Travel is top of mind as many people are heading home from the IBM InterConnect conference today or tomorrow. Things are far from business as usual for many travelers who are impacted from the recent snow storms reaching as far south in America as Texas and in the southeast. However this blog is not about the technologies behind weather and weather forecasting…although I’m thinking this would be a great Internet of Things topic for a future event for sure…….comment on this blog if you know of a good presenter!
Instead my topic today is on transportation insights from Gatwick and TubeLines. Not on the “usual” reliability and availability focus of the planes and rail cars that I provide for on time arrivals, but rather on the linear assets of the supporting infrastructures. For Gatwick I will focus on the use of Geographic Information System (GIS) and Building Information Modeling (BIM……is the recognized term in the industry, but we will take this to the “Business Information Management” level) and for TubeLines we will focus on the metro railway linear asset management.
First up I gave the microphone to James Foley from EAMS Group to tell the story of managing a complex metro railway using linear asset management and business intelligence (Maximo and Cognos).
Jim told us that he is committed to “taking railways to the 21st century”. You knew that he was passionate about rail because he started his presentation with a picture of a railway that he has built in his backyard for his daughter! This session highlighted the complexities of managing the linear assets of London’s TubeLines. Using Maximo Linear Asset Manager and Business Analytics has enabled London Underground to use predictive analytics to cut costs, plan more effectively and schedule more accurately.
The railway corridor of London Underground has 7 asset classes and 1800 assets. They needed to move away from managing in an isolated view of the different asset classes to having all of them working, viewable and managed together.
The approach discussed was received well by the large audience that was comprised of not only railway clients but also utility industry clients who were looking for insights on managing linear assets.
Next up Simon Richardson and Julian Jameson from Gatwick Airport took us through a presentation on SAFE (Service Avoidance Field Environment) at Gatwick that addressed the use of GIS and BIM for managing the linear assets at the airport. The need for an accurate system became even more critical as they began to plan for a second runway & encountered this:
Even a CT scan couldn’t have helped here! Gatwick needed a 3D view of what was underground……they ran into telecoms, drainage, legacy water that was poorly installed, the works. We learned that by using this 3D modeling approach they are able to manage multiple asset classes together to make coordinated, comprehensive business decisions. Gatwick is taking a cutting edge approach to managing linear assets for an airport for improved business management of their assets. Once the results of the proof of concept are in, other airports will no doubt want to replicate this approach.
Did I hit the mark on the topic you were interested in learning more about from IBM InterConnect? Are you interested in learning more about the innovative approaches discussed? Comment on this blog.