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ConocoPhillips - understanding your risk picture

Thursday, January 9, 2014

ConocoPhillips Norway has been developing software tools to help companies better understand the current risk situation

Conoco Phillips has been looking at ways it can improve communication about offshore risk, said Dag E Etterlid, a specialist on risk visualization in the HSE department of ConocoPhillips Norway.

'To run an offshore operation and understand the risk is quite complicated,' he said. 'We have quite a lot of tools, which are not always user friendly. Is it reasonable to expect our personnel to understand the overall risk picture?'

'The last 2 years I've been focussing on visualization, how to get the message across and what we know about risk,' Mr Etterlid said.

To try to make it easier, the company is developing an online tool called 'iSee' to provide safety information, which was rolled out in March 2013, covering 17 offshore installations.

The name 'iSee' is intended to convey both 'I can see' and 'I understand', Mr Etterlid said.

The system aims to collect the data automatically and display it in a way which is easy to work with.

'The whole thing is focussed very strongly on visual presentation,' he said. 'You can see trends, KPIs, we can click on data and see the source of data.'

'You can go into a specific area of the installation, you can see the risk to personnel in different areas. Activated work permits show up different areas as symbols.'

As a result of the work, there has been more attention being paid to barrier issues in the company, he said. The system also makes it clearer how good the data is.

ConocoPhillips has been operating in Norway since the 1970s, and has a mixture of old fields and new fields. It has quite a complex infrastructure, sending oil to the UK and gas to Germany. There is a lot of development and decommissioning work going on.

In summer 2013 it installed new living quarters, and now has the largest offshore accommodation centre with 554 single bedrooms.

Its production is 210,000 barrels of oil per day, and there is a large amount of water injection, to improve oil and gas recovery and try to reduce seabed subsidence.

Norwegian software company Computas has been developing new collaborative working tools for oil companies including ConocoPhillips, said Roar Fjellheim, the company's director of business development.

Collaborative behaviour in the oil and gas industry is not usually repetitive, he said. You usually have a mix of broad processes, collaboration work and specific decisions which need to be taken.
So you can't build completely structured workflow tools which take people through a succession of steps.

Computas has taken a social media type approach to supporting online collaboration.

It has set up online 'meeting workspaces' where all the information about a certain meeting can be stored - meeting objectives, members, agenda items, discussions, tasks, and whether the tasks were completed.

It has also set up 'decision workspaces' where people can come together to talk about a specific decision - if the drilling rate of penetration decreases because the rock is harder or the drill bit is dull - should you drill on or replace the bit? Staff members can do various calculations.

Collaboration tools have been used much more in drilling than in production or field development, he said. 'Drilling is very event driven.'

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