In an effort to help offshore operators and contractors to get more out of their assets and develop projects more cost-effectively, classification society Bureau Veritas said it has supercharged its reliability, availability and maintenance (RAM) software suite Optimise
Matthieu de Tugny, Senior Vice-President and head of offshore, Bureau Veritas, said, “Low and falling energy prices focus
attention onto the reliability, availability and maintenance (RAM) of both existing assets and plant and ongoing developments. A powerful RAM software tool like Optimise saves time and money for asset owners and contractors by identifying bottlenecks in process and supply lines, by modeling potential failures and their consequences, and with our new Optimise V3, by underpinning clear operational and strategic decision-making by allowing managers to see what will happen in different scenarios.”
According to the developer, Optimise V3 has a clear and simple user interface for model building and results analysis. Production buffering, boosting and profile modification modes are available. Operational behavior (ramp-up, restarts, line-pack drawdown rates) can be captured via a conditional logic system. Through life value changes, including equipment phase-in and phase-out are easy to model. There is an array of failure and repair distributions. Gas contract analysis and equipment priorities on failure are included. Storage and shipping simulation allow the analysis of the entire product supply chain.
Explains de Tugny, “BV has huge experience with RAM studies for FPSOs, subsea installations and process plant types. We have special and unique experience with FLNGs over the last three years. We have committed substantial resources to bring that all together into one supercharged revision of Optimise which is easy to use, quick and customizable. We can provide RAM studies using Optimise but we are also making the software available to license. We can provide training with the license, so that operators, asset owners and contractors can get full value out of this powerful RAM modeling tool. It will show them how to save money and save downtime, the key issues in today’s market.”