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Wood adopts Honeywell connection for oil and gas operations

William Payne
June 2, 2020

Oil and gas support multinational Wood has adopted a connected worker system from Honeywell. Wood is implementing Honeywell's Forge to help improve decision making, productivity and industrial safety.
To date, the technology has been deployed on offshore rigs in the UK North Sea, the Gulf of Mexico and on Alaska's North Slope as well as at onshore processing facilities in the UK, USA, Canada and the Middle East. Benefits have ranged from accelerated issue resolution to reduced shutdown time and decreased exposure to hazardous environments.
Aberdeen, Scotland, based Wood is a $10bn global oil, gas and renewables consultancy and support organisation that employs more than 55,000 people.
The Honeywell system provides Wood's frontline workforce with instant access to knowledge and information needed to streamline operations, ensure uptime and enable business continuity. Using hands-free devices and leveraging technology such as augmented reality, Honeywell Connected Worker's intelligent wearables combine a heads-up display and voice control with workflow software and integration of plant and process data.
"Honeywell Forge Workforce Productivity is one of the key components of our connected operations and worker programmes," said Darren Martin, Wood's chief technology officer. “Wood is harnessing the collective ingenuity of our people using disruptive technologies to solve our clients' biggest challenges. The technology is central to ensuring Wood and our clients are future ready, now."
As part of its Honeywell Forge implementation, Wood is implementing Inspection Rounds, which digitises end-to-end inspection workflows.
The company is also employing Worker Assist Expert-on-Call and Video Assist. These modules are designed to connect workers in real time to colleagues in central control rooms or remote offices and other sites when they need advice or support. The technology allows workers to call up video tutorials guiding them step-by-step through complex tasks when they encounter them.
"Operators across industries are recognising the value of digitising workflows, enabling workers with collaboration tools and connecting workers to live data so they can make better decisions, work more effectively and be safer whether on site or while working remotely," said Sunil Pandita, vice president and general manager of Honeywell Connected Industrial. "Honeywell Forge dramatically enhances workers' daily experience by combining our process expertise with people enablement technologies, especially in today's global business environment."