Control Rooms for the Oil and Gas Offshore Industry
RIVOPS, an alarm monitoring console
Our solution is a process & control console. It presents the alarms to the offshore oil & gas operator. The particularities of this product is to include an additional monitor to the traditional cockpit display. This extra point of view, the RIVOPS screen, gives the operator a better overview on the installation leading to safer operations.
The core of our technology is a smart combination of software & hardware components especially designed to reduce the amount of alarm inside the control room. RIVOPS consoles significantly enhances the awareness of the operator using a set of intuitive displays.
During an emergency scenario, the control room will be flooded by an excessive amount of data. Alarms will be triggered one after another requiring immediate attention from the operator. At this crucial stage, any possible help is required to support the operator and help him to get back to a nominal climax. RIVOPS consoles are designed to actively counter-balance this increasing alarm rate using the aggregation of historical data. Our alarm presentation technology is compatible with the principle of online alarm shelving and is compatible with alarm grouping algorithms available on the market.
An intelligent console is able to learn from its alarm historians. Use the response guidelines stored inside the fault scenario database. Thereby lead the operator to recover much faster from a known upset scenario.
Why get equipped with RIVOPS consoles?
Improve safety. You only need to avoid a single downtime due to an alarm overflow to justify the use of our technology. This piece of equipment will enable you to make the right decisions at the right time. Unlike the abstract control panels which can very often be misleading, RIVOPS consoles make use 3D SCADA technology to display an alarm summary. When things go wrong, you will see it faster.
Let us work with you in the early design phase of your safety control system (SAS) and we will teach you how to define the cause & effect tables into excel and automatically export them into your PLC code.
Grouping Algorithms & deployment
Define the alarm groups at the lowest level of the control system, directly inside the Process & Logic Controller (PLC). The alarm grouping mechanisms are contained inside a function block (FB) which is downloaded on the PLC. At this level, the grouping logic becomes available to all the above layers of the control system (OPC Servers, HMIs, data historians, etc...)
We have cut-down the implementation cost by scripting the entire programming phase. The alarm grouping function for your PLC is really one click away.
Keeping development costs down
In order to implement the additional alarm recognition logic (above) , EATOPS developped AutoGen, an automatic code generator. The PLC logic is automatically generated from an equipment list. This approach has a dual positive impact on the project: it reduces the hours spent on programming but also prevents all sorts of inconsistencies often introduced inside the PLC source-code with manual coding. Read more about AutoGen.
RIVOPS, a new alarm page for the operator
At Ergonomics applied to Operations - EATOPS, we believe that the slightest functionality can make the difference during a crisis scenario. Our consoles are equipped with a dynamic alarm summary displayed on stylus-driven tablet. Located right below the alarm list, this new type of display also called 3D SCADA, provides an intelligent summary of the alarm situation on-board.
RIVOPS systems plug into the Distributed Control System (DCS) via a standard OPC driver (DA, AE, HDA, UA). The system is fully integrated as part of the Integrated Control & Safety System (ICSS) and uses a redundant architecture to prevent any interruption of the alarm management. The RIVOPS console software and hardware specifications are detailed in the two following documents:
RIVOPS systems plug into the Distributed Control System (DCS) via a standard OPC driver (DA, AE, HDA, UA). The system is fully integrated as part of the Integrated Control & Safety System (ICSS) and uses a redundant architecture to prevent any interruption of the alarm management.
The RIVOPS console software and hardware specifications are detailed in the documents below.