[Asset Management Blog Series] PART 3: How to use mobile devices and 3D models in Asset Management?

Smartphones, tablets, VR, and AR-glasses can help organizations boost the productivity and performance. The main advantage is that they provide the information, where they are needed and be able to react faster. They play an important role in the implementation of the maintenance strategy. In this blog entry I want to look on how to use this devices in the context of asset management.

How to use mobile application in asset management?

Maintenance tasks can be assigned to service staff and can be documented with the help of mobile devices. They are a major support of modern service workers. In this blog entry, we want to take a closer look how to realize mobile asset management.

With the help of an IP mobile devices can connect to a web server. This web server can provide data from the ERP over an interface. To secure that system display the correct data to the service staff, the assets can be equipped with a QR or bar code, which includes an ID. With the help of this ID asset information can get loaded from the ERP. In addition, mobile devices are equipped with an internet connection, Bluetooth, or NFC chips. These can also be used for the digital communication with the asset. The sensor data can be stored with the help of a mobile device in the ERP and the computing capacity of a modern device can be used to run first analytics.

Why you need 3D models for asset management?

The general improvement and the continuous progression of augmented reality and virtual reality offer new opportunities for the asset management. 3D models can be used in various ways in the field of asset management. They boost productivity, help to make the right decisions, and reduce costs.

One way to use 3D models is for the asset planning. With the help of 3D visualization less work on side the plant is necessary. This saves expenditure for travel and accommodation of for example service engineers. Such a visualization is especially useful if the asset is not easy reachable, like for example offshore plants. Another way for the use of 3D models is when assets are not visible, like for example underground pipelines, or sewage systems. Virtual Reality makes these assets virtual accessible. Additionally, the 3D models can be connected to location information. Thereby inspections can be performed, and leaks localized. This simplifies pit work. Two dimensional plans and maps get replaced by real projections. The problem prone mental transformation from 2D to 3D, which requires some spatial awareness, doesn’t need to be performed maintenance worker anymore. Not only location information but also any data from an ERP can be connected to a 3D model. Assets, which are in a critical condition can be marked and all-important information can be displayed. With the help of an asset network 3D models can be shared with a service provider.

A 3D visualization of assets and mobile devices can be a powerful support for any maintenance work. In the next and final blog article, I want to take a look on an asset management maturity model which can help your organization rating their asset management approaches.