This paper describes a project implemented by Esso Production Malaysia Incorporated (EPMI) to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the data gathering and reporting activities on offshore platforms.

The Platform Data Capture project (PDCAP) will automate data gathering, transfer, processing and reporting of production and operation data from offshore platforms. The implementation of the PDCAP project will allow EPMI to capture production and operation data on offshore platforms using existing computing technology in combination with hand-held data entry terminals, personal computers and data acquisition mini-computers.

The PDCAP project demonstrates the use of computing technology to reduce time spent by offshore staff on routine manual tasks of data gathering and reporting. This results in increased time for the staff to perform the more important facility surveillance and trouble-shooting work which then translates to safer and more effective platform operations.

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