Tuesday, 02 March 2021

Imperial Oil and PCL save time, remove duplication, and improve performance and workflow using Orbit for direct ITR importing.


PCL is a prime contractor on the IOL Kearl Oil Sands project. Kearl is a world class oil sands mining project with 4.6 billion barrels of bitumen resource and a project lifespan of over 40 years. Orbit was selected as the Completions and Commissioning Management System by IOL for the Kearl Expansion Phase and all subsequent development projects at the facility and has been a cornerstone of completions activity for several years.


PCL maintain their own ITR register which maps to the engineering data within Orbit which holds IOL ITR references. Traditionally, PCL would have to complete entries in both their internal system and Orbit to reflect the status of their completed ITRs which resulted in duplicated effort and a delay reporting on status.


PCL and IOL approached OCCMS to devise a solution which would reduce duplication, make transfer near instantaneous, increase visibility of the data across the entire project, and to be open and flexible enough to be rolled out to other Contractors over time.
An initial proposal from the Client was workable but had many points of failure and required a high level of data handshaking. After analysing the problem and the desired outcomes, OCCMS proposed a highly flexible, XML based export and import system which simplified data transfer for both Orbit and the internal PCL system, was simple to operate from a user perspective, and an open architecture for future expansion.
Design to development phase was only 3 days, and primary development completed in 5 days for a total of a 10 day turnaround for the project including QA and testing. 2 days of remedial development and functional changes required by the Client were undertaken and the system went live well within target times.


ITRs are now completed within PCL’s internal software package, and then exported via an open XML format for direct import within Orbit which completes the equivalent checksheet via an equivalence matrix administered from within Orbit itself.
PCL can now align the status of their internal tool at any point with Orbit, bringing the project wide Orbit system up to date with no duplication.
The Project has standardised on a daily transfer of information into Orbit and the benefits have been instantaneous removing the input backlog, and providing visibility to the entire project on ITR completion status.

IOL are now looking to roll out the methodology to the other prime Contractors on all Kearl Projects to achieve the same benefits. The open nature of the XML transfer method, and the ability to manage all the equivalences within the Orbit package itself makes rolling the methodology out to other Contractors simple and effective.