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Linear Asset Management within Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) ECC 6.0 EhP 5

The following blog is written by Dave Louie – Senior Education Consultant in the North America SAP Education Delivery Organization.  Dave specializes in the areas of Plant Maintenance (PM), Project System (PS) and Materials Management (MM).  He is also a subject matter expert in the areas of Suppler Relationship Management (SRM).  Dave has 15 years of SAP experience and is one of the authors for the Plant Maintenance certification exam.  He is certified in Plant Maintenance (Associate level) and Materials Management (Professional level).  Dave can be contacted via email at




Customers need to have a more flexible way to manage roads, power lines, cables, etc. other than using the Functional Location technical object.  However, functional location can’t completely satisfy the requirements and doesn’t offer the flexibilities which required managing this type of objects.  This type of object sometime will extend beyond a predefined area(s) such as a single technical object (functional location/equipment) or a hierarchal structure. 


Linear Asset Management enables a company to describe, display, and manages linear assets such as pipelines, roads, railway tracks, power lines and cables.  Linear assets are technical systems with a linear infrastructure whose condition and properties can vary from section to section (dynamic segmentation). It is a special type of asset that has an associated length dimension. This dimension is represented by means of start and end points, or by specifying the asset length. 


Linear assets are created as technical objects (functional locations/equipment) within Plant Maintenance.  Linear data is stored within the technical object master data under the “Location” tab.  Regular and preventive maintenance tasks can be carried out with maintenance orders.  Defects or damages can be monitored by using start point, end points, and offset.   Linear data fields have been added to the “Location” tab of maintenance notification and work order.  It is also reflected in the operation of the work order.




In Customizing, you need to define a technical object category (for functional locations and equipment) and a view profile containing the sub screens for linear asset management.  The objects Function Locations, Equipment, and Measuring Points also have been enhanced with linear data fields. 


SAP Customizing → Plant Maintenance and Customer Service → Master Data in Plant Maintenance and Customer Service → Technical Objects → Linear Asset Management


Additional information on Linear Asset Management can be found in SAP Education training class DPM65 – Enhancements in EAM SAP ECC 6.0 EhP 1 -5 and online training course DPM65r

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  • Hi Kenneth,

    After reading ‘your’ last 3 blogs (including this one) I cannot help but wonder why these colleagues of you are incapable of writing/publishing their own blogs. Or is it just more convenient to have one expert blogger churn out all these posts instead of multiple bloggers having to go through the approval program on SCN?
    For me, a blog (post) should be a (collection of) personal thought(s)/experience(s), and it should definitely not contain marketing content. This holds even more true on SCN, where there is a lot of content generated each day already, so it’s even more important to keep the overall quality high, and to let blog posts be either opiniated musings or content-rich articles (also based on own experience, not copied for instance from, which I don’t accuse you of btw), meant to help fellow community members.
    I’ve re-read a number of your blog posts and there are quite a number of them that contain IMO(!) the right type of content. This one however (as well as the one on Operation Level Costing in PM) seems to me to be a poorly disguised ad for certain training courses.
    Well, ‘we’ (i.e. SAP) have a website for that: So I would prefer this ‘featuring’ of certain training courses to show up on that site (maybe a training of the day/week/… on the homepage?), instead of using SCN for this purpose.
    If I’m too harsh on you, please let me know (I don’t intend to), but I (and my RSS-reader) really can live without this type of blog posts.
    Interested in your own(!) thoughts about this.

    Cheers, Fred

    • Hello Fred

      To start, I welcome any type of community feedback so thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts.

      Back in the Fall, 2011, we began a program here in North America to get instructors involved in the social media world.   Having been an instructor for 10 years myself, I understand their work schedules and travel requirements so I offered to post their blogs to get the program up and running.   At some point in 2012, the instructors will post their own blogs. Please be assured that the blogs are indeed written by the instructors — my role is restricted to editing and posting to SCN (for now).

      To your comment about blog content, SAP Education receives a good number of comments and questions from our customers through all sorts of communication channels about the content covered in our courses.   While we post the course descriptions in our Training and Certification Shop, customers continue to ask for more.  The blogs are our way of providing more depth about the content in addition to promoting instructor social media involvement.  Most, if not all, of the instructor blogs leave the course promotion aspects to the very end to allow them the freedom to approach the subject matter in their own way.   If the course promotion information was omitted from the blog, the reader would ask for the relevant courses or certification exams anyway so the decision was to put the promotional aspects at the end.

      I hope this provides some insight.  Please let me know if you have further questions.


      • Hi Kenneth,

        I really appreciate your prompt reply and explanation. Must have missed the blog in which you outlined this socmed-promotion program ;-). That would have provided some more context upfront. Hopefully customers will read the answers to their questions here on SCN. But it’s good to know that some thought went into it.
        I still don’t like SCN being used for promotional content, not even at the very end of a blog post, but it’s up to the moderators to decide what’s acceptable and what isn’t, and so far, you seem to be all right ;-).
        Thanks for the clarification!

        Cheers, Fred

        • Fred,

          What are your thoughts on plugging another SCN blog in the comments of another because the already existing comments on the pluggee tie in to the point of the blog being plugged?

          Unsolicited Advice for Blogging Marketers

          I personally feel there is room for some marketing on SCN (in that we are interested in hearing about new solutions) but they still need to be “social,” add there own level of value if nothing else is purchased, and they should, generally-speaking, include hilarious pictures of kittens saying funny things in poorly-edited prose.

          FWIW, I like the idea of your blog providing value, then adding a link for further info if desired. Everyone should be blogging as themselves, however.

          • Wow, a shameless plug like I’ve never seen before. Speaking of marketing… 😉
            But of course this is ok if it’s a useful reference (which is the case here). Agree with you on the kittens and (more importantly) on the social aspect: a blog should be personal, and that can certainly ‘make up for’ the marketing part.

            Cheers, Fred