Martin Linge's game changer

UK FIRM Datum360 has delivered potentially industry transforming software solutions in a phenomenally short time as part of a £685,000 ($A1.435 million) contract to French super-major Total's £1.25 billion Martin Linge project in the Norwegian North Sea.
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Total appointed Datum360 to provide a data warehouse for Martin Linge, which is ground breaking itself, as it brings technological innovations to the oil and gas production industry designed to significantly reduce environmental impacts and increase operational safety.

With a water depth of 115m, the development will receive its electrical power from the onshore grid via a 170km subsea cable that will reduce carbon emissions by 2 million tonnes.

As part of its contract, Datum360 has already implemented its off the shelf, proven SaaS solutions CLS360 and PIM360, which have not only captured the specification for gathering the engineering information, but will act as the data management warehouse for its ongoing collection and assurance.

In what Datum360 calls an "industry breakthrough", the company managed to implement both SaaS products in less than a week. This, in a sector traditionally dominated by lengthy implementation, failed delivery and spiralling costs.

With the average engineering information management contract awarded at about.£3 million to £5 million, Datum360's contract win could also potentially transform the industry by demonstrating the cost effectiveness available to owner operators of using off the shelf solutions that can be deployed rapidly.

Datum360 founder and CEO Steve Wilson said getting the job done inside a week was "incredibly rare" in a sector where engineering information management could traditionally take months and years at pilot stage, frequently never going live and costing owner-operators millions.

"In our speed and quality of deployment I firmly believe we have demonstrated our capacity to look after the best interests of owner operators," he said.

"It is ever important to add value, build trust and ultimately do more for less by delivering efficiencies with our experience and SaaS technology."

Total's specialist engineer in maintenance Tom Nastad Svennevig said that from the outset, Datum360 supplied "constant, high quality advice".

"They've understood our requirements and then, using their SaaS tools, have helped us specify, collect and assure the delivery of ‘Engineering Information'," he said.

"They've very much become a trusted member of our team."

Datum360's scope of work supports Total's "operating philosophy" of minimising offshore operating scope by increasing the quality of engineering information, thus enabling operators to work onshore.

Total expect Datum360's SaaS products to be the centre of Engineering Information for the operating phase of the Martin Linge asset.

As a result of its efforts, Datum360 has already been awarded extra work with Total worth £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 super-majors. Their clients include Maersk Oil, Total, BP and GDF Suez (now Engie).