Case study: Asset tracking power play

Barking Power Station, the UK’s largest independent power station, plans to streamline its business processes with a £1.2m Oracle-based system bought to replace its legacy asset management system.

Barking Power Station, the UK’s largest independent power station, plans to streamline its business processes with a £1.2m Oracle-based system bought to replace its legacy asset management system.

The legacy asset management system tracked the lifecycle of all the engineering components used in the power station. “Our motivation for upgrading was to facilitate existing business processes,” said power station manager Tony O’Reilly. Moving to the Oracle-based IFS Enterprise Asset Lifecycle Management system involved the migration of 12 million records, in a project managed with the help of service partner DataForge.

The migration of these records was the most stressful part of the project, according to power station IT manager Ian MacDonald, as it coincided with a critical part of the maintenance cycle, which involved 500 additional contractors on site.

The Oracle system manages information about every engineering component from purchase to installation and maintenance. It runs on HP servers with Intel Xeon processors running Windows 2003.

With the migration complete, the power station is preparing to use other features to streamline its business processes, particularly document management.

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