Archive for September 11, 2009

DNV Updates Guidelines to Prevent Rig Downtime Caused by Software

As technology innovation progresses, offshore rigs are becoming more and more dependent on complex software-intensive control systems. These are providing great opportunities, but they are also inducing new problems, often related to the commissioning, integration and operational phases. To reduce offshore rig downtime caused by systems integration and quality issues, DNV is publishing a Recommended Practice (RP) to help operators deal with downtime and its impact on revenue.

            The first version of the “Integrated Software-Dependent Control Systems Recommended Practice (RP D-201)” was developed a year ago. It addressed the roles of owners, operators, system integrators and suppliers in ensuring that rigs work reliably upon delivery. Since then, DNV has worked closely with rig owners in Norway and the US to improve the performance of their rigs’ control systems. Based on this cooperation and knowledge-sharing, an extended version of the RP is now available.

            The RP identifies the technical and management activities critical to specifying, developing and maintaining a software-dependent control system. It provides a common framework for evaluating and improving the processes of all stakeholders. Challenges often occur because there are many different components from a diverse group of suppliers required to work together. Successful development and integration is not always the case in this setting.

Practical guidelines are provided to assess integration risks and take into account functional as well as non-functional requirements.

            “The results of a software crash or integration issues may be a significant loss of revenue due to delayed rig commissioning and rig downtime. Misunderstandings about requirements and responsibilities often contribute to these problems. Furthermore, many critical integration and verification tasks ‘fall through the cracks’,” said Annie Combelles, head of DNV’s IT Global Services unit.

            Today, systems are so extremely complex that they cannot be fully tested anymore.

            “A new approach is needed for managing the increased complexity in software-embedded systems and to better manage commissioning. Therefore we have tried to capture best practices also from other industries so that companies can manage the quality and schedule better than we have observed in many cases,” Combelles said.

September 11, 2009 at 11:41 pm Leave a comment

Oil Industry Supports 9MM US Jobs, 7.5% GDP

The U.S. oil and natural gas industry supports more than 9 million American jobs and makes significant economic contributions as an employer and purchaser of American goods and services, a new study by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) found.

The study entitled “The Economic Impacts of the Oil and Natural Gas Industry on the U.S. Economy: Employment, Labor Income and Value Added” notes that the industry’s total value-added contribution to the national economy was more than $1 trillion, or 7.5 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product, in 2007, the most recent year for which data was available.

“The economic impact of the oil and natural gas industry reaches all 50 states and the District of Columbia,” PwC said in the report commissioned by API. “The top 15 states, in terms of the total number of jobs directly or indirectly attributable to the oil and natural gas industry’s operations in 2007 were Texas, California, Oklahoma, Louisiana, New York, Pennsylvania, Florida, Illinois, Ohio, Colorado, Michigan, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia and New Jersey.”

API President Jack Gerard said Congress should keep the study’s findings in mind this week when it debates greater domestic oil and gas access and higher energy taxes. He noted the study emphasizes the importance the oil and natural gas industry plays in the U.S. economy and in states well beyond traditional oil and gas-producing regions.

“Congress should remember,” Gerard said, “that some of the energy tax and climate change legislation it has proposed would have a devastating impact on the industry and many of the 9.2 million American jobs it supports, as well as on the American economy and energy security.”

“The people in the U.S. oil and natural gas industry are the backbone of our economy,” Gerard said. “They provide most of the nation’s energy, spurring growth and job creation across America. At a time of economic recession, the oil and natural gas industry is actually responsible for creating more jobs and generating more revenue to the economy. Irresponsible proposals to pile new taxes on the industry threaten these jobs and the nation’s ability to produce more of its own energy. We should not put any jobs at risk, but especially not when millions of Americans already are unemployed and economic recovery remains uncertain.”

September 11, 2009 at 11:25 pm 1 comment

Upgrading from Boyfriend 5.0 to Husband 1.0

Dear Tech Support,

Last year I upgraded from Boyfriend 5.0 to Husband 1.0 and noticed a distinct slowdown in overall system performance, particularly in the flower and jewelry applications, which operated flawlessly under Boyfriend 5.0.

In addition, Husband 1.0 uninstalled many other valuable programs, such as Romance 9.5 and Personal Attention 6.5, and then installed undesirable programs such as MLB 5.0, NFL 3.0 and Golf Clubs 4.1.

Conversation 8.0 no longer runs, and Housecleaning 2.6 simply crashes the system.

Please note that I have tried running Nagging 5.3 to fix these problems, but to no avail.

What can I do?



Dear Desperate,

First, keep in mind, Boyfriend 5.0 is an Entertainment Package, while Husband 1.0 is an operating system.

Please enter command: ithoughtyoulovedme.html and try to download Tears 6.2 and do not forget to install the Guilt 3.0 update. If that application works as designed, Husband 1.0 should then automatically run the applications Jewelry 2.0 and Flowers 3.5.

However, remember that overuse of the above application can cause Husband 1.0 to default to Grumpy Silence 2.5, Happy Hour 7.0 or Beer 6.1. (Please note that Beer 6.1 is a very bad program that will download the Snoring Loudly Beta.)

Whatever you do, DO NOT under any circumstances install Mother-In-Law 1.0 (it runs a virus in the background that will eventually seize control of all your system resources.)

In addition, please do not attempt to reinstall the Boyfriend 5.0. This is an unsupported application and will crash Husband 1.0.

In summary, Husband 1.0 is a great program, but it does have limited memory and cannot learn new applications quickly. You might consider buying additional software to improve memory and performance. We recommend: Cooking 3.0 and Hot Lingerie 7.7.

Good Luck !

Tech Support

September 11, 2009 at 11:03 pm Leave a comment

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