Deployment of Advanced Collaborative Environments at Scale In The North Sea Operations
- Ian Colin Phillips (BP) | Philip Shaw (Deloitte Consulting) | Colin Critchley (BP) | James Thomas (Deloitte)
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- 2007. Society of Petroleum Engineers
- 4.2 Pipelines, Flowlines and Risers, 4.5.5 Installation Equipment and Techniques, 4.3.4 Scale, 4.1.2 Separation and Treating, 6.1.5 Human Resources, Competence and Training, 1.6 Drilling Operations, 4.1.5 Processing Equipment
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As part of its global FIELD OF THE FUTURE initiative, BP in the North Sea has embarked on a programme to significantly change how onshore and offshore staff interact and collaborate, with the objective of improving the efficiency of drilling and operations. This paper reports on the first phase of this project, in which five Advanced Collaborative Environments (ACEs) have been designed and deployed in the BP Aberdeen office in support of production operations. These environments take advantage of a range of digital technologies to deliver operational data to a wider team who are focused on further improving operational excellence.
The second phase of this programme involves the deployment of ACEs into all remaining North Sea assets as BP moves into its new offices in Aberdeen in late 2007 / early 2008.
The paper describes the following;
- The extensive consultation with the operational staff involved onshore and offshore to ensure that the new systems delivered meaningful support to the offshore operations
- The steps taken to ensure complete "ownership?? of the new way of working, for both onshore and offshore teams
- A review of the business benefits anticipated and/or achieved by this deployment
- The integrated hardware and software technologies deployed to deliver offshore data to an onshore support environment in real time
- The thinking behind the physical configuration of the onshore and offshore working environment
- The plans for the second phase of the project, in which further ACEs will be deployed across all BP's North Sea producing assets. This deployment will be the subject of a subsequent paper
BP is constructing a new North Sea headquarters building in Aberdeen, due for occupation in late 2007/early 2008. The move to this building is being used to provide a significant catalyst for change - not just in terms of the deployment of ACEs, but also more widely across the business. This opportunity to modify the physical configuration of an organisation facilitates changes to the way groups of people interact, within and between teams, free of the constraints and pressures that go with making changes in an existing building. As a result, the deployment of ACEs can have an impact way beyond the physical ACE environment.
What is an Advanced Collaborative Environment?
An Advanced Collaborative Environment is defined as a physical and/or virtual environment in which people can collaborate using shared information It can include a permanent place of work, a "go-to?? place, or even a group of geographically disparate desks linked together digitally to create a virtual environment. It can be offshore, onshore or span the two.
The style and type of ACE that is appropriate to a particular team is determined by the need to balance collaborative versus solitary work, and the balance between real-time and longer-term collaboration.
However, while understanding that an ACE can be both physical and virtual is important conceptually, for the sake of clarity, this paper will refer to ACEs only as onshore or offshore physical environments.
Diagram 1, below, illustrates how the style of physical environment can be adapted according to the purpose it is required to fulfil.
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