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More details on EAM functions – 2D and 3D visualization integration into EAM

Update of this post on November 21st, 2014:

In my last series of blogs I described several new features which are available in Enterprise Asset Management.

This feature is not only available in WebUser Interface but also via the SAP GUI!

The following business functions need to be activated to use this functionality

  • LOG_EAM_CI4 (for Inspection Rounds, maintenance of technical objects on operation level)


  • Release:
    • EHP5 SP10 / SP11 only SAP GUI supported, no WEB UI
    • EHP6 SP05 –  within the Web UI we support the processes
    • EHP6 SP07 / SP08 –  SAP GUI and WEB UI supported
    • EhP616 SP00 – Web UI supported
    • EhP616 SP02 – SAPGui supported
    • EHP7 SP00

What are the new features for the integration of visualization in EAM?


  • basically we enabled all Master data Transactions for Equipment / Functional Location and Serial Number to Display the Spare Parts Catalogue
  • All Task List types are enabled for Selection of Spare Parts and the Use of Visual Instructions
  • Work Order is enabled for Selection of Spare Parts and the Use of Visual Instructions (Basic Order View as well).

This visualization integration enables you to use the SAP 3D Visual Enterprise Viewer on the SAP Web user interface on in the traditional SAP GUI for Plant Maintenance to visualize technical objects, spare parts, and instructions.

Many of you already saw the visual work instructions, which show, step by step, based on a 3D model, how a repair activity should be performed. The user gets additional textual instructions and hints of tools.

Visual Work Instruction.jpg

In addition to the visual work instructions we implemented the possibility to pick spare parts directly from the 3D model and transfer these items into the component list, e.g. in the maintenance work order or in a task list.

Picking Components 3D.jpg

Customers often mentioned the concern, that they do not have the 3D models of the technical objects and therefore they cannot use this functionality.

We now integrated the possibility of tagging / hot spotting of 2D models and integrate them into the maintenance process. Based on this it is now possible to use drawings, tag them and provide the technicians this very important feature even without having the 3D models.

Picking Components 2D.png.jpg

See here a short video how this works:


2D and 3D model views as well as visual work instructions make critical maintenance processes such as finding the spare parts you need and carrying out instructions quicker and easier!

A direct access to more information on these new EAM features is available via the innovation discovery tool. You can access the tool here:

I will continue to post such videos on new functionality in the near future or as soon as new features are available.

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      Author's profile photo Savas Yazici
      Savas Yazici

      Hi Martin

      Great presentation! Useful functionality! Thanks! I have a quick question. Although you mentioned that the functionality works with Web User interface, I still would like to be clear on this. As this requires EAM Simplicity, this means the functionality may not work with GUI. Instead, NWBC or Portal solutions must be used. Am I correct? I am trying to convince my clients to start using NWBC instead of GUI for couple of reasons. I want to be sure whether this and some further new functionality could be other possible reasons.

      Once again thanks for sharing this with us.

      Kind regards


      Author's profile photo Martin Janssen
      Martin Janssen
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Savas,

      yes, your are absolutely right.

      The focus of the Simplification project - where we realized these development - was on enhancing the Web user interface with new and rich functionality as well as using the newest features of the underlying Web Dynpro ABAP technology.

      The new functions (also mentioned in my other posts) is not available via traditional SAP GUI, only via the WebUser interface.

      Best regards


      Author's profile photo Martin Janssen
      Martin Janssen
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Savas,

      I checked and clarified with development and there are good news. The 2D/3D visualization integration is available for SAP GUI too!

      Thanks for that question, I´ve updated the post accordingly.

      Nevertheless you should really check the WebUI for your users, this is a much userfriendly UI compared to the GUI.

      Best regards


      Author's profile photo Savas Yazici
      Savas Yazici

      Many thanks for the follow up Martin.