How to make your APM Solution Consistent and Actionable

Contributors: Don Sands (Synengco), Steve Miller (Odbok), Mark Freund and Greg L Towne (Diriger)

When you combine the expertise, experiences, technologies, and systems of the members of a collaborative ecosystem like Odbok, you get the synergy of an Asset Performance Management (APM) problem solving capability that is innovative, consistent and User actionable. It is just what you would expect in order to establish a modern Industry 4.0 environment that needs to be more than just a reporting and graphics solution.


Let’s look at some of the problems we already know about:


The problems above have been accentuated by existing and predicted business expectations and goals, such as:


Our approach is influenced by leveraging several mega-trends impacting most asset-intensive operations.

These mega-trends drive towards increased use of digital technologies to support faster decisions and sustainability within increasingly complex environments and constraints.

Hence Asset Management needs to accommodate: 

The quality of the data used by the digital tools and the humans is the key to making digital machines better decision makers. A key element of our solution is the design and governance around quality data and structures to support the collaboration between digital devices and humans, as well as providing for “Explainable” Artificial Intelligence.


We believe digital solutions should be sticky due to the value they create rather than being sticky due to being locked into a particular vendor’s digital ecosystem. As a result, subscribing to an open standard, vendor-neutral digital ecosystem allows for low-cost solution switching and portability. The framework adopted, provides for future-proofing of digital technologies as the digital services and components are abstracted away from the digital tools, thus deriving several benefits:

We subscribe to ISO Standard 18101 and the Open Industrial Interoperable Ecosystem (OIIE) that forms part of the standard to ensure the Interoperable Digital Ecosystem is fully vendor neutral with open ISO standards as the basis of vendor neutrality.


ISO 18101 

Open O&M




We are putting forward several best-of-breed solutions that can interoperate with each other and your existing enterprise systems in a vendor-neutral ecosystem. Our experience in delivering such solutions allows us to adapt to the customer’s requirements as they progress through the APM journey and maturity without impediment.  We do this by packaging a fully outsourced APM solution to a fully insourced solution with the ability to transition to different levels without restriction.


The model outlined below is indicative of our suggested APM solution in a System-of-Systems environment.

The interoperability capability provided by DirigerHUB makes the solution as seamless and scalable as possible, plus allows for flexible transition approaches aligned to the internal capability within the customer organisation. Additional system-of-systems capabilities and data sources can be added as required.


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Sentient System is a decision support and real-time optimisation platform for asset-intensive operations. It uses a self-learning digital twin of a process to provide for model-based decisions. The key to the technology is to automatically maintain alignment between the physical plant and the digital representation of the plant.  The system monitors the fundamental changes in performance and asset consumption, continuously calibrates the digital twin by sophisticated machine learning and uses this self-calibrated digital simulation to provide:

While the Sentient System platform is primarily a whole-of-system and whole-of-life optimisation of asset-intensive operation, it has many tools and a flexible pricing model to support APM at all maturity levels.

Sentient System has been deployed and proved as an APM solution to different maturity level organisations with a very high return on investment in all cases (5 – 10 times).  


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Our DirigerHUB Enabling Platforms make use of the latest technologies, such as:


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Within an interoperable digital ecosystem, the quality of data and alignment of data structures is paramount between all the digital service providers. While each vendor has its own data structures and ways of ensuring the quality of the data used, a methodology to support all vendors and solutions reduces the effort required and improves the quality of a combined solution. It also provides for the addition of new vendors into the ecosystem with minimal rework.  

Odbok Pty Ltd was established to assist companies to align, integrate and industrialise the data within their systems in readiness for Digital Transformation and Industry 4.0 Automation initiatives. 

We do this by:

The Odbok Methodology is a Systems and Data Lifecycle methodology, and it will be refined specifically for the customer to encapsulate their objectives and constraints. The Odbok methodology is designed to be implemented in either a greenfield or a brownfield situation, enabling the customer to determine the pace at which remediation and alignment occur. It orchestrates project and maintenance changes across all systems to maintain the integrity of business objectives, compliance, and operations data.


Govern: Develop and maintain your system and site agnostic references e.g. Attributes, measures, UoM, classifications, functional locations, standards, formulas and aggregations.

Design: Develop and maintain your system and site agnostic template catalogues e.g. Asset templates, Hierarchy templates and composite templates.

Build: Develop and maintain your site and system-specific implementations and changes as change packages.

Deploy: Orchestrate the deployment of your changes in concert with the other associated works being done.

Monitor: Monitor the changes that are deployed or implemented directly. Capture data from the system for input into the quality and health statistics.