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Sustainable Asset Integrity achieved by eliminating data silos

Within the Oil and Gas, Petrochem, and Chemical businesses, people are challenged with removing as many hazards as possible to avoid Loss of Containment. In the design of process systems, Layers of Protection are defined and implemented to ensure the product is never released to the environment or impacts the safety of people (HSE).  These “Layers” can be physical, such as safety devices for isolation of the process if there is a leak or a training program to ensure operations, maintenance, and inspection personnel are qualified and equipped to perform their jobs with the highest level of competence.  The layers are designed to be a multi-layered barrier for Preventing Loss of Containment.  No single layer could be relied upon to ensure containment, but it makes up a comprehensive mitigation plan combined.  However, each layer has “holes” or gaps, and when the holes line up, the potential for a release increase.  This is referred to as the “Swiss Cheese Model.”



Over the last few decades, OTS (off-the-shelf) software, or internally developed digital solutions, have been developed to manage the individual layers.  These software functions are designed to address Inspections, Maintenance, Risk, Pressure Relief, Safety Instrumented Systems, and many other functions like HAZOP.  In many cases, this has led to predicting or preventing failures. However, strong evidence suggests disconnected digital solutions designed to provide insight have had the opposite effect.  These “data silos” prevent operators from seeing the whole picture regarding their “Layers of Protection” effectiveness, often leading to minor or catastrophic releases.

The solution to the “data silo” dilemma is to consolidate the software functions and data to address the various layers into a single platform.  A single platform allows the operators to have a consolidated view of the physical and virtual assets designed to address a Loss of Containment.  This big picture view greatly increases the knowledge of day-to-day decision-making to run the plant (OPEX) and future investments (CAPEX).

SAP has recently extended its traditional Asset and Work Management solutions to get closer to the physical asset with the addition of Asset Intelligence Network (AIN), Asset Strategy and Performance Management (ASPM), and SAP Predictive Asset Insights (PAI).  The platform addresses each layer’s large functions, including key data on the physical equipment and assessments and the work management and documentation of the assets that make up the containment layers.  Within the platform, there are interconnected Apps to address FMEA (Failure Mode and Effect Analysis) and RCM (Reliability Centered Maintenance).  Additionally, the platform allows for SAP partners, like AsInt, Inc., to develop Apps to address other layers such as Risk Based Inspection (RBI), Thickness Management (TM) and Inspections, and Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS) functions.

Performing these functions within the SAP ecosystem ensures all data needed to manage the Swiss cheese model is consolidated within the SAP Master Data.  Removing data silos and disconnected work processes.

About AsInt. Inc

AsInt is changing how people develop, deliver, and access software for the oil and gas and petrochemical industry. Our goal is to create a full suite of applications that meet a range of asset integrity needs no matter the platform. The software is accessible via app stores and fit’s purpose ease of use software.


Contact Information:

Rohan Patel

CEO at AsInt Inc.


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      Author's profile photo Michael Warren
      Michael Warren

      Great article outlining a significant problem in the industry today.