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Reference Number NIA_NGN_281
Title Digitisation of SCO Database
Status Completed
Energy Categories Fossil Fuels: Oil Gas and Coal(Oil and Gas, Refining, transport and storage of oil and gas) 100%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Computer Science and Informatics) 25%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 75%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
Northern Gas Networks
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 January 2021
End Date 01 March 2022
Duration ENA months
Total Grant Value £351,206
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region Yorkshire & Humberside
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , Northern Gas Networks (100.000%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Northern Gas Networks (0.000%)
Web Site https://smarter.energynetworks.org/projects/NIA_NGN_281
Objectives Phase 1 - Permit Geographical Representation - To develop the design brief and establish system requirements to include geographical tools to enable conflict and risk management.Phase 2 - Perimetry & Isolations - To develop the overall system to incorporate the geospatial referencing with additional functionality to provide cloud based perimetry in accordance with SCO procedures and provide a digital isolation process linked to perimetry.Phase 3 - Field Trial - To test and validate all functionality of the system in a live site under hazardous activity conditions in parallel with the existing system to ensure integrity and safety is always maintained. The developed system will provide the following: Creation of various Electronic Perimetry in the field, in line with SCO procedures, e.g. Forms of Authority, Permits to Work etc. Verification of competency using RFID & ID Badges Validation of competency against permits Auditing/Inspection Geospatial tools such as geofencing, spatial risk reporting and activity radius monitoring Isolation Management including linking isolations to Permits Verification of Assets using RFID Verification of Isolations using cloud-based application Georeferencing & Geo-reporting Spatial Risk Reporting Activity Radius Monitoring Training Materials and Training Delivery Identification of Integration requirements Identification of compliance information required to be stored in a blockchain Phase 1 - Permit Geographical Representation - Development and demonstration of a cloud based system to provide geographical tools linked to perimetry.Phase 2 - Permits & Isolations - Development and demonstration of a cloud based system to provide perimetry in accordance with SCO procedure requirements and develop and demonstrate RFID tagging of assets and cloud-based isolations linked to perimetry.Phase 3 – Implement full site Trial - Carry out a full site trial utilising all previously developed functionality including Network Control reporting and analysis.
Abstract The aim of this project is to develop an end to end cloud based Safe Controls of Operations system to optimise the performance of Network operations, to ensure control of network conflicts, allow real time visibility of in-flight and planned work status and provide an electronic permit to work and isolation system. NGN are currently funding separately a project to develop and implement a cloud-based system allowing better management of the SCO database, linking Authorisation Engineer & Competent Person authorisation to the validation of work activity/hazard. The following functionality is currently being implemented under the separately funded project: Predetermining, where appropriate, the type of permit required for an activity (FOA, PTW, NRO, RO) Validating AE and CP Competencies against perimetry hazards and Site types (i.e. Network 0-75mbar, Network 75mbar – 2bar, etc). Highlighting restrictions at the point of validation Automatically applying predetermined controls dependant on type of permit and hazardous activity, (Pressure testing, Hot work, Lifting operations etc)
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Added to Database 02/11/22