Monthly Archives: December 2012

Tying Maps to Existing Client Web Services

Unlock your Map Services in Maximo with MapEngine

MapEngine™ has the ability to integrate with web services developed by the client to display, filter, or search records. This gives the client the flexibility to create the web service based on current business processes and resources. For example, web services from our clients include: clustered work orders, map searches against custom/external systems, and AVL data tracking.

Legend control for clustered work orders

Work Order Clustering: Work orders can clutter the map and make it difficult to see distinct work orders that are near one another. One solution to this problem is to build a clustering service that groups work orders together based on a specific extent and proximity to other work orders at that extent. The clustering service would be based on a clear, detailed business process for how the work orders will be filtered and displayed.  The display could include various images displaying different statuses or types of work orders as well as different cluster groupings.

Clusters

Clustered work orders, visualized in Maximo via MapEngine’s integration with a client’s cluster services.

Custom Searches: Each client has their own landmarks that may have significance to a Maximo user. For example, in St. Louis the Gateway Arch may be a point of interest, or in Seattle the Space Needle may be a point on the map that the user would like to visualize. quickly.  Or there may be different fixed locations that may not be well-known assets or locations in Maximo, but have significance to the user in finding their way on the map. Or they may be sourced from a customer information/utility billing system. A customer can setup a web service used by MapEngine to search for these items. The web service returns the map location and maybe even a unique icon, for each found item.

Vehicles on a map in Maximo

Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL): Fixed assets are straight forward to manage because their position rarely changes. However, moving assets such as vehicles require additional technology to track the location at a given time. There are several AVL providers that equip vehicles with devices to track their location. This AVL data can be fed into a map service and tracked real time.

Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority chooses activeG MapEngine

The Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority has chosen activeG MapEngine as its spatial integration for Maximo.  MapEngine will deliver advanced spatial integration of ESRI ArcGIS maps for the Water Authority’s Maximo enterprise asset management (EAM) system, providing users with dynamic visualization and map-based creation of work orders, service requests, routes, and more.    “We’re excited to deliver our advanced spatial solutions for the Maximo users at the Water Authority, ” said Don Anderson, managing partner at activeG.

“The activeG MapEngine will allow us to increase the efficiency in managing the maintenance of over 600,000 assets,” said Water Authority Chief Information Officer Chris Framel.  “Our supervisors will be able to visually manage work crews from within Maximo using the activeG MapEngine as assets, work orders and assigned crews will be visible and easily identifiable. An additional cost saving benefit of activeG is the ability to create routes that will minimize windshield time and maximize wrench time for our crews from each of our five divisions. The activeG MapEngine is the final piece we needed to  complete the implementation of a true enterprise asset management system.”

About the Water Authority

The Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority provides water and wastewater services to the greater Albuquerque metropolitan area. With an operating budget of $171 million, it is the largest water utility in New Mexico.

The Water Authority has:

  • 600+ employees
  • 200,000+ customer accounts, representing some 606,780 water users
  • 3,065 miles of water supply pipeline
  • 2,409 miles of sewer collector pipeline
  • $1 billion+ in assets