Enermech - Ideal Operation
Seeing the full picture - changing the face of offshore
Safe and efficient operations. In simple terms, that's what
spells success in the oil and gas sector, and of course in all
other heavy industries. And helping customers achieve that is an
area where Aberdeen-headquartered mechanical and electrical
services specialist EnerMech stands out.
The company supports its national and international clients
right across the life of an asset from the early project phase and
pre-commissioning, to operations and maintenance, shutdown support,
late life support and decommissioning.
Inspection and maintenance is just one of these services.
EnerMech works with its customers to carry out this work, which
also includes anticipating and diagnosing issues likely to crop up
so equipment repairs or replacements can be dealt with quickly to
minimise costly, unscheduled downtime.
And that's where Codify lent a hand.
EnerMech asked us to develop an application to replace its
existing process for logging and analysing data from offshore
equipment inspections. This app replaced the time-consuming
paperwork and spreadsheet-based approach.
Starting in May 2018, we created a universal Windows platform
application called Ideal Operation.
Initially used for crane inspections in hazardous areas, but
capable of being used for any equipment, the offshore team updates
information in the mobile app. They can also upload photographs to
support their findings.
Then, when they're back online, the information is relayed back
to the portal for analysis by the onshore teams. Data is then
stored in a database, which we also built.
Working closely with EnerMech and taking an iterative approach
with a prototype app launched first, Ideal Operation was written in
Xamarin Forms 3.1. This means much of the code can be re-used
across different platforms such as Android and iOS in the future,
optimised with minor user interface changes.
And the app is hosted on Azure so it's scalable meaning the
system easily adapts to manage increased - or decreased -
demand, and the client only pays for what they use. Other
advantages include 99.9% guaranteed uptime and automatic data
back-ups as well as built-in data recovery.
Ideal Operation has three main features: regular maintenance
regimes - allowing inspection teams to work through a list of
equipment or components to check and record relevant data points
and conditions; the facility for inspectors who find a problem to
simply report it; and the onshore team can assign actions to
Benefits include -
- A reduction of over 95% in paper
- A decrease of around 40% in the total
time for inspection, reporting and analysis, thanks in part to the
dropdowns and pre-populated data helping increase speed,
consistency and accuracy
- Near real-time access to field data,
accelerating communications on data and analysis between on and
offshore teams by more than 10 days
- Improved reporting, data analytics and
John Clark, technology manager at EnerMech said: "The work that
Codify has done forms a core part of our new service offering to
asset operators globally helping them to improve their plant
efficiency, and we are excited to see what further benefits this
"Although we are still in the trial period of our project, the
app has already improved the speed of our maintenance routines,
increased the visibility of faults found in the field and allowed
us to diagnose issues in the making by supporting our advances into
data science and giving us new insights.
"This has allowed EnerMech to analyse and trend data and
proactively act to prevent unplanned failures of our clients'