Assuring Compliance

Monitoring and managing safety barriers and risk status to enable early intervention

We help operators automate the verification of safety related events, seeking to eliminate manual data gathering and manipulation. This not only reduces risk, but also frees up valuable engineering time to focus on analysing data rather than gathering data.

Perspectives

How to make a digital twin of a bow tie

At Eigen, we build and deploy live data models as part of a digital twin for oil and gas facilities. One of the challenges in doing this is how to combine the physical and the abstract into a working data model to manage risk.

Challenge

Visualising the risk posed by impaired barriers is a complex problem solvable only by combining a graph model of the barrier elements and online connectivity to sources of barrier impairment, and a good mix of ingenuity in putting it all together.

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Solutions

How can we automate the verification of safety related events and nearly eliminate manual data gathering and manipulation? Imagine all your Process Enegineer's time is spent in analysing the results rather than gathering data...

Oil and gas experience

  • Our track record, particularly in process engineering, gives us a full appreciation of the importance of robust safety and risk management.
  • We apply our domain experience to identify where digital technologies supplement and complement existing tools and processes to monitor and manage safety barriers.

Smart technology choices

  • Eigen’s Safety Barrier Health Monitoring empowers users to perform effective Barrier Management by capturing all the information necessary to assess the status of all barriers and deliver real time monitoring of barrier impairment and the overall, or per area, risk posture.
  • Automated Verification automatically triggers workflows to verify safety related events such as blowdowns, shutdown logic, valve travel time, etc; built on top of Eigen Ingenuity’s knowledge graph and access to relevant data.

How we work

  • We leverage Eigen’s process engineering heritage to understand physical systems before identifying how digital technologies can help.
  • We have worked closely with regulators over the years and understand their expectations; we build these into our systems to make them as “regulator-ready” as possible.
Ian Baker

With more than 15 years experience in managing software development projects in a wide variety of sectors including gaming, finance and Oil & Gas, Ian is comfortable managing large and distributed Agile Scrum teams as well as Waterfall projects.

“I love the challenge of modelling a safety barrier graph model: being able to accurately replicate complex engineering relationships is not only essential for the client’s benefit but also personally satisfying.”

Impact

Keeping our operators’ operations running safely, reliably and producing oil and gas

Eigen’s safety barrier technologies are widely regarded as some of the best in the industry. We pack decades of experience from our engineers into our systems and tools to keep our operators safe and compliant.

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How to make a digital twin of a bow tie

At Eigen, we build and deploy live data models as part of a digital twin for oil and gas facilities. One of the challenges in doing this is how to combine the physical and the abstract into a working data model to manage risk.
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Proportion of Safety & Environmental Critical Element maintenance cleared after using three weeks using Eigen’s Safety Barrier Health Monitoring solution.
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Number of weeks of a senior engineer’s time by automating the verification of blowdown events
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Number of systems now used by one Eigen client to collect, calculate and present Major Accident Risk Indicators

SECE maintenance backlog dramatically reduced

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Challenge

The Safety and Environmental Critcal Element (SECE) backlog was reaching unmanageable levels for one operator, with the regulator issuing warnings. Maintenance was planned, but, without a direct link to Major Accident Hazard (MAH) risk, its impact could not be measured – so the operator could not determine if its resources were directed appropriately.

Solution

Working in collaboration with the operator, Eigen designed and deployed an online Barrier Safety Panel solution, enabling the planners to easily identify links between activity, barrier status and cumulative MAH risk. This helped them better prioritise and demonstrate regulatory compliance.

Impact

The SECE backlog was reduced by 90% in three weeks, enabling the offshore team to move from firefighting to proactive planning. The tool enabled measurement of risk level, assuring regulators that the operator had an effective barrier management system, securing its licence to operate.

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Proportion of Safety & Environmental Critical Element maintenance cleared after using three weeks using Eigen’s Safety Barrier Monitoring solution.

Automating verification of blowdown events

Challenge

Manual analysis of the depressurisation of >fifty different sections of piping and equipment in a facility after plant shutdown to a senior engineer a week of effort. It involved going into multiple systems to find the right data and manually importing it into spreadsheets.

Solution

Using our Ingenuity platform, we extended the existing data model of the facility with new objects for the blowdown segments and associated equipment and connected this to the systems holding the source data, adding dashboards for visualisation.

Impact

Now blowdown analysis runs automatically after any plant shutdowns, saving a week of a senior engineer’s time and providing improved management information.

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Number of weeks of a senior engineer’s time by automating the verification of blowdown events

Major Accident Risk Indicators (MARI) process streamlined and centralised

Challenge

One operator we worked with used separate systems to collect and calculate accident risk data, copying and pasting manually into spreadsheets. The situation was error-prone and hugely inefficient.

Solution

Eigen and SAFETEC developed the online MARI cloud native application to collect, analyse and present data, accessible by all users in multiple locations.

Impact

The operator now uses the online MARI tool to log and monitor trends in major accident risks, logged by onshore and offshore staff. Manual transfer of information and potential errors have been eliminated and there is clear visibility of risk trends from anywhere in the world.

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Number of systems now used by one Eigen client to collect, calculate and present Major Accident Risk Indicators

More digital solutions from Eigen

Plan and simulate virtually before executing in the real world
Moving manual tasks online to drive collaboration, knowledge-sharing and pace
Optimising workflows and activities to improve productivity and reduce costs
Integrating data, dashboards and tools to improve quality decisions

At Eigen, we focus on designing, building and deploying digital solutions that protect and create as much value as possible for our clients.

Eigen products for Assuring Compliance

Safety barrier health monitoring puts a powerful and intuitive digital dashboard at your fingertips, giving you an instant overview of barrier health and operational risk.

Integrating seamlessly with your existing systems, your ability to monitor, predict and solve problems increases exponentially.

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FAQs

Safety Barriers Health Monitoring is Eigen's solution to the online visualisation of risk posed by impaired barriers and to prioritise corrective actions. It offers a pre-canned business logic applicable to other asset management workflows

Eigen Technology facilitates:

  • Demonstrating compliance with OGA and PSA regulations on Barrier Management
  • Identifying and Acting on Major Accident Risk Indicators
  • Prioritising corrective actions
  • Automating the verification of SECEs

Eigen’s Safety Barrier Health Monitoring empowers users to perform effective Barrier Management, by capturing all the information necessary to assess the status of all barriers and deliver real time monitoring of barrier health and the overall risk posture.

Barriers against major accidents have always been in place in the oil and gas industry, but some major hazards have led to an increased focus on how these barriers are understood and followed up by the organisation. It is important for the operating organisation to assess, understand and develop proper barrier management in order to reduce risk exposure, prevent major accidents and achieve operational excellence.

A Safety Barrier Health Monitoring system can help visualise in real time the top risks in the facility, resulting from a combination of impaired barriers functions; the top priorities for different remediation teams; plan and execute compensating measures; address compliance with the different performance standards, and in general help users assess the overall facility risk posture and take action to improve it.

Monitoring the real time health of all the Safety Barriers for a large facility is a complex problem unsolvable without digital technology. Calculating the health of all safety barriers for all operational areas requires knowledge of the relationships between barrier elements, barrier functions, MAH areas, physical areas, systems, performance standards and other categories. It also requires direct connection to the sources of all barrier impairment and compensating measures data. Eigen’s Safety Barrier Health Monitoring technology incorporates all these elements.

Real time risk management is achieved when safety barrier impairment and compensating measures status are periodically updated from source systems of record, such as control systems, maintenance systems, safety incident records and training records to provide an up to date picture of the overall risk of the facility. An order of magnitude better than monthly updates of an Excel sheet!

Eigen’s Safety Barrier Health Monitoring system implements a true real time safety barrier risk management system.

Step 1. Define your Major Accident Hazard (MAH) areas

Step 2. Systematically identify your barriers and controls to develop the Bowtie diagrams.

Step 3. Define your Performance Standards

Step 4. Set up a Barrier Health Assessment system with all the information compiled; connect to sources of impairment and compensating measures

Step 5. Deploy the system, validate and assess risk in real time.

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