Consolidating is the first of the three fundamental goals of ARDI.
For most locations, the information about site assets is scattered. The asset register may give you the basics of what an asset is, but the mechanical drawings are in one location, the piping diagrams in another, the electrical in another, and then the work instructions in a different location again.
Isolation instructions are elsewhere entirely, and the material safety data sheets are in the folder on the wall.
Then the digital content is awkward too – live information is in SCADA, history needs to be trended in a different package, manuals via a third, maintenance information via a fourth. For each of these you need training, and moving between them takes valuable time, even if they are organised well.
Every step between a user and the information they need to perform their job safely is yet another reason they won’t use it – so the first step in eliminating the barriers between your staff and the information they need is consolidation – bringing it all to one place.
This doesn’t simply include information such as what the assets model and serial numbers are, but also any information available from knowledge management systems on-site, including…
- SCADA and Historian Systems
- Document Management Systems
- Maintenance Systems
- Human Resource Systems
- Personnel Tracking and Time Tracking Systems
ARDI avoids replication wherever possible. Except for vital information (such as the name and reference numbers for your asset), all data is sourced directly from the ‘point of truth’ – the existing knowledge capture system.
So model numbers are regularly synchronised with the asset registry. Maintenance details sourced from the maintenance system directly. Documentation sourced from the management systems directly, rather than stored on ARDI servers.
This request-on-demand approach ensures that ARDI servers…
- Ensures that users aren’t accessing old or out-of-date information, by ensuring it’s taken directly from the most up-to-date source of data
- Minimise the maintenance footprint of the ARDI system. Other than the registration of new assets, there is little to do to keep ARDI up to date with the latest changes