Development thanks to the digitisation of the oil, gas and petrochemistry sector.
The oil, gas and petrochemistry sector. We may sit at the start of the production process, but we never sit still (that would be too expensive). We produce raw materials that aid the development of a wide range of products that enrich our lives: agrochemicals, paint, cosmetics and so on.
The future is NOW.
We determine how people will produce, live and travel in the future. The developments that will impact oil, gas and petrochemistry are happening NOW: smart industry, smart fields, smart mobility, smart teamwork and the list goes on.
A smart industry. An ambitious sector, we seize opportunities with both hands. We already use sensors and are currently working on chain integration, predictive maintenance and remote servicing. All while keeping sustainability in mind. Reusable resources are nearly competitive with fossil fuels.
Smart fields. Digitally linking field production to the office provides us with better control and near real-time insight on data — plus we're connected with each other. This enables us to use our mobile to relay the status of work processes while in the production field. The project manager also has insight and can stay on top of the progress, so continuity is guaranteed.
Our priority is to establish a secure internet connection, this very concern has changed the sector dramatically. We call this 'smart mobility': the intelligent use of data and mobile work processes. Why? Not only is this more secure, but it also pleases employees. With ATEX devices, we've taken a major step forward. We request work permits via the app and obtain approval (or not) via the app. This process requires knowledge and a well thought-out IT infrastructure. People and technology are digitally connected.
The oil, gas and petrochemistry sector must collaborate smarter to improve work process efficiency. This will allow us to ensure both cost savings and continuity. Main and secondary suppliers, contractors, project managers, technicians, painters and more all should be able to collaborate: multidisciplinary tendering is also smart teamwork.
The digital challenges for the oil, gas and petrochemistry sector.
Safety: controls, checklists, signatures and a smorgasbord of lists.
The sector could be more efficient: controls, checklists, signatures, audits and so-called 'permits to operate'. Whether we're talking about a drilling platform, a chemical plant or a refinery, huge paper flows are inevitable when it comes to satisfying compliance rules and providing a safe work environment for field employees and subcontractors. But is this safe just on paper or actually safe in the field? How do people know what's happening out in the field and vice versa?
Brain drain and a people shortage. We're experiencing an enormous brain drain; knowledge is seeping away the sector. And the people who do work here are switching sectors. What's more, there's a minimal increase of young people. However, when the Dutch market makes a name for itself internationally: that's also knowledge. The knowledge that we desperately need to keep a handle on our work process through smart digital collaboration.
Smartflow digitises work processes. Our proven working method yields the following result:
Appy employees due to using new technology and digitising knowledge.
- New (young) professionals readily connect to work processes via standardisation.
- In the 'war on talent', you make a more attractive employer if you use modern working methods.
- Improved communications due to:
- office personnel knowing the status of the field-based work processes.
- field-based employees having the most up-to-date information at their fingertips.
security and continuity through a future-proof IT infrastructure.
Working with Smartflow ensures that your organisation will have a solid and future-proof IT infrastructure because your applications will be integrated rather than a mishmash of separate applications and software packages. You can think of the Smartflow platform as a kind of power strip connecting all of your different software packages.
With Smartflow, you know that:
- New applications will integrate.
- Only one platform (power strip) is required for all of your applications.
- You're ready to digitise construction.
Control of the work process due to insight into the data from the work field.
By working with Smartflow, sales, operations, finance, planning and project management all gain insight into the aggregated data of their organisation. This facilitates insight into who's doing what, when and how via the personalised Smartflow dashboard or the reports configured in Smartflow. Insight into data leads to:
- Efficiency improvements because work processes are digitally standardised.
- Cost reductions via time savings in information sharing.
Smartflow, therefore, shows not only the data collected when digitising the work processes, but it also aggregates the data from your other software packages (Primavera, Ortec, Exact, PowerBI, 3D AutoCad, etc.). In short, Smartflow integrates with your back office system.
Some work processes we appify for the oil, gas and petrochemistry sector.
Digital planning workflow
Together with Advando Project Control, Smartflow has developed an app that provides daily insight into the planning process during a turnaround. As a result, the planner knows which team is working on what and how far along it is in completing the task. The Smartflow app also integrates with the planning software Primavera. The advantages of a digital planning workflow:
- A more efficient planning process.
- Integration with the Primavera planning programme.
- A user-friendly app that diverse suppliers can use.
With the MOG app (for notifications of undesired events), employees can collaborate more efficiently and easily via a single platform. For example, the person reporting an unsafe situation can immediately submit his/her report with all of the necessary information, and he/she will receive a notification once the situation has been resolved. The back office/KAM employee can release and follow the task, while the manager can easily manage notifications and reports via the portal. The advantages of the MOG app:
- Speeding up the notification process in an easily accessible way.
- Action can be taken quickly.
- Reports are easy to generate.
- These will be documented and immediately made available for audits.
Work permit workflow
Via the Work permit app of Smartflow, you can submit applications and issue permits for faster approval. Contractors request and receive work permits, which contractors subsequently respond to via the app. The advantages of the work permit app:
- Faster approval.
- A more efficient work process.
- Clearer communication.
Our appy clients.
"Smartflow offers MOBA many advantages in terms of efficiency and a throughput reduction of the service order process."
— Mark van der Wolf, Service & Projects Director at MOBA
"Digitisation with Smartflow comes with a payback period of less than six months."
— Karel Soeters, CFO at KONE Nederland
Unique features of the Smartflow platform.
- Fully integrated with sensors and measuring equipment.
- Smartphone, tablet, laptop and ATEX devices.
- Integrates with your back office systems.
- Real-time insight into your workflows.
- BI that focuses on the user's role.
- Flexible information filtering.
Simple to use, but powerful in operation.
Build your own workflows and use the app anytime and anywhere.
Build, manage & monitor.
- Drag & drop construction.
- No Code, Low Code and Code.
- Store-based templates.
- Live preview of the App.
- Integrations (ERP, CRM, etc.).
- Create triggers and alerts.
- Push and SMS services.
- Publish on all platforms (iOS, Windows, Android).
- Relationships and datasets.
- Advanced validations.