For gas network SGN, Mineral Blue has rationalised the operational control of assets and significantly reduced the delays to projects that were caused by permit permissions validation.
Before Mineral Blue
Like much of the UK Gas Network, SGN had been running on a legacy Permit to Work and conflict management system that was no longer supported. This meant that the gas network could no longer modify or update their working processes in line with industry best practice.
In addition, the time taken to verify permit competencies was putting strain on SGN and its supply chain workforce. Delays resulted in increased costs – both to operations and to maintenance.
What Mineral Blue has delivered for SGN so far
Mineral Blue has entirely replaced the legacy SGN Permit to Work recording and competency management process. Where validating permit issuer competency against permits authored was previously lengthy and labour-intensive, Mineral Blue now delivers this activity in real time.
The system is now wholly configurable by the SGN operations team. This enables their processes to grow and improve with the aspirations of their business.
Software that evolves with SGN
A recent policy change required additional permit types and controls to be introduced across all SGN assets. With the previous system, this would have been laborious to implement, requiring considerable development input. Implementing Mineral Blue, however, meant that the changes could be made and rolled out across the network in under five minutes.
Moving forward, Mineral Blue will be working with SGN to develop the EL6 (Electrical Isolation Management) element of Mineral Blue, as well as establishing client-specific reporting, using Online Analytical Processing (OLAP).