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Facilities Engineering Information Architecture

Our client had recently brought together a number of disparate systems development and customisation projects into a coherent programme of work. Amongst others, the systems involved included Smartplant, Maximo and SAP. The client sought help to ensure that the combined portfolio would, on completion, meet the information requirements of their operations business processes.


The overall work programme is to support the facilities engineering (FE) community in operating a number of fields that are currently under development, with a focus on readiness for first production.

The task of unifying the information management aspects required a broad knowledge of many aspects of the management of FE information during both operations and construction (to ensure suitable delivery of required operations information). Venture was able to offer an experienced consultant who understood the complexity of FE information management (IM) throughout the asset lifecycle, and was able to facilitate co-operation between the various projects and individuals involved.


Venture’s consultant, reporting to the programme manager, initially liaised with the individual project managers and senior staff with a view to:

  • Ensuring that the complete solution for FE IM in operations is well-integrated and
  • Providing comprehensive, well-designed information flows that support the business completely and unambiguously.

However, as a new entrant to the North Sea, our client had undertaken several initiatives to collate (or, in some cases, define) and agree areas of its planned business processes. The individual IS projects had worked with the relevant components where available, and had proposed additions and changes or raised questions where necessary.

Consequently, Venture’s consultant needed to collate, compare and contrast available business process definitions, at their various stages of maturity and acceptance, in order to map the capabilities and potential of the individual IS projects and systems and identify any gaps and overlaps.

The resulting “capability model” formed the basis of dialogue with the projects and the business units involved to agree which systems would support which business processes as a start-point for the information unification challenge.


The exercise demonstrates how, sometimes, the exact nature of a known IM problem can be difficult to pin down until the right expertise is involved. Although, in the event, the anticipated work plan had to be changed, with the focus turning initially to business processes rather than information architecture, the result has provided the missing context to enable the underlying problem to be properly addressed.

The client is now in a position to tackle the question of which information sets should “live” in each system from an objective business perspective rather than a surrogate technical standpoint. Venture’s consultant’s role has been extended to facilitate and support the continuing information integration theme across the programme, with individual projects now having clearer scope of both functionality and information content, and the gaps in business process support being addressed. 

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Venture has an extensive history of successful delivery of information management solutions to Nexen.