Operational Excellence in a Digital Age

In the current climate of the oil and gas industry, the concept of Operational Excellence is becoming increasingly in focus. But, what does Operational Excellence mean? Is it simply to strive for the best possible operational performance? How can this be achieved, and by what means is success assured?

Many new concepts and ideas have been introduced in this process. We have seen trends involving Integrated Operations, Production Efficiency, Lean approach and lately Digitalization. The aim, of course, is to reduce cost, improve productivity and minimize risk. All though the digital age started more than 50 years ago, recent developments have opened up new ways of tackling old problems.

Surveys have shown that in oil and gas facilities, a majority of unplanned down time, with or without HC leaks and accidents, is caused by human error (Norsk Olje og Gass rapport 21. juni 2013). It can be assumed that production efficiency also suffers due to similar causes. Key factors appear to be related to lack of standardized operations. When things are done the same and best way by everyone, correct actions is assured, and personnel awareness of what is going on is connected across the organization. What is often lacking, however, is a consistent and up to date set of operating procedures and checklists. The main reason for this has been the challenge of keeping paper versions in place and up to date. Fortunately, the transition into the digital arena has provided new ways of solving this and at the same time allowed for added ways of connecting tasks, personnel and locations.

SATVISION provides the SATOS software, enabling, through digitalization of procedures and check lists, a means of improving production efficiency and process and personnel safety. Integrated Operations is also realized in a new way. Read more.

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    SATOS Deployment

    The SATOS software is designed to benefit operating performance, and also avoiding common human caused pitfalls in the software adaptation. Here are some feedback remarks from SATOS users illustrating this bold statement.

    “By adopting SATOS for handling of operating procedures and checklists, the structuring and completion of the plant operating instructions became easier. The operators are not doing the job in a different way, but they are all doing the job in the same documented way. Instead of resisting a new way of doing things, operators feel safer in performing the work.”

    “The fact that SATOS is used by operators as well as operations management, gives a clear mandate for roles and responsibilities.”

    “Transition to use SATOS has been easy. Operators feel comfortable with validated and approved checklists. What is expected from you is clearly laid out. Procedures and checklists are subject to use, comments, review and reintroduction to SATOS.”

    “The extent of success with SATOS over time is measured by what you see in the Archive Module, documenting executed procedures, checklists and tasks.”

    How to get started with SATOS

    Follow these simple 7 steps:
    1. Open new SATOS License, if a Corporate SATOS Software License is already installed (behind
    Corporate fire wall). Alternatively, install a SATOS Software License.
    2. Apply basic SATOS training for Administrator and Users.
    3. Open Procedures Module and set up a folder structure for procedures and checklists.
    4. Adjust (if required) the procedure / checklist format to suit the “upload to SATOS wizard”.
    5. Upload original procedures and checklists from Corporate document storage system to
    SATOS folders.
    6. Start using SATOS.
    7. “Switch on” the other SATOS Modules as you see fit.