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Visavi - helping AkerBP with operational planning

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Visavi Technology of [place] helps offshore oil and gas companies with their operational planning, gathering data from multiple software systems and presenting it on a large touch screen. It is doing an installation with Aker BP.

Visavi Technology of [place] is helping oil and gas companies with operational planning, showing large amounts of data on a single large touch screen.

It recently announced a deal with AkerBP to provide its software for use in streamlining operational planning, covering five offshore platforms.

Visavi calls the touch screen an 'integrated work surface.' It can be used to provide an overview of all activities, and help people work out how they might be optimised.

It can draw data from work order management systems, activity planning systems, weather forecasts and logistics, and various 'silo' software systems developed for specific activities.

An offshore platform will typically have 10-12 software packages for planning, including MAXIMO for maintenance, Primavera for asset management, SAP for purchasing, WorkMap for planning work, and software for managing helicopters, says Erik Sverre Jenssen, senior industrial advisor with Visavi.

The Visavi software can take data from all of these.

The philosophy of having data on a large work surface comes from nuclear research, he says.

Another prominent customer is Repsol Sinopec, using the software in the UK Continental Shelf. Visavi is currently discussing pilots with 4-5 companies, including companies in Australia.

Saving time

The value proposition for most clients is just making it easier to understand and find data. It all leads to higher 'tool time' - the amount of time people are doing useful work. There can also be safety benefits, from everyone having the same view of what is happening.

Mr Sverre Jenssen has personally worked as an offshore installation manager (OIM) and has felt the frustrations 'of getting the complete picture, running around looking for data,' he said. The Visavi software can show all the information an OIM needs on one screen.

Views have been designed for people in different roles, such as operators and supervisors. One of the founders of Visavi is a psychologist and uses his knowledge to make better user interfaces.

The software has tools to drill down into different areas and disciplines, such as bringing up a list of work permits for tomorrow.

Aker BP

With the Aker BP installation, a company called Cognite provides an intermediate data management layer. Cognite collects data from all the sensors and software packages, cleans and integrates it, then making it available to other systems. LivePlan retrieves data from Cognite.

With data already integrated onto Cognite, it was possible to install the Visavi software in just 2 weeks, Mr Sverre Jensen says. Although it would also be possible for Visavi to integrate directly with software like SAP.

AkerBP was using the Visavi software on its Valhall and Ula platforms by May 2019, with plans to add the Ivar Aasen, Skarv and Alvheim platforms.

"Our goal with LivePlan is to increase the quality of our plans and streamline the implementation of our activity set. This will mean saved costs and improved HSE,' said Svenn K. Forfang, VP Operations - Improvement & Performance in Aker BP. in a press release.

"We look at Visavi's technology as very interesting in connection with the ongoing digitisation projects in Aker BP.'

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