Boskalis, one of the biggest dredging companies in the world recently deployed Mapgage for their small asset inspections.
Dredging sites require highly specialised equipment that is continuously exposed to high level of wear and tear and potential for damage. When one piece of equipment breaks, the whole operation comes to a stop. Maintaining stock availability and having updated information on asset condition are key to sustained operations.
Boskalis has a team of specialised asset inspectors who are sent on-site to evaluate asset condition. They will decide on maintenance or replacement of assets. As they can not be continuously available on all project locations, ensuring continuity of project operations requires to have large quantities of replacement stock of assets sent to the various project locations around the world. These stocks represent a high level of investment strapped up that could be used for other purposes.
Boskalis teamed up with Mapgage to evaluate the inspection and maintenance procedures for small assets. Our study on digitalisation was to evaluate how to standardise procedures that would be understandable by anyone and how to transform knowledge into formatted data that could be shared with different computer systems and parties. We used our Marinegage platform (an asset-centric version of Mapgage) to develop several inspection procedures that would generate the datasets considered necessary for asset condition evaluation. The procedures were to be understandable as well as applicable by any person – not knowledgeable asset inspectors – present on the dredging projects. Applying procedures was expected to generate all the data necessary to evaluate maintenance needs and obtain from subcontractors their maintenance schedule and cost. Finally the procedures were to be accessible from all the dredging sites.
The work delivered by Mapgage has gone beyond expectations. The digitalisation of work has been demonstrated by the fact that any person on a project site can download the Mapgage application onto their mobile or tablet, follow the procedures and transmit inspection data to Boskalis HQ.
This first direct saving is that the inspectors do not need to travel the world anymore to evaluate small asset conditions. They now receive all the necessary data to undertake maintenance actions or replacement of assets.
Another important result comes from the fact that inspections are now done on a continuous basis (vs occasional when inspectors needed to travel). The data generated can lead to appropriate maintenance orders sent to the various service contractors. An asset can now be put back into work condition more rapidly.
The continuous data generated also gives a much better vision of small asset condition and availability. Stock quantities can also be decreased. With hundreds of small assets ($100k per asset) present on each project, decreasing stock requirements immediately transforms into millions of dollars of economies.
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