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What reference document need to be referred to design the Functional location in SAP PM

Hi PM experts,

I've a question regarding Functional location designing. I'm aware of the way FL are being structured based on the location or functions and how to create the various level of FL based on the structure indicator.

But here my question is, what is that reference document that can provide help in designing the FL in various plant areas. We can't blindly decide on various FL and there must be certainly some reference document/drawing of plant which can validate our design of FL and based on that we can make sure that Template data (for FL creation) provided by customer is in sync with that document.

Kindly let me know, what document need to be referred here in this case to design the levels and structure of Functional locations?

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  • Aug 03, 2017 at 07:08 AM

    Hi Dennis

    I've never seen anything detailed online regarding how to structure FLocs..I'm not sure if any of the PM books give any more details - certainly the SAP training courses don't.

    We normally discuss these structures with the business in order to create the Structure Indicators which govern the FLoc structure.

    At this present client we are implementing PM across 200 sites, and we wanted a single, common structure. So we utilised existing documents to help us formalte the structure.

    In other companies these structures may have already existed in the legacy systems, or there may be an industry standard for naming..


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  • Aug 03, 2017 at 07:40 AM

    Hi Dennis,

    Is there any existing ERP system available ? In such case you get those information has a base.

    If you are looking to develop from the scratch and if it is unique ,you can get information from your Plant design documents. This is will be available with your client, says commissioning team.

    Some industries has GIS (Geographic Information systems) followed by tools like P&D's, Smart Plant for detail information for different areas in the plant.



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