Shell has contracted ABL's specialist master data build and optimisation software - EffioTM, to support a number of its large-scale newbuild projects including LNG Canada, Crux and Jackdaw. So far EffioTM has helped deliver time savings by 50% as well as adding value to improved management and overall visualisation of asset integrity management.

“The Effio tool has helped accelerate the computerised maintenance management system (CMMS) build by as much as 50% compared to a conventional project. This is done by introducing a novel solution that eliminates many MS Excel heavy activities common in CMMS projects, spanning data preparation, field population, quality checks and complex transmittal package management,” says Stuart Murray, Head of Technical at ABL’s asset and integrity management team.

As part of ABL’s scope of work with Shell, EffioTM has been deployed on LNG Canada and one of Shell’s Canada-based shale gas projects, ahead of further global deployment across new projects.

EffioTM is a cloud-based master data build, ETL (extract, transform and load) and optimisation software with a proven capability of achieving significant time and cost efficiencies for projects. This software was developed by ABL’s in house software team and is used on all internal new projects for data enhancement, build and optimisation of maintenance, materials and resources load levelling/grouping. EffioTM provides a one-stop solution for controlled, efficient, consistent and connected deployment of an asset management strategy.

Stuart Murray, Head of Technical at ABL’s asset and integrity management team

Stuart Murray, Head of Technical at ABL’s asset and integrity management team

ABL - part of Oslo-listed ABL Group ASA - is a marine and engineering consultancy working in renewables, oil and gas and maritime industries. The company’s asset management software is qualified to both the international ISO standard as well as the Norwegian NORSOK offshore standard.

EffioTM captures the learning from projects as rules and governance, enhancing each project delivery by enabling it to run QA checks on data sets before bulk loading into an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system or a CMMS. This allows the automation of some activities within a maintenance build.

The software has been successfully piloted by Shell's global Technical Asset Operations team in managing Canadian asset projects where standard operate-phased Master Data Management tools are not yet in place.

“Our goal is focusing on getting data right the first time and building trust in the business through applying established industry and data standards such as ISO standard, CFIHOS, etc. We are looking forward to continuing our support as EffioTM adoption expands” adds Stuart Murray.

The EffioTM software has been used successfully on multiple upstream oil and gas projects and clients, including supermajors, international oil companies and FPSO operators, plus for projects in the downstream processing and renewable energy industries. It can be applied to any industry and a large distillery in the UK has recently started using it.

EffioTM is also used by clients to migrate systems for example to move from SAP to SAP S/4HANA and when merging acquired assets into the organisation.

ABL’s asset integrity management teams in Aberdeen and London, UK, are managing the project from the supplier side. The company has not disclosed the value of the contract.

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