The news this morning mentioned a powerful coastal storm bringing Havoc in New England. The question that came to mind was “How can open-air stadiums prepare and handle damage from storms to ensure public safety? One method is to implement an EAM system to better manage assets and maintenance.
Why Stadiums Should Be Prepared for Storm Damage
I remember watching the Buffalo Bills play a winter game many years ago. It was so cold I thought my toes and nose were going to fall off and the snow seemed to be turning to ice as soon as it made contact with the ground.
For Buffalo fans this was the norm not the exception. However, the cold and snow does more damage to the stadium itself than to the sports fans. This can prove to be a huge liability issue for stadiums that do not have a sports EAM system.
Stadium Storm Damage
The northern parts of the country have many outdoor stadiums. When struck by a winter storm damage can include:
- Frozen and burst water pipes.
- Ice forms on seat joints causing increasing the likelihood of breaking.
- Hand rails freeze, common areas with ice may be slippery.
- Plastic seats, parts become brittle causing additional work orders.
- Ice buildup under overhangs. Ice buildup can cause water to flow into walls or ice cycles to form.
- Ice forms on almost all exposed assets. This causes assets to go through a continual cycle of expansion and contraction.
- Parking lots develop potholes from the freezing and thawing of water.
One of the most important consequences of winter storms is that water/ice is a catalyst for corrosion. If left unchecked, corrosion can cause decks, safety barriers, pipes as well as virtually any asset to reach failure more quickly.
Preparing and Reacting to Winter Storms
How can Stadium asset managers get prepared for winter storms? The answer is to make sure they know the condition of all assets before the storms arrival, then after the storm compare for changes using an EAM system.
This can be accomplished using the maintenance features of an EAM system. The features used most often to prepare a stadium for a winter storm are inspections and preventive maintenance.
Inspections are essentially a checklist of assets to be examined to identify potential problems as well as documenting the current condition of assets. A sports stadium EAM system sets up the inspections items on a handheld device so that maintenance staff can:
- Be scheduled in and around maintenance activities for maximum efficiency.
- Record the results on a handheld eliminating a clipboard or paper system.
- Convert inspection results into work requests on the spot.
- Perform unplanned maintenance if needed.
Preventive Maintenance using an EAM system
Preventive maintenance is the act of performing maintenance or repairs on damaged assets in order to prevent further damage or major repairs from occurring. EAM software schedules and tracks the results of all maintenance activities in a sports stadium.
The benefits of using an EAM solution to organize and automate preventive maintenance includes but is not limited to:
- The ability to perform more maintenance work with the same amount of resources as before or the same work with less resources.
- Greater water and electric utility savings as a result of assets kept in optimal working order.
- Creation of a historical database of all maintenance activity. Stadium asset managers will always know the condition of all assets.
- 24/7/365 system access as a result of hosted EAM software.
- Longer lasting assets that will reduce the amount of capital needed for major repairs
- Saves labor costs by moving maintenance from reactive to a proactive environment resulting in less overtime or unexpected work orders.
- Lowering liability claims as a result of negligence or poor maintenance practices.
Overall Benefits of a Sports Stadium EAM System
Beyond the maintenance management features of an EAM system, an EAM solution enables sports facility management to manage assets from the planning stage through an assets retirement/replacement.
An EAM system accomplishes this feat by combining the historical maintenance activity database with asset detail such as associated documents, contracts, vendor information and other asset detail to produce:
- Capital budgeting analysis. Asset managers will have an excellent idea of when an asset will need to be replaced. This information can be critical for finding funding.
- A historical knowledge base of what maintenance activities were done, by whom, the cause, the results, and the costs. This information will allow sports stadium facility managers to be able to create best maintenance practices as well as standard operating procedures.
- A stadium that the community is proud of even as it ages.
Don’t Count on Public Sponsorship for a New Stadium
Given the economic difficulties we face today, it makes good business sense that sports teams and stadium owners do not assume that cities will build a new stadium for them.
A far better business decision is to make the current stadium last as long as possible. This is best accomplished using EAMsoftware to lengthen the useful lifecycle of stadium assets.
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