Weston - Application Suite
Accelerating the process for managing oil and gas regulatory
Regulatory compliance is the backbone of any permit to operate
in the oil and gas industry.
But these requirements, together with a host of other sector
rules and guidance, can be complex and change all the time, so it's
important businesses not only understand their obligations, but
that they manage them and can demonstrate compliance.
And that's where Aberdeen-based Weston comes in.
The company brings together a huge volume of regulations and
guidance, including acts, statutory instruments, Health and Safety
Executive guidance and maritime rules in one place. This means
operators and service companies can quickly and easily plan, manage
and record their legislative responsibilities.
A subscription to the site gives users access to the full Weston
database of legislation and guidance, which is maintained and
updated on a daily basis. Users are alerted to new documents and
any changes as soon as they are published.
Some 20 oil companies and 50 service companies subscribe, with
more than 1,000 personnel regularly using this
That said, it was important the web application evolved and
performed as well as it could; however, the system had been running
slowly - some pages were taking more than 15 seconds to
load - and the time was right to see what else it could
Codify was approached at the end of 2017 and asked to take a
Before we even started work, we reviewed the source code and
carried out a technical audit so we could get a clear idea of what
approach was needed.
We visited the existing supplier in January 2018; the transition
audit began a month later, and we provided client support
Weston took on board our recommendations, and we set to work on
making improvements, both in the system itself and its
- System improvements included performance
improvements, making the user log-in experience better and general
maintenance and modernisation. These not only make using the system
a better experience, but it's easier for us to support too.
- New functionality included providing
evidence of compliance by being able to upload documents and create
asset templates. These allow users to set up a template for a
project with all the documents and paperwork that might be needed.
Users then copy this into the new project and adjust as needed.
Previously, this all had to be done from scratch with teams
spending around three weeks setting things up.
Weston director Daniel Strachan said: "We needed a local company
with a solid core of experienced and talented software engineers
when our existing support was unable to meet our growing needs.
"We picked Codify after seeing several companies as they ticked
all the boxes. They quickly came to grips with our existing systems
and improved system performance immediately - the increase in page
load speed is astonishing. Their structured approach and input to
system enhancements has also made life much easier for us."
One of the next steps will be moving hosting to Microsoft's
Azure platform, 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.