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How technology can minimize safety risks in the field

The advancements in technology could be the answer to not only improve the efficiency of the process industry, but most importantly, to significantly minimize all safety risks. There are numerous complex processes found within the process industry from refineries and tank storage sites to water treatment centers. Each complex processes include a vast range of different assets such as pipes, valves and tanks, each with its own distinctive and expansive data. Vopak’s TTR Terminal site alone has 89 tanks, with a capacity of over 300,000 cbm (Vopak.com). A leak or explosion on a site such as this is extremely dangerous to risk.

Data to do your job safely

To better manage and minimize the safety of your site, you need to get to its core foundation, which is its asset data. Every plan made and any executions done on an asset in the field, such as an inspection, are all decided from the data. But how are you supposed to know which asset on the site is supposed to be inspected and how do you know when it was last inspected if your data is misaligned and outdated?

If we take it a step back again, you need to also know more about the basic information of the asset, like what material it is made of, who manufactured it and its measurements. It is crucial that every asset data on any given asset on site is up to date and accessible to everyone. Having proper and reliable asset data to work with will help ensure that your tasks are done correctly and safely, preventing any unforeseen risks. 

Data is easily outdated

When different departments make changes to the data, this update is not automatically available to everyone in the company. There can be a significant time gap between the previous asset data and the most recent and up to date version. Sure there are people who are tasked to manually check and validate the data to ensure it is aligned and up to date, but so much time is lost on such tedious tasks. On top of this, you cannot eradicate the possibility of human errors, they are certainly more common than you think. 

Manually checking and validating data is possible but why waste time doing so? Why risk the possibility of making errors because of the time gap between when asset data is up to date and when it is not? 

Technology as a solution

Working with technology which embodies a data-centric approach is the solution in using data to minimize all safety risks.  A data-centric software solution offers you a structured way to manage and share your data. You can now connect every data found anywhere in your company, regardless of its source. The data can be accessed by anyone in the company at any time, wherever they are. There will be little to no room for any unnoticed changes and you will know that the data you are working with is an up to date version.

Advanced technology with a data-centric approach has been developed for the sole purpose of ensuring that asset data is always up to date and accessible to everyone in the company all the time. The solution has been identified, take advantage of it. Consider implementing such a solution so that you can make your work more efficient while guaranteeing a safer site.

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