Integrated Systems Team Deliver a Standard Template for BP


Tamara Thomson

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Tamara Thomson

Rationalising and Simplifying the Systems Portfolio

Accord provided allocation engineering experts for the definition of a Common Production Reporting (CPR) solution to cover all BP’s North Sea operated production assets (UK and Norway). Subsequently, during the successful implementation of this template across the assets, Accord provided both domain and system delivery expertise.

Prior to CPR, BP had numerous different PR systems. Most were based on old technology and were minimally supported by vendors, resulting in significant risk for BP. Additionally, because few users could extract production data, they maintained their own datasets in uncontrolled Excel spreadsheets. This brought the risk of inconsistent reporting and insufficient auditability.

The CPR aimed to harmonise production reporting practices and systems for BP’s North Sea operations. This was achieved by delivering a common, automated software platform supporting standard business processes.


Rollout of a Common Asset Template

The CPR project spanned multiple years and updated ten assets from various legacy PR systems to Energy Components (EC).  After the successful deployment of a ‘pilot’, a number of workstreams were established to roll out the remaining assets in parallel.  In each case, an Asset Lead was appointed, working together with shared resources skilled in reporting, data capture and testing.

Each Asset Lead was responsible for overseeing conversion of their asset, staying with the implementation throughout, until users were comfortable and BP’s support groups were ready to take over.  Accord provided Asset Leads, who were responsible for:

  • Requirements analysis and identifying any gaps from the standard CPR template;

  • Definition of each asset’s requirements (a Functional Design Specification per asset);

  • EC configuration and the implementation of all calculations;

  • Coordination with users and with the reporting, data capture, testing and support teams;

  • Organisation of acceptance testing and data migration to the new system;

  • User training and the training of support groups during the subsequent handover to support.

Accord also provided the reporting analysis and implementation expertise for all assets.

The CPR project successfully realised standard PR business processes across BP’s North Sea assets and implemented a common application to support these processes.  This was achieved on-time and to budget, with no significant disruption to the business.  All legacy PR systems have been decommissioned and uncontrolled spreadsheets are no longer required.

Working in An Integrated Team

BP’s approach to resourcing the project team was to draw on expertise from a number of sources including internally.  A key success factor for the project was how effectively Accord, BP, the product vendor and other staff integrated into a single team, combining expertise to deliver the project successfully.  Accord provided a wide range of skills to this BP team, including:

  • Domain expertise: production reporting, hydrocarbon accounting;

  • Specific knowledge of the assets being migrated; 

  • In-depth knowledge of EC, from design and development to system testing;

  • Specialist system delivery expertise e.g. PI integration;

  • Detailed experience of system delivery and the management of change in a multi-asset environment.

"A key success factor for the project was how effectively Accord, BP, the product vendor and other staff integrated into a single team, combining expertise to deliver the project successfully."

Tamara Thomson

Tamara Thomson