Chevron is a large integrated energy company with operations in many countries across the world. Our mission is to safely and efficiently produce and refine the hydrocarbons needed to drive the world’s economies.
To do this we invest billions of dollars annually in facilities. These can be as simple as onshore well and separation skids, through to large offshore deep-water floating production units in remote locations.
Managing our facilities means that we need the information associated with each piece of equipment. This allows us to maintain the facilities, ensure safe operations and manage changes within the facilities as required.
Chevron values its information and has issued company specifications for information to be delivered with equipment for use in the operational phase, however we recognize problems with this approach.
Our Engineering Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractors receive requests for information from different clients in different formats, requiring them to manage information differently on each piece of work they perform. This leads to complication of their work processes and the potential for confusion. Differences in client Reference Data Libraries (RDL) also means that our EPC’s are less able to automate information transfer processes which introduces cost and delays in the exchange of information.
Further down the supply chain we also see problems introduced because of multiple client information specifications where equipment manufacturers may not provide what we are asking for as part of their standard product, and this gap in information is passed to the EPC and eventually to us.
What Chevron Sees in the CFIHOS project is the opportunity to address this problem by supporting the development of the ISO standard for information handover. If we all agree on a common reference data library and nomenclature, then over time we can make the information management and handover for projects and operations significantly more efficient.
Our view of success is when an equipment manufacturer can generate information before an inquiry is received in the knowledge that the EPC ordering it will be able to take the information in the structure they need consolidate it in their data bases using software designed around the standard. As an owner operator we would then be able to accept the information into our systems and confidently use it to populate our engineering tools and systems more reliably. The efficiency gains through the use of the standard we expect to simplify our engineering processes reduce cost for all parties and speed up information exchange helping to accelerate project execution.