Data dis­cov­ers new GMW sav­ings

Kyabram Free Press - - LOCALCLASSIES -

A REAL-TIME mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem is help­ing Goul­burn-Mur­ray Wa­ter (GMW) find ef­fi­cien­cies and sav­ings when it comes to main­tain­ing more than $5.1 bil­lion of as­sets and 10,000km of chan­nels, drains and pipes.

The re­cently-in­stalled sys­tem, which in­cludes four tele­vi­sion screens show­ing live data, pro­vides GMW’s field ser­vices team with the sta­tus of cur­rent main­te­nance ac­tiv­i­ties across the Goul­burn-Mur­ray Ir­ri­gation Dis­trict, cov­er­ing about 35,000 square kilo­me­tres.

The feed uses as­set man­age­ment sys­tem Max­imo and its mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tion Max­imo Any­where to cap­ture, record and re­port on the progress of main­te­nance work. Is­sues, such as leaks, are dis­played in a red, green and am­ber sta­tus, and the vis­ual tool also records com­pleted jobs and cus­tomer ser­vice mea­sures.

Costs are also a ma­jor fo­cus of the data and are listed by area, bro­ken down to re­flect the cost of labour and hours spent main­tain­ing a spe­cific as­set.

GMW works sched­uler and plan­ning co-or­di­na­tor Peter Watkins said the sys­tem helped cre­ate ef­fi­cien­cies, in­clud­ing re­duc­ing the costs of labour and ma­te­ri­als.

‘‘As a vis­ual tool, it re­ally helps us to ef­fec­tively plan our main­te­nance and that’s al­ways go­ing to be a ben­e­fit for our cus­tomers,’’ he said.

‘‘We’re also look­ing at dif­fer­ent data sets we can bring in, which will help us drill down even fur­ther and look at more ef­fec­tive ways to plan out our main­te­nance.’’

Ev­ery day, GMW’s main­te­nance plan­ners pri­ori­tise re­ac­tive works such as chan­nel leaks or works on mod­ernised ir­ri­gation as­sets and map out the most ef­fec­tive way to fix the is­sue.

This means about 8000 work or­ders are cre­ated and is­sued ev­ery year from the team of five main­te­nance plan­ners.

The data helps the plan­ners spot po­ten­tial is­sues which may arise and work with main­te­nance staff to an­a­lyse root causes, make im­prove­ments and cre­ate new ef­fi­cien­cies.

Main­te­nance plan­ner Ty Guiney said the plan­ners were gate­keep­ers of one of the largest amounts of as­set data in the busi­ness.

‘‘The real-time sys­tem means we can re­ally plan out where our guys are go­ing on a daily ba­sis and save time,’’ he said. ‘‘It’s al­lowed us to be a lot quicker in as­sign­ing and track­ing work, and has saved re­sources.”

GMW works sched­uler and plan­ner Peter Watkins with main­te­nance dis­patch Phillip Ador­nato and the cen­tralised mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem.

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