CASE STUDY – EPIM

A collaborative arena for the oil and gas industry

EPIM (Exploration & Production Information Management) and EVRY have built a forward-looking and intuitive system for matching suppliers and operators on the Norwegian continental shelf. The new system has the potential to generate huge savings in operating costs and makes it easier for all parties to stay up to date.

Background

EPIM is a non-profit membership association governed by the operators on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. Its purpose is to facilitate the best possible flow of information between operators, partners, authorities and other stakeholders on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, through innovative and cost efficient industry solutions.

The 27 oil and gas operators on the Norwegian continental shelf spend approximately NOK 50 billion each year on products and services from more than 4 000 suppliers from around the globe in order to run safe and efficient production operations. The current process for finding suppliers for each of the thousands of requests is time consuming and does not always result in the best match in terms of service, product quality, suitability, availability and price. For more than 20 years, a joint qualification system (Achilles JQS) has been used to qualify suppliers and match operator requirements with the best suited suppliers.

EPIM, which is the owner of the JQS-concept, decided to build its own and more forward-looking solution that would be adapted to EPIM’s users. Together with EPIM, EVRY created a roadmap for this and developed a substitute for the old system, with the new system launched in autumn 2018.

The team

GYRO AANESTAD VIDVEJ

Age: 40

Position: Project Manager

Workplace: EVRY Norge

Nationality: Norwegian

YNGVE NILSEN

Age: 41

Position: Senior Advisor - JQS Service Manager

Workplace: EPIM

Nationality: Norwegian

ANDRE OALAND

Age: 33

Position: Advisor and Project Manager

Workplace: Efab

Nationality: Norwegian

TOM ERLING HENRIKSEN

Age: 63

Position: Head of Oil & Gas

Workplace: EVRY Norway

Nationality: Norwegian

OLEKSANDR GOLUBCHYKOV

Age: 25

Position: Business Analyst

Workplace: EVRY Ukraine

Nationality: Ukrainian

TONE O. SANDVIK

Age: 42

Position: Head of Sales, Global Delivery SME

Workplace: EVRY Norway

Nationality: Norwegian

DENYS SHEVCHENKO

Age: 26

Position: Team lead

Workplace: EVRY Ukraine

Nationality: Ukrainian

ULIANA BASHCHUK

Age: 24

Position: UX-UI designer

Workplace: EVRY Ukraine

Nationality: Ukrainian

The project

EVRY has been instrumental in the development of EPIM’s new JQS solution, which is a supplier register and pre-qualification service used by purchasers in the Norwegian and Danish oil and gas sector. It manages supplier information and risk in the supply chain and enables efficient purchasing in accordance with EU regulations, covering most procurement needs. The collaboration between operators and suppliers coordinated by EPIM will deliver a standardised industry solution for the Norwegian continental shelf, with operators and suppliers having jointly agreed standards for product and service categories, capability assessment guidelines, and core inputs for all key functionalities in the solution.

EPIM JQS dynamically retrieves web information from the 4 000 companies via 'web crawlers' that make the system much more user-friendly. It automatically updates companies’ information from the Brønnøysund Register Centre and Dun & Bradstreet, with the information found on the web checked continuously against what is in the database. Previously the information was only updated once a year when the companies sent their updates.

The project delivery from EVRY included architecture, consulting, application development and application management. On the basis of the process and implementation project, EVRY has been awarded additional business by EPIM, including chatbot, service desk, artificial intelligence, robotics and automated process services.

“The new and intelligent EPIM JQS has the potential to generate huge savings in operating costs, and equally importantly, to ensure that the right product and service are matched to each requirement for a bewildering pool of suppliers”.

Gyro Aanestad Vidvei

Project Manager, EVRY Norway

Business outcomes

The solution has been designed, developed and is supported by EVRY entirely on the basis of EPIM's requirements specification. As a result, EPIM has a modern, intuitive solution that makes the job of staying up to date much easier for all suppliers to the Norwegian oil sector. It also makes it easier for operators to find the right vendors based on a modern search engine. The solution is built on a platform that means that adding more cognitive functions and expanding the solution to meet future needs would be simple.