Petrotechnics Improving Production Efficiency & Lowering Operational Risk Tue, 28 Jul 2015 10:22:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 CIO Review Recognizes Petrotechnics as a Leading Enterprise Risk Management Solution Provider Thu, 09 Jul 2015 09:55:50 +0000 ]]> Proscient awarded for empowering organizations to proactively manage operational risk

Houston, TX — July 9, 2015Petrotechnics, the leading provider of enterprise operations excellence management software solutions, is proud to announce it was recognized by CIO Review as a 2015 “Most Promising Enterprise Risk Management Solution Provider” for its Proscient solution. Petrotechnics’ recognition is based on the evaluation of its proven Integrated Operational Risk Management solution.

Petrotechnics was selected by an independent panel of experts and members of CIO Review’s editorial board. “Petrotechnics has been on our radar for some time for stirring a revolution in the Enterprise Risk Management space,” said Harvi Sachar, Publisher and Founder, CIO Review. “We are happy to showcase them this year due to their continued excellence delivering top-notch, enterprise-wide operational risk management solutions that transform the way companies in hazardous industries understand, manage and mitigate risk.”

Proscient allows organizations in hazardous industries to better understand the cumulative operational risk they are carrying at any given time – which can be used to improve operational decision making at all levels of the organization. With a better understanding of the level and nature of risk being carried, risk mitigation can become an integral way of achieving efficient and effective operations. The benefits to the industry can range from an early warning system for potential major accident hazard (MAH) incidents – allowing organizations to make proactive interventions, better prioritize maintenance, and make more informed decisions around risk and activity at the frontline operations level.

“Petrotechnics is honored to be recognized by CIO Review’s panel of experts and thought leaders,” said Mike Neill, Petrotechnics President – North America. “This recognition affirms Petrotechnics’ vision to deliver world-class, game-changing solutions to help customers to reduce risk, improve operational performance and keep people safe. Proscient provides hazardous industries the ability to better understand risk and its impact on the operational reality of the plant. As a result they can make better decisions to safely improve operational effectiveness and efficiency of how they operate and maintain the plant to improve asset productivity,” added Neill.

Click to download the CIO Review article recognizing Petrotechnics’ Proscient as a Top Enterprise Risk Management Solution.

About CIO Review
CIO Review constantly endeavors to identify “The Best” in a variety of areas important to tech business. Through nominations and consultations with industry leaders, our editors choose the best in different domains. Enterprise Risk Management Special Edition is an annual listing of 20 Most Promising Enterprise Risk Management Solution Providers in the U.S.

About Petrotechnics
Petrotechnics was founded with a vision to keep more people safe in hazardous industries around the world. For over 25 years, Petrotechnics has delivered proven software solutions that empower organizations to improve the sustainability of their businesses through improved operational decision-making. Petrotechnics’ flagship enterprise operations excellence management platform, Proscient, integrates operations management and risk management at the enterprise level to help clients standardize initiatives, policies, processes and procedures across their organization, driving a culture of excellence. For more information on Petrotechnics or Proscient, please visit

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Interview with RPME: Move PSM Beyond Compliance for Safer, More Efficient Operations Wed, 08 Jul 2015 15:44:01 +0000 ]]>

Refining and Petrochemicals Middle East delves below the corporate strategy to understand what really makes the industry’s leaders tick. This month Andrew Bartlett, Petrotechnics’ HSE Consultant, is interviewed.

Tell us a little bit about Petrotechnics’ main areas of focus here in the Middle East.

Petrotechnics has recently increased its presence in the Middle East by opening up an office in Abu Dhabi. The reason for this is that demand is growing amongst our Middle East clients.

We have an office in Saudi Arabia as well. We think that the main opportunities to grow our business are here in the Middle East. The customers here are appreciative of the fact that we offer enterprise solutions for process safety, which help them achieve their aims with regard to operational excellence.

How seriously does the Middle East take the issue of Process Safety, and does it invest enough in process safety technology?

Attending numerous conferences in the region has confirmed my belief that process safety is top of the list here.

We’ve heard some speeches from CEOs and presidents of some enormous companies, who are all telling us that process safety is top of their agenda. Really, you can’t afford for it not to be.

Companies cannot afford to fail to drive their process safety programmes.

In terms of finances, from what I’ve seen, process safety budgets are in good shape here.

Maintaining the equipment as well as maintaining process safety regimes all help to keep your assets working harder and working for longer.

What is the biggest single contributing factor in process safety incidents in the region?

Nearly all of the incidents that we have seen mentioned in recent conferences, and looking at the Marsh 100 Largest Losses report, most of the incidents concern loss of containment. Loss of containment, most of the time, is caused by process safety events, such as failing to monitor your corrosion, not letting people know what is happening in the plant, despite their being silos of information. That’s where we come in – we provide an enterprise software solution that allows those silos of information to be brought together and to be visible in one single place.

What is new about the product and which aspects of it are you most proud of?

We are proud of our barrier management facility which allows the ‘Swiss cheese’ or the ‘bow tie model’, the barriers that are affected by process safety deviations, to be seen in virtually real time. So that everyone can be aware if there is a relief valve which is out of service or there is a gas detector out of service in a particular area, then it is visible via our software.

If somebody needs to go and do some hot work in that particular area then it would be visible that they would need to take extra precautions. Our software helps do the risk assessment also.

What regional trends are you noticing in terms of process safety?

Yes, one of the big discussions that we are having in the Middle East at the moment is taking the idea process safety down to the front line operations and maintenance people. Instead of it just being with the engineers, the idea is to involve the operations and maintenance teams as well.

Training programmes are being put in place to give them the competencies to be able to recognise the risk in process safety.

At Petrotechnics we are proud of our ability to provide a solution that allows the close monitoring of process safety in any given facility. You only have to look at the Marsh 100 Largest Losses to see the devastation that can occur from the business interruption of process safety incidents.

Organisations do a fine job of analysing failures after an incident but Proscient allows us to think outside of the box and analyse barrier failures and take action before an incident occurs.

Read the full magazine here.

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Interview with Petrotechnics: Well-worn paths to innovation Wed, 17 Jun 2015 10:09:32 +0000 ]]>

Petrotechnics is interviewed by the Press & Journal on the path to innovation:

“Scotland’s economy can only benefit from firms constantly innovating and expanding their horizons to take advantage of emerging opportunities. Phil Murray, chief executive at Aberdeen-headquartered Petrotechnics, tells Keith Findlay there are ‘well-trodden’ paths to follow.

We even invented the blackboard for goodness sake, so I reckoned it should not be too hard to find signs of innovative ideas being chalked up around modern-day Scotland.

Luckily I did not have to go too far to find an example of inspired thinking propelling one of our companies to success on the international stage.

It helped that I was in Aberdeen, from where innovative oil and gas technology has found its way to every big energy centre around the world.

If there is any lack of good ideas flowing from firms up and down the country, the owners would do well to spend a little time with the boss of oil and gas technology company Petrotechnics.”

Read the full interview:





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Petrotechnics Speaks to Oil & Gas Middle East About Growth in Region Tue, 26 May 2015 13:50:39 +0000 ]]>


Petrotechnics New Regional Middle East Manager, Stuart Douglas speaks to Oil & Gas Middle East about his new position and Petrotechnics growth.

When Petrotechnics appointed two new members to its Middle East team, the company had one thing in mind – to grow the business in the region

Expanding Petrotechnics’ footprint in the region appears to be an ambition that Stuart Douglas, the company’s new regional sales manager, takes to heart. He said: “My personal strategy for the business is that we gain market awareness of Petrotechnics. The long-term is to then move that awareness into securing business.”

Having spent his entire career in business development, ten of which in oil and gas, Douglas certainly has a lot to offer. He has worked with oil and gas companies from all corners of the world, including this region, where he focused on supplying risk and reliability software.

“I have a lot of experience with the national oil companies and government organisations. That is why my experience fits with Petrotechnics platform to grow the business here moving forward over the coming years,” he said.

While many fear their business will be jeopardised by the lower oil price, Douglas says the volatility on the market is doing just the opposite – it is creating opportunities for those ready to seize them.

“We’ve got a low oil price environment at the moment. We find that in a low oil price environment companies are looking for ways to maximise their profit and make sure their operations are more streamlined. That in effect helped Petrotechnics because we are looking to help organisations streamline their processes and make their operations more efficient.”

Douglas arrived in the region three years ago and he now lives in Dubai with his wife and eight-year old son. But living in the U.A.E was not new to him at all.

“It’s kind of home from home. I spent all my primary years here in Abu Dhabi and then Muscat in Oman so I am very familiar with the culture and the business in the Middle East. My father worked for an oil and gas organisation in Abu Dhabi, a government owned oil operating company back in the 80s. I stayed here in Abu Dhabi with my family for a good number of years. Then we moved to Muscat in Oman where my father took up a position for another oil operating company in Oman. Although not exactly working on rigs, Douglas did follow in his father’s footsteps. With oil and gas being the industry he wanted to enter for a long time, he appears to have found his place with Petrotechnics.

To see the full article, head over to page 81 of Oil & Gas Middle East

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Network Rail Selects Petrotechnics to Improve Safety and Operational Performance Thu, 23 Apr 2015 06:00:45 +0000 ]]>

Network Rail Selects Petrotechnics’ Proscient to Improve the Safety – Productivity Dynamic with Risk Based Activity Management

Aberdeen, Scotland April 23rd – Petrotechnics, the leading provider of Proscient, the enterprise operations excellence management solutions for hazardous industries, announces a national contract with Network Rail. Working in partnership with Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), Petrotechnics will increase safety and improve productivity across 20,000 miles of Network Rail track by reducing the risk of delays, engineering overruns and spiralling maintenance costs.

Petrotechnics’ solution will form a key component of Network Rail’s ‘Planning and Delivering Safe Work’ programme, which is implementing a number of safety changes across the company’s infrastructure. Proscient will standardise actions around essential maintenance and repairs to reduce track time and mitigate the risk of injury and fatalities to staff.

“At Network Rail, safety is at the heart of what we do. Our vision that everyone goes home safe at the end of every day is something we must achieve. The plan and deliver safe work programme is one of the key strategic programmes that will help us to deliver this vision by improving decision making, conversations and behaviours for safer, more effective working,” said Mark Carne, Chief Executive, Network Rail.

“Proscient is essential to this programme as we believe that this deployment will allow us to reduce current levels of complexity and focus on considering and controlling operational risk more effectively. With tremendous expertise and capabilities, Petrotechnics was the best choice both for the technology solution and as a strategic partner.”

By choosing Proscient, Network Rail will benefit from Petrotechnics’ 25 year history of delivering operational risk management and control of work solutions t o the oil and gas industry. The fundamental dynamic of improving safety at the same time as increasing productivity can be replicated across all hazardous industries and this new relationship will allow Petrotechnics to share its extensive knowledge with the rail industry.

“Petrotechnics is proud to be working with Network Rail to get more work done with less time and resources while reducing risk to its people and assets,” said Iain Mackay, Executive Vice President, Petrotechnics. “No matter which hazardous industry we look to, resources and time is becoming increasingly constrained and this must all be managed in the context of optimising work and reducing risk.”

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Petrotechnics Eyes Middle East Growth Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:00:02 +0000 ]]>  

Petrotechnics strengthens business development team to meet growing demand for Proscient

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 31 March 2015 – Petrotechnics, the leading provider of Enterprise Operations Excellence Management software solutions, has appointed two new members to its Middle East business development team. Stuart Douglas and Suhas Jadhal will support Petrotechnics’ growing operations in the region, and help meet customer demand for its flagship solution Proscient™.

As part of its global strategy and to support new Proscient™ deployments in region, Petrotechnics has appointed Stuart Douglas and Suhas Jadhal to join the company’s Middle East Business Development Team. Stuart Douglas will take up the position of Regional Sales Manager at Petrotechnics’ Abu Dhabi office. Stuart’s career in business development spans over 20 years with experience in Europe and the Middle East. In his most recent role at DNV-GL, Stuart was responsible for selling risk and reliability solutions into major oil and gas operators and engineering procurement companies (EPCs). As part of the Petrotechnics team, Stuart will be responsible for maintaining and growing its Middle East customer base.

Joining Stuart is Suhas Jadhal, who has been appointed as Petrotechnics’ new Middle East Business Consultant. Suhas has an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering and MBA in Construction Management and Research, and brings with him extensive experience in implementing enterprise solutions such as SAP and Primavera to major refineries in the Middle East and North Africa. Suhas will provide hands-on customer support from Petrotechnics Abu Dhabi office, working closely with clients to achieve operational excellence through the deployment of Proscient.

“Following Petrotechnics’ recent success in the Middle East with a number of new Proscient deployments going live this year, the appointment of our new business development team will strengthen our ability to service existing clients, while identifying and developing new opportunities in the region,” said David Bleackley, Vice President of Sales. “The Middle East is a key growth area for Petrotechnics. With the impact of the low oil price being felt globally, the Middle East is leading the way in improving cost management, reducing operating costs and increasing profitability. These appointments are a key element of our strategic growth objective – to empower organisations worldwide to reduce operational risk and improve production efficiency. Proscient is now a recognised solution within the global oil and gas sector, and the new Middle East team will continue to provide the high standard of customer support the industry has come to expect from Petrotechnics,” added Bleackley.

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Nexen Implements Petrotechnics’ Proscient platform on UKCS Operations Wed, 25 Feb 2015 11:00:32 +0000 ]]>


Proscient plays a key role in improving operations and safety management systems.

Aberdeen, UK, 25 February 2015 – Petrotechnics, the leading provider of enterprise operations excellence management solutions for hazardous industries, has completed the implementation of its Proscient software platform on two UK offshore assets operated by Nexen Petroleum UK Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of CNOOC Limited.

Proscient is an operational performance and predictive risk platform that improves the safety-productivity dynamic in hazardous operations. The software combines operational management systems with daily workflows to improve the efficiency of operational assets, enabling organisations to standardise work practices, simplify business processes and manage risk.

Proscient offers the ability to ensure more work is done safely, efficiently and sustainably and can establish consistent practices across operations, driving new efficiencies in the process.

“Petrotechnics has a large, well established base in the UKCS of 48,000 users. We’re pleased with the results of roll-out on Nexen’s assets,” adds Iain Mackay, Executive Vice President, Petrotechnics. “Proscient enables our clients to get more of the right work done safely and efficiently. This is becoming increasingly important in light of the current economic landscape and we are committed to helping clients achieve their goal of long term, safe production.”

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Petrotechnics Speaks to InnovOil About Production Efficiency Trends in the UKCS Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:27:10 +0000 ]]>

Petrotechnics’ Director of Product Marketing, Ken Ume, speaks to InnovOil about the UKCS production efficiency trends following the company’s participation in last month’s Production Efficiency 2014, hosted by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers:

What technology advancements have had the greatest impact on production efficiency in recent years?

It is not any one particular product but it has been the introduction of digitisation of many of the business processes. The industry has made strides in better managing its silos (planning, maintenance, etc) and all have benefitted from digitisation. This increased technology has added its own levels of complexity; what average staff/workers need to do to get to the end result now involves complex technology and there is an issues around how to connect various disparate systems together. Whilst technology has been a boon it has led to new tensions running throughout operational activity management business processes.

How can best practices and knowledge be better shared amongst the industry?

The industry has been competitive for the longest time – by necessity – so it has been difficult to share best practice without potentially giving away a competitive advantage. This has to change, in particular in regards to best practice concerning safer operations. The journey to better cooperation between organisations has to start by establishing common languages that remove inconsistency, inequality and misunderstanding from operational data. There is a need for executives and technical authorities alike to share such a common language and participate in independent industry bodies to openly share information that everyone can understand in the same context.

Where does further research/investment need to be directed?

Investment still needs to be made into further technology but we have to look at technology from a different point of view. We can’t keep doing the same things that we’ve done in the past and so we need to invest in the technologies that rely upon modern techniques and that connect our business requirements to our business outcomes in a joined up way.

How can the industry work towards better life extension and asset management?

As our assets continue aging and the demands we place on them continue increasing, maintenance, planning and execution become increasingly crucial yet, as we know, maintenance backlogs are growing. We must find a way to better balance the planning and execution of maintenance with our production targets. The planning business process needs to become more connected to the day to day operations so that maintenance moves away from a plan, execute, repeat routine and we define our maintenance and work priorities according to risk and criticality. In this way, we can increase production efficiency, improve maintenance effectiveness and reduce the maintenance backlog.

How can effective policy work to combat declining trends in the UKCS?

Historically national policy has focussed understandably on improving personal safety (preventing slips, trips and falls) which has led to an inadvertent reduction in focus on process safety. It has also served to drive a tension between safety and production which manifests itself in levels of inefficiency in production This has also led to a proliferation of metrics and key performance indicators (KPIs) produced by different business functions designed to demonstrate compliance at a business function level. The increasing complexity of the modern UKCS environment has diminished the value of these KPIs and metrics as performance guides as well as safety indicators. Revised state national policy should evolve regulations to increase the focus of process safety as well as personal safety and require organisations to develop performance based indicators. Such indicators should then be encouraged for use to properly manage safety (personal and process) as well as the performance of people and assets (production). In this way, policy should be designed to encourage organisations to treat safety and production as complementary forces to help optimise overall production safety.

To read responses from the other contributors to the feature, head over to InnnovOil’s December issue here.

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Growth and innovation on the agenda as Fergus Ewing MSP and Petrotechnics discuss development of UK Continental Shelf Mon, 15 Dec 2014 18:08:49 +0000 ]]>

Ministerial visit explores prospects for North Sea oil and gas industry. 

Aberdeen, UK, December 16 2014 – Petrotechnics, the leading provider of enterprise operations excellence management solutions, was delighted to receive Fergus Ewing MSP and senior members of the Scottish Government’s Oil & Gas Unit at the company’s Aberdeen headquarters. With a portfolio including Energy and Enterprise, the Minister has a keen focus on fostering innovation within the North Sea oil and gas industry, and met with Petrotechnics’ CEO Phil Murray to discuss how the challenges faced by operators on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) can be addressed.

Petrotechnics believes that the key to addressing declining production efficiency, aging assets and growing maintenance backlogs is to provide an enterprise-wide view of risk in time, space, and cumulatively. This approach allows anyone, anywhere in an organisation to see and understand the potential impact of risk, meaning that better decisions can be made to get more of the right work done safely.

“It was a pleasure to welcome Mr Ewing to Petrotechnics’ headquarters and discuss not only the history of the company, but what it can bring to future development of the UKCS,” says Murray, CEO, Petrotechnics. “The Minister was particularly impressed with both Petrotechnics’ global export growth and the potential future contribution to improving efficiency in the UKCS.”

Petrotechnics took the opportunity to demonstrate its innovative Proscient software platform to Ewing, who had requested the ministerial visit following a discussion between Murray and then First Minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond at the Oil & Gas UK Industry Conference earlier this year. Salmond was impressed by the company’s vision to ‘change the safety-productivity dynamic’ in the North Sea oil and gas sector and other industries subject to hazardous environments and operating conditions. Petrotechnics’ flagship enterprise operational excellence management solution is capturing the interest of organisations working in multiple industries, with new opportunities arising regularly across the globe.

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Reversing the UKCS Production Efficiency Decline – Changing the Safety-Productivity Dynamic Is The Key Mon, 10 Nov 2014 06:00:59 +0000 ]]>

Petrotechnics’ CEO Phil Murray to Headline Breakfast Briefing at Event

Aberdeen, November 10 – Petrotechnics, the leading provider of enterprise operations excellence management solutions, will present a Breakfast Briefing at the Institute of Mechanical Engineers’ Production Efficiency 2014: Reversing a Declining Trend. At this flagship UKCS event Phil Murray, Petrotechnics’ CEO, will explore what could be holding the industry back from production efficiency increases and how by changing the safety-productivity dynamic we can balance conflicting priorities in a way that manages risk while improving performance.

The event, which takes place in Aberdeen from November 11th to 12th, will set out the challenges facing Operators in the UKCS. The North Sea is facing a predicted investment decline of 50% by 2020 and has seen the annual hydrocarbon production average drop by 20% from the historical average. The event will focus on sharing knowledge and experience of new technologies, methodologies and best practice for increasing production levels.

Mr Murray will present Proscient, Petrotechnics’ enterprise operations excellence management solution, which allows organisations to lower operational risk at the same time as improving production. The key to reversing this declining production trend facing the industry is to create a common currency of risk across the organisation so that anyone at any time can see the potential impact of risk and make decisions to improve effectiveness, efficiency and reduce risk.

While it may seem simple in theory to ensure that the work needed to maintain safe, efficient and sustainable production gets executed safely and efficiently, the reality is often very different. Competing work conflicts, stretched resources, differing priorities across business functions and changing workforce demographics are just a few of today’s realities across the global oil and gas industry. These drive an uneasy balancing act that is the modern safety – productivity dynamic. Frontline managers and operations staff working in the UKCS are constantly making decisions which have a direct and profound impact on operational risk, production efficiency and costs.

“As Einstein observed “we cannot solve our problems with the same thinking as we used to create them””, said Phil Murray, CEO, Petrotechnics. “The Breakfast Briefing will explore what could be holding the industry back from improving production efficiency. At Petrotechnics we believe that by changing the safety-productivity dynamic we can balance conflicting priorities in a way that manages risk while improving performance”, continued Murray.

Petrotechnics’ Proscient software platform is an operational performance and predictive risk solution that changes the safety-productivity dynamic in hazardous industries. It allows organisations to collectively understand the impact of risk on operations so that they can make better decisions to improve their operational performance. With the ability to ensure more of the risk work is done safely, efficiently and sustainably, organisations can reduce operational risk and improve production efficiency. The result is improved safety, optimised production efficiency, improved asset integrity and a reduction in unplanned shutdowns and turnarounds.

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