Antarctic group sets up asset management

The Australian Antarctic Division (AAD), which conducts research and conservation for the protection of the Antarctic environment, will implement asset management software at its Tasmanian headquarters and offshore bases which are inaccessible most of the year.

The division will implement MRO Software’s Web-architectured Maximo 5 system across five sites including offshore stations on the Antarctic continent and at the sub-Antarctic station on Macquarie Island.

AAD’s Maximo project engineer Jason Watson assessed a range of options that were Internet compatible before selecting Maximo but did not disclose financial details of the deal.

He said the AAD raises some 8000 to 12,000 work orders each year - previously handled via a legacy system - and relied on separate spreadsheets and manual procedures at each of the sites.

When fully implemented, Maximo 5 will offer 20 user licences among the 120 or so 'expeditioner' trades people who live at the stations during the Southern Hemisphere summer months.

The AAD’s strategic assets at its four stations include some 100 buildings and a range of bulldozers, graders, diggers, quad bikes and other vehicles that must be maintained to withstand the harsh Antarctic environment.

Maximo 5 will also be used to support the management of all the infrastructure services at the stations including water supply, sewage disposal, lighting and heating, and the satellite radio links with Tasmania and the Antarctic contingent.

The announcement was made at the MRO World Asia Pacific 2003, Maximo User Conference, which started in Melbourne yesterday.

Lauren Thomsen-Moore is attending the conference as a guest of MRO

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