In April 2010, the malfunction of a blow- out preventer (BOP) contributed to the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, leading to the loss of life of 11 crew members and one of the worst oil spills in U.S. history. Since then, a movie was made about the incident, with an unsurprisingly Hollywood take. In addition, there has been a not-so-surprising emphasis on comprehensive BOP monitoring throughout the oil & gas industry.

Initial Deepwater Subsea projects reinforced the need for an improved solution in an industry where many operators and service companies were set in their own established, and often inefficient, procedures. Like most operators, Deepwater Subsea was using general purpose tools such as Excel to analyze data, making it difficult to predict and troubleshoot problems, and to help its customers meet regulatory requirements.

To attain the required level of certainty, Deepwater Subsea switched from spread- sheets to Seeq for interacting with the data of interest, creating insights and producing customized reports.


Publication: Oil & Gas Engineering

Issue: June 2020

Reprinted with permission of Oil & Gas Engineering.