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Selecting Maximo & Fingertip delivered by Peacock Engineering for their asset management

Keele University is the first in the UK to declare a climate emergency and is committed to becoming carbon-neutral within the next 10 years. As part of this commitment, Keele have launched SEND, Europe’s largest *SMART Energy Network Demonstrator project – bringing together a host of low-carbon energy generation technologies to power more than 350 buildings at the University.

Keele is also a major centre for the development of hydrogen home heating technology, which is expected to be a critical element in the UK’s drive to meet its Paris commitments. Keele expect that the SEND project will grow to incorporate hydrogen heating.

In 2019, Keele got the go-ahead from the local planning authority to push with plans for 26,000 solar panels and two wind turbines, which will generate a projected 80% of the university’s energy needs.

Keele have partnered with Siemens to deliver the project over the next 18 months, utilising Siemens’ microgrid technology.

An important part of the whole SEND project will be ensuring that all assets, including buildings, vehicles and inventory, are used as efficiently as possible, to maximise asset life and minimise energy waste. Keele commissioned Peacock Engineering to install IBM Maximo and Fingertip mobile EAM software, to enable real-time management of all their assets. Maximo and Fingertip will also help significantly in reducing waste, and planning downtime, during the build and installation phases of the SEND project.

When they saw the wealth of information that Maximo and Fingertip could provide, the Keele estates team expanded the requirement from just servicing SEND, to include the whole University estate, including:

  • Managing service requests
  • Improving customer service
  • Improving productivity
  • Eliminating spreadsheets and manual entry
  • Enabling mobile asset management
*The Smart Energy Network Demonstrator programme (ref. 32R16P00706) is part-funded through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the England 2014 to 2020 European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) Growth Programme, and is available to RDF eligible companies. The project is also receiving funds from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Greg Dargue, Deputy Director of Estates, Keele University said:

… by implementing Maximo, the University should benefit from a reduction in inventory costs, a significant improvement in maintenance productivity and a major reduction in administration time. This reduction on administration time will have an additional impact on the maintenance productivity of the estates team and allow the whole department to operate more effectively and efficiently

Tim Tunnard, Senior Business Manager, Peacock Engineering Ltd said:

It is PEL’s desire to introduce an era of innovation to drive efficiency and increase operational margins through increased cost avoidance strategies across the business through the implementation of technology and expertise to empower ‘smart action’ across the University enabling better business decision-making at all levels of management