The introduction of innovation and increasingly complex "Smart" technologies coincides with reduced manning levels, and the "big crew change". Corporate drivers require that the industry operate safely without damaging the environment, uphold and enhance company reputations while developing and maintaining producing on a shorter time line, reduce manning and control costs, extend the life of ageing infrastructure, accelerate development with minimised Opex minimised maintenance requirements and maximised uptime. As they reduce the requirement for intervention employees must embrace change and be open to innovation

Several soft "people factors" such as openness to change, enthusiasm for the new and an environmentally aware mindset may assist in improving the effectiveness of the systems.

Several other challenges also need to be addressed – over reliance on "Black box Data" or decision support systems that mask inexperience, and a willingness to take risks that may not be tempered by understanding.

This paper explores the strength of such effects and indicates several areas for attention. It evaluates several methods used to quantify these factors and present a methodology to address the emergent issues.

Stated simply, we have to provide easy access to years of experience for those who are coming next. We have to put old heads on young shoulders.

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