Health and safety has been prioritized in the oil and gas industry for many years. Still, occupational hazards are always a looming threat for workers at inherently dangerous sites such as oil wells, refineries, and storage facilities.
Over the years, the Health and Safety group at a global Fortune 100 oil and gas company acquired a great deal of knowledge about safety risks, as well as job descriptions, codes, and mitigations across all areas of operations. However, this knowledge was fragmented across various projects, groups, and worksites. As a result, only a very small group of experienced workers at any given worksite were aware of the full range of risks workers faced. Without knowledge of these potential risks, the other workers couldn’t take steps to mitigate them, resulting in increased worksite accidents and higher project administration and running costs.
Management needed a way to aggregate, index, and analyze all organizational risk knowledge and make it readily accessible to the broader workforce through a unified application. Sharing this knowledge would empower all workers to proactively identify and mitigate risks.
At the same time, the right solution would help them overcome sizable technical challenges. For example, it had to:
- Handle significant volumes of structured and unstructured data, both internal and external, as well as data that was not integrated across formats and silos
- Support sophisticated analysis beyond basic statistics and probabilities
- Provide methods for surfacing the right data to employees
- Continuously learn and adapt over time
Management used the Maana Knowledge Platform to capture and unify information and create an intuitive application browsing experience anyone can use. Maana captured information through Natural Language Processing of internal and external sources, including Learning from Incidents PDFs and supplementary Hazard and Effect Management Process (HEMP) studies containing job codes, risks and mitigation recommendations.
The result was a unified knowledge application that empowers any worker – at any competency level and at any worksite – to enter a description of the task they must complete and receive vital risk-related information. This includes a list of the most likely related job codes and all known risks and mitigations by probability. Easy, onsite access to this information by workers reduces the number of jobsite accidents and lower the overall cost of running a job at each worksite.
As shown below, the Maana Knowledge Graph initially created for this use case captured the expertise of subject-matter experts for use by workers at worksites. Using the various models stored in the Knowledge Graph to understand and mitigate, the company’s workers can reduce on site accidents and unplanned project costs. This reusable asset is now being leveraged across the organization to rapidly build additional models for more than ten optimization initiatives across the enterprise – for example, around crude corrosion (to minimize risk and downtime), seismic activity analysis (to understand environmental impacts), and incident reporting (to help automate this process).
HSE Risk Application
Job site supervisors uses the HSE application to see all related incidents that have occurred in the past with a particular equipment.