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.