Winter 2020

Managing offshore assets with new a digital partnership

James Fisher AIS has formed a new digital partnership with Manchester-based tech company, SRO Solutions to create an innovative asset management system for the maritime and offshore sectors. 

The partnership will bring four proven technologies together in one package to drive digital innovation in the efficient management of thousands of pieces of equipment on offshore oil and gas assets and shipping fleets.  

Sean Huff, managing director of James Fisher AIS, says:

We are really excited to be partnering with SRO. The partnership allows for significant number of synergies across a common client pool, including widening our collective footprint in the maritime sector via the sharing of resources. This will benefit our clients directly – helping them operate their assets more efficiently – and will improve their bottom line.' 

‘Bringing the four pieces of software together will drive cost and time savings and make maintenance work safer. It is very exciting to see how we can work together for our customers’ benefit,

adds SRO Solutions managing director, Tony Lackey.  

The four technologies are: 

  • IBM’s Maximo enterprise asset management software which streamlines proactive equipment maintenance and shared spares procurement between ships and assets.  

  • SRO’s Data Replication Solution which is designed specifically for the maritime and offshore industry to sync all Maximo data when Maximo is offline (such as when it is at sea). This enables disconnected remote sites to have full access to up-to-date information.   

  • AIS’s digital twin platform (R2S) which provides a virtual walk-through image of any asset embedded with data to enable personnel to remotely visit sites and access technical and operational information without leaving the office. 

Tony Lackey explains the rationale behind the partnership:

‘We began to discover that an increasing number of marine and oil and gas companies were investing in Maximo, R2S and Mimic but the technologies were being used (by operators and engineering staff) in isolation. By working together, we can help customers synchronise the kit to maximise potential.' 

The partnership will mean asset operators in the marine and oil and gas sectors can view machinery performance and condition data overlayed on 3D imagery of the actual equipment in the engine room and machinery spaces. When this is connected to Maximo enterprise asset management, it gives asset operators the added benefit of a holistic maintenance overview while helping them on their digitalisation journey. 

For example, Maximo is designed to help manage machinery maintenance, and therefore prevent breakdown. But engineering staff ashore cannot see the equipment or where it might be sitting on the rig or shipHowever, through R2S, engineers can navigate through an immersive real-world replica of the ship or rig and explore a specific piece of kit in situ. They might, for instance, see an oil tank close by, which would make hot work unsafe. This enables teams to plan their work in advance rather than wasting time with repeated visits.  

Through this partnership, we are effectively giving Maximo a pair of eyes through R2S. This is a real digital innovation which will change the industry for the better, Tony adds.   

‘The vision of JF AIS is to drive efficiency into asset operations in the oil and gas, marine and offshore renewables markets. Partnerships such as this with SRO and IBM allow us achieve that at pace – and with high quality partnerships!’ 

 

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