Dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion will trans­form safety in the field

Miroslav Kafedzhiev, vice pres­i­dent, gen­eral man­ager META, Honey­well Safety and Pro­duc­tiv­ity So­lu­tions

Oil & Gas Middle East - - ADIPEC REVIEW -

How has dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy im­pacted safety in up­stream op­er­a­tions?

Take a mine, or haz­ardous en­vi­ron­ment, peo­ple used to use a ca­nary bird. If there was an is­sue, work­ers would see that the ca­nary bird was no longer ac­tive and would then know there is gas.

The next step that took over was that process was put on a dig­i­tal de­vice, a gas sen­sor, and when there is a cer­tain con­cen­tra­tion, it gives you a sig­nal.

Now, with the dig­i­tal age, Honey­well works to en­sure that the in­for­ma­tion that is de­tected by the lo­cal gas de­tec­tor on a per­son is trans­mit­ted in real time to an op­er­a­tor sta­tion.

The op­er­a­tor sta­tion can not only de­tect that there may be an is­sue with gas, but it will also be able to de­tect it much faster and much ear­lier than usual, be­fore the con­cen­tra­tion be­comes toxic or dan­ger­ous for an em­ployee in that en­vi­ron­ment.

What are some other ca­pa­bil­i­ties of this tech­nol­ogy?

It is not only a gas de­tec­tor that can give you a sin­gle gas, you can have four gases at the same time de­tected, but also it is go­ing to give you real-time in­for­ma­tion about an event, about a per­son, even if the per­son is not mov­ing.

Even if there is no gas de­tected but the per­son is not mov­ing, you may know that there is an ac­ci­dent hap­pen­ing to that per­son if the de­tec­tor no­tices un­usual be­hav­ior or ac­tiv­ity; a tech­ni­cian wouldn’t usu­ally stand still for very long, so it might de­tect a prob­lem.

Are there any risks that gen­er­ally go un­no­ticed?

Noise is one of the most un­der­es­ti­mated harm­ful in­flu­ences in a worker en­vi­ron­ment, be­cause it is not only about how noisy it is, but how long you have been ex­posed to the noise. Af­ter a cer­tain point disability can hap­pen very fast.

That is why the next stage of what we are do­ing in terms of dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion is not just giv­ing ear muffs to em­ploy­ees, but also mea­sur­ing in real time the in­flu­ence of noise, its fre­quency, how long the em­ployee was in­flu­enced. You ba­si­cally have a noise pic­ture for a par­tic­u­lar em­ployee on a par­tic­u­lar day along with ac­tions taken that day.

Is the tech­nol­ogy it­self enough to en­sure safety?

To­day, you have to give the em­ployee the dig­i­tal tools, the in­for­ma­tion. You and I will never know ev­ery­thing in the world but the dig­i­tal world can, so the next step is au­toma­tion and pro­vid­ing real-time in­for­ma­tion, spe­cific, rel­e­vant in­for­ma­tion for the tech­ni­cian main­te­nance in­spec­tor or worker.

This is where we come with the de­vices, the soft­ware and the work­flow man­age­ment so that when the worker goes in, he knows what this par­tic­u­lar en­gine is go­ing to look like, what the rel­e­vant parts are, which in­stru­ments he’s go­ing to need and the pro­ce­dures he has to fol­low.

Miroslav Kafedzhiev says dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy will im­pact safety in many ways

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