Stena Drilling has upgraded its IT and asset management software on billions of dollars worth of drillships and rigs
The upgrades were conducted on four drillships and two semi-submersible drilling rigs, which were in port waiting for their next assignment.
Typically, drillships and semi-submersible drilling rigs can cost between US$500M and US$1Bn to construct, depending on the complexity of onboard systems.
Stena needed a full IT infrastructure upgrade to IBM’s Maximo software to integrate asset management systems across the fleet and its shore offices.
UK-based SRO Solutions completed the contract over a 14-month period using a team of six engineers working on the fleet in the Canary Islands, Israel, Guyana and Scapa Flow in Scotland.
This involved consolidating vast amounts of data from Stena Drilling’s onshore headquarters in Aberdeen and its fleet into a single platform.
This included data on 7,500 unique pieces of equipment on each vessel and centralising data on 1.2M historical work orders. SRO’s contract also included training Stena personnel in these locations.
Maximo now acts as one of the core pieces of software underpinning Stena Drilling’s IT operations and fleet maintenance management.
SRO operations director Andrew Carrie said under the old asset management system the headquarters and Stena’s ships were not fully integrated.
“Stena recognised the switch to IBM’s Maximo was absolutely necessary for all the operational and cost benefits it could offer,” said Mr Carrie.
“Stena also recognised it had to undergo a full IT infrastructure upgrade, but was aware that the process was high risk with the danger of cost and time overruns as well as disruption to data,” he said.
Maximo enables proactive equipment maintenance, preventing expensive and disruptive breakdowns while procurement can plan with greater efficiency.
“Procurement has a better understanding of what spares can be shared between ships, saving unnecessary purchases,” said Mr Carrie.
“The purchasing process is now massively streamlined. When equipment does need to be bought it can be done in bulk from a single vendor for all the ships bringing down costs,” he continued.
“When you consider that ships like those in the Stena fleet spend millions every year on equipment it is vital to ensure costs are controlled, which Maximo does.”
Maximo is constantly updated by IBM and automatically identifies data conflicts. It can communicate with different third-party IT systems and software.
“This is very important for the likes of classification society surveys, which expect increasing levels of IT system functionality to ensure ships are fully compliant with standards,” said Mr Carrie.
SRO used its own data replication engine during Stena’s IT upgrades. This automatically synchronises all the Maximo data when the software is offline.
“Maximo itself only works online,” said Mr Carrie, “but through our system we can sync data on a planned schedule offline, reducing overload on bandwidth when Maximo gets back online.”
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