Neptune Energy needed to organize and visualize planned vessel traffic at the Gjøa offshore platform and surrounding areas to improve coordination with sub-contractors. They needed a solution to work like a weather forecast, where users press ‘play’ and see the forecast change. DNV GL’s developers built the cost-saving solution in a matter of weeks.
Continuously updated, visualized planning data
“We had a lot of planning data, but we weren’t able to couple it together and create the big picture, without spending a lot of time with manual work” says Erik Winge, Head of Onshore Operations Center at Neptune Energy.
At the Gjøa offshore field, the most expensive construction vessels charge $300,000 a day. Limited space for operations means that in case of conflicting schedules or weather delays, a vessel may have to wait hours or days before entering the safety zone around the platform.
“If everyone's operating in silos and not sharing their data, that's a less efficient way of doing things,” says Winge. “It leads to stoppages, downtime, which essentially means wasted time and money. If we’re able to save one day of a rate for a vessel, for one of our projects, it’s huge,” says Winge.
Vessel traffic dashboard similar to weather forecast
“I said I would like this solution to be like a weather forecast,” says Winge. He drew a parallel to sites where users can press ‘play’ on a map and see how the forecast changes from hour to hour, scrolling in time and seeing changing conditions and forecasts. “That's the functionality I wanted to see,” he says. “I wanted to have the Gjøa platform as the background and see the weather – how it changes in the next 10 days and how vessels will be moving around on the field. That’s the goal of the solution. Make it that easy. Just press play, and you instantly see the big picture.”
DNV GL - Digital Solutions, put a team of developers to work. The solution for Neptune, which has the working title ‘Offshore operations monitoring service’, was built on Microsoft Azure and Power BI technology, and integrates project planning data, weather data and AIS data (Automatic Identification System data from vessel transponders) into site maps. The solution is available to Neptune through the Veracity by DNV GL data platform.
“We realized that by using our existing capabilities, such as access to and management of AIS data, we could quickly come up with a working solution,” says Yngve Hellerud, Business Developer in DNV GL – Digital Solutions. “We were able to provide advanced solutions in a very short time.”
Improved planning and more efficient operations
Based on the big picture, Neptune can do their operation quicker and more efficiently, saving time and money. Short term planning – from the next hour to 48 hours – is improved due to the overview. However, the most savings can be made in long term planning. “It means identifying possible conflicts, says Winge. “It creates awareness, so everyone can see what will happen on the field, for the next couple of months, or even years.”
Neptune has realized the benefits already. There have been many scheduling conflicts since the solution was implemented. “We are aware of conflicts now, because they are flagged red within the solution, and we can deal with it accordingly. All stakeholders can see the effects of the resolution immediately. Everyone can go in and see if there are any conflicts today or within the next month,” he says.
Winge provides an update on Neptune Energy’s activities in 2020: “This has been a year with extremely high activity onboard the Gjøa installation with the execution of the P1, Duva and Nova projects in parallel with normal operations related activities,” he says. “The activities have included shutdowns, heavy lift operations, marine operations, extensive construction work and interaction with the platform’s automation systems. Manning level on the installation has been consistently high and has included a high proportion of new personnel and contractor management. The activities have been managed with safety and efficiency in mind, and the recorded data for Gjøa show good HSE results combined with high production regularity and good project progress,” Winge says.
“In instances with possible conflict between project progress and safety, safety has always been given priority, and there are several specific examples of situations where activities have been stopped or adjusted in order to manage risk,” he says.