In the current cost focused environment, proper screening and evaluation of asset changes is critical. This ensures only the most significant business, operational, environmental or safety issues across the asset are progressed. To optimise operator costs, all low value work is screened out.
The Samphire team has experience across a number of UK operator systems which has provided a good understanding of the process.
More specifically, Samphire has worked with a mid-tier operator, evaluating their engineering change process to ensure it accommodated all key business areas and was robust through the evaluation phase. The work involved a review of recent asset changes to ensure these were properly documented; an assessment of each change was made against the process including asset documentation validation against the change (for completed works). Newly identified work was also screened through the process and this resulted in some work being held. This positively impacted the current and future budgets. Any work that was not progressed had a clear quantified risk associated with it for future review.
It was critical that the right disciplines were involved through the review process to ensure proper quantification across business, operations, environmental and safety as input to the approval decision. A change register was also compiled for ongoing management and control before being handed back to the client for ongoing implementation.
The work screening review generated £3.5M of savings from the 2015 budget.