For offshore vessels to reap the full benefits of digitalization, we must combine our customer's domain expertise with Siemens' knowledge of products, automation and data analytics.
Drawing off our extensive software suite and deep expertise in data analytics, Siemens developed Topsides 4.0 – the industry’s first comprehensive digital solution for offshore oil and gas production.
Topsides 4.0 is a digital lifecycle approach that begins during the conceptual and design phase of a project with the development of a comprehensive digital roadmap. It is during this time that Siemens evaluates how the operator is using data, where the gaps are, and how best to fill them. With that knowledge, Siemens then collaborates with the operator and tailors a solution to their specific needs.
In fact, Aker BP's bold publically stated objective is to drive production costs to US$7 per barrel. On the Ivar Aasen Field Development project Siemens worked closely with Aker BP to implement condition monitoring—a data-driven approach to optimizing equipment maintenance schedules, and ultimately, to reducing costs.
Instead of monitoring critical equipment from a North Sea platform, Aker BP personnel monitor it from an onshore control room in Trondheim, Norway, 1,000 km away. A unique process known as time-stamping, as opposed to the more conventional sampling, enhances the accuracy of the acquired machine data, better positioning crews to predict and preempt any maintenance issues.
The net result? Fewer personnel working on the remote offshore platform for extended periods, not to mention traveling to and from the jobsite via helicopter, and a significant OPEX savings.
As the world’s oil and gas industry strives to expand margins by reducing production costs wherever possible, advanced capabilities enabled by the integration and digitalization of upstream operations can help in substantial ways. One prime example is remote condition monitoring of well-site equipment, especially offshore.
Aker BP deployed remote condition monitoring on its offshore platform, built to develop Ivar Aasen field in the Norwegian North Sea, in an effort to reduce OPEX costs, increase regularity and improve operations safety.
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