Asset Guardian Solutions completes multiple projects for North Sea oil & gas operator
Monday, Oct 05, 2015
Asset Guardian Solutions Ltd (AGSL), which specialises in protecting companies’ process critical software assets, announced that it has successfully completed a series of three projects for a major North Sea oil and gas operator that manages and operates numerous developments in the North Sea, Norway, Algeria and Russia.

During the past two years, AGSL has completed three linked contracts, two of which required that the Asset Guardian toolset be customised to meet the customer’s specific requirements.

The initial contract awarded to AGSL provided the operator with a secure electronic, centralised repository to store all process control systems software back-up files.  As a result, the company’s ability to recover quickly in the event of an unplanned production shutdown due to process control software failure has been significantly improved.  In addition, the Asset Guardian toolset included software version control and the ability to manage all software configuration changes.
To ensure that all of its personnel, whether working onshore or offshore, have access to the same information, AGSL also supplied its AGSync software module. By using a master/slave server topology, AGSync synchronises data and files between multiple locations, while simultaneously safeguarding the integrity of files and data.  This is particularly important should communication links between locations be disrupted.

The successful deployment of the Asset Guardian toolset to manage the operator’s process control systems software encouraged the company to use Asset Guardian to provide a corporate, multidisciplinary management of change system (MOC) solution. Following successful completion of the work scope by AGSL, the solution has been implemented and released across all company assets.

New subsea data management system

Recognising the ease with which Asset Guardian can be customised, the operator requested that AGSL develop a further solution to manage the data relating to the company’s subsea production infrastructure.

By using the same Asset Guardian core software and some of the functionality of the two previous projects, AGSL developed a subsea asset management solution that makes it possible for the customer to use and share common data across different business units and disciplines.  This integrated approach has benefited the company by providing improved reporting, workflow data management, and enhanced efficiencies, resulting in a capex cost reduction.

Master Service Agreement

As a result of the positive collaboration between the two companies during the past two years, the operator and AGSL have signed a Master Services Agreement, which recognises AGSL as a preferred supplier of application-based software solutions. The two companies are currently exploring ways to expand the capabilities of the Asset Guardian toolset.
About Asset Guardian Solutions Limited

Asset Guardian Solutions Ltd was born out of the recognition that most companies involved in the process industry had little to protect the integrity and safe-keeping of their Software Assets controlling their production processes.
Originally, it was part of Elite Controls Systems Ltd, a company that specialises in process automation, and has a global ‘blue chip’ client base, and boasts an enviable reputation.
By combining its control automation and IT expertise, in 2000 the company developed Asset Guardian, an innovative solution that ensures users compliance with ISO & IEC Standards, Government Directives and Industry Best Practices for the “Configuration and Change Management” of process-critical systems.

Following 10 years of continuous growth involving detailed market research and collaboration with users, Asset Guardian has transformed from a “product” to an “integrated solution” for protecting the integrity of safety and process-critical systems. Its future development and growth will now be carried on under the leadership of Asset Guardian Solutions Ltd, a team that was formed by combining the original development team with a new sales and marketing team to maximise the company’s potential within the global marketplace.
Working in close partnership with its clients, Asset Guardian Solutions Ltd appreciates the need for rapid, demonstrable returns on client investments, and encourages them to follow the company ethos “Take Control and Control Change”.

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