ActiveG Spatial Success Stories

London Underground - Tube Lines

At A Glance



  • Commuter Rail


  • Integration of Maximo 7.5 with Intergraph Geospatial Portal 2014.
  • Enabled interactive visualization of London Underground rail assets.
  • Dynamic linear segmentation utilized to visualize rail-based work orders.
  • Enables rail maintenance schedulers and planners to easily visualise the work.

Deep beneath the busy streets of London, passengers ride the London Underground at all hours of the day and night. The Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly (JNP) lines are some of the busiest of the system. And the JNP maintenance organization uses Maximo to manage the critical work done to keep the system moving.

"[MapEngine] allows Asset Managers to relate the Maximo data to the railway as they know it."

Tube Lines Limited (London, UK) is the organization that is responsible for the maintenance of the JNP lines. The people at Tube Lines 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 the rail network, safety, reliability and high performance are key to what they do.

Tube Lines and their implementation partner Enterprise AMS Group selected ActiveG  MapEngine™ as the spatial integration for Tube Lines’ IBM Maximo 7.5 system. MapEngine is a key component of their Asset Management Improvement Program (AMIP) Data Management for optimal integration between Maximo and Intergraph Geospatial Portal.

Only ActiveG MapEngine provides this complete integration of Integraph and Maximo technologies in a standard, off-the-shelf, software package.

“The seamless integration of the existing [Intergraph] 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,” says James Foley, Implementation Manager, Tube Lines AMIP Program.

This gives the Maintenance Department instant visibility to the location of potential work orders and easy work order progress tracking. It also gives the CSRs instant visibility into the location of incidents reported from similar incoming calls, allowing them to give customers better information about local incidents.

Dynamically segmented linear work orders
Figure 1: ActiveG MapEngine provides a schematic view of London Underground track assets and linear work orders in Maximo. Work orders are drawn dynamically via Intergraph Geospatial Portal, based on linear data in Maximo.


Having Intergraph maps inside Maximo has been an eye-opening process change for maintenance personnel at JNP. It gives the team new ways to visualize and plan their work in Maximo, with visualizations not formerly available.

"Linking Maximo to GIS has given visibility of the workbank and asset information on a geographical map. This allows Asset Managers to relate the Maximo data to the railway as they know it and gives better understanding of how the infrastructure is performing. Thus maintenance and upgrade works can be more effectively targeted," says John Woollett, LU-JNP GIS Manager.

Stefaan de Witte, LU-JNP Track Maintenance Manager is happy with the integration, as it gives his team a new perspective on planning the critical maintenance work. "GIS embedded into Maximo using the Map Tab and ActiveG MapEngine enables schedulers and planners to easily visualise the work bank and corrective actions at a location. It also allows track asset performance to be more readily analysed based on the visual presentation and ability to filter assets/parameters."

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