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Bureau Veritas updates RAM software

LNG Industry,

Classification society Bureau Veritas (BV) has updated its RAM software suite Optimise©, to help offshore operators and contractors to get more from their assets and develop cost-effective projects.

Matthieu de Tugny, Senior VP and Head of Offshore at BV, commented: “Low and falling energy prices focus attention onto the Reliability, Availability and Maintenance (RAM) of both existing assets and plant and ongoing developments. A powerful RAM software tool like Optimise© saves time and money for asset owners and contractors by identifying bottlenecks in process and supply lines, by modelling potential failures and their consequences, and with our new Optimise© V3, by underpinning clear operational and strategic decision- making by allowing managers to see what will happen in different scenarios.”

Key features

Optimise© V3 has the following key features:

  • A clear and simple user interface for model building and results analysis.
  • Production buffering, boosting and profile modification modes available.
  • A powerful conditional logic system captures operational behaviour (ramp-up, restarts, line-pack drawdown rates).
  • Easy to model through life value changes, including equipment phase-in and phase-out.
  • A wide array of failure and repair distributions.
  • Gas contract analysis and equipment priorities on failure.
  • Storage and shipping simulation, to allow the analysis of the entire product supply chain.

FLNG applications

De Tugny added: “BV has huge experience with RAM studies for FPSOs, subsea installations and process plant types. We have special and unique experience with FLNGs over the last three years. We have committed substantial resources to bring that all together into one supercharged revision of Optimise© which is easy to use, quick and customisable. We can provide RAM studies using Optimise© but we are also making the software available to licence. We can provide training with the licence, so that operators, asset owners and contractors can get full value out of this powerful RAM modelling tool. It will show them how to save money and save downtime, the key issues in today’s market.”

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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