OPTIMUS in water and wastewater grid operation


LINZ AG implements the OPTIMUS operational management system and pursues far-reaching integration tasks from GIS to SAP.

The Challenges

In order to be able to handle the processes that ran across previously separate software systems in an integrated manner, LINZ AG wanted to overcome the system hurdle between GIS and SAP with OPTIMUS. The first step was to implement the work and planning processes in sewer operation. Here, 1,100 km of sewer network require a correspondingly high effort in technical services, in particular in work preparation. The commercial processes controlled in the SAP system are similarly complex. The services provided within the scope of maintenance and repair must be precisely quantified taking into account different working time models and transferred to the accounting system. Last but not least, the increasing reporting requirements for all services performed are to be supported, thus improving maintenance planning.

The Solution

OPTIMUS was installed at LINZ AG as a new system level between SAP and GIS. For the implementation, the very deep resource data from the GIS is processed in a user-oriented way and periodically made available via specialized interfaces. These GIS data on sewers, shafts, special structures, etc. are assigned to the orders in OPTIMUS. The maintenance processes include sewer cleaning, optical inspection, TV inspection and pumping stations. Via the SAP interface, OPTIMUS transfers internal and external services as well as orders or entire projects from OPTIMUS to SAP. After successful implementation in sewer operation, the system will also be introduced for the maintenance and servicing of the water grids. more

The Results

OPTIMUS significantly reduces the high effort involved in work preparation for 12 vehicles in canal operation, which was previously carried out using Microsoft standard programs. The geodata can be used, for example, to display the locations and processing status of the network elements to be checked in color on a map. In addition, media breaks are overcome. OPTIMUS automates the manual recording of services for the commercial accounting system, which had previously been performed manually during maintenance. For example, SAP automatically learns from OPTIMUS which activities were performed for which objects and what time was required for this. Previous documentation on services performed is gradually being replaced by reports that are run from the system.

Manfred Kurzwernhart, Manager Geo-IT, LINZ AG

Value creation through integration
In addition to the mere installation of OPTIMUS, it is above all the integration tasks associated with the solution that secure value creation potential and help optimize processes across system boundaries. This applies above all to integration in the direction of GIS and SAP. This means that maintenance orders can be processed consistently, whereby we prefer the coupling of standard solutions (GIS, SAP, OPTIMUS) to special developments, because this is more cost-effective in the long term.


OPTIMUS modules and supported processes

  • Central work preparation
  • Maintenance
  • Working time models
  • Interfaces to SAP and Smallworld GIS

OPTIMUS in use since 2013