Remote Operations Center Guide: Enter & Navigate the ROC World

Remote Operation Centers are essentially the industrial answer to “working from home”.

Instead of venturing out to offshore platforms, workers can now perform operations from onshore locations, which comes with a number of advantages.

ROC workers face less challenges than their offshore counterparts and benefit from increased operational safety, Paul Adamson, senior systems consultant at Honeywell, told Rigzone. 

“The guys aren’t going back to their bunkbeds [at] night or having to find things to occupy them. Onshore, it’s just normal life, they’re going back home … they go to work and they go home for their tea (dinner) basically, which is what a lot of people want to do,” Adamson said.

Get to Grips with ROC Tools

Rigzone recently took a trip to Honeywell’s Customer Experience Center (CEC) in Aberdeen, which showcases the basic tools and systems used on ROCs.

The CEC houses identical equipment to that stored in Statoil’s Sandsli ROC, which monitors the Valemon platform in the Norwegian section of the North Sea.

The Experion PKS Orion module, which is used at Sandsli, offers large screens with seemless borders. These modules are also touch interactive.

Located along the top row of the screens are ‘layer one graphics’, which contain critical key process indicators. As soon as a user starts to see anything deviating from normal, they would go from the layer one graphics into the more detailed graphics located underneath.

These displays have changed considerably over the last couple of years, according to Adamson. The older versions used to be very disorganized and had a lot of colours in the displays. This was changed as it masked the critical information on the screen.

 “Everything is uniformed into one control center now and that’s to make the operators more aware of what’s going on, but it also makes them more proactive,” Adamson said.


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