ABS Organizes Standardization Session at OTC 2019



ABS and Equinor jointly organized a standardization session at the OTC 2019.

The session highlighted the integrated effort to find acceptable common ground between the numerous individual standards and requirements in offshore EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) projects. This common ground would improve safety and increase cost-efficiency.

Many oil majors have their own in-house safety standards and engineering and design practices, meanwhile, industry groups in various regions develop their own codes, standards and recommended practices. The application of these various standards, combined with design optimization, tends to produce highly complex building specifications unique to each project.

This complexity introduces opportunity for misunderstanding, miscommunication and mistakes, which leads to rework and changed orders resulting in cost increases and manufacturing inefficiencies.

Thus, the main objective of the standardization session was to present simplified and standardized approaches to project specifications, provide a method to reduce costs and increase predictability and improve process reliability without compromising safety and quality.

Retired ABS Vice President Dr. Hoseong Lee was the session chair and Mr. Runar Østebø, Advisor Subsea Technology and Operation, Equinor served as co-session chair. Seven papers were selected for presentation. Dr. Kanika Singh, ABS Corporate Technology Engineer, was one of the speakers. The title of her presentation was, “Significance and potential benefits of bulk material standardization for Offshore projects.” This presentation focused on the common specification in compliance with a cross-industry specification and included information on the planning and execution of the ongoing standardization. Unified bulk joint industry project with the major three Korean shipyards and other class societies.

The methodology adopted to develop the standard specifications of bulk items (for Electrical & Instrumentation, Piping and Structure) were presented with the gap analysis among local regulations, industry standards and major offshore project specifications. The developed standard specifications were explained with business case studies. The significance and benefit criteria for standardization focus on cost, weight, construction efficiency, compatibility, safety requirement and operational maintenance. The future steps and roadmap towards global standards were also discussed.

Other presentations were from Chevron, C-FER Technologies, Subsea 7, Total, Enpro Subsea and more.