This paper will discuss today's platform automation requirements and how they differ from 1980 designs. As we move into the 1990's in common with downstream activities the design of platform operations are being examined from a total life cost and not purely from the traditional capex/opex point of view. The platform automation pyramid is discussed, containing safety, regulatory, audit analysis and management information system requirements.

The paper emphasizes the need for a totally integrated approach to platform automation systems and highlights the benefits gained.

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