The Application

A global oil and gas exploration and production company utilized an engineered design approach to select and deploy a corporate-wide EHS Management Information System (EHS MIS). The initial objective of the project was to replace an existing outdated Incident Management system with a more robust platform for documenting incidents and improving metrics. Also of high interest was a need to improve Environmental, Health & Safety (HSE) compliance and to reduce operational risk across ten global business regions. A software-neutral third party company was leveraged to objectively facilitate the process. Tasks included gathering corporate and regional requirements, evaluating existing data tracking and reporting systems, understanding and adapting to new Bureau of Safety and Environemental Enforcement SEMS regulations that were promulgated by the Department of the Interior and screening software solutions against the key requirements. Eighteen vendors were assessed against ‘key requirements’ leading to a targeted list of six vendors for inclusion in the request for proposal (RFP) process. The potential companies and their products were further screened with four vendors providing detailed demonstrations of their solutions. The demonstrations provided a clear picture of each software solution and best fit for this company.

The Results

The EHS MIS design planning activities, combined with niche market experience, provided the framework to gain global support internally and select the software solution that could most accurately handle the needs of the organization.

Observations and conclusions

It is important to understand that a successful EHS MIS deployment does not simply involve the implementation of technology, but it is a balance between three cornerstones: People, Process, and Technology. The key elements ensuring success of this global project entailed active corporate and regional stakeholder participation, defining information system processes from a global perspective with flexibility to incorporate unique regional needs, leveraging a platform that streamlines system reporting and distribution of system mainentanance and support activities.

Significance of Subject Matter

As companies seek to quantify and record incidents as well as reducing operational risk, a streamlined approach to HSE performance data collection, handling and reporting activities for global companies becomes key. While global software deployments can become costly, deploying software effectively and efficiently can be accomplished when a well defined engineering methodology is followed

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