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Increasing efficiency with standardized IT applications

Tough competition and tight profit margins on the Norwegian seabed is seeing many offshore companies swap costly bespoke IT systems for standardized applications. This helps them increase profitability and productivity among their engineers. Kongsberg Maritime and Ocean Installer are two operators that have increased quality and efficiency by scrapping their old systems.
 

Global competition has impacted the Norwegian seabed. Ambitious competitors are challenging Norwegian suppliers with additional conditions and requirements and the costs are increasing. The result is a squeeze on profit margins and reduced profitability.

In the recent Offshore Report, Konkraft states that Norwegian companies need to identify more profitable business models that are less bespoke and more standardized, in order to survive in the long term. They claim that this is vital in order to maintain Norway’s competitiveness.
 
Spending too much time on administrative tasks
Software Innovation is a Norwegian software company that provides IT applications, including technical document management applications for construction projects. They confirm that they are receiving a growing number of enquiries from offshore companies wanting to replace expensive bespoke systems with standardized applications.
 
“The offshore companies increasingly want to avoid large and costly development projects. They come to us because we can offer a tried and tested standardized application that is known in the industry and that underpins processes relating to document management and control,” says Ander Johnsen, Vice President of Software Innovation’s ProArc division.
 
“Standardized applications are preset, meaning that employees in the companies become more effective. Time is freed up so that engineers can focus on their core tasks, instead of using time on administrative tasks and cumbersome document management routines.”

Software Innovation has gained 17 new ProArc customers so far this year and most of these are from the offshore industry. They include companies such as Premier il, Lundin Norway, Inrigo and other companies in the IKM Group.
 
Less demanding of resources
Kongsberg Maritime operate in an industry that requires strict document control, security and effective project management. One of their biggest customers is Statoil.
 
“Our bespoke system was resource-heavy and did not adequately meet our needs for control and transparency. We set out to find a standardized application that could meet our complex needs for managing technical project information and would ensure that we meet industry standards, legal regulations and other guidelines,” says Ole Lindseth, Head of IT at Kongsberg Maritime.

“The new ProArc application made our employees’ jobs simpler. Management of documentation and project progression has been significantly improved and we have achieved improved control and quality in our projects. The operation of the application is also very efficient,” says Lindseth.
 
Strict quality management
Ocean Installer has grown rapidly since it was founded in January 2011. Today, the company has an order book totaling $400 million USD, 230 employees and a growing fleet of underwater construction vessels. All documentation relating to projects and the company’s policies is managed in ProArc. Documents are signed electronically and all office branches have access – you won’t find any paper here.

“There are high demands for quality and efficiency and we have put a strong focus on streamlining working methods to meet our customers’ requirements and to manage the company’s growth optimally. Since implementing ProArc, the focus has been on training employees in routines that ensure the best management of documents in the project phase and the best handover to customers. We deliver the right information at the right time,” says Ragnhild Norberg, Document Control & LCI manager at Ocean Installer.

 

** The Competitiveness of Norwegian Offshore Shipbuilding, a report from KonK – November 2013 http://www.konkraft.no/default.asp?id=1030 

 

Contact information:
Anders Johnsen, Vice President ProArc at Software Innovation, telephone: (+47) 982 57 847/ anders.johnsen@software-innovation.com  

 

About Kongsberg Maritime Engineering:
Kongsberg Maritime Engineering (KME) is a subsidiary of Kongsberg Maritime that combines and delivers complete electronic, instrument and telecoms packages to oil companies, rig owners and shipping companies. KME has 95 employees in Norwich, Singapore and India. Kongsberg Maritime has 3,700 employees in 18 countries, while the Kongsbert Group as a whole has 6,300 employees in 25 countries.

http://www.km.kongsberg.com/  

About Ocean Installer:
:Founded in 2011, Ocean Installer AS plans, designs, installs, inspects, maintains and repairs oil and gas systems on the seabed. Advanced underwater construction vessels are their most important tools. The company is expanding quickly and has already ordered their own construction vessel, worth €177 million, which will be launched in the summer of 2014. The vessel will be equipped with two 400 ton cranes that can operate at a depth of 300 meters in the North Sea and 3000 meters off the coast of Brazil.

www.oceaninstaller.com  

About Software Innovation:
Software Innovation is a Scandinavian software provider with an increasing international presence. We develop and sell Enterprise Content Management software and information management software built on Microsoft technology. We have almost 30 years’ experience and expertise delivering standardized applications for document, case and technical document management. Our mission is to help organizations turn their information into their most valuable resource. Software Innovation has around 300 employees in Oslo, Stockholm and Copenhagen, and a development center in Bangalore. The applications are sold and delivered through an expansive international network of partners. Our products, ProArc, Business 360º, Public 360º and DocuLive are used by more that 600 organizattions and 200,000 users in the public and private sectors.
www.software-innovation.no  

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