SRO Solutions delivers major digitisation upgrades for offshore specialist MODEC and its operations in Ghana.
MODEC is a global supplier of the offshore floating platforms for the offshore oil and gas industry and is recognized as a leading specialist for Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessels, Floating Storage and Offloading (FSO) vessels, Floating LNGs (FLNGs), Tension Leg Platforms (TLPs), and Production Semi-submersibles.
Highly customised Maximo with Oil and Gas Industry Solution was arduous to support, upgrade and keep in sync within the company's globally dispersed locations, vessels and assets.
MODEC was already using IBM's Maximo that included Oil and Gas Industry add on; however, it's configuration did not enable the full potential of this powerful EAM platform. MODEC's Maximo Enterprise Asset Management system was running the legacy versions on different add-ons and was highly customised by the previous vendor. The integration of the system upgrades, overall support and data synchronisation were the main issues the client was faced with. Keeping the data current within MODEC's global environment was proving very strenuous. The issues with the information flow were impacting the purchasing and stock levels, causing costly overstocking.
In autumn 2018 SRO, who is a Gold Accredited IBM Business Partner and has unique Marine Industry expertise was chosen by MODEC to audit and redevelop the existing Maximo system. Since then, the Manchester IT expert has carried out several projects that took more than 1,300 hours to implement and saw SRO delivering staff training in the new solution. The transformed system workflows include service requests, work orders, purchase requisitions, requests for quotations, purchase orders and deferrals. It is also equipped with a built-in feature to record shipping manifests to track outbound and inbound deliveries and a label printing function so that all items received are automatically given a barcode.
Fafa Buama, the computerised maintenance management system administrator for MODEC states: “The recent Inventory Reorder and Expediting project has helped improve upon the core Maximo purchasing and inventory functionality to better suit our business which should lead to direct savings in inventory costs.”
Jonathan Ritchie, Senior Maximo Consultant at SRO, says: "After improving problematic areas using IBM's Maximo, we implemented some additional features and functionalities to help with the inventory movements between the vessels and onshore storerooms feeding offshore storerooms, resulting in increased speed and accurate inventory usage and volumes. As an example, before implementing these changes in Maximo, if MODEC needed ten of a particular item and there were five in stock, the old system would just reorder ten and the five would remain in stock instead of being used. The new system would just order five."
Jonathan continues: "Because the system was not fit for the purpose originally, the level of trust in Maximo when we first started working with them was low, so the challenge has been in building up that trust."
Fafa Buama, who has worked closely with SRO over the past two years says: "SRO has assisted MODEC in developing our Maximo system for best use throughout the business. Their expertise, both in the product and our industry, has allowed them to help us define our Maximo strategy, and refine the system to meet our exact business need, whether this is through the extensive planning and workshopping for projects with our key stakeholders, or the ongoing flexible implementation of required changes and fixes."
Fafa and the MODEC team were impressed with SRO's Agile framework
"Rather than just delivering to our requirements during projects, they scrutinise and challenge them to ensure that our business processes are always best practice, due to their agile approach. With such practices is in place, focus on business value and stakeholder engagement is key, and project results to date have often resulted in quality but early and under-budget successfully implemented results."
“The business processes MODEC was working under were not fit for purpose, with various records being work-flowed to the wrong people for approval and then having to be moved around, resulting in delays."
SRO senior consultant Jonathan Ritchie, who led MODEC project.
"Just prior to the latest project, we created a document that MODEC could share with employees to enable them to get buy-in for the improved system, which provided a number of hints and tips for rolling out new functionality to the users, such as ensuring they’re involved as early as possible in the project during the requirements gathering phase and user acceptance testing." Ritchie said.
SRO Data Replication
For MODEC it was vital that the Maximo system is available to all users across the remote locations and their FPSOs so the chosen solution to tackle the connectivity issue was SRO Solutions data replication software (SDR). It synchronizes data across the business and empowers the organisation by enriching applications through the use of real-time information, capturing data that is only pertinent. It automatically compresses, recovers and encrypts data down to a more manageable size making it easier to handle.
- Data automatically encrypts, compresses and synchronises
- Built-in collision handling
- Highly configurable
- Copes with high latency and low bandwidth availability
- No manual intervention required
- Intelligent session recovery
- Heterogenous data replication
SRO Solutions has been running this digitisation upgrades project since 2018 and it has resulted in a more efficient Maximo with Oil & Gas Industry solutions. They all work in sync and across the and accurate inventory for MODEC in Ghana specifically streamlining its onshore headquarters in Accra with its vessels the FPSO Kwame Nkrumah (KNK) in the Jubilee Oil Field, and FPSO Professor John Evans Atta Mills (JAM) in the Tano Ennyera Ntomme (TEN) Oil Field.
Upgraded Maximo and Add-ons are fully supported
The system provides enhanced functionality
Access to Maximo Anywhere
SDR (SRO Data Replication) enables SRO to support MODEC’s Maximo and an end to end replication
SDR ensures MODEC can work with up-to-date data on a daily basis
"SRO has assisted MODEC in developing our Maximo system for best use throughout the business. Their expertise, both in the product and our industry, have us to define our Maximo strategy and refine the system to meet our exact business needs."Fafa Buama, CMMS administrator for MODEC
"The work we’ve done with MODEC has been transformational for the business in saving time and money and improving accuracy in an industry that demands the highest standards."Jonathan Ritchie, Senior Maximo Consultant at SRO
Dynamic Systems Development Method (DSDM)
Understanding Agile DSDM
aims to ensure that a project is ‘aligned to clearly defined strategic goals’ and ‘focuses upon early delivery of real benefits to the business’. There are eight fundamental principles:
- Focus on the business need
- Deliver on time and budget
- Never compromise quality
- Build incrementally from firm foundations
- Develop iteratively
- Communicate continuously and clearly
- Demonstrate control.