Oxand and Suncor extend their collaboration on SAGD well integrity
Building on previous studies conducted in 2010-2011, the Canadian Oil & Gas leader Suncor Energy has commissioned Oxand to perform a 3D finite elements modeling study on their thermal wells producing bitumen via SAGD (Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage) technology from the Athabasca Oil Sands (Province of Alberta).
The results will enable Suncor to optimize the design, drilling and operations of SAGD wells, to ensure wellbore integrity over the whole lifecycle.
Oxand Switzerland accompanies the creation of a new asset management structure
In Switzerland, four electricity distribution network management entities have decided to regroup their forces by creating a common structure to improve asset performance.
They have asked Oxand to accompany them in setting up this firm, Tamdis. The multiple-phase mission entrusted to Oxand consultants entails analysis of the current situation, process creation support, elaboration of the first investment masterplan, advice and training. In short, a complete asset management service with the following objective: to provide Tamdis with all the tools required to accomplish its mission of optimizing the assets for which it will henceforth be responsible.
Widening Wilheminakanaal waterway – quality action plan for new lock
The Wilhelminakanaal is a major waterway in the south of the Netherlands. Opened nearly 90 years ago, Wilheminakanaal has seen a growth in traffic. Iter Fidelis, Oxand's Dutch subsidiary, has been working with a consortium on its tender for the design and construction of works to widen the canal, to allow it to accommodate larger vessels. The project also includes a new Lock III, adjacent to the existing old lock III, which will be constructed while operations continue. The consulting work carried out by Iter Fidelis included writing the Quality Action Plan for the project, describing organization and collaboration with the client Rijkswaterstaat, environmental hindrance reduction measures and implementation of risk and opportunity management.
Port of Sète facilities and equipment maintenance plan: 2012-2020
Since the beginning of 2008, the Languedoc-Roussillon region in the south of France has entrusted the operation of the port of Sète to the public service Port Sud de France (PSF). PSF asked Oxand to provide it with a vision of the maintenance works that will be required until 2020 for the equipment and facilities of the Sète port complex (boom cranes, gantry cranes, loaders, vehicles, buildings, hangars, roads, tracks,...).
This maintenance plan, which concerns the maintenance, repair and renewal of material assets, is accompanied by a financial analysis enabling the management to annually budget the expenses for maintenance, major works and renewal that are required for the proper functioning of the port over the long term.
Managing the supply chain for major nuclear new-build projects
In Great Britain, NNB GenCo, an EDF Energy and Centrica joint venture, is responsible for delivering the new nuclear power plant programs. Its Quality Control department recently entrusted Oxand UK with a specific mission: to provide a support tool for evaluating the supply chain that will be involved in the design and construction of the future EPR reactors at Hinkley Point and Sizewell.
Oxand’s solution integrates data from quality standards, (ISO 9001, IAEA GS-R-3...), nuclear design and construction codes (ETC-C, RCC-M…) and NBB's own specifications, and provides a classification and evaluation of supply chain risks. The experts responsible for service-provider selection and qualification will have a valuable decision-making aid at their disposal, which will also allow them to make efficient use of previous experience and to perpetuate knowledge acquired.
Securing the French railway network against cable theft
RFF, owner and manager of the French railway network, has been confronted over recent years with an increase in cable theft. This situation has a major impact on train delays, the direct cost of repairs, and the indirect costs associated with network disruption and user dissatisfaction.
In this context, RFF commissioned Oxand, as a neutral third party, to optimize an investment plan concerning the reinforcement of railway network cable security against theft. After an in-depth analysis of the geographical areas and critical components in terms of network impact, Oxand carried out an overall cost-benefit study of the different solutions possible by integrating a European benchmark on the subject. Oxand thus proposed an itemized breakdown of the investment plan and contributed to supporting the RFF’s strategic decision.
In Switzerland, the TPG is optimizing risk management follow-up with Simeo ERM™
For a number of years, the Geneva Public Transport (TPG) has been implementing a risk management approach to its strategic and operational risks. To optimize follow-up, it recently indicated an interest in acquiring a computerized solution adapted to its context and activity. The TPG's requirement: a user-friendly, expandable and upgradable piloting tool capable of integrating company information and data corresponding to all international standards.
After a call for tenders, the TPG retained Oxand's Simeo ERM™ solution. This tool will allow the firm to simplify reporting, save time and increase efficiency, thus providing real added value to the Geneva public transportation operator.
N33 Highway – supporting consortium during final bidding phase
The N33 highway, in the north of the Netherlands, is to be doubled to improve safety and handle increased traffic. Design, realisation and financing of the project, as well as maintenance over a 20 year period, will be entrusted to a private consortium. Oxand’s subsidiary IterFidelis is advising one of the consortiums bidding for the project. During the first bidding phase Iter Fidelis made a significant contribution to reaching the final bidding phase by advising the consortium on the Risk Management Plan.
During the final bidding phase Iter Fidelis is assisting the consortium by advising on management and maintenance risks. The consulting work also includes development of management plans, proposals for performance management systems and analyses of penalty and availability risks during the operational phase.
Re-evaluation of civil engineering infrastructure
Are aging infrastructures still in compliance with evolving regulatory requirements and prescriptions (seismic standards, for example)?
This question, frequently raised after inspection of civil engineering infrastructure, leads in most cases to a rapid answer.
In this context, Oxand has just completed its "engineering methods for rapid infrastructure evaluation" project. It allows prompt implementation of an expert method adapted to the reliability and the safety margins expected. This method integrates statistical data and takes into account the condition of ageing constructions as well as Oxand's experience feedback. The method has just been applied for re-evaluating seaport cryogenic gas storage tanks.
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