Offshore platform operations benefit from shared data access

Simon DysonMDC Technology Ltd.Riverside Park, Middlesbrough, U.K. The ETAP offshore facilities include a process and drilling platform (left) and a quarters and utilities platform (right). (Photo courtesy of BP Amoco plc) Access to valid shared data is vital for the management of an offshore production platform, where the management team is split between those offshore and onshore. Timely and accurate recording of process data maximizes performance by allowing informed decisions to be made based on current and historic data. As an example, one such system was employed on the Eastern Trough Area Project (ETAP) in the North Sea. The ETAP management system...

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