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Author's profile photo Dean Fitt

Linear Asset Management (Part 1)

In Asset Intensive Industries like Oil & Gas, Railways, Utilities and Public Sector the utilization of traditional hierarchical structure of assets to represent their production or infrastructure networks is a complex and difficult process. The need to represent and model assets which extend for several kilometers (or miles) with changing characteristics and conditions requires modeling and management tools to provide the specific capabilities to support and manage these complex assets.

These types of assets are usually referred to as Linear Assets as they have a length dimension associated to them. Some of types of linear assets that we find in different industries are:


  • Oil & Gas: Oil and Gas pipelines (comprising line pipe, valves, pumping and compressor units, metering stations and tankage).
  • Railways: Tracks, Electrification, Communication and Signaling lines, Bridges, Sidings.
  • Utilities: Power Lines, Bridges, Tunnels and Pipelines (gas, water and sewage).
  • Public Sector: Roads, Sewage and Water pipelines.
  • Mining: Railway tracks and related systems e.g. Conveyor belts


Having a length dimension requires more that just having a starting and end point, it requires to represent assets with changing configuration along its length requiring dynamic segmentation capabilities to represent specific characteristic of one segment of the asset.

Dynamic segmentation is a two-step process performed on a spatial data set comprised of linear features. First, a route system is created by associating adjacent line segments into one or more groups that have a definite linear sequence. Second, descriptive information is associated with the route system by referencing distances from the starting point of each route.

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      Author's profile photo Nathan Genez
      Nathan Genez
      I'm glad you blogged on this.  From the fixed asset side, linear depreciation is used in these industries...  I've dealt with it (or the workarounds) in the railway industry.  But there are several other industry specific forms as well such as composite depreciation in O&G.


      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      Are there any presentations available on this topic?
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      Former Member
      This was a long awaited requirement.I am enthusiatically looking for the solution in SAP-EAM for this.Apart from giving the attributes of each segment (rail,transmission line) it should also be able to give picture of the complete length (e.g.if the attribute for segment needs summed up for the whole length it should be able to give).
      I would like to recieve the developments happening on this.
      Author's profile photo Wei Xiao
      Wei Xiao
      Where can we find more presentation and demo for this topic?
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      Former Member
      Hi Dean ,

      Very nice article ,

      Is there any plan to integrate this functionality with TD Vehicle master or TSW Transport Systems ?

      This can help us calculated the actual shipment costing and running expenses specially in case of Own fleet usage to link the opertating expenses as well .

      -Regards, Jaspal

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      Former Member
      Many SAP clients are using an add-on application from PowerPlan Consulting for this.