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Environmental, Health and Safety, Management Information System Design & Implementation Planning for Global Offshore E&P Company

Schroeder, Joanne *1
(1) E2 ManageTech, Long Beach, CA.

The Application:

A global offshore oil and gas exploration and production company utilized an engineered design approach to select and deploy a corporate-wide Environmental, Health and Safety Management Information System (EHS MIS) The primary objective of the project was to replace an existing Incident Management system that had become outdated with a more robust platform for improving HSE compliance and operational risk reduction across ten global business regions. A software-neutral third party company was leveraged to objectively facilitate the process and introduce best practices for system requirements definition, software selection and deployment activities. Tasks included gathering corporate and regional requirements, evaluating existing systems used for data tracking and reporting, understanding and adapting to new regulations (SEMS) and screening software solutions against the key requirements. The demonstrations, combine with external due diligence, provided a clear picture of what requirements each software solution would be able to meet and which solution would be best suited for this company.

The Results:

The EHS MIS design planning activities, combined with niche market experience, provided the framework to gain global support internally and select the software solution that could most accurately handle the needs of the organization. The EHS MIS platform selected has become the key solution to improving HSE compliance and operational risks.

Observations and conclusions:

It is important to understand that a successful EHS MIS deployment does not just involve the implementation of technology, but a balance between three cornerstones: People, Process, and Technology. In short, good people and good technology will fail without consistent business processes, just as good process and good technology will fail without a competent and high performing workforce. The key elements ensuring success of this global project entailed active corporate and regional stakeholder participation, defining information system processes from a global perspective with flexibility to incorporate unique regional needs leveraging a platform that streamlines system reporting and distribution of system maintenance and support activities. Setting clear expectations of timeline and resources, identifying a 3rd party resource to provide expertise in the overall process, and aligning the IT and HSE departments were also key components of this project.


AAPG Search and Discovery Article #90142 © 2012 AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition, April 22-25, 2012, Long Beach, California