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The Version 6 Rollercoaster!!

David McDonald BEng, MIET

Maximo UK & Ireland User Group

12th November 2008


  • Introduction

  • Motives for development, future work, roadmap etc.

  • Structure of project wrt NIS / IBM / NIE.

  • Version 6 Project – Key points

  • Roll-out plan, including training programmes, Maxdemo test (including full trial demanded from IBM), timescale.

  • Version 6 – The Highs & Lows

  • Maximo Mobile

  • Long term Strategy

Northern Ireland Electricity

  • NIE is part of the Viridian Group, owned by Arcapita.

  • Viridian turnover was £1022M in 2007, with NIE contributing regulated income of £166M.

  • NIE has sole responsibility for Transmission and Distribution of electricity to 790,000 customers in Northern Ireland.

  • NIE Infrastructure (the wires business) includes Customer Operations, Lines & Cables Product, and Plant Product.

Viridian Group

PES Contracting

NIE Energy

NIE Infrastructure

Huntstown Power



Customer Operations

Lines & Cables



Group Structure

Plant Product

  • Designs, constructs and maintains substations across Northern Ireland.

  • Installed network:-

    • 8 275/110 kV (with 3 new sites planned)

    • 40 110/33kV Substations

    • 210 33/11kV Substations

    • 8,500 Secondary Distribution (Ground Mounted)

  • Determines maintenance policy. Moving towards RCM / CBM policies and practices.

  • Maximo as Asset Register / Work Management system.

Maximo in Plant Product

  • Introduced as version 3 in 1997 to bring together Distribution data (up to 33kV) from 3 legacy databases.

  • Upgraded in 1999 for Y2K compliance to version 4.

  • Transmission data (110kV and 275kV) transferred from En Garde in 2002.

  • Integrated with Job Management System in 2004.

  • Delivered via Citrix in 2005.

  • Upgraded in 2008 to version 6.2.1.

  • …and much more to come!

NIE -Why upgrade to Version 6?

  • Requirements to comply with Legislative, regulatory and Auditory requirements.

  • Improved Substation Inspections and Defect Management

  • Maximo Version 4.0.1 unsupported

  • Increased Functionality

    • Condition based Maintenance

    • Image and Document Management

    • Workflow & Work Scheduling

    • Protection & Control

    • Dashboard

Version 6 roadmap
Version 6 Roadmap




Databases » Maximo

Maximo Mobile / Defect Management

Version 6 Project

  • 3 stakeholders…NIE, IBM and Northgate Information Systems (NIS), the desktop provider for NIE.

  • Implemented in IE6 within a Citrix environment.

  • Circa. 50 users, across 7 locations.

  • ‘Train the trainer’ approach. NIS and NIE staff trained by IBM. NIE users then trained by NIE staff.

  • Rollout briefed across organisation.

  • Downtime limited to two working days.


Maximo Citrix Users

Citrix Server

Application Server

Actuate Server

Database Server


  • Oracle triggers. Redefined in version 6, using Crossover Domains.

  • Training. Three sessions for every user, a sandpit, and post go-live handholding.

  • Actuate reporting. Conversion from Business Objects and Access.

  • Screen design. Fidelity with version 4, but also harnessing the additional features from version 6.

  • Organisational structure including user names.

Initial user testing

Training carried out in October 2007

Planned to take place 1 week before Go-Live

Training completed with demo data

Some major issues identified during training / testing


Print Issue

Detailed Configuration

Asset Catalogue

The List Window

Initial User Testing

Version 6 the highs

The List Tab


User sign-on

Company wide access

Integration with other software

Publishing of reports

Saved Queries

Start Centres

Version 6 - The Highs

Version 6 the lows

Version 6.2.1 – The fix list (book!)

The List Window

Performance – Changing status & WO print slower than V4

Work Order print…how did we get rid of those pesky pop-ups? Install the known fix of course!

Data Migration issues (Asset Catalogue & Asset Move History)

Lines of communication

Version 6 - The Lows

Version 6 roadmap1
Version 6 Roadmap




Databases » Maximo

Maximo Mobile / Defect Management

Roadmap Prioritisation

  • Legislative requirement? Are we obliged to deliver certain elements to comply with legislation?

  • Regulatory requirement? What information does the regulator demand from NIE?

  • Business benefit?

  • Promotion of Maximo?

  • Effort…do we need to employ IBM or an IBM partner? Do we need to employ NIS or other business partner?

  • Cost. Not just in financial terms, but in terms of resources.

Mobile Working

  • Approval and Sanction granted for Maximo Mobile

  • To replace 10,000 paper inspections per year.

  • 20 devices initially deployed, rising to 50.

  • Digital image collection, for immediate action on defects.

  • 3G infrastructure, backed up by docking as required.

  • Maps, diagrams, ISO procedures in the field.

  • May move towards GPS.

  • First pass removes clerical resource requirement of 1.5FTE.

TETRA Development

  • Terrestrial Trunked Radio (professional mobile radio and two way transceiver.)

  • Blue Light Services - Government Agencies and Emergency Response

  • Rolled out to Orange Light Services (utilities)

  • TETRA voice implemented in NIE 2007

  • Used for all High Voltage Switching from site to Control centre

  • Intention to deploy Maximo via TETRA

Defect Management

  • Coded, rather than free text, output from Mobile.

  • Defects attached to relevant assets and locations.

  • Escalations and Workflow used to route defects to the relevant resource.

  • Where defects are not resolved, Maximo provides escalation through the organisation.

  • Visibility of defect issues not currently available, and some of these defects will be safety critical.

  • Longer term – integrated GIS to allow effective area working.

Version 6 roadmap2
Version 6 Roadmap





Databases » Maximo


On-Line Monitor

Trip Coil Profiles

Distribution Control

On-line Oil Analyser


PI Historian

On-line Bushing Monitor

Transmission Control

DGA Oil Sampling


  • Maximo 6 provides significant ‘out of the box’ functionality improvements that can be easily accessed by the end user for quick and powerful gain.

  • Mobile working elevates basic inspection tasks to new levels. Defect capture, prioritisation and resolution all gain major improvements.

  • Maximo 6 provides the platform for true Condition Based Maintenance. It provides the ability to integrate Plant and the Asset Management system, to harness real-time condition information, allowing maintenance decisions to be focussed and cost-effective.

Long term partnership

There are currently 20 upgrade projects to be implemented over the next three years

NIE are keen to sign a 3 year framework contract to implement these 20 projects

These projects will significantly improve Asset Management within NIE

Expand Maximo to other parts of the business

Long term Partnership

Thank you for your attention! over the next three years


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