Middlesbrough firm delivers £685k offshore project

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One of Teesside’s leading engineering information management providers has been awarded a £685,000 contract in the Norwegian North Sea.

Middlesbrough-based Datum360 – which has offices throughout the UK, Kuala Lumpur and Houston – has been appointed by Total to provide a data warehouse for the ground-breaking Martin Linge project in the Norwegian North Sea.

Currently under construction – with a completion date expected of 2016 – the Martin Linge scheme brings technological innovations to the oil and gas production industry designed to significantly reduce environmental impacts and enhance operational safety.

With a water depth of 115metres, the development will set a precedent for sustainability by receiving its electrical power from the onshore grid via a 170km subsea cable that will reduce carbon emissions by two million metric tons.

As part of its contract, Datum360 has already implemented its off-the-shelf SaaS solutions which will now act as the data management warehouse for its ongoing collection and assurance.

Datum360 has also managed to implement both of the SaaS products in less than one week, in a sector traditionally dominated by lengthy implementation, failed delivery and spiralling costs.

And with the average engineering information management contract awarded at £3-5m, Datum360’s contract award could also potentially transform the industry by demonstrating the cost effectiveness available to owner operators through the implementation of off the shelf solutions that can be deployed in rapid time.

Datum360 co-founder Steve Wilson said: “We are incredibly proud to have implemented both of these solutions in little under one week, which is rare in a sector where engineering information management can traditionally take months and years at pilot stage.

“In our speed and quality of deployment I firmly believe we have demonstrated our capacity to look after the best interests of owner operators.”

Total specialist engineer Tom Svennevig added: “From the outset Datum360 has supplied constant, high quality advice – and have very much become a trusted member of our team.”

Crucially Datum360’s scope of work supports Total’s operating philosophy of minimising offshore operating scope by increasing the quality of engineering information.

As a result of its efforts Datum360 has already been awarded extra work with Total, worth another £438,000, and is working with its contractors to effectively extract engineering information from the design process.

Datum360 has a team of specialists operating across oil and gas projects, operations and decommissioning. They have delivered class libraries to most of the world Super Major oil companies and boast clients including Maersk Oil, Total, BP and GDF Suez (now Engie).


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