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Oman Wastewater Services manages assets

Fully integrated best-of-breed systems will help OWSC achieve its long-term strategic asset management objectives.

eSolutions, trading as MRO Software Middle East, a provider of strategic asset and service management solutions, has announced the go-live of its flagship solution Maximo 5.2 at Oman Wastewater Services Company (OWSC) one month ahead of schedule.

The implementation included in-depth functionality of OWSC’s maintenance, inventory and purchasing modules, workflow and seamless online integration to Oracle Financials to help the company achieve its long-term strategic objectives. “Being an asset driven organisation, our long term objectives could only be achieved through best-of-breed rather than traditional ERP approach”, says Sulaiman Al Qasmi, IT and project manager for OWSC.

OWSC is investing heavily into upgrading and building a first class infrastructure and therefore needed a robust and well-proven solutions address its asset management needs. “The implementation of Maximo will result in the greatest possible efficiencies from the early days for OWSC,” says Oliver Schulz, sales and marketing manager, for eSolutions. “

OWSC has been established in 2002 for the responsibility of providing sewerage services to people and communities residing in Muscat governorate. In addition to its operating responsibilities, OWSC rehabilitates, repairs and maintains the regional sewerage systems. OWSC has undertaken an ambitious program of wastewater system capital improvements and new investments with estimated expenditures for fiscal years 2002 through 2017 of more than US$1 billion.

Given the significant value and critical nature of OWSC’s assets, the company embraced an asset management initiative that was implemented simultaneously with its back office accounting application.

The system needed to be flexible enough to support operation and maintenance of a diverse portfolio of assets, and plans called for managing everything from the production assets such as pumps, valves, electrical components; facility assets such as heating, ventilation and air conditioning units, roll-up doors, roofs; and fleet assets such as cranes, trucks and electric vehicles, according to Al Qasmi. “The maintenance and operations teams started using Maximo to maintain all the assets used to remove pollutants from wastewater that originates in homes and businesses in and around greater Muscat,” he explains.

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