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Geospatial IM in Facilities Engineering

Whilst geospatial information management (IM) is well-established in support of some E&P activities, its application (other than for CAD) is immature in facilities engineering (FE) environments, despite the clear importance of location to structures, pipelines, plant equipment etc. Venture’s client wished to improve its understanding, management and business exploitation of the spatial aspects of engineering information.


Our client has made significant progress in its management of facilities engineering information, having established and disseminated global processes, standards and models and increased the level of governance applied to individual assets to improve compliance.

Their authorities also recognised that spatial information is instrumental in describing and relating process facilities, structures, pipelines etc., from early appraisal and concept selection to operational maintenance and modification and ultimately cessation or disposal.

However, geospatial engineering information had, typically, been used only in specific activities by individual discipline engineers, and was neither shared nor preserved in a way suitable for further use across the organisation and throughout the lifecycle.


Venture was commissioned to assist a major offshore construction project in understanding the business potential in improved geospatial IM, setting strategy, processes and standards to realise the benefits and implementing a practical solution for both the project and the asset’s subsequent operations organisation.

Our consultant also worked with some of the client’s other construction projects, currently at various stages of development, and the global governance team to maximise the benefit of their investment in this project by sharing strategy, standards and practical experiences.

Of fundamental importance was the integration of spatial attributes with other forms of engineering information, their management and availability. A framework has been established to embed information management practice as a standard activity for managing geospatial data within the project and work continues to ensure the practices and benefits follow through to operations

Initially the focus was on the survey data that supports facilities and pipeline engineering, including:

Maintaining a library of surveys in standard format for project and for handover to operations
Enabling automated production of alignment sheets, saving time and improving quality
Taking responsibility for source datasheets (previously “maintained” locally by individual engineers )
Providing an authoritative, managed, database to replace the individuals’ spreadsheets and documents and facilitate sharing.


Information that was routinely used once and then neglected is now captured, stored and managed for on-going use throughout the project and operations, enabling the efficient and accurate performance of many business processes, including:

Providing an authoritative design record for operations, supporting improved processes for inspection, maintenance, modification, incident management etc .
Improved information governance (ownership, approval, control etc.) enabling better availability and accuracy throughout the lifecycle
Integrating related datasets geospatially for design use during both construction project and modifications
Allowing engineering contractors to readily gain familiarity with complex information and models
Serving data to other applications such as CAD more efficiently and accurately. 

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