This article discusses how a CMMS can help Oil and Gas Companies Check for damage faster after a natural disaster.

CMMS for Fire and Floods

Everyone is aware that damage from natural disasters such as wildfires, floods or even an earthquake can have catastrophic consequences for oil and gas operations. This year has seen a high number of natural events that have put oil and gas assets in danger.

Although no one can stop a natural disaster from occurring, the key to minimizing damage and restoring production flow in the event of a disaster is knowing the condition of all oil and gas assets before and after an event and then being able to react quickly to problems.

CMMS Systems Can Accelerate Disaster Response Times

In many situations, oil and gas maintenance managers have some warning before a fire or flood will impact their assets. However, if there is very little time, a CMMS solution will provide management with the tools they need to quickly access what work needs to be done.

CMMS system helps with this challenge because when implemented properly it will:

  • Automate work management processes such as work requests and work orders reducing the amount of time consumed completing paper work and giving maintenance crews more time to accomplish their tasks.
  • Schedule inspections, preventive maintenance and repairs on a proactive basis transforming maintenance from reactive to proactive.
  • Record the results of all work so that a complete work history is available for each asset. This enables more effective maintenance planning.

Example of a CMMS in Action

For example, wildfires may have been identified as approaching a well field or exposed pipeline. Maintenance management can give maintenance crews a CMMS generated inspection checklist for assets in the area.

Inspection results are sent back to management via mobile handheld devices that indicate whether the asset is secured, protected or requires work (shut down )before the fires arrive. Maintenance management can review all the results in real-time to make priority decisions how to best prepare for the approaching fire.

More importantly the same procedures (inspection checklist) can be used immediately after the fire to identify damage or potential problems. The key is scheduling the inspections as soon as it is safe to do so. If inspections show critical assets under stress or damaged, work crews can then immediately dispatched to avoid a catastrophe.

Work History is Priceless

Another advantage of implementing a CMMS is that it may come in handy should a catastrophe occur and allegations of asset neglect are made. As mentioned above, a CMMS records all work history for assets so that asset managers always know the condition of assets at any point in time.

The management reports that a CMMS solution can generate can prove that asset care was regular and has met all government regulatory requirements. This proof may mitigate or lower damages from liability claims of neglect.