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Utility engineering work management systems (WMS)

Utility engineering organizations in the area of power generation--especially those operating nuclear facilities--work in complex and dynamic environments. To confront the challenges inherent in these environments, many organizations implement traditional project management systems and approaches for controlling time-, cost-, and scope-intensive projects. But such systems and approaches do not alone provide utility companies with the methods they need to operate successfully. This article describes an engineering work management system (WMS) that integrates management information, centralizes controls, and uses advanced information technology. It lists the three reasons justifying the need for an engineering WMS and describes the purpose and function of this process; it also examines the challenges of working in utility engineering management environments. It then discusses relational database management systems (RDMS) and structure query language (SQL) in association with implementing a WMS.
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