5 Ways That Asset Mapping Helps Operational Efficiency

July 10, 2023

A guide to why large process facilities are adopting asset mapping as a key operational strategy


With operational efficiency being the measurement of resource allocation, large process facilities are looking at ways of increasing the efficiency of their resources.

More often than not facilities are looking to do so through the use of asset mapping. Asset mapping is the process of mapping the assets within a facility and exposing them to teams,contractors, and emergency responders alike. Trends are starting to show that facilities are looking to map a range of assets. These include EHS,calibration, production, and facility among others.

By leveraging the sites existing data sources and combining them with location intelligence, PlantQuest provides their clients with context and clarity to many of their facility’s biggest challenges.

In this information guide, we outline 5 Ways Asset Mapping Can Help Operational Efficiency and how you can begin you rown asset mapping journey with PlantQuest.

1. Integrate

Facilities use a broad range of systems and workflows. Being able to view information from these systems within the context of one another, and within your facility is critical.

Your asset mapping solution should be capable of creating true alignment between all existing facility systems from a CMMS & BMS, to your PTW, Fire Alarm, orBIM.

A well-documented and secure API that supports this is essential to help expedite setup and growth.

By integrating your existing systems with your asset mapping solution means that workers will be able to view their site in the context of the systems they use in their day o day operation, allowing for smarter decision-making and improved insights.

2. Safety

With many facilities running a 24/7 operation, downtime potentially cost a unit up to $20,000 a minute ($1.2M an hour). This means facilities must minimise downtime and improve response times.

Your asset mapping solution should allow emergency responders to instantly locate& navigate to the scene of any alarm.

It should have the ability to provide responders with the critical informatio they need ahead of time (room classification & emergency equipment).

A signal-free solution will allow responders to navigate with confidence and in signal black spots.

3. Productivity

A key benefit of asset mapping solutions is their ability to enhance productivity. In order for this to be true, the solution must be accessible to all workers at all times and have a user-friendly & intuitive interface to ensure adoption.

Asset mapping solutions should enable increased productivity across a range of operational workflows. An effective solution should support single &multi-asset navigation along with both fixed & mobile assets.

4. Utilise Tacit Knowledge

The retention and sharing of tacit knowledge is critical to the execution of a multitude of tasks in large facilities as it addresses knowledge gaps and lets workers learn from others' experiences.

An effective asset mapping solution should provide a means for workers to contribute to the system, sharing their valuable insights with others.

By empowering workers to add asset locations, pictures, and notes to their asset mapping system, it helps to remove the need for understanding site geography helping to expedite employee & contractor on boarding, whilst protecting against staff turnover.

5. Financial Performance

Upon the successful deployment of an asset mapping system, Companies can expect significant cost savings across their facility.

By workers having seamless access to the context and asset locations they require results in tasks being completed in a fraction of the time.

Production output can see double-digit percentage increases as a result of mobile vessels and production equipment being utilised.

A delay in first responders attending the scene of an alarm can be the difference between an hour and days/months of downtime and damage.

The Results

Having deployed asset mapping solutions into some of the world’s leading process-intensive facilities, operational efficiencies are apparent upon adoption.

  • Facilities now have a way of creating true alignment and connectivity between their existing systems, offering increased productivity and actionable insights for workers.
  • Workers now have the context they require. The Google-maps type solution allows workers to swap between a 2D map and 3D BIM whilst linking in with systems such as CMMS & BMS.
  • Emergency response times are being reduced by 50% - 75% helping to preserve people,plant, and production.
  • Worker productivity is increased with the time it takes to conduct routine checks/systems walk-downs being reduced by up to 70%.
  • Production output has increased by double percentage figures as workers can now seamlessly locate all mobile vessels.
  • New contractors and employees are no longer spending weeks and months learning the facility’s geography and are productive from day one.

About PlantQuest

Trusted by some of the worlds leading bio/pharmaceutical companies, PlantQuest provides a 2D visual representation of your facility allowing managers and teams of all disciplines to view and consume critical information pertaining to their daily, weekly, and monthly tasks.

At its core, PlantQuest allows workers to seamlessly search, locate and navigate to assets & alarms across their facility. With an intuitive, user-friendly interface,  the Google Maps-type solution allows multiple data sources to be viewed in the context of the facility. This results in increased operational efficiency in areas such as production, maintenance, and EHS, among others.

Optimised for green and brownfield facilities, PlantQuest has a modern cloud-based architecture and can be rapidly deployed across users in your facility. Available on desktop and tablet (with single free functionality), PlantQuest is designed from an integration-first perspective with integrations available for leading CMMS, BMS, Energy, BIM,Telecoms, and 360 imagery systems.

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