Nepean Blue Mountain LHD – Asset Data and Life Cycling
Asset Data Capture and Life Cycle Assessment
As part of NSW Health’s implementation of Asset and Facilities Management System (AFMOnline), EPES were engaged by NBMLHD to undertake a district wide audit of maintainable assets and prepare a database of plant and equipment to enable population of data into the new system.
The scope EPES undertook was significant and hands-on:
1. Assessment of age and condition, estimate of remaining service life
2. Assign unique Asset number
3. Collation of available technical data associated with each piece of equipment
4. Image log for each piece of equipment
Location: Penrith, New South Wales, Australia
Client: Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District (NBMLHD)
Engagement: Engineering Consultant
Sectors: Buildings, Hospitals and Healthcare
Services: Asset Management, Building Services, Construction and Design Consulting, Independent Reviews and Audits
5. Inspection of mechanical, electrical and hydraulic assets at Nepean Hospital, Blue Mountains Hospital, Lithgow Hospital, Portland and Springwood Hospitals
In our planning for this project, we identified a need to develop an electronic Data Collection System and developed a customised EPES Asset Management Register with VBA Microsoft Excel. This enabled EPES personnel to undertake the data collection using Tablets, avoiding double handling and simplifying reporting.
There were several logistical challenges associated with the works, that included:
We were also tasked with ensuring that the information we produced was coherent, organised and in a suitable format to be integrated into AFMOnline.
Analysis and Implementation
We recognised early that to compile high quality, repeatable and consistent data we needed to constrain the way the information was collected. We developed the EPES Asset Management System with limited customisable fields, and otherwise standardised data entry fields (e.g. drop-down lists & scales). This would be crucial to the quality the end-product.
We also understood that we needed to break down the communication barriers and liaise directly with on-the-ground maintenance staff who would be able to short circuit the information gathering processes. Given the significant practical experience of our technical staff, we easily build rapport with maintenance and trade staff gaining access to information and assistance in finding where assets were in the absence of as-built drawings and data.
Finally, as consistency was fundamental, we ensured that teams working on the different sites attended regular briefings during the work with other teams to ensure alignment in the recording process, consistency in the evaluation of asset condition and assumptions used in estimating remaining service life.
Because of the extent of planning and control, and the development of a consistent data collection system we were able to provide NBMLHD with a register of maintainable assets that was consistent across the district. It also gave them visibility of which assets were approaching the end of service life to enable budget forecasting and ARRP planning to be initiated in a proactive manner.
Where complex tasks and challenging outcomes are required, the best investment is to plan both the outcome of the works and the method of execution. From this understanding, a robust and accelerable plan is defined.
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