DI-91 – “Benefits and Barriers to an Industry Wide Knowledge Sharing Process”

DI-91 – “Benefits and Barriers to an Industry Wide Knowledge Sharing Process”

Date Submitted: October 19, 1999
Title: Benefits and Barriers to an Industry Wide Knowledge Sharing Process
Submitted by: Petroweb Ltd. The Software Centre, Campus 2 Aberdeen Science & Technology Park Balgownie Drive Bridge of Don Aberdeen AB22 8GU
Principal Investigator (s): Harry van der Vossen harry@petroweb.co.uk
Business Impact: Petroweb has established a knowledge sharing service for the oil and gas industry which facilitates and enables the process of lateral learning between companies, covering the entire Well Operations process cycle. To the Operators, tangible benefits are to be derived from implementing ‘Best Practices’ that are adopted elsewhere in the industry, which can demonstrate a saving in cost, time or improvement in HSE performance. At the same time, Operators have the opportunity to avoid areas of ‘Waste’ (Failures) that have occurred in other companies, therefore achieving similar savings in cost, time and leading to HSE improvement. Ultimately, the cross-company knowledge sharing initiative provides the network members with an opportunity to become ‘better informed’ decision makers. No longer are operations planned and executed ‘how we always do it’, but based on real-time expertise and experience from our peers in the industry. The network will bring individuals from different companies and geographic locations together, based on a common problem, solutions found elsewhere etc. For obvious reasons, it is paramount this proven process is now extended beyond the North Sea and starts to link up expertise from the other major oil and gas producing areas.
Technical Objectives: The objective of this presentation is to inform the US based Operators through the DEA forum, about the achievements that have been made and the barriers that we have come across during the first 2 years of the Network. We intend to bring you the lessons learned from this knowledge sharing process up to now and show the vision of where we are aiming this network to be in the next couple of years.
Methodology: Not relevant
Deliverables: The deliverable of our service is already in place and there is no need for industry funding to set-up this process. The process is working, proven and successful in the North Sea and needs to be extended to other high cost areas which set to gain the most from ‘learning from experience’.
Comments: Petroweb wished to demonstrate what can be achieved with a properly managed service which facilitates the sharing of knowledge within our industry, and is keen to discover the response from US based operators regarding this process and gauge their willingness and readiness to join the network.