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Workforce management based on GIS and EAM

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000198158D
Publication Date: 2010-Jul-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 261K

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Abstract

Described is a method for optimizing the data from a Geographic Information System (GIS) integrated with an Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) system to assist the decision-making process when managers assign workers to fulfill work orders. A routing optimizing tool added to the EAM/GIS system and extending the optimization parameters to use the EAM data accomplishes this.

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Workforce management based on GIS and EAM

A person in management is usually the one who prepares workforce assignments to fulfill work orders, and they base their decisions on local and restricted data (e.g., whether the worker is available and whether they can execute that work order). This approach is inefficient because there could be two work orders close to one another that the same worker could perform; however, without a geographic understanding of the locations of the work sites, management might unnecessarily assign two crews to work locations in close proximity. This wastes, time, fuel, and manpower.

For example [Figure 1], in a situation where there are three work orders and two workers, the manager assigns Worker1 to the first work order and Worker2 to the second work order. Worker1 completes the first assignment, returns to the company, and then goes to the third work order. Two cars went to the same region when it was not necessary.

The solution is to utilize a Geographic Information System (GIS) route optimization to help distribute work orders and assign crews of workers. This application of GIS allows companies to more efficiently assign crews to work orders that are in close proximity to one another or are on the route from one location to another. This optimization reduces travel time and expense, since a crew works on all the work orders of the same region.

Using the above example, a routing GIS system would assign Worker1 to work orders 1 and...