Oil & Gas Industry to go "Back to Basics" to Increase Efficiency

Operators and supply chain companies must simplify operations and introduce new technologies to streamline data entry in the field, in order to improve efficient operations and reduce the risk of downtime.

The need to simplify data processes in the North Sea was highlighted at an oil and gas innovation day,  hosted by SAP upstream specialist Absoft and integrated risk and safety management provider ABS Group (ABSG), in Aberdeen.

The Innovation Day focussed on four key challenges facing the industry; safety & compliance, wrenchtime & workforce utilisation; materials & inventory optimisation; and uptime & reliability, including how solutions offered by SAP can tackle these issues for increased efficiency and sustainability in upstream.

ABSG offshore services director, Thomas Petersen and Absoft commercial director, Don Valentine presented at the innovation day held at Aberdeen’s historic Maritime Museum.

Presentation themes were complemented by product demonstrations from technical solutions providers: Ecom, Safran Software Solutions, Visavi Technology and Winshuttle

Don Valentine said: “This event was organised in collaboration with our partners to discuss solutions which can address the pain points in the industry and optimise North Sea operations.

“The main message was that we need to slim down and simplify the data capture process for maintenance technicians and operators offshore. The data captured by this community can have a huge input to securing safe working, production efficiency and asset integrity management.

“It was concluded that these data entry systems need to be more user friendly, similar to the experience of filling out an online form, with no jargon, a limited number of key data fields to enter and guidance available at the touch of a button.

“Traditionally these systems haven’t been the easiest to navigate which can hold up the process of collecting and interpreting critical data. If operators can adopt simpler systems and new technologies, they can increase efficient operations without compromising on  safety.”

The event was attended by operations, maintenance and supply chain personnel from operators and service companies in the UK, Netherlands and Norway.

Absoft will be taking the innovation day on the road next year. To find out more about the roadshow, email info@absoft.co.uk