Through data analytics, the cloud, and online visualization, large volumes of QRA data can be harnessed to produce and interpret insights beyond the requirements of compliance.
Published: 12 October, 2018
A living QRA – simple, smart and sensitive
As part of the development of MyQRA, we have created an advanced online sensitivity application delivered in the Cloud. This gives operators and designers full access to the entire QRA data and analytics, including all underlying data from inputs and assumptions, intermediate frequency and consequence modelling results, as well as risk output values.
It is easy to access and intuitive to use, only a web browser is required. Unlike complex, flat spreadsheets, visual information is displayed in a bright, colourful 3D visuals linked with an interactive Microsoft Power BI dashboard. This digital toolbox allows the user to access, interact, and interrogate the data to perform basic or detailed analysis. It essentially brings challenges and solutions to life to support critical decision-making.
This module allows users to perform any sensitivity analysis, including changes that affect consequence modelling, far more quickly and economically to show the effect on risk. Technical and non-technical professionals gain a better understanding of hazards through the use of interactive graphics and 3D visualization, enabling more timely and accurate communication and management of risk across the organization or with project partners.
When I share MyQRA with industry peers, they say they can see a wide range of scenarios where MyQRA can be used including meetings with regulators, management, offshore, risk assessments by technical safety and induction training.
Boosting the business value of risk assessment
Advances in Cloud services, separation of analytics from data management, web browser functionality and the ability to interact with a central enterprise database have all been part of the integrated development. To investigate how these technologies can enhance QRA and similar types of studies, DNV has been working with an integrated energy company in the Gulf of Mexico.
The pilot project has provided valuable feedback on the configuration of the interface and the required functionality. The design of safer production facilities requires the use of consequence modelling and QRA early during the project engineering design phase, but this is the time when information is limited. The use of a central database provides a knowledge base and history which can be used to give best estimates for new developments.
The online QRA service essentially gives decision-makers ‘live’ information to quickly and confidently respond to any scenarios where change has occurred to barriers controlling major hazards. Users can determine risk drivers, isolate single events and perform filters to understand risks, so much more than a conventional written report or spreadsheet would allow.
Most importantly, unlike the traditional QRA paper trail, valuable knowledge and critical information is retained in the database as assets change hands. It also keeps stakeholders and the wider workforce connected as 2D and 3D graphics enhance the effective communication of risks and barriers allowing solutions to be sought quickly.
For HSE managers, this means they can effectively analyze the parameters of any operation and then quickly share and implement risk reduction measures. For instance, failures in safety critical equipment, number of personnel of board, sources of leaks, etc.
As a dynamic and ‘living’ QRA, it can be customized to benefit the user over time, giving a full history through both the design and operation lifecycles of an asset.