Prism Apps - HURDLE
A complete turnaround in risk management
The oil and gas industry's long-term success depends on the
cost-effective discovery, acquisition and development of new
reserves. Not surprisingly, proactive risk management plays a huge
part in these efforts.
Historically, this has been done using spreadsheets, which can
be problematic: often you'd find a number of versions of each
document in use at once; updating and cross-referencing
spreadsheets was time consuming and costly; plus, these documents
can easily be corrupted or even accidentally deleted.
That's where Aberdeen-based Prism Apps' cloud-based HURDLE
system comes in.
Back in 2016, Codify started working with Prism Apps to create
HURDLE: custom software that not only makes the whole risk
management process easier, clearer and more efficient, but also
helps businesses better manage and control actions and issues
In short, it helps improve organisations' decision making.
And while, at the moment, it's primarily used in oil and gas, it
could easily be adopted across a range of moderate to high risk
The brief was to create something that was easier to use than
anything else on the market; something customers could manage
themselves - and could be configured to their needs: breaking down
project and HSE risks into specific themes while categorising them
into levels of severity.
This was one of the first systems we built using the Aurelia
Framework and we decided to host the app in Microsoft Azure,
bringing benefits such as scalability: the ability for the system
to easily adapt to manage increased - or decreased - demand,
with the client only paying for what they use.
Other advantages include 99.9% guaranteed uptime and automatic
data back-ups as well as built-in data recovery.
Aurelia is a lightweight and fast framework that meant we could
build a responsive web application that worked on both desktop and
With this system, we started by creating mock-ups so Prism Apps
could visualise it. During the build itself, we made sure all the
requirements were recorded and included, and of course the customer
spent a lot of time onsite working with our team.
We took an iterative approach: releasing interim versions and
deploying them to Azure, each time learning from the previous one.
This meant Prism Apps could see progress on the application and
test the system, while also being able to demonstrate HURDLE to its
Now, the HURDLE system is split into three products
- HURDLE - risk management
- RELAY - an action management system to
help organisations manage and control actions and issues
- HURDLEpro - combines HURDLE and RELAY as
a risk and action management system
And benefits of the system include
- Informative and easy-to-read
- Simple to use with no training
- Fully auditable and compliant with ISO
- RELAY and HURDLEpro send automated email
action reminders, while
data is easily printed or exported
- Easily accessed from anywhere with an
- Able to be configured to a business's
own risk matrix
Andy Sutherland, Director and Principal Consultant from Prism
Apps said: "I'm not surprised we ended up with a brilliant finished
product hosted on a great system.
"The team at Codify was knowledgeable and easy to deal with; we
had an excellent development engineer and - importantly - the
company was accurate with its cost estimates and schedules.
"And the story didn't end when the development piece was done
and dusted, instead we've continued to benefit from the ongoing
support of the Codify team in Aberdeen."