When it Comes to Your Assets, The Only Thing Constant is Change (Management)

Howard Savin

Howard Savin

Product Manager, Energy and Engineering Solutions

On the list of things that are certain in life, change is near the top, especially for those who manage operating assets in the energy industry. Over the lifetime of your asset portfolio, you’ll encounter major projects and minor projects, and sometimes both at once.

The important thing is to have a strategy for handling this reality. The principal challenge of change management is collecting the right information for every project, every time, including every revision, in one place. It’s not just a necessity for the success of your business; it has critical implications for the well-being of employees, the public and our environment.

The good news is, standards exist that can bring discipline to the process. I’m talking, of course, about PAS-1192, which provides specifications for asset information management, including the need for “a single source of information” in exchanging project information. (PAS-1192-2)

PAS-1192 defines minor and major works: Continue reading

What Do Qatar and Alaska Have In Common?

Martin Richards

Martin Richards

EMC Corporation’s Information Intelligence Group Senior Director of Energy Industry Solutions

Road Warrior Journal

Road Warrior JournalLast month, I traveled to two very different parts of the world. First was a trip to Qatar. Qatar in summer is hot, 116 degrees (43C) during the day. After Saudi Arabia, it is considered the strictest Muslim regime in the world, and I was there during Ramadan. It was very quiet as many people stay indoors to fast and to avoid the heat of the day. The second trip was to Anchorage, Alaska. It is difficult to imagine a region further removed from Qatar in distance, temperature or culture. In reality, the temperature in Anchorage in mid-summer is a very pleasant mid 70’s (22C). The Alaskans spend the summers outdoors, compensating for the dark cold winters they have to endure. The sun sets around midnight and people are still eating and drinking in restaurants into the early hours of the morning.

So what do these diverse regions have in common and why would I travel to both in the same month? The answer is Continue reading

The Defensible Deletion Balancing Act: eDiscovery vs. Big Data

Tom Broering

Tom Broering

Head of Americas Alliances and Channel Sales, Information Intelligence Group at EMC

 

Stephen  O'Leary, Controle

Stephen O’Leary, Controle

Stephen O’Leary, the Executive Vice President and COO of Chicago-based Controle has become something of a ringmaster, explaining the benefits of his particular brand of Defensible Deletion: smart and responsible solutions that purge an organization’s unneeded legacy data to improve efficiency, smooth workflow, mitigate risk, and enhance the bottom line.

It seemed to me that Stephen might find it difficult promoting this concept in a culture of cheap storage space, with people trained to save everything. But he says the opposite is true.

“Companies are coming to us. CIOs are leading the charge, telling us how data buildup is paralyzing them, how their systems are collapsing under the weight. They need a solution. But they’re also wary. They want to do this right.”

And that’s the hard part.

Proclaim a “keep it for 2 years, then delete” email policy, and you risk losing valuable business assets and running afoul of compliance and eDiscovery needs (not to mention the extra Continue reading

Capital Project Priorities in Southeast Asia

Martin Richards

Martin Richards

EMC Corporation’s Information Intelligence Group Senior Director of Energy Industry Solutions

Road Warrior Journal

Over the past ten years, we’ve heard about the economic growth of the Asian Tigers, in particular India and China. Seeing them in person can magnify one’s appreciation of the Tigerscale of the growth and dynamism in the region.

Earlier this month I visited three of the less-heralded countries in Southeast Asia: Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. Each is building a thriving economy around the availability of local oil and gas reserves. The purpose of my trip was to meet with energy companies that are undertaking major capital projects to expand their oil and gas exploration, petrochemical refining and power generation capabilities.

Thailand presented a most interesting scenario. A country of 65 million people with a proud history, it boasts the second-best quality of life in Southeast Asia. In recent years, the Thai economy has moved from being supported by tourism to being more driven by Continue reading

Don’t Wait for the Big One: Start Now to Prevent Aging Asset Disasters

Chris Brighouse

Chris Brighouse

Senior Product Manager for the EMC Information Intelligence Group Energy and Engineering Practice.

The front page pictures on this California Guide to Earthquake Safety were the only things that made me sit up and act to fix my older home safety issues. The first picture shows the front-on view of a charming stone and wood house, complete with wrap-around porch and entry pillars.Aging Assets are vulnerable to serious damage and threaten public safety.

The second picture shows parts of the roof collapsing after the initial quake hit. The homeowner is sitting outside, with his precious rescued valuables lined up along on the sidewalk.

By the third picture showing after shock impact, there’s no possible way to rationalize away concerns over safety and remain complacent. Any old home will incur serious damage when “the big one” hits. Time to retrofit and fix.

It’s this kind of jolt we need now to get plant operators far ahead of the curve, before human lives are lost. Unfortunately, it’s human nature to rationalize away why energy assets are safe enough.

As discussed in the Big Think Blog, consider these catastrophic results from energy disasters: Continue reading