Bridge: Tackling climate change with digitalisation

Digitalisation not only improves efficiencies, it also presents opportunities to help reduce the oil and gas industry’s carbon footprint.

At Axess Group, we embrace digitalisation by constantly improving our own tools and methodologies to provide our customers with better productivity, improved safety and huge savings. In 2021, we established Axess Digital, dedicated to developing industry-leading digital solutions.

Bridge, an inspection software that helps to optimise inspection and reporting processes, has been helping our customers in managing their assets in the most efficient way. It provides a centralised system for inspectors and clients alike to share and view inspection reports and compliance status of assets. Comprising of several modules which complement Axess’ services, it may be integrated into the customers’ existing maintenance systems for better asset management.

Bridge does more than just automating the inspection routine. The integration of this digital tool to our clients’ processes also remarkably aids in the reduction of carbon footprint. Read on to learn the three ways our climate and customers benefit from Bridge.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Effective preventive maintenance

Maintenance activities over a global fleet-wide scale consequently represent a main source of pollution and energy consumption. Anti-corrosion and cleaning procedures, well workover operations, equipment replacement and ballast water discharges are just some of the activities that release toxic chemicals to the sea. This poses great risk to human health, marine environment and climate.

Successful preventive maintenance plans rely on a detailed record of historical data that shows trends and allow users to forecast future plans. Bridge can capture and mine data from the inspection modules and provide clients’ with a dashboard that contains key information for each asset and allows transparency for onshore management. Harnessing the power of data gives them total control of their inspection, compliance and maintenance processes, while taking into account the climate impacts of their activities.

Key benefits of preventive maintenance strategy:

  • Reduces the frequency of unforeseen equipment failures
  • Guard assets against premature deterioration
  • Extends the overall life cycle of equipment
  • Reduces overall maintenance costs

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Reduces the need for travel

The transportation of personnel onshore to offshore is one of the contributors of greenhouse gas emissions in the oil and gas industry. Civil aviation accounts for about 2% of the 36 billion tonnes man-made carbon emissions. In 2017 alone, the aviation industry emitted around 859 million tonnes of CO2.

With Bridge, clients are able to conduct more inspections on their own, removing the need to deploy personnel offshore. In turn, this reduces carbon emissions. Even if mobilisations are required, we deploy a small and multi-skilled team instead of deploying multiple personnel at various times to perform the same tasks.

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Reducing energy consumption with cloud-based servers

Internet usage based on cloud computing is becoming a huge contributor to the reduction of carbon emissions. Storing data in cloud is more energy efficient compared to traditional data centres.

With cloud, the resources that keep data centres up and running efficiently – servers, power, cooling system and other infrastructures – are less needed, which translates to reduced energy consumption and huge carbon savings. In addition, large-scale cloud providers use 28% less carbon-intense power mix than average corporate data centres.

As Bridge operates on a cloud-based server, it enables our inspectors to transfer data to a virtual server for storage and processing, from different locations and from different devices. The combination of cloud infrastructure and automated inspection software allows for fast workload delivery, which maximises energy and achieves resource efficiency.

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In a nutshell

Bridge is a practical solution that greatly improves work efficiency and simultaneously abates carbon emissions. With the ability to streamline the inspection and reporting procedure in one digital platform, our clients can better plan their preventive maintenance and reduce pollution related to excessive maintenance activities. On the other hand, our multi-skilled inspection teams can strategically reduce travels and time spent offshore, as they could perform more work within the same time frame.

Bridge is an Axess Digital product that contributes to overall project efficiency.

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