Condition monitoring compares, contrasts offshore equipment performance

Darren Witherwick MDC Technology Ltd. Teesside, U.K. The application of model-based condition monitoring results in more effective maintenance scheduling by providing improved data for process operator and engineer analysis. These systems monitor key process equipment, such as gas turbines, pumps, and compressors. One such system is installed on A/S Norske Shell's operated Draugen production platform in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea and will be discussed in this article. A condition-monitoring system uses process models of operating equipment to predict key indicators. The Draugen system also uses a data historian/management information layer to provide...

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