The Danish Hydrocarbon Research and Technology Center (DHRTC) annual report 2018 was issued in May. Eldor Technology has a close relationship with DHRTC and DTU. In fact, the technology embedded in our product Kairos - Control Room Assistant is based on the theories from Professor Morten Lind and the excellent research performed at DTU as a part of the DHRTC (the project is still called AlarmTracker within DHRTC/DTU).
Eldor is very pleased to announce that Worley has awarded Eldor UK the Integrated Control and Safety System (ICSS) modifications contract for the Ithaca Energy UK Vorlich Field. The Vorlich Field is being brought to production as a subsea tie-back to the Floating Production Facility FPF-1. The FPF-1 is currently used to process and export hydrocarbons from the Greater Stella Area.
Our decision support tool for control room operators, Kairos, is now undergoing pilot testing with live data from two production platforms offshore UK and DK. The pilot testing has been ongoing since mid February.
Monday 8th to Friday 12th of April, the Alarm Management department in Eldor was in Hammerfest and did the first WS for the Goliat Alarm Rationalisation pilot project.
News from Aberdeen
During the past few months, Eldor has brought in new employees, and we are waiting for even more! We have been growing our business in Aberdeen during the past year, and as such have appointed a new Operations Manager for Eldor UK, Carl Townsend, who will be based in Aberdeen to help out our current customers, as well as new ones. Also, Ian Bowden has been appointed as our UK Service Manager. Purna Kiran Mopidevi and Suresh Vuyyuru, both senior engineers, have also joined our team in Aberdeen. Additionally, we have invested in ABB test equipment for applications and software, and we have set up a simulator to do testing in our Aberdeen office.
In April we will be hosting a conference on alarm handling and control room solutions for NFEA. This year's conference will provide an awareness around isses with the design process of control rooms and alarm systems. It will utilise current standards and best practises, as well as user experiences. Presentations will be held by industry people from both land based and offshore production, and the program will cover:
Finally, we have decided on the new name for the product previously known as AlarmTracker.
Kairos is an Ancient Greek word meaning the right, critical, or opportune moment. (Kairos also means weather in Modern Greek.) It’s the difference between a minute (kronos) and a moment (kairos). Kairos is the idea of timing which relates an event or a state to a situational context.
Our development project was given the name AlarmTracker based on our initial idea of tracking the root cause of alarms. This has often been misunderstood as being yet another alarm management tool.
KAIROS offers so much more. The technology embedded in our KAIROS products combines deter-ministic modelling with deviation propagation analysis and artificial intelligence. The model utilises human experience along with the plant design parameters, and effectively captures and makes explicit and tacit knowledge available.
With live plant data as evidence, the model presents a real time HAZOP to the control room operators for better decision-making, which reduces losses and avoids shut- downs.
The result is an increased production output by 5%, with reduced flaring and increased safety.
Wednesday this week, NFEA (Norsk forening for Elektro og Automasjon), elected Bernt H. Eldor as their new Chairman of the Board. NFEA is the Norwegian Association for Electrical and Automation, a place where professionals within the disciplines can share experiences and learn about future developments. NFEA's members cover academia, end users, suppliers and engineering companies.
Håkon Rem (left) handing over the gavel and his title to Bernt Eldor (right)
We are happy to inform you that Eldor has recently entered into a Service Level Agreement with Servelec Controls, Aberdeen, for the DynAMo Software Suite. Eldor is Channel Partner of Honeywell for DynAMo Alarm managament Software Suite.
Servelec Controls have a Service Level Agreement with the operator of Sullom Voe Terminal and Magnus offshore field for the OSIsoft PI System, and their current agreement has been extended to support DynAMo. Eldor will be supporting Servelec with DynAMo through this new agreement.
We would like to announce that we have completed Alarm Management training by using the exida company, and that we have several new exida alarm practitioners (AMP) in Eldor. The courses from exida were developed to teach end users, integrators, suppliers, and regulators about the different standards applicable for alarm management, including ISA-18.2 and IEC 62682 and how you can apply them in real-life situations.