The world-famous Louvre Museum in Paris is using IBM software to get smarter about asset management, systems monitoring, energy efficiency and more.
LAS VEGASIBM announced that it is working
with the Louvre Museum to deliver an intelligent management system based on Big
Blue's Maximo technology.
The new systems at the Louvre Museum in Paris
will preserve and protect the landmark institution's artwork and facilities,
which cover more than 650,000 square feet, making it one of the largest museums
in the world, said David Bartlett, vice president of industry solutions at IBM.
IBM announced its work with the Louvre at its IBM Pulse 2012
the 18th century, the Louvre is home to thousands of objects and artifacts
ranging from prehistory to 1848, including perhaps the most famous painting in
the world, the Mona Lisa. To preserve
and protect its facilities and world-famous artwork, the museum staff handles
more than 65,000 repairs and maintenance visits per year. Through the use of
IBM Maximo Asset Management software, the museum's staff has been able to
streamline its maintenance processes to improve customer service, as well as improve
the efficiency, real-time operation and management of the museum.
As one of
Europe's most visited museums, with 8.8 million visitors in 2011, one of the
Louvre's goals is to keep the majority of its galleries open daily, IBM said. To
meet that goal while managing more than 65,000 repairs and maintenance visits,
the museum needed to make its corrective and preventative maintenance more
streamlined and efficient. Prior to working with IBM, the staff managed its
facility-related repairs and maintenance work by paper, involving hundreds of
vendors. However, the museum recognized that it needed a computerized
maintenance management tool to make its corrective and preventative maintenance
more streamlined and efficient.
Thus the museum
engaged IBM Business Partner SQLI to upgrade IBM Maximo software 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 Louvre has more than 2,500 doors
they have to monitor for energy efficiency," Bartlett said.
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 at The Louvre Museum, in a
statement. "Thanks to IBM software, we're able to visualize our entire
infrastructure and make better, more informed decisions about when and how to
respond to problemsand about when to proactively address a potential problem
that we otherwise wouldn't have seen coming."
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