Category Archives: MapEngine

ActiveG Jayu for Maximo—spatial visualization for all

Have you ever wanted to share maps of your Maximo work orders and assets with non-Maximo users?  Or ever wanted to integrate your GIS and Maximo, but were afraid of the cost and the effort to make it work? Then you’re not alone.  And that’s why we’ve created Jayu (pronounced Jah-Yoo).

ActiveG JayuJayu is a robust standalone web application specifically tailored to integrate GIS and Maximo data, making it accessible to whomever you choose. Jayu is the perfect blend of simplicity and power, giving your entire organization the access to a visual feature set based upon Maximo data.

Jayu builds upon the rich functionality of ActiveG MapEngine, and extends those tools to anyone in your organization.

Features:

  • Search Maximo Assets, Locations, Work Orders, and Service Requests
  • Create user-defined Work Order and Service Request visualizations
  • Filter work orders by Lead, Group, Dates, and more
  • Cluster work orders for better analysis
  • GIS Layer visibility controls
  • Generate work and asset lists based on location criteria

Quick Specs

  • Requires IIS 8+, SQL Server 2008 or later, Esri ArcGIS Server 10.x, and Maximo (of course).

So give us a call today to see how quickly you can be up and running with a GIS-based map for your Maximo data!

Tube Lines selects ActiveG MapEngine

Tube Lines Limited (London, UK) and their implementation partner Enterprise AMS Group have selected ActiveG™ MapEngine™ as the spatial integration for Tube Lines’ IBM Maximo 7.5 system, as a key component of their Asset Management Improvement Program (AMIP).

Courtesy Tube Lines Limited

MapEngine will deliver advanced spatial integration of Tube Lines’ Intergraph GIS maps in their Maximo enterprise asset management (EAM) system, providing users with dynamic visualization and map-based creation of work orders, service requests, routes, and more.

“The seamless integration of the existing GIS system by literally taking it inside of Maximo 7.5 will enable our Planners to create maintenance work packages using spatial information. This will make better use of the very limited maintenance window that is available each night by reducing walking time between jobs.

It will also enable our Strategic Planners to visually see the interaction between different asset classes at any given location. For example, we can see how poor condition drainage assets affect the performance of track and signaling assets. This information will inform decisions about major renewals and ensure that investment is targeted in the areas that will have the biggest impact on the overall performance of the railway”

James Foley, Implementation Manager, Tube Lines AMIP Program

For more information on how MapEngine can improve your Maximo experience, contact ActiveG today.

About Tube Lines

Tube Lines Limited focuses on maintaining, renewing and upgrading the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly Lines to speed up travel for 1.9 million people every day in the heart of London.

Tube Lines is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Transport for London and has been since 2010. They’re responsible for delivering the engineering and modernization program on its lines. They work in partnership with London Underground, which is responsible for the overall strategy and management of the Tube network including the operation of train services, ticketing, fares and travelcards, timetables and the closure of lines and stations.

Tube Lines Limited maintain, renew and upgrade over 320km of track, 254 points and crossings, 255 trains, 100 stations, 4,314 bridges and structures, 80km of embankments and cuttings, 231 escalators and 110 lifts. It’s a massive 41% of the entire Tube network. And it’s a huge responsibility. With over 500 million passenger journeys made each year on its network, safety, reliability and high performance are key to what they do.

About ActiveG

ActiveG provides innovative, advanced spatial software solutions for companies running IBM Maximo, delivering complete integration of your Enterprise Geographic Information System (GIS) with the Maximo product line, via its MapEngine™ and InformME™ solutions.

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

 

MapEngine Goes Mobile: activeG announces partnership with Interloc Solutions

activeG LLC announces a partnership agreement with Interloc Solutions, to further enhance and optimize Interloc’s award-winning Mobile Informer application by combining it with activeG’s MapEngine—to deliver world-class mobile asset visualization.

The Mobile Informer extends to a wide variety of mobility devices, providing an integrated platform for client driven applications that work both on-line and off-line.

Clickable ESRI ArcGIS-based map for identifying work orders and other data from Maximo.

activeG’s MapEngine technology is now available as an add-on for the Mobile Informer, delivering mobile asset visualization, both for connected and disconnected mobile scenarios.  The combination of the Mobile Informer and MapEngine builds upon key benefits current desktop MapEngine users enjoy, such as map-based work order creation and map-based asset searching/identification.

Deployed directly within Maximo, the Mobile Informer platform requires no middleware software. The unique, open architecture of Mobile Informer lets you select the user interface development platform that is most appropriate for the mobile device being used. Administrative functions including device, user, session management and others are all performed within Maximo itself.

To learn more about Mobile Informer, please visit http://www.interlocsolutions.com/interloc-products/interloc-mobile-informer-for-Maximo/.

About Interloc Solutions
Interloc Solutions is a recognized leader in providing award winning and innovative Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) consulting services and industry and product solutions. 100% Maximo focused, IBM AAA technical accreditation, Ready for Tivoli validated products and winners of the IBM Pulse 2012 Best of Show and Smarter Planet Awards — Interloc Solutions is in a unique position to be your Maximo consulting services trusted partner.  They deliver innovative and business driven solutions to maximize the performance of all enterprise assets.

The Mobile Informer is a mobility platform built specifically to support mobile applications on the iPhone/iPad or Android that integrate directly with Maximo. It provides a platform for the rapid development of lightweight, extensible applications that communicate with Maximo via web services and comply with open standards. Deployed directly within Maximo, the Mobile Informer platform requires no middleware software. The unique, open architecture of Mobile Informer lets you select the user interface development platform that is most appropriate for the mobile device being used. Administrative functions including device, user, session management and others are all performed within Maximo itself.

MapEngine and RulesManager Now Power Up Maximo Together

As a result of our recently-announced partnership with Total Resource Management, activeG is proud to offer integration between TRM RulesManager and activeG MapEngine, unlocking Maximo with the power of rules-based transactions driven through MapEngine’s spatial interface.

Ever wished you could do things like:

  • On an array of work orders in a given geographic region, set the work order lead to a specified person?
  • Change the parent of selected work orders to a new or other work order for grouping common work based on location?
  • Set the GL account, work code, any other attribute on work orders selected on a map?

All this is now possible without the need of complicated MBO programming.  Instead, create JavaScript-based rules in RulesManager that leverage MapEngine’s spatial functionality.

The bottom line:

  • Use MapEngine’s map-based GUI to query/select assets, locations, work orders and more–with or without spatial criteria, then…
  • Use RulesManager to take the data gathered on the map and do basic-to-complex transactions simply, doing the heavy lifting in Maximo.

For a complete demo of MapEngine and RulesManager together making Maximo even more powerful, contact us today.

Map Query

MapEngine’s Map Query feature puts more asset data at your fingertips–spatially.

MapEngine with Map QueryWhat is Map Query?

Map Query is a powerful user-driven, query-based spatial search tool for MapEngine. Now it’s possible to:

  • Create on-the-fly queries in Maximo that spatially display your results.  In the past, you could search for an asset or location that matched a given value.  Now if you can think it, you can search it.  Map Query lets you search on any asset or work management data (status, owner, date, description, and more) and see it on the map.  The search criteria are fully configurable.
  • Filter your query results spatially. Perhaps you want to filter your results further by selecting only items in a certain area or boundary. Just draw a polygon to define the area you want and filter your results to that area.  Or create a user-defined buffer on a point, polygon, or linear asset to filter your query results.
  • Save your most frequently-used queries for repeat use. If you’ve got an assigned area that you manage, or a certain asset type to monitor, build your query once to suit your need.  Then reuse it over and over.

Map Query Scenario – Crew Reassignment
Here’s a quick scenario that illustrates how Map Query functionality is beneficial:

Scenario Challenges How Map Query Helps
A crew chief, John, is out on leave. His work for the needs to be reassigned to others quickly and efficiently.You have GPS on your vehicles, so you can see your crew locations on the map. You need to find all work orders assigned to John and distribute them to one or more available crews.You also need to assign John’s work to the crews closest to the respective work order locations.
  1. Define a query to find John’s work (i.e. by assignee/lead), then view it on the map.
  2. Filter your results by creating a 7-mile buffer (the distance a crew an travel in a day) on a given vehicle and rerun your query.
  3. Use the map results to reassign John’s work that falls into the buffered distance to the other crew.

There are many other scenarios where MapEngine’s Map Query can be used to speed up and simplify the process of managing work or managing assets in Maximo.  To find out more, contact us here at activeG.

Plug ‘n’ Play

Chances are you’re reading this because you’ve invested heavily in your GIS systems by building your own GIS-based web applications, and you’d love to maximize that investment inside Maximo.  MapEngine’s plug and play capability allows you to do just that.

For instance, your GIS team develops some cool, business-specific ArcGIS Server web applications.  By design, those applications have components, dialogs and web services (CDWS) that provide a common UI throughout the applications.  Your team then plugs those CDWS into MapEngine, giving the maps in Maximo the same look, feel, and interactions as your other applications (plays nice in Maximo).

With MapEngine, you can plug and play your homegrown ArcGIS web services and components in Maximo.

So go ahead, create your own map print web service with legend, compass, logo, etc.; set up a customer, address and point of interest map search dialog specific to your business; create other componentized business-specific GIS/map functionality in your GIS web applications—whatevs.

Maximize that GIS application investment by plugging it and playing it in Maximo with MapEngine™.

Your Enterprise

Taking Your Enterprise Spatial

The figure below illustrates how various services and data can be assembled together to get the best use of/ROI for your spatial data.  A variety of spatially-related data can be stored in one or more spatial stores within your organization.  This data can be accessed through spatial viewers both embedded in Maximo, and also viewed through separate stand-alone viewers such as Google Earth, Google Maps, Microsoft Bing Maps, etc.  Once the viewers are embedded into to Maximo/MapEngine, users can perform any asset-related transaction through the map interface.

Your EnterpriseThis configuration allows the customer the benefit of directly accessing asset and work-related GIS data while inside Maximo, and at the same time it provides a path for future growth when the need for accessing non-asset data via a map becomes important.

And if you’re a MapEngine user, it doesn’t matter where you store the data.  So whether your GIS data storage preference is Oracle Spatial, ArcSDE, SQL Server, flat files, or some other data warehouse,  MapEngine can deliver that data visually inside Maximo.

MapEngine Boosts Maximo User Efficiency with Measurement Recording Capability

As recently requested by customers, activeG announces delivery of Measurement Recording (MR) capabilities for its MapEngine product.

MapEngine, the premier GIS integration for IBM Maximo, now offers users the ability to visualize assets being measured or inspected as never before.  MapEngine now gives companies the ability to enhance routine recording of maintenance and inspection results through an intuitive map-based interface.

Click on the links below for a quick MapEngine Measurement Recording demo (requires Flash):

Features

  • Expandable for any maintenance / inspection process:  Assign this capability to any maintenance or inspection process that requires collecting  measurements for Maximo assets, locations, or equipment.  Valve turning, sewer cleaning, pipeline inspections, or any other process – all of these can be individually configured to work with MapEngine’s Measurement Recording.
  • Keeps Maximo/GIS data in sync flexibly:  Lets you configure how measurements get posted and saved internally to Maximo or external databases like GIS.  For instance, a user needs to record how many turns a valve took to close.  MapEngine’s MR capability allows Maximo and GIS system administrators to define how this data gets posted to the asset specification and/or to the GIS feature.
  • Intuitive work flow: User gets a work flow tailored to their measurement recording needs, rather than a convoluted, general solution that’s less that optimal.

Benefits

  • Data integrity:  Users get visual feedback from the embedded GIS map when they input data into Maximo fields, ensuring the right data gets input for the right asset.
  • Efficiency: Users can record their measurement data more quickly thanks to the intuitive, optimized-to-task interface.

For more information, see the MapEngine webpage, or  contact an activeG representative today.