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Top blog posts in 2016

2016 was a great year for us in DNV GL – we started our digitalisation programme, engaged on the new ecosystems and wrote many blog posts! These posts are that you liked the most. Please see below a list of the Top blog posts in 2016:

January 2016

The year started with one of the most popular posts throughout the entire year. The post discusses the decline in the oil price and how that impact safety programmes:

Perfect storm for the next major accident?

February 2016

This post discusses classification methods and the concept of high and low risk:

Now is the time to rethink the concept of a “low risk facility” (do they really exist?)

March 2016

March was a busy month – here are the top blog posts during this period:

Eight questions about Operational Risk

In this post, Graham Bennett answers what are the main challenges when performing Operational risk analyses

Sea state parameters impact on acceleration response of a semisubmersible

A semisubmersible is designed to operate in harsh environments in operational and temporary conditions. In this context, it becomes essential to understand how different accelerations impact the integrity of the structure. This post discusses the influence of sea state in evaluating the accelerations at critical points (full paper here).

How does YOUR leak detection system handle the uncertainties defined in API 1149?
This
post comes from Kevin Hemingway and Mark Walsh. It discusses the second edition of American Petroleum Institute’s Technical Report 1149 titled “Pipeline Variable Uncertainties and Their Effects on Leak Detectability” (API 1149 R2). Given the ever-growing importance and prominence of reliable leak detection in the pipeline industry today, there were many industry professionals that eagerly awaited the release of this report.

April 2016

One of the main strategic themes for this year appeared in April:

Digitalization, digital twins and cyber-physical systems…what’s in it for us?

In one of the most popular posts of the year, Jo Ovstas discusses the importance of Digital Twins and give definitions to digitalization, digital twins and cyber-physical systems.

From FMECA to RAM studies

Failure Modes Effects Analysis (FMEA) and its extension, Criticality (FMECA), is a process analysis tool used to identify potential failures that could affect the performance of a piece of equipment and/or asset. In the oil and gas industry, FMEA/FMECA is often the first step of the RAM analysis. But how do you go from FMECA to RAM studies?

It’s Pipeline Flushing season: are you getting the most out of your crew? (and your pipes?)

Flushing of pipelines is an effective way to improve water quality. But after being flushed, the pipes may gradually regenerate the accumulated material and may need to be flushed again, thereby making pipeline flushing a spring ritual.

Sanjay Yadav and Christine Miller discusses the application of Synergi Water in the operation of flushing pipes.

May 2016

In May, we added a post related to our Terminology Explained series.

Optimize your hull forms with minimum wave added resistance

The new framework of the global economy has stimulated and expanded the shipbuilding- and shipping-industries. At the same time, environmental concerns and green shipping concepts have put more pressure and demands on designers to minimize the energy consumption, maximize the protection of the marine environment and maximize the efficiency and economy of maritime operations. This post discusses the increasing the interest of wave added resistance study for ocean-going vessels and how to optimise the hull form given all the aforementioned requirements.

Fig. 1 Control surface for ship model S175

Terminology explained: Vapour Cloud Explosion (VCE)

Explosions are a complicated physical phenomenon which science continues to investigate. Major accidents such as Buncefield, Texas City and, more recently, at the Amuay refinery in Punto Fijo Venezuela, have focused attention on assessing the effects of Vapour Cloud Explosion (VCE) on assets such as buildings and process equipment, as well as people. This post describes the VCE in more details.

June 2016

June starts with a post written by Mike Murtha on very topical subject:

Pipelines: how can we help build public trust?

This post debates what needs to be done to increase public trust in pipelines.

History of failure data

Maintenance has changed over the past 20 years due to a huge increase in the number and variety of physical assets that must be maintained, more complex designs, new maintenance techniques, more failure data, changing views on maintenance organisation. This post discusses the evolution of failure data collection and analysis.

3 Generations of failure distribution

July 2016

July presents the new 3D capability available in Phast.

Bringing 3D Visualization capabilities to Phast

Improving the visualization of the hazards modelled in Phast is a goal we strive continuously to improve. A long standing feature of Phast is the ability to view hazards from a “birds eye” view (i.e.contours on a map). Recent releases have extended this to include side view perspectives.

August 2016

August is another month where some of the strategic goals discussed in more details:

Digitalization: it doesn’t eliminate the need for smart people

This post list the reflections of Tormod Svensen, who is the Director of Digital Transformation at DNV GL – Software.  He is leading the effort to turn the DNV GL 2020 Digitalization strategy into a reality, for the benefit of all our Software customers.

Dynamic Results Dashboard for Visualizing QRA Results

In this post, Kenny Shaba introduces the a dynamic, interactive dashboard showing risk results (Potential Loss of Life or PLL for short) from a (Quantitative Risk Assessment) QRA study done using Safeti.

September 2017

Good news in September with the new release of Phast/Safeti.

New version of Phast and Safeti (7.2) now available

This post list the advantages of the new version of Phast and Safeti

Perfect storm for the next accident? Data analysis

This post is the second part of an article that we published in the beginning of the year – Perfect storm for the next accident?. Data analysis shows that the concerns raised at the beginning of the year are becoming reality.

October 2016

Supply Chain Modelling: Shipping and Logistic Operations

One of the key challenges of the oil and gas industry refers to the increasingly complexity of its supply chain. This post discusses how Maros and Taro can take into account key aspects of Supply Chain Modelling: Shipping and Logistics Operations.

Exporting -> Berthing -> Ships -> Berthing -> Importing

November 2016

November starts with a great post from the Simulation and Optimisation team:

Liquid Modeling: the hydraulics of a beer pipeline

“Recently a colleague of mine shared a noteworthy news article about a new pipeline in the historic town of Brugges, Belgium.  But this is no ordinary pipeline… the new pipeline carries a liquid far more precious than oil, far more necessary than water. The new pipeline carries beer!”

Mixed and virtual reality for engineering applications – Hololens and Oculus Rift

Our company was lucky to get hold on a couple of Microsoft Hololens devices short time ago. Perhaps we were one of the first companies in Norway? Jo Ovstas describes his experience with this new technology.

December 2016

Christmas with a letter from a satisfied customer and Christmas gift (new version of Maros and Taro).

Greetings from the North Pole!

Our colleague Tom Gilmour, head of Product Strategy for DNV GL – Software, recently received this letter from a satisfied customer, and we thought you would like to see it.  Enjoy!

What’s New in Maros and Taro? Check what is new in version 9.3 and 5.3!

I would like to say thank you to everybody that contributed to the blog and also Cathrine Korshamn who runs the behind the scenes really well.

Please keep in touch, we always love your comments and suggestion. Let us know what you think about the blog and what we should writing about!

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