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The Louvre: Smarter museum maintenance

March 06, 2012
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PARIS — Prior to working with IBM, the Louvre staff managed its facility-related repairs and maintenance work by paper, involving hundreds of vendors, according to a press release.

In order to keep the majority of its galleries open daily, the museum recognized that it needed a computerized maintenance management tool to make its corrective and preventative maintenance more streamlined and efficient, the release stated.

According to the release, the museum engaged IBM Business Partner SQLI to upgrade IBM Maximo software in order to create a single information database and shared repository for the museum staff.

The software solution''s integrated database helps the museum visualize processes including the initial planning, cleaning, maintenance and disposal of the rooms and facilities systems such as the air conditioning system, heating system, elevators, lights for each room or gallery and the locking system for more than 2,500 doors, the release noted.

"Managing thousands of repairs, cleaning and maintenance visits per year to preserve the facilities and artwork while keeping the galleries available and accessible to visitors is a daunting undertaking," said Metin Pelit, department manager of computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) at the Louvre Museum.

The software helps the Louvre Museum staff to manage both planned and unplanned maintenance activities, from initial work request and work order generation through completion and recording of the actual work performed, the release added.

Click here to read the complete release.

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