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Asset management implemented in Antarctica

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MRO Software has announced that the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) will implement MRO’s web-architected MAXIMO 5 system.

MAXIMO 5 will be installed at the AAD's headquarters in Kingston in Tasmania and deployed to its offshore Mawson, Casey and Davis stations on the Antarctic continent and at the sub-Antarctic station on Macquarie Island.

Jason Watson, the Australian Antarctic Division's MAXIMO project engineer said the five sites were spread over a large area and the offshore bases were inaccessible for much of the year.

“We looked for a design that was internet compatible. A client/server solution, or merely a web-enabled solution, just does not meet our needs."

MRO Software's professional services division and Odyssey Consulting are assisting with the MAXIMO 5 implementation, the first phase of which comprises work orders and inventory management.

When fully implemented, MAXIMO 5 will offer 20 user licenses amongst the 120 or so 'expeditioner' trades people who live at the stations during the Southern Hemisphere summer months of early-November through late-February.

The AAD's strategic assets at its four stations comprise some 100 buildings and a range of bulldozers, graders, diggers, quad bikes and other vehicles that must be optimally maintained to withstand the harsh Antarctic environment.

In addition, MAXIMO 5 will be used in support of the management of all the infrastructure services at the stations including water supply and sewage disposal, lighting and heating, and the satellite radio links with Tasmania and the Antarctic continent.

There is also a mini-hydroponics farm at each station, so winter personnel can enjoy fresh vegetables even when the temperature outside has plunged to as low as minus 40 degrees Celsius.

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