Delivery of new technology on assets with already established work practices can face many challenges and even fail for various reasons. The Chemical Management System, delivered by BP’s Field of the Future programme, is designed to help manage and monitor chemical injection systems to ensure the efficient delivery of operations and integrity based chemicals. As part of this technology, a cross-regional prototype trial program was implemented which faced a number of challenges around the successful embedding and sustained usage of this new solution.

This study, which came from the delivery of the trial program, highlights some of the main challenges and barriers that are seen with the delivery of new technology. Running the trial program across two operating assets in different regions helped to ensure that sustained global delivery of the technology was achievable. The range of challenges and lessons learned covered in the scope of this paper run from difficulties faced with embedding new work flows, through to the actual physical software implementation.

The field trial highlighted a number of areas of improvement, lessons learned and success stories. These became key recommendations for enhancing future technology trials and are included in this paper. Once the recommendations were identified, processes were then put in place which has helped the success of this technology when delivered globally across BP’s asset base. Through applying these lessons and the recommendations to future technology programmes, we can ensure the continued success of technology within BP and our industry. This will deliver long-term sustainable technology which can generate the expected value throughout the technology lifecycle.

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