Voices: Asset Manager

David Berger, P.Eng., has been a contributing editor since 1992, providing advice to management from Maintenance, Engineering and Operations on how to manage assets more efficiently and effectively. His monthly column, Asset Manager, covers a broad range of topics including asset management strategy, CMMS/EAM, asset management best practices, and organizational design issues.

How to manage land with your CMMS

David Berger says keep track of who’s doing what where on your plant's property.

By David Berger
Dec 6, 2016

Land is a physical asset that must be managed like any other asset. So which technologies are your best options for land management? You have a few options. Specialized software applications that support land acquisition and management exist, but these applications are typically standalone. Alternatively, a geographical information system (GIS) can be used to provide a geospatial representation of land parcels and the assets on them. However, a GIS is not hierarchical and is not designed to manage transactions such as projects, work orders, and so on. An enterprise resource planning (ERP) system is helpful in managing some transactions, such as lease payments, land-related document control, and contacts made with landowners, but it may not be fully integrated with other functions. 

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