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James Fisher AIS and SRO Solutions launch new digital partnership for maritime and offshore sectors.

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This new digital partnership aims to create one of the most innovative and advanced asset management systems in the maritime and offshore sectors.

SRO Solutions is excited to announce the launch of a collaboration with James Fisher Asset Information Services (AIS). For the first time, our four proven technologies will be offered as one package supported by experienced marine and offshore teams from AIS and SRO Solutions fusing their combined expertise. The four technologies are IBM’s Maximo asset management software and SRO’s Data Replication Solution together with AIS’s digital twin platform R2S, and Mimic Condition Monitoring (CM).

SRO Solutions co-founder Tony Lackey, a trained marine engineer, said the new partnership is a hugely exciting moment for the sector as it will drive massive digital innovation in the efficient management of thousands of pieces of equipment between onshore and offshore oil rigs and fleets of ships.

“I know the team from AIS well, and we began to discover that an increasing number of offshore companies were investing in both IBM’s Maximo and AIS’s R2S and Mimic CM technologies but leaving them in silos unaware how to maximise the software through synchronising the kit,”

he said.

“This partnership tackles that problem for companies which already own the software, but it also brings a new compelling product to the marketplace for companies looking to radically improve their asset management operations. Bringing the four pieces of software together with the industry and domain expertise of SRO and AIS will help businesses drive massive cost and time savings as well as make maintenance work safer and enable more remote work. When you look at how R2S and Maximo save company’s literally millions by eliminating waste and reducing equipment breakdown, it is fascinating to see what we can do together for customers.”

“As an example, Maximo is designed to manage machinery maintenance, preventing breakdown. But this is just on a piece of paper; the engineer cannot see the equipment or where it sits on the rig or ship. And this is where the R2S digital twin comes in. Through R2S, engineers from the comfort of their office, can navigate through an immersive real-world replica of the ship or rig and explore around a specific piece of kit. They can then see what else is around the equipment, such as say a tank which would make hot work unsafe and then plan their work in advance rather than wasting time on the spot.  Giving Maximo effectively a pair of eyes through R2S is real digital innovation which will change the industry for the better.”  

Sean Huff, AIS Managing Director, said:

“I’m particularly excited to be partnering with SRO, the synergies between the companies and the technologies are very attractive. The R2S digital twin technology and the Mimic condition monitoring system, for instance, provide operational and real-time engineering information to owners and operators of complex maritime assets to deliver operational efficiencies and cost savings.  Both R2S and Mimic link directly to the SRO-deployed and maintained Maximo systems to drive additional value. The partnership between AIS and SRO allows for a significant number of synergies in a common client pool, including widening our collective footprint in the maritime sector via the sharing of resources.”

Paul Mount, Mimic General Manager, said:  

“Whereas many vessel owners and operators have typically operated on a just-in-time reactive basis to equipment failure, we’ve seen that model come under significant financial, and during the Covid-19 pandemic, operational pressure. In addition, a new cohort of tech and financial savvy asset owners are challenging industry norms, and we’re actively engaged in helping them realise their digital objectives. This partnership is one such area where both companies have identified where inefficiency exists in the industry and have come together with a comprehensive initial package.”


Four pieces of software which will integrate under the partnership

IBM Maximo Enterprise Asset Management software

Maximo enables proactive equipment maintenance preventing expensive and disruptive breakdowns while procurement can use Maximo to plan with greater efficiency, understanding what spares can be shared between ships and assets saving unnecessary purchases - saving potentially millions of pounds. The purchasing process is streamlined, so when equipment does need to be bought, it can be done in bulk from a single vendor for all the ships and assets bringing down costs. Besides, Maximo provides live foreign exchange rates ensuring companies have the option to use the currency with the strongest buying power.

Maximo is also known for its ease of use compared with other asset management systems which can be cumbersome and rigid, and it automatically roots out data conflicts. Maximo can work and talk to new IT systems and software where a lot of older computer maintenance management systems (CMMS) struggle with digital integration as their functionality is too rigid. This is increasingly important for the likes of the classification society surveys which expect more significant levels of IT system functionality to ensure ships are fully compliant with standards.

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SDR - SRO Data Replication software

SRO’s SDR is designed specifically for the maritime and offshore industry and automatically syncs all the Maximo data when Maximo is offline, such as when it is at sea. Maximo itself only works online, but through the SRO system, it can sync data on a planned schedule offline reducing overload on bandwidth when Maximo gets back online. This enables disconnected remote sites such as regional offices, ships, offshore assets, laptops and mobile workers full access to up-to-date information through dependable session-based replication. As a result of having this unique data replication engine, SRO is the leading provider of IBM’s Maximo software in the maritime and offshore sectors. No other Maximo provider can offer this service.

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R2S digital twin 

R2S brings powerful digital twin capability to teams tasked with managing assets and project lifecycles; presenting any site data in a real-world context to plan better and make decisions faster - saving money, saving time, improving safety, and enhancing collaboration. Adopted by leaders in oil and gas, offshore renewables, forensic and security services, R2S produces virtual walk-throughs embedded with data, enabling personnel to visit sites and easily access technical and operational data remotely. The R2S digital twin can accept any visual data type, including photos, video, laser scans, UAV, and ROV captures. 

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Mimic Condition Monitoring solution

Mimic delivers operational assurance for commercial ship owners, operators, and military vessels, with a dedicated range of specialist Condition Monitoring solutions. Mimic Condition Monitoring software seamlessly captures, connects, and combines any vessel data, providing actionable insights into the health and performance of machinery on any fleet, anywhere in the world, at any time; improving reliability, increasing uptime, enhancing safety, and saving money. Automated data collection from vessel control systems enables performance management of individual assets, vessels and fleets by analysing vibration data, fluid quality, performance and efficiency, to inform a data-driven, proactive maintenance strategy:

  • Eliminates unscheduled breakdowns
  • Reduces maintenance costs
  • Increases operational capability & productivity
  • Improves safety and reliability
  • Increases uptime

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