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Asset Integrity Management – “Changing the Culture, Raising the Bar”

13 – 14 May 2014

Abu Dhabi, UAE | Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas, Saadiyat Island 

Technical Agenda

Session 1: Asset Management Strategy and Planning

Session Chairs: Arun Pushkarna, National Drilling Company; Zaid Almenhali, ADNOC

An effective asset integrity management system encompasses the complete journey from planning, acquiring, operating, maintaining, and ultimately disposing an asset in a responsible manner such that the asset remains reliable throughout the cycle. Some organisations encompass asset integrity within the HSE management system, but the fact remains that asset integrity goes beyond the confines of HSE. For an asset integrity management system to be effective it needs to be conceived right. An organisation that puts in place an effective asset integrity management system almost invariably has its strategy aligned with its vision and long term plans. Organisations also need to develop unambiguous policies and plans for the implementation of the asset integrity management system, which need to be communicated effectively to the rank and file thus ensuring a seamless alignment for integrity compliance. Effective asset integrity management system starts at the top, often at the boardroom level and then percolates to all levels of the organisation. It takes into account compliance to established standards, codes, and regulatory compliance. It establishes, through key performance indicators, a system for the measurement of performance and auditing the implementation against these metrics thus setting the groundwork for continuous improvement, not merely for itself but equally for sub-contractors and suppliers whose performance has an impact on the organisation.

Session 2: Organisation and People

Session Chairs: Martin Hartlieb, Schlumberger; Nasser Al-Toqi, Petroleum Development Oman

Asset integrity management systems outline the ability of an asset to perform its required function effectively and efficiently whilst protecting health, safety, and environment and the means of ensuring that people, systems, processes, and resources that deliver integrity are in place, in use, and will perform when required over the whole lifecycle of the asset.
Implementing a system to accomplish those tasks effectively, however, is easier said than done. Many barriers exist to achieve asset integrity. These may include overcoming years of neglect, equipment technology that transforms faster than organisations can evaluate the impact of implementing it, ever-changing regulatory requirements, a shrinking skilled workforce, as well as many other potential factors.
The existing workforce culture in many industrial organisations constitutes a difficult barrier. Many organisations have spent substantial resources to develop well thought out procedures that, on the surface, appear to be sufficient to prevent safety risks and environmental hazards. The pervasive work culture, however, often focuses on reacting to crises rather than preventing them.
Sustainable asset integrity can only come from a learning organisation that constantly incorporates the knowledge that it gains from operations into improved asset strategies. Such an organisation learns from the constant flow of information provided by the various functions within the business, as well as from external sources, and uses that information to improve. Thus, as the inevitable tightening of regulatory controls occurs and societal pressures mount in light of current events, a learning organisation can lead the way into a more responsible future. A world class asset integrity program is a definitive step in that direction.

Session 3: Risk Management

Session Chair: Gareth Gregory, Dubai Petroleum; WaEl Ziadat, Weatherford

The identification and effective management of organisation risks can be a competitive advantage in today’s market volatility. Organisational aspects and qualitative management of risks are the cornerstone of this session.

This session shall be open for papers presenting research on asset integrity management and risk management in oil and gas industry, including the organisational and human dimensions of risks and uncertainty of particular interest are multidisciplinary studies on how are risks played out within uncertainty mappings that can re-produce or change asset integrity management.

Some topics for risk management session will include:

  • Define and understand risk management terminology in asset integrity management context.
  • Identify top risks and share some valuable practices and methodologies.
  • Realise how risk management practices and methodologies may properly adapted to the level of risk coupled with activity.
  • Share lessons learnt from past asset integrity management of risk and uncertainty.
  • Discuss who must be accountable for various categories of risk and what the appropriate risk-sharing strategies are.
  • How asset integrity management could be the key to manage major risks.
  • Establish communication paths for technical and managerial team at multiple sites to continue the debate on effective risk management practices.
  • Present findings to SPE community and other stakeholders to improve the processes of asset integrity.

Session 4: Life Cycle Management

Session Chairs: Faisal Al Alawi, ZADCO; Ali Moosavi, ADCO          

Increasingly, the concept of life cycle management (LCM) is being adopted by companies worldwide. With proper LCM, in many cases it is possible to extend the operational life of assets way beyond their design life.

Successful life cycle management of assets requires proper strategy and planning. In order to maximise the value of the assets, the organisation needs to track the activities related to the assets throughout their lifecycles, to make sure they align with the organisation’s strategic and operational objectives. This includes proper design and material selection based on life cycle cost basis, clearly defined roles and accountabilities, scheduled and tracked inspection, and maintenance activities, benchmarking asset management activities against industry best practices, etc.
In this session we aim to focus on methodologies, activities, and systems required to enable successful life cycle management of companies’ assets. Topics for discussion include: use of technology, operational practices, management of change, life extension of ageing facilities, knowledge management, decommissioning and abandonment, design challenges (e.g. design asset for maintainability and reliability), process safety, and pipeline integrity.

Session 5: Innovation

Session Chairs: Matthew Capstick, ABB Consulting; Nigel Curson, Penspen International Ltd

The oil and gas industry continues to change at an increasingly rapid pace, with the number of major 
projects in the Middle East continuing to increase. The ageing infrastructure of onshore and offshore 
installations presents the industry with continuing, and indeed growing, challenge, with issues that we face needing the support of more effective products, processes, services, technologies, or ideas that are readily available. It is important that these are developed within the required time scales, to ensure assets can continue to perform their required function safely and effectively. 

In this session, we aim to identify and discuss current and emerging asset integrity challenges in the Middle East oil and gas industry that require innovative solutions, and to share and discuss innovative applications that companies are already using or currently developing to address existing integrity management issues. 

Topics for discussion include: current implemented innovation helping to improve asset integrity, new NDT techniques, the integrity challenges of man-made islands, sustainable development, asset information  systems, competency assurance, integrity innovation success stories, and research and development.