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Research: CAMS (Campus Asset Management System) Overview

Find out how you can more efficiently maintain your inventorial equipment by using CAMS, UCSD's Web-based inventory management system.

UCSD Equipment Types

  1. Inventorial equipment has an acquisition cost of $5,000 or more and must be tracked as property through CAMS (Campus Asset Management System) and through UCSD’s financial system.
  2. Non-inventorial equipment has an acquisition cost of $1,500-$4,999 and must be tracked only through the financial system, or the elective module in CAMS.

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If you are a designated equipment custodian or departmenal equipment administrator, you can request access to CAMS on the Web.

About CAMS

Property administrators use CAMS (Campus Asset Management System) to electronically manage department inventorial equipment. If you are a property administrator, use CAMS on the Web to:

  • Make online changes to your inventorial equipment database
  • Electronically process a Surplus Transfer Request (STR) to Surplus Sales or disposal of an asset
  • Search for inventorial equipment by UCID number, asset description, serial number from CAMS Quick Search, or CAMS advanced search
  • Make edits to the asset record, attach documents or pictures to the asset record, or review historial information about the asset
  • Find out who owns a piece of inventorial equipment
  • Generate and print multiple reports
  • Loan and borrow equipment

New Features

CAMS replaced the EAMS management system in early 2010. Among the improvements are:

  • Reduced paper processing (EIMR forms no longer needed for Surplus Sales, interdepartmental transfers, and disposals)
  • Electronic approval
  • Reduced paper processing
  • On-demand reports you can print yourself
  • Sorting and selection options for reports
  • View and update accounting details
  • View the PO report in FinancialLink with one click
  • Manage non-inventorial equipment/ supplies with the CAMS elective module

For more information on inventorial equipment, see Equipment Management Basics.