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FieldTwin Collaborate

FieldTwin Collaborate – Our New Innovative Visual Workflow Tool

By FutureOn Today, News

FieldTwin has always been a platform for innovation. Today, we are delighted to launch FieldTwin Collaborate – a digital project sharing module, which offers open communication and engagement, enabling quick adaptability and accountability for teams across the energy sector and supply chain.

More than a data visualisation tool, FieldTwin Collaborate brings multiple stakeholders together in one space, benefiting operators, EPCs and project teams by ensuring accessibility, integrity and real-time updates on integrated projects.

The latest addition to our platform enables teams to problem solve complex challenges as they appear. The data analysis capabilities, multiple perspectives and the shareability of assets enables enhanced forecasting and troubleshooting for projects. This means that both operators and engineering, procurement, and construction team members work on the same shared data model while ensuring secure granular access and control of users and data for all.

Collaborate is an optional application which can be added to our FieldTwin software – a cloud-based digital platform which creates and maintains a digital copy of a physical asset, enabling maximum asset performance and value. This technology acts as the foundation for the collaborative visual workflows between multiple stakeholders.

Jostein Lien, our Senior Vice President of Product said of the launch: “By establishing a two-way secure connection between stakeholders using the platform, we have enabled a real-time collaboration opportunity. This will be a revolutionary tool for our customers and their stakeholders as they manage projects around the world.

“We are seeing ambitious goals outlined for reductions in personnel on board, emissions related travel and more efficient technology as we progress toward net zero. Collaborate is the perfect project management tool to enable this, and we look forward to rolling it out to our existing and new customers.”

To find out more about how to navigate and make the most of FutureOn’s new module please visit Collaborate, our FieldTwin Collaborate documentation  or contact us.

FutureOn FieldTwin Design

FieldTwin Design: Introducing Release 6.3

By FutureOn Today

FieldTwin has always been a platform for innovation. A place where the world’s Energy operators can design, visualize and collaborate. Today, we reveal the latest update to FieldTwin Design that includes a suite of dedicated online applications designed to support the Entire Life of Field concept from design, installation, operation, maintenance and ultimately abandonment through digitalization.

Our new FieldTwin Design 6.3 release brings several new features to our subsea design and visualization platform. In addition to bug fixes and optimization some of the big features in this release include support for importing bathymetry from ArcGIS, Gradient visualization and new PreEngineering capabilities.

Import Bathymetry from ArcGIS

You can now import your bathymetry data directly from an ArcGIS server into your project. Whereas, previously, you had to extract bathymetry data from ArcGIS, wait for the file and then upload in FieldTwin Design, now you simply use the create button for ArcGIS service. Note: The ArcGIS server needs to have bathymetry data stored.

Gradients Visualisation

This new feature allows you to create a visualization of connection-related data sets. Simply select a connection, add visualization, import your data, such as pressure or temperature, to create visual effects on your connection visible through viewport.

PreEngineering

The FieldTwin Design 6.3 release contains three key updates within its pre-engineering capability:

Wall Thickness

This module gives you the ability to quickly calculate an estimate of the wall thickness. This is needed for a pipeline to satisfy the burst and collapse design requirements of the API and DNVGL subsea pipeline design guidelines. As such, these estimations delivers greater confidence in the amount of steel needed for single wall rigid pipeline in the FieldTwin layouts.

Pipeline Span Estimator

The Span estimator tool will give you the ability to quickly detect which connection(s) might have significant spans along an uneven seabed terrain. By providing a more accurate estimate of the connection elevation along the pipeline route, you can help drive a better decision with flow assurance simulations that use the Span Estimator connection profile.

Crossing Detector

Our Crossing detection module will traverse the field network topology for the current project and list out all detected connection crossings. By creating a list with options you can directly navigate to each specific crossing point in the Viewport for review. As crossings usually are a costly endeavour this will allow you to quickly review all the detected crossings and also export the data if desired.

 

Other features in the 6.3 release include:

  • Disable / enable red outlines for disconnected connections
  • Copy paste metadata to segments
  • Store default value in metadata link
  • Initial support for ArcGIS online
  • Outline color for shapes
  • Added zoomAt to integration message
  • Better handling of ArcGIS layer with source projection different from project projection
  • Limit which layer to use for height sampling on connections, staged assets and wells
  • Export to SHP, connections and shapes
  • Ability to select a default asset for metadata type asset (including recursion)
  • Reintroduced animation for assets

To find out more about how to navigate and make the most of FutureOn’s new features please visit https://docs.fieldtwin.com or contact us.

offshore-crew-in-silhouette

The Role of Digitalization in Securing Asset Information

By FutureOn Today

Retirement parties seem to be more common than new hire luncheons in the oil and gas sector as the industry evolves through what it calls the Great Crew Change – the retirement of thousands of mature, highly experienced and knowledgeable workers.

Companies go to great lengths to bridge the talent gap by hiring younger workers, veterans, and folks outside the industry. Baker Hughes, the oilfield services company, runs a mentoring program for young engineers, while ExxonMobil has spent $2.6 million on workforce training initiatives in the Gulf Coast over the last decade.

But how do companies prevent a retiree’s asset and project knowledge from also walking out the door?

Smart companies are investing in cloud-based technologies such as FutureOn®’s FieldAP™ and FieldTwin™ to capture and maintain asset data in one place, breaking up the traditionally siloed data streams that only a handful of engineers might access. These technologies offer real-time data from design concept to decommissioning, and the data is accessible to anyone in the world with permissions, indefinitely. The platform never plans for retirement, taking all the asset knowledge with it.

Smarter use of talent

Digitization not only helps preserve that knowledge but also makes better use of its stretched engineering talent as a result of tighter operating budgets and lack of experienced talent for hire. The smartest and most future-focused, long-term-profit-driven companies implement digitalization strategies to drive higher and better thinking from their engineering talent while meeting the business imperative of providing value to bring in revenue.

“Everybody that’s going through the process of downsizing their business right now is faced with this extra complication (looming retirements),” said Bob Sullivan, a management consultant for New York-based AlixPartners, at a 2018 industry roundtable. “Decisions that get made right now on how you right-size the company are going to have a huge impact when the market turns.”

Upskill talent

Studies show digitalization can also help boost engineer satisfaction and improve retention rates because workers are more eager to upskill into the new roles created through digitalization, according to Stephanie Rogers, managing director at Accenture. “We have conducted research which shows that workers are very interested in developing new skills to have greater digital capabilities,” she explained at a 2018 industry roundtable. “Where companies aren’t offering training opportunities, workers are taking the initiative to go out and find the education themselves.” That could include finding new jobs with employers embracing the digital era of energy.

As we navigate through the Great Crew Change, digitalization will propel the industry forward by capturing knowledge before it retires, support talent in their current and future roles and provide company recruiters with an additional lure.

Contact FutureOn today to preserve asset knowledge and make better use of your talent acquisition and retention strategy.

Big Data

Equinor taps FutureOn for Cloud-Based Offshore Data Visualization Software

By Press Releases

27/08/2018

Equinor taps FutureOn for Cloud-Based Offshore Data Visualization Software

STAVANGER – (Aug. 27, 2018) – FutureOn, a leading oilfield software and data visualization solutions provider, announced a new multi-license agreement for its cloud-based software Field Activity Planner (FieldAP) with Equinor, a Norwegian multinational energy company, formerly Statoil.

FutureOn, together with Equinor, will pilot FieldAP to digitalize and integrate data from existing North Sea brownfields operated by Equinor, enabling real-time engineering and cost analysis of potential tie-back opportunities. FutureOn’s easy-to-use 2D/3D data visualization platform provides a compelling user experience while integrating Equinor’s backend systems for enhanced decision making.

In the early phase, the work will focus on using FieldAP to increase efficiency in concept development and selection. The ambition is to further reduce cost and select the concepts which provide the best value supported by digital tools.

FieldAP is the first global collaborative tool allowing oil and gas operators to digitally merge and visually design large volumes of offshore oilfield data in a centralized cloud platform. The tool allows rapid visualization of offshore engineering workflows, next-generation project planning to collaborate more productively, and provide greater insights into working smarter with enhanced results.

“Digitalization is more than a buzzword in the oil and gas industry,” said FutureOn’s Chief Technology Officer Olav Sylthe. “Our partnership with Equinor is a testament to our software’s ability to effect meaningful change, enabling improvements in safety, security, sustainability, productivity and cost efficiency through digitalization, data integration and visualization. We look forward to being a part of the digital journey ahead with Equinor.”
For more information, visit our FutureOn Today blog.

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About FutureOn
Headquartered in Oslo, Norway with a U.S. office in Houston, FutureOn is a digital technology innovator enabling customers to see more possibilities for their assets and begin to make more forward-thinking choices. For more information on FutureOn and its collaborative platform solution FieldAP, visit: www.futureon.com and connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

Caption: FutureOn announces a new multi-license agreement for its cloud-based software FieldAP with Equinor.

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McDermott

How FieldAP took McDermott to its Crowning Glory

By FutureOn Today

Long before offshore asset managers – and the contractors who support them – begin to manage pressure in the well, they must first confront the pressures they face in the office.

Oil price volatility. Uncertain commitment to offshore investment. Ever- escalating pressure to lower costs – with the expectation to simultaneously raise production.

On the downhill receiving-end of this cost-containment pressure are contractors, starting from the moment the bidding process begins.

Historically, operators funded pre-FEED (front end engineering design) and concept work since there were many more new fields and a limited number of suppliers.

Today, however, operators expect offshore engineering companies to provide more extensive 3D subsea modeling concepts and images at no charge to the operator before they will award a project.

This new beauty contest requires bidders to showcase their engineering skills. Any misstep on the runway greatly reduces the chances of winning the project.

Beyond simply recognizing this current reality, McDermott, a Houston-based provider of integrated engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) services for upstream field developments worldwide, decided to seize the opportunity to gain first-mover advantage over its competitors by embracing oilfield digitalization to control its own increasing cost burden while out-engineering competitive bidders.
But first, the forward-thinkers of McDermott would have to scale a major hurdle in their effort to digitize: well-entrenched legacy systems that proliferate and store mounds of redundant and obsolete offshore oilfield data.
Further, the inability to properly analyze McDermott’s existing data not only prohibited efficient internal work performance, but also pre-FEED product output delivered to customers. As a result, the company struggled to take home the crown in the steady stream of pageants initiated by E&P companies with offshore interests.
And then, the McDermott team discovered FutureOn and its offshore digital solution, FieldAP.

And with that discovery, the company’s future sales pipeline could be seen in a whole new, bright light.

With FutureOn’s partnership to help make FieldAP McDermott’s own game-changing advancement, the software was customized to include McDermott’s various unique assets and vessels. Specific functionality was added to help them develop new field concepts that would make the company a more competitive bidder.

Now, McDermott is able to generate many more field concepts in a much shorter time, eliminate weaker options quickly, and declare with confidence that the options being presented to the client are accurate —without the need to spend significant up-front expense on outsourced engineering firms.

But more important to the McDermott brand and its future prospects — with its newfound ability to see more possibilities and risks during the pre-FEED process and make more and better use of talent and investment — FieldAP has enabled McDermott to leap ahead of competitors who remain in neutral, all the while bemoaning the slow, old, traditional ways they continue to do business.

Beyond the bidding cycle, forward-thinking McDermott also recognizes the offshore industry is rapidly moving to unmanned platforms. Deploying FieldAP to create a digital field in the cloud allows McDermott to form a base data model (much like survey or bathymetry data) that will be used in field simulation studies, automation planning strategies and remote maintenance optimization.

And, in case you’re wondering, our friends at McDermott did indeed leverage FieldAP capabilities to beat out all the other contestants and be crowned the winning bidder, with roses in hand and a FieldAP ace up its sleeve, ready to take the future on. 

Ready to challenge your own organization to see more about its past-based limitations and make more of what the future holds?

Talk to us today about how FieldAP and FutureOn developers can place you far ahead of all those offshore field planning wannabes still talking about “what’s coming.”