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SRO Solutions delivers Maximo EAM package to support UK’s polar science programme

BAS delivers and enables world-leading interdisciplinary scientific research in Antarctica, and each season sends around 300-plus research and support staff to the continent. It operates three research stations in the Antarctic, two on Subantarctic South Georgia and one in the Arctic on behalf of NERC. Other assets include the RRS James Clark Ross, a fleet of aircraft and specialist vehicles, plus the eagerly awaited new polar ship for Great Britain, RRS Sir David Attenborough.

British Antarctic Survey HQ in Cambridge UK
View of BAS Antarctic set up
British Antarctic Survey's base chain

The challenge

BAS needed to maintain business continuity and to keep an entire organisation and their globally dispersed assets connected and in sync. Achieving a suitable level of connectivity with Cambridge HQ and managing the extensive fleet of planes, helicopters, research ships, boats and vehicles to support scientists and research teams working on the ice is critical. Having complete control over their assets is particularly crucial and challenging, especially if a specific schedule of maintenance jobs for the winter must be performed in the planned time slots without room for errors and with a full capacity of staff in Antarctica.


The Solution

BAS decided to implement IBM's Enterprise Asset Management platform Maximo to replace its current AMOS CMMS. They chose to engage SRO Solutions to conduct the migration of BAS’ existing data to Maximo and to create several bespoke marine applications to support the handling of new data. SRO's Data Replication software (SDR) will improve the processing and sharing of data between the organisation's UK headquarters and polar research stations and vessels. 

Bespoke Maximo applications 

SRO has created several bespoke applications to handle data covering cargo and freight movements, internal documents, and crew and course planning.

  • Maximo cargo management solution
    is under development for BAS Logistics and involves building new custom applications to record packing notes, packing cases, packing lists and manifests for all cargo and freight going to Antarctica.
  • Crew functionality for Maximo 
    was developed in the system to create crew records, track crew leave and movements, store certificates and appraisal reports, and hold job roles with a pre-defined list of training courses required for that role.
  • A course planning application for Maximo
    A custom application was created to provide a list of courses, with the ability to schedule training and book people onto courses, plus a Gantt view and a report function to track progress.
  • Maximo document distribution solution
    SRO also created a document distribution solution to allow BAS to manage and control policy and procedure documents within its various research stations, ships and aircrafts.

SRO Data Replication

Being based in the Antarctic, BAS’ sites are in incredibly remote locations, SRO's unique data replication engine SDR works in tandem with Maximo and is specifically designed to allow each of BAS’ remote stations to access a local version of the data, ensuring they aren’t reliant on having a constant communications link back to headquarters. SDR tackles issues associated with replicating information over low bandwidth, high latency networks. As soon as there is some network available, the data gets replicated, providing a like-for-like copy once the process is complete. As a result, BAS’ remote research stations obtain the same quality of service that a connected site receives.



BAS' new polar ship Sir David Attenborough

The result

Maximo will drive BAS' maintenance and help manage the required inventory and what needs to be available on the ice to keep their equipment running. Maximo allows complete control over their assets so if there is just one vessel sailing out before the winter season, they have to make sure they have everything they need on board in terms of equipment and spare parts.


  • The new system allows data recorded at all of BAS’ remote stations, and onboard the ships, to be made available across the organisation’s entire network.  

  • Despite the incredibly isolated locations, BAS gets as close to live data as possible regardless of latency and bandwidth.

  • Maximo supporting applications handle new data efficiently.
  • Maximo software helps BAS to streamline their business processes and make sure their stations operate effectively.

"Thanks to SDR, BAS’ remote research stations in the Antarctic obtain the same quality of Maximo service that a connected site receives."

Ash Patel, Project Delivery Manager at SRO Solutions

"In case of connectivity loss, SDR technology understands precisely where the connection was interrupted, and it comes back to life at exactly the right point once the link is re-established."

Neil Stanford, Solutions Director at SRO Solutions