Oil and gas: The power of constructive collaboration


As the oil and gas industry faces an uncertain future, there is increasing pressure to improve efficiency and eliminate wasted resources.

As the oil and gas industry faces an uncertain future, there is increasing pressure to improve efficiency and eliminate wasted resources. This applies not only to production but also to the back office and use of technology.

The need to find different and better solutions as the industry moves forward is key and collaborative thinking is all important as a means to achieve more.

The industry is no stranger to problem solving. Joint ventures are also not a new concept. From deep offshore reserves to unconventional gas resources, work is being done to extract the world’s remaining energy resources using the safest and most cost-effective methods.

But individualised thinking is not always the answer. Working together can unlock further potential and vital production efficiencies, as organisations work towards achieving a long term sustainable future for the industry by leveraging collective strength.

With oil and gas businesses operating in multiple geographies, there are numerous opportunities to apply lessons across markets, and the industry.

As a global IT and business services provider, CGI has seen the benefits of working cooperatively and is keen to see these lessons shared.

CGI has been helping to develop a collaborative information management platform for use in the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS). License2Share is an information sharing platform has been in use in Norway since 2009. It fosters collaborative working by increasing information flow and setting best practice standards that help to simplify and strip out unnecessary duplication.

Jeremy Springall, VP of CGI’s Oil and Gas business in the UK, says the experience of CGI working with the oil and gas sector in Norway is just one example of the potential benefit for the industry of a collaborative approach. “License2Share has been developed by industry for the industry, in collaboration with Norway’s oil and gas industry body, EPIM, and shows what can be achieved through the efficient management of information. This collaborative approach will benefit everyone involved.”

“The platform has been used across eight countries and four geographies. Operators’ use of a single solution with standard information sharing points have improved information quality and flow, lowered costs and introduced best practice in information management. ”

Sharing and accessibility of information can also contribute to improved safety and operational efficiency. CGI’s Vantage Personnel on Board (POB) solution monitors and controls movements of personnel as they move between onshore and offshore facilities. Vantage POB also ensures that the personnel travelling have the required safety, operational and medical certification and are competent to complete the required work tasks.

“Our experience of working in the NCS has highlighted the potential benefits of a wholly collaborative approach, but a radical cultural shift is needed for future success. In the current economic climate, operators need to focus on maximising economic opportunities,” commented Jeremy Springall. “In order to minimise costs and maximise revenues, much closer collaboration between operators, partners and regulators is needed.”

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