OpenMAINT basic setup on Linux Ubantu and Notes

In my original blog on setting up OpenMaint in Windows on a VPS (Virtual Private Server) I made reference to my earlier attempts at trying to set it up on a Linux Operating System(OS).

There are references in that article to 3 sources I tried using to set it up. I did not get it to work at the time.

I was aware that a colleague had got it working with Linux Ubantu.

In fact his setup prompted me to set up the programme again and blog about the process. I ended up going down the windows OS path.

Recently I have been contacted by someone who tried initially to set up on Linux, had issues then used my blog to setup on Windows with the intention of moving back to Linux afterwards.

I couldn’t help him at the time but said I’d contact my  colleague to see if he could help. Patrick is his name and he very kindly offered to allow me to distribute his setup notes to anyone on an as-is basis.

You can download the file from HERE.

Patrick is with SMRT Consulting NZ. Both they & I have tried to get OpenMaint to be used in NZ with little success. Patrick has since moved onto other things and I have persevered with trying to get parts of the programme operational and blogging the details to help others. 

There has been some movement in the Public Service for getting Asset Data for managing public Infrastructure Assets with the development of MetaData standards for Residential & Light Commercial Buildings, 3 Waters (Water utilities of Potable Water, Sewer and Stormwater) and for Transport Roading & Bridges.

Copies of these NZ MetaData Standards can be downloaded from HERE.

I think they are a good resource. Over detailed in places but you can start with critical data and develop a more extensive Meta Data Schema as you go.

I was hoping to have the opportunity to configure OpenMAINT for the Building Standard as I saw that as a great opportunity for Government Departments to move into Asset Capture/Management in a cost effective manner. The cost of set-up could be distributed over multiple departments so that there would be a low entry cost.

Alas, to date, that has not occurred. I do hope it will occur in the not too distant future. The AM/FM dataset & Asset Capture area is pretty nascent at the moment in NZ.

Both the SMRT consulting team and I have been involved with asset capture using BIM. See this blog with videos of the process.

The contractors & Sub-contractors are still using CAD rather than BIM and I’m wondering about developing a different work stream to extract & populate Asset Management Data Schema using the Free CAD tools (making Attribute Blocks in DraftSight) and using a tool such as FME (which can read DWG files- unfortunately expensive (it would be good if Free KNIME could do it)) to extract and re-configure the data for injecting into the DataSet.

I only recently found out about  Free DraftSight CAD programme, and have blogged about it HERE.




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