collaboration for Asset & Product Communities

Social Collaboration for Asset & Product Communities

Social collaboration involves communities of people with common interests working together to solve common goals by sharing information that assists in achieving those goals.

A Google search on “social collaboration for business” will show you how some of the world’s leading companies are leveraging social collaboration to foster continuous innovation and add value to their customers.

Today Assets & Products are disconnected and by extension the communities that should support them are fragmented. Social networks can build communities that can collaborate to deliver continuous innovation to organizations.

Turning a sales overhead into a sales advantage

Turning a sales overhead into a sales advantage

It might be stating the obvious, but companies that produce products for sale survive or fail on their ability to sell those products. Plenty of great products fall by the wayside without an avenue to market. And the avenue to market is the sales organization.

When it comes to asset management the information requirements of Operators are an overhead to Manufacturers of products.

The sales organization of a Manufacturer is the engine of growth for that business. If we can turn the information requirements for Operators into a sales advantage for Manufacturers then an overhead becomes an advantage.

Optimizing Asset Integrity Audits

Optimizing Asset Integrity Audits

An essential part of any asset integrity program is an audit to collect information about the assets that are physically installed in the plant.

It is often difficult to find the people with the skills required to carry out an asset audit, and it is costly to have these people on-site – especially for offshore and other remote locations.

Solutions that allow more efficient information collection and on-line collaboration with experts lower the skills required for the audit and allow audits to be completed in a shorter time, resulting in higher quality and lower costs.

Plant Manager’s challenge – inspecting for asset obsolescence

Plant Manager’s challenge – inspecting for asset obsolescence

Years ago I was involved in a team working through a number of maintenance improvement initiatives for an Operator that we thought were quite innovative.

When we put our initiatives to the Plant Manager of the client’s largest processing plant he dismissed most of them because they didn’t help him with his largest problem – obsolescence. Inspecting the asset won’t tell you if the Manufacturer still supports it.