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ABS produces guide for offshore control systems verification

Friday, January 6, 2012

Oil and gas risk management company ABS (American Bureau of Shipping) has developed a guide for "Integrated Software Quality Management (ISQM)" which can be used to test safety of integrated control systems on offshore platforms.

ISQM is a risk -based software development and maintenance process.

It can be used to check different software packages for control systems work safely together.

'The software installed at delivery does not sit in a vacuum,' explains ABS Senior Principal Engineer Paul R. Walters.

'Upgrades and new releases are routinely made by vendors which may introduce errors into the system and increase downtime or cause other operating problems.'

By following the ABS process, operators can verify "that the software has been developed in a recognized process that meets the operator's needs and performs as expected,' he says.

The ISQM process validates the software installation on the unit and then monitors for consistency when there are software updates or a change in the hardware.

As control systems for offshore installations and units become increasingly complex, successful implementation relies heavily on the software and the interfaces required for the integration of the software.

'The benefit to owners and operators is an increased level of confidence in software reliability with the goal of decreasing downtime and reducing the risk of software-related incidents.'



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