Articles tagged with: Oil and Gas

Large US Refinery Implements Emerald Tools

Learn how refinery used P6-Loader and TAPS to improve accuracy and speed when working with data in their P6 schedules and how they used EP-datawarehouse and custom dashboards to help with cost control and management visibility for their turnarounds.

Large US Refinery Implements Emerald Tools

Cost controls more effective and schedule updating more streamlined

Written by Sue Hopkins

Client Overview

Client is one of North America's largest integrated energy companies. Their Lima refinery was looking for a way to improve their turnarounds and create custom dashboards for better visibility for management.

Challenges

  • Their Lima refinery was looking for a way to have more effective cost controls for their turnarounds.

  • They needed a way to streamline data entry and schedule updating and reporting.

Results

  • Emerald's Turnaround Productivity Package - TAPS, P6-Loader, EP-dashboard, and EP-datawarehouse was implemented

  • Schedule updates are now completed in less than a quarter of the time. Updating takes a matter of minutes using TAPS, rather than several hours

  • P6-Loader streamlined the addition of found work to both the working schedule and the baseline schedule

  • EP-datawarehouse is used to store snapshotted data for multiple uses for EV and Trending

  • EP-dashboards utilize the snapshot data to create custom dashboards for management including Green-Ups, Inspections and S-Curves

From Our Customer

Coming in at 6am instead of 4am each day made a big difference to our team; not only on a daily basis but by not being exhausted at the end of the turnaround. TAPS saved 600 grueling hours.”

Ken Admire, Lead Planner/Scheduler

Moving from SAP to P6

Oil exploration company uses P6-Loader to migrate to Primavera P6 with speed and consistent data.

Moving from SAP to P6

Proactive Not Reactive Portfolio Planning

Written by Nicole Jardin

Client Overview

Client is involved in the exploration, development and production of crude oil and gas in Colombia. They had numerous drilling projects that were being managed principally from SAP with difficulty.

Challenges

  • SAP was providing data too late to effectively manage projects

  • Spending overruns were common

  • Rig planning and completions forecasting was not reliable

Results

  • Implemented P6 for planning the drilling program

  • Migrated from SAP report into P6 - used the P6-Loader to load in projects, WBS, and costs

  • Easy visualization and comprehension of the plan in P6

  • Consistent templating of data across the portfolio

  • Saved weeks of data entry

Turnaround Planning with Outsourced Contractors

Large oil and gas company uses P6-Loader to develop turnaround plans.

Turnaround Planning with Outsourced Contractors

Moving to consistent processes and reporting

Written by Nicole Jardin

Client Overview

Large oil plant in Australia needed a more efficient way to develop their turnaround plans. This was typically being done by an outsourced engineering and contractor joint venture every 2 years. So each time different processes and team members were working with different methodologies.

Challenges

  • Struggling to build detailed schedules since they had to pull data from internal systems and contractor inputs and remap the data into standard template formats

  • Working with contractors during the turnaround providing updates in different ways

Results

  • Streamlined data imports by over 30%

  • Drastically reduced manual data entry by 50%

  • Improved standardized reporting during the planning stage and execution

  • Expanding P6-Loader’s use into other groups to improve the usage of P6

From Our Customer

We saved 6 weeks on our planning process, and were able to get feedback more quickly after using P6-Loader

Large Energy Company Migrates to New, Upgraded P6 Environment

Moving to a new environment allowed this company to archive older projects and cleanup old and corrupt data while upgrading to the most recent version of P6.

Large Energy Company Migrates to New, Upgraded P6 Environment

P6-Loader made it easy

Written by Sue Hopkins

Client Overview

The client is a large Canadian producer, transporter and marketer of natural gas, oil and natural gas liquids. They use P6 for many project controls functions including their capital program. After years of working in a P6 database they wanted to move to a clean P6 environment.

Challenges

  • Their IT department needed assistance in Upgrading and Migrating Major Projects and Facility, Engineering and Construction databases to a new environment

  • Their Security Profiles, User and Global Data, some of which were corrupt needed to be cleaned up prior to move to new environments

  • Move large live projects with up to 100 baselines to the new environment in a short amount of time while users were not active

Results

  • Databases edited and cleaned up prior to migration. Including Security Profiles, User and Global Data, some of which were corrupt using P6-Loader tool

  • Archived old projects in place and moved over 400 projects and baselines to new environment with only one weekend of down time

  • Migrated data was validated and compared to previous database to ensure all data was moved accurately

  • Saved hundreds of hours of manual work

Case Study: EP-dashboard - Suncor and Thales

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Client Overview

Suncor Energy is a Canadian integrated energy company based in Calgary, Alberta. It specializes in production of synthetic crude from oil sands. Thales Group is a French multinational company that designs and builds electrical systems and provides services for the aerospace, defense, transportation and security markets.

Challenges

  • Suncor wanted good technology for their turnaround reporting and for S-curve reporting. They were also having to hire a full-time employee just to work on charts in Excel, and it was wasting both time and money.

  • A few years ago, Thales was struggling with graphics and other, similar charting issues to Suncor. Creating their graphics in Excel was taking a lot of time, and they were struggling with limited visibility into their data.

  • Suncor already had chart types, so in implementing EP-dashboard, we had to change our charts in dashboard to match the coding that Suncor uses.

Results

  • Better visibility as to where things were going wrong, really helped them understand their progress Set it up for two turnarounds in a row because they liked it so much they wanted it for the second turnaround

  • Greater visibility - now they could analyze workback and understand backlog vs. availability, and could see how much work they had currently and, subsequently, how much they could feasibly take on.

From Our Customer

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-Major Canadian Oil Producer