In a high-pressure and fast-paced environment, the use of simulation, digital twins and digitalisation technology, and e-learning tools are essential parts of a project. Not only do these tools improve designs, but they also reduce risks during commissioning and operations. Our dedicated team of engineers has extensive and varied applications experience, and access to robust learning programs, simulation programs and virtual tools, adding value to any customer project.
Wood’s simulation, virtual commissioning and e-learning capabilities have put us on the forefront of project success by proving our execution of fit-for-purpose design. We have made significant investments in each technology in order to provide these value-adding differentiators for our customers.
Our simulation engineers use advanced software to explore and analyse a whole host of ‘what-if?’ scenarios, allowing the performance of each solution to be optimised.
Our Intelligent Operations and Operations Analysis teams are specifically dedicated to helping customers design and manage the development and operations of onshore and offshore assets. Wood has supported oil and gas, mining and minerals, logistics and bulk terminal industry customers across the globe with these services for more than 25 years, delivering value exceeding $1 billion in operational cost savings and / or performance improvements.
Our consultants are recognised as world-class experts in flow assurance and combining strong analytical capabilities and innovative technology in transient multiphase flow, thermodynamics, dynamic process simulation, production chemistry, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), multiphase metering and allocation, process optimisation and debottlenecking, data analytics and Machine Learning (ML). We also provide solutions for Advanced Process Control (APC), environmental compliance management, training and competency, supply chain and Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES).
For oil and gas operations, Wood provides robust, real-time online and offline software systems for efficient Asset Performance Management (APM). Integral to this offering is Virtuoso®, which is a field proven suite of software products, with proven track record of field performance. Our technology supports engineering studies, operator training and simulation wells, pipelines and processing facility operations onshore and offshore. For example, Virtuoso® is used to help manage some of the world’s key resources, including 30% of the global LNG production, as well as monitoring and assuring over 10% of the world’s gas production.
For complex operations in any industry , we offer our Discrete Event Simulation (DES) capability – a method of simulating the behaviour and performance of a real-life process, facility or system that allows complex decision logic to be incorporated that is not as readily possible in other types of modelling. Simulation provides a greater understanding of performance influencers allowing for more informed decision making for customers. Through simulation we identify system bottlenecks, determine maximum production rates and capacities, and test alternatives before designs are finalized or without having to shutdown actual operations . The analysis, optimisation and visualisation provided by a DES model gives insight into a system or process that all stakeholders can understand. We create these virtual models to demonstrate exactly how our solutions will work using programs such as Arena, Robcad, Siemens NX and WinMod.
Wood offers offsite testing platforms in a virtual environment that accurately reflects the real factory, with seamlessly integrated hardware, programmable logic controller (PLC) and robotic systems. In this context, the model could be a 2D or 3D CAD digital twin of the actual facility. Strict adherence to proven processes and group-wide standards – together with an integral, closed-loop issue-reporting and tracking system, accessible via a dedicated Intranet site – minimises human error and ensures continuity.
We can recreate production and maintenance scenarios that would otherwise be impossible or dangerous. As well as reducing costs, rigorous simulation and virtual commissioning also minimise the risk of machinery damage – and related safety issues – thereby keeping your project on schedule.
Wood offers multiple facets of Training and Competency Management (TCM) solutions under its OperatorSuite™ offering that can integrate e-learning programs, traditional classroom methods, Computer-Based Training (CBT), Operator Training Simulation & Operator Training Systems (OTS), Virtual Reality (VR), operating procedures and Learning Management Systems (LMS).
Our solutions help customers mitigate risks and maximise returns while training a confident, competent, and safe workforce. Wood’s training solutions are designed to facilitate training for improved safety by enabling operators to perform tasks in a simulated environment. Our solutions are designed to help the operators acquire skills to respond to events / scenarios quickly and correctly, facilitate reactions and behaviour changes in high-stress conditions, set standards and guidelines for team training and communications, and develop competency management. Wood’s solutions and services include:
Wood’s in-house VR benefits are vast and can add significant value to operations, particularly in areas such as training, safety and decommissioning.
The customisable technology allows users to experience environments and learn through realistic graphic scenarios in a controlled, safe, cost-efficient and repeatable manner. Its delivery is flexible and can use the customer's 3D drawings. Whether providing the ability to walk around structures on the seabed, or see the real-life implications of safety action, we can design and build unique VR solutions for our customers.
As previously noted, Wood’s offering in VR / AR technology is integral to its offering for Training and Competency Management. Our clients’ operators have benefitted from having an immersive training environment to train inside panel operators, outside field personnel, as well as providing detailed walkthrough and site familiarisation opportunities.
Our projects are supported by our rigorous testing processes, validated externally with ISO9001:2000 accreditation, and by our internal quality manager. Throughout all of our design, assembly and installation processes, we monitor and analyse key elements in your system to ensure prevention of potential errors. Typical test processes include: