WASHINGTON - The Navy Facility and Engineering Command Public Works Department implemented their redesigned computerized maintenance management system, Maximo 7.6, on July 5.
NAVFAC brought its entire field engineering commands onto the same Single Platform Maximo version 7.1 in 2011 in order to align public works departments on the same version of the Maximo system. Maximo was implemented as a business IT system that breaks down buildings and assets into individual units and tracks their lifecycle sustainment from construction to demolition. This tracking provides a valuable tool to inform NAVFAC investment decisions and improve facilities readiness.
Along with the new version 7.6 came the capability to customize screens and recraft the user interface. Though there are no functional changes in the new version for the user, and the underlying rules and operation will remain the same, the upgrade provided an updated and modern user interface to provide better operation on mobile devices.
Based on user feedback, the revised system was stood up in a testing environment that took nearly six months while NAVFAC Maximo representatives at all of the field engineering commands planned, revised and tested the content and layout of the most commonly used screens for more efficient operation and informative data presentation.
"The redesign was done using facility engineering command representatives and intended to leverage new capabilities of the interface, and update the information on key screens based on current work practices," said Stuart Manning, NAVFAC Maximo program manager. "The new version will allow some user customization to their screen layout. We believe the resulting effect of all the changes will support more efficient operation."
The new features include allowing key equipment or location information to display by hovering over a field, no longer requiring the user to click to another screen, making interface simpler, quicker and more efficient.
"We think the changes will help both a casual and advanced Maximo user," said NAVFAC Assistant Commander for Public Works Robert Curfman.
A 20-minute Maximo 7.6 upgrade training video was developed and is available to NAVFAC employees at the Process Driven Training (PDT) site to briefly cover the key changes users will need to know.
Users can view the video at their convenience, after which they will be invited to a scheduled phone call with a Maximo subject matter expert to address any specific questions they may have.