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Applying the Optimal Job Plan Based on Changing Weather Conditions

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000247675D
Publication Date: 2016-Sep-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 84K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a system that analyzes the weather conditions and uses the appropriate job template to ensure the successful completion of the work in the field (i.e., outdoors) while improving safety measures.

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Applying the Optimal Job Plan Based on Changing Weather Conditions

Weather affects the successful execution of work in the field (i.e., outdoors). Changes in the weather can increase the safety risk and reduce the chance of successful completion of the work on time. Job plan templates are used to define steps of the

work.

Existing work maintenance software uses a static job template. A job plan is a work

template. Job plans are used to define a work order for an asset or building. The job plans have defined steps of work and lists of the tools and materials required to do the

work. Safety precautions and hazardous situations are also part of job plans. Job plans estimate the duration of work based on normal conditions.

When work orders are defined on an asset, depending on the type of work on the asset, job templates are chosen and assigned to the work order to create work order

details. Most of the time, the work orders are defined and scheduled several days in advance of the scheduled work date. Advance weather data is not always accurate; a default template based on the weather conditions for the day of the season is chosen. If weather conditions change on the day of the work, then the duration of the work and safety precautions also need to change.

Currently, no method or work order exists that dynamically updates in response to changes in weather conditions.

The novel contribution is a system that analyzes the weather conditions and uses the appropriate job template to ensure the successful completion of the work, while

improving safety measures. The novel system uses an algorithm to evaluate the risks and identify the right job template for the current weather conditions. The system chooses the optimal job plan based on the day's weather condition just before the work is finalized (i.e. the day before the crew performs the work).

To implement this system, an existing asset maintenance management system connects to the weather database and accesses the weather information for the job location. Based on the weather parameters, the system selects the appropriate job template and replaces the default job templat...