Project scope and objectives


The objectives of the project are to develop a single application that offers an overarching digital landscape of the North Sea; this will enable all stakeholders to work more efficiently, cost effectively and in the most environmentally friendly method possible.

To develop, share and improve.

The desired output of this project and how it will be achieved

The optimum result is to have as many operators as possible using the Technology as soon as possible.

It is the aim to have two field trials in place by the end of 2018 in order that operators can see the benefits. We will use the data that we currently hold for the Balmoral FPV and new data from Independent Oil and Gas.

The software would be further developed across a 9 to 12-month period where it would become available in a controlled tiering system to operators, the UK Government and the supply chain, respecting privacy and making required data available to bring partners together and increase collaboration. This could start with a prototype or small project group to prove concept before rolling it out on a larger scale.

This will only be possible with the cooperation of industry and the financial backing of partners and agencies, who in turn can provide feedback and long-term support.

How this project fits within the wider development of this technology and an estimate of full deployment cost

Oil and Gas projects have a unique set of characteristics: they are typically complex and large scale, possess high volumes of design and real-time data, and high-risk levels due to their hazardous nature. The use of accurate 3D asset models linked to accurate and up to date compliant asset data can minimise risk and cost, and improve safety and environmental impact throughout the lifecycle of the facility.

New build

Reliable data is fundamental for the management of Oil & Gas facilities. Reality capture methods can be used to monitor the assembly of facilities, ensuring that they are on schedule and in line with the design specifications. At handover, a digital copy, consisting of a 3D as-built model of the facility linked to all the relevant documentation in the Unasys CMS will be delivered, ready to support the operation of the facility.


The digital copy, containing the as-built model and supporting data, is continuously updated to provide accurate information to both office and offshore personnel during the operational phase of facilities. Personnel can access relevant data and obtain live support from anywhere around the globe through an Augmented Reality interface. (Future) Access to accurate asset data on and offshore will minimise safety risks and reduce costs associated to offshore man-hours. Class, safety and production critical data sets can be easily assessed to continuously monitor and plan for the reduction of risk.


For decommissioning works, 3D asset data is typically not currently available. Using reality capture methods, as-built models of facilities can be developed and linked to the Technology, providing an accurate 3D model including all the relevant documentation for decommissioning. The digital copy will be used to develop and schedule a scope of work for decommissioning and disposal. The Technology will also be used to verify and validate all decommissioning and removal works according to the environmental requirements.

Bringing together intelligent portals and modules for late life and decommissioning to drive collaboration between partners is complemented by an intuitive visual layout as well as engineering standard photogrammetry, laser point surveys and 3D Subsea models. Elements of the proposed project are already being used successfully but are limited to individual operators and clients. This project will widen and give visibility to a much more comprehensive stakeholder group, ultimately helping them all to understand future liabilities, both financial and environmental. Having such a comprehensive and interactive database, using the latest forms of visual and statistical layout, is the future for the industry and can make the UK the global leader in decommissioning.