The retirement of many skilled workers at a time of expanding exploration and production is creating a pronounced knowledge gap and leaving a shortage of experienced personnel. As a result, there is an ongoing need for the transfer of knowledge to the newer workers manning offshore facilities. Some companies have established Collaboration Centers or Remote Operations Centers where groups of experts can monitor multiple facilities and collaborate with offshore personnel to help them understand and resolve issues as they occur. However, removing experts from the facilities makes it more difficult for them to react to developing situations. Delays in obtaining information and subsequent slow responses can result in unplanned shutdowns.
Global Exergy complementary technologies provide real-time data for analysis by the experts in Collaboration Centers to accurately determine just what is happening at any specific facility. The Intelligent Device Manager acquires and communicates a vast amount of diagnostic information generated in the field by smart instrumentation and digital valve controllers. Collaboration Center personnel are then able to make informed decisions for corrective actions. This same information and the historical records amassed by the automation system comprise a base of expert knowledge that can be used to “train the system” to recognize certain conditions as they develop. Automated recommendations can then initiate on-site maintenance or repairs, correcting issues before they become serious problems.