AIM System Development and Implementation Challenges

Ross Whyte, Global Business Development Manager, Asset & Integrity Management, Add Energy, shared his knowledge and challenges in delivering benefits to safety assurance, equipment reliability and performance for clients across the globe at the Kingdom Process Safety 2017 in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia this week.

Following a five-step process, Add Energy can ensure a complete and easy process that adds fringe benefits to organisation effectiveness – increasing integrity and uptime to allow assets to perform safely and more profitably.

Established in key energy regions across the globe, Add Energy is headquartered in Stavanger, Norway and operate through offices located in Europe, Asia, North America and Australia.

Following 30 years of global operations, Add Energy has become a trusted service provider to the energy industry with experience in the global delivery of technical integrity and uptime improvements across major and national energy companies, for more than 350 facilities. 

Through expert knowledge and experience, there have been consistent themes which keep presenting themselves and are required to be approached as strategic steps as part of an integrated plan in order to achieve maximum chance for embedment and return on the investment.

With this in mind, Add Energy has developed the five steps to optimal integrity, safety and performance.

Step One – Foundation
The key elements in the project phase are to ensure that critical information is captured, held in the right place and format and that it is linked to the correct equipment. This step is especially prevalent in turnkey projects, when a disconnect exists between contract and project teams, when the budget phase runs out and when vendors are late in providing data.

This step includes developing an asset register – the primary key from a budget, maintenance, criticality, classification, and materials view. 

Step Two – Philosophy and Strategy
It is critical to determine the philosophy and strategy for the management of the whole asset to ensure that the business case is robust and that the asset can be managed to ALARP (As Low As Reasonably Practicable).

The basis of this will determine the viability of the asset and will cascade through to all of the decisions as to what equipment is critical, what maintenance to perform and how often, and what the spares holding will be.

This step is delivered by asset plans, elements and frameworks, which provide a comprehensive and robust long-term strategy to support the asset integrity.

Step Three – Implementation
With the foundation, philosophies and strategies in place, the implementation can occur with a higher chance of the maximum benefits to the business per the 1x10x100 rule.

During the implementation there are a number of opportunities to work smart and ensure consistency of approach that can be replicated through the assets and business units.

Step Four – Review and Improve
The Deming cycle (review and improve cycle) has been consistently used and shows us the review and improve cycle required for the continuous improvement of performance.

This has been achieved through the identification of improvements, implementation and monitoring. Once optimal performance has been achieved, the objective becomes the sustainment of the uptime.

Key performance indicators (KPI’s) are established to measure and improve effectiveness of maintenance programs, in line with best practice.

Step Five – Sustain
In the final step, it is critical to sustain the changes you have made in your assets integrity to ensure longevity of optimal safety, performance and reliability.

Vital to this is the development of maintenance and integrity culture – ensuring that optimal integrity changes and implemented and sustained through an embedded company culture.

The culture should be further supported and sustained with on-going coaching and management, ownership of technical authorities and annual audits. 

To conclude, it is essential for the global energy industry to recognise and be realistic about where they sit on the five steps in order to achieve their goals for asset integrity.

Following Add Energy’s five steps improves the likelihood of success in an efficient and timely manner.  The step-by-step process is easy to follow and delivers multiple fringe benefits to the organisations effectiveness to increase integrity and uptime, allowing assets to be safer and more profitable.

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