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How Intelligent Knowledge Systems Will Improve Operations and Safety in the Future

In an era of high workforce turnover, capturing operational knowledge is vital to improving safety and achieving operational excellence. Modern solutions must address not only the replacement of paper-based processes, but also contextually weave together multidisciplinary information in a form that provides a holistic view of equipment across an operation. Going forward, the oil and gas industry should have intelligent, automated systems designed to capture data, learn from events, optimize production, and prevent safety-related incidents. The time is now for this step change in the industry as these fully integrated systems will become as necessary and as expected as the use of tablets and laptops.

Trends and events in the oil and gas industry in recent years have shown that the focus on operation, maintenance, and safety requires more integration and embedding into operational processes. The industry has been aware of the issue of staff turnover for some time and the causes are not just aging baby boomers, but a change in working trends. The retention of employees is no longer assured through incentives, such as a good pension package, and the modern workforce recognizes that their skills are highly transportable. Lives are built more around portability, and information that would encourage one to realize new ambitions is more readily available than ever before. What attracted and retained previous generations of the workforce no longer has the same appeal. The industry must adapt to this new status quo and protect against the increasing risk that vital, safety-related information could disappear from an organization.

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How Intelligent Knowledge Systems Will Improve Operations and Safety in the Future

Andrew Soignier, Vice President of Oil, Gas, and Petrochemical Solutions, Ventyx

01 March 2014

Volume: 66 | Issue: 3

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