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  • Technology from Europe: Software integration standard reduces commissioning delays, operational downtime


    David N. Card

    Offshore rigs and drillships are increasingly dependent on complex controls and automation. However, industry practices have been slow to adapt to this software-intensive environment. Delays in commissioning and operational downtime due to software and integration problems are commonplace. For example, modern drillships frequently experience delays of seven months or more in commissioning. After vessels become operational, problems continue to emerge. Often these problems cannot be fixed by staff normally onboard, leading to delays in bringing critical systems back online while the necessary expertise is located. Preventing defects from being installed in the first place is the most cost-effective solution to these problems.

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