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Viper V-ASSURE Launches New Integrity Management Software

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01 January 2020

The new portal software provides managers of subsea control systems with a clearer picture of the threats to their oil and gas production, the health and safety of their offshore personnel and the environment says Jeremy Edwards of Viper Innovations, which describes the launch of its new product as providing a step change in integrity management.

Being forewarned is forearmed and this is certainly true for subsea control system managers tasked with the job of maintaining and managing components and systems over long periods with minimal failures.

Failure of a subsea system and the unplanned loss of production from subsea oil and gas wells can have major implications for an oil and gas producer. Being offline, even temporarily, can quickly lead to escalating costs and have a damaging impact on the operation of critical seabed assets. Having the ability to monitor degradation in performance of components and sub-systems, diagnose potential faults and plan early remediation can save costly production outages and unnecessary subsea interventions.

For the last 10 years, Viper Innovations has provided asset integrity management services to oil and gas operators and from its experience of recording faults, analysing data, diagnosing and predicting degradation of components and sub-systems it has created V-ASSURE. The V-ASSURE Portal software provides a methodical, auditable and cost-effective means by which the availability of an existing Subsea Production Control System can be maximised whether it was installed on the seabed 25 years ago or is a recent subsea tie-back.

Designed to complement, rather than to replace, other data and task management software that managers already use it can be set up to interface with tag data historians, controlled document libraries and hyper-link to specific condition monitoring apps on other software platforms.

Fundamental to the new V-ASSURE portal is the concept of threat and how faults and degradation of sub-systems accumulate over time. Augmenting the traditional risk assessment methodology of consequence and likelihood by also considering mitigating factors such as the in-built redundancy of critical sub-systems and how they reduce the overall impact on production up-time. The portal also shows graphically how new and accumulating faults increase the threat to production and how the provision of appropriate spares, the timely conduct of maintenance and inspection routines and having contingency engineering scopes fully defined all contribute to lowering the level of threat.

A central feature is an integrity map of the subsea control system on which all the key components and inter-connections are editable allowing key data, fault history, maintenance and repair logs, change management reports, videos and photos to be stored in context and retrieved when needed.