Jan 2021
Gas Distribution
Digitisation of SCO Database
Jan 2021
Mar 2022
Northern Gas Networks
Geoffrey Harle
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Network Innovation Allowance
GD - Safety and emergency, GD - Reliability and maintenance, GD - Repair and GD - Mains Replacement
Gas Distribution Networks
The aim of this project is to develop an end to end cloud based Safe Controls of Operations system to optimise the performance of Network operations, to ensure control of network conflicts, allow real time visibility of in-flight and planned work status and provide an electronic permit to work and isolation system. NGN are currently funding separately a project to develop and implement a cloud-based system allowing better management of the SCO database, linking Authorisation Engineer & Competent Person authorisation to the validation of work activity/hazard. The following functionality is currently being implemented under the separately funded project:
  • Predetermining, where appropriate, the type of permit required for an activity (FOA, PTW, NRO, RO)
  • Validating AE and CP Competencies against perimetry hazards and Site types (i.e. Network 0-75mbar, Network 75mbar – 2bar, etc).
  • Highlighting restrictions at the point of validation
  • Automatically applying predetermined controls dependant on type of permit and hazardous activity, (Pressure testing, Hot work, Lifting operations etc)
Phase 1 - Permit Geographical Representation - Development and demonstration of a cloud based system to provide geographical tools linked to perimetry.

Phase 2 - Permits & Isolations - Development and demonstration of a cloud based system to provide perimetry in accordance with SCO procedure requirements and develop and demonstrate RFID tagging of assets and cloud-based isolations linked to perimetry.

Phase 3 – Implement full site Trial - Carry out a full site trial utilising all previously developed functionality including Network Control reporting and analysis.