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Clough hazardous area tool

Buckley, Joseph (2018) Clough hazardous area tool. Honours thesis, Murdoch University.

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The need for the adequate management of information has become increasingly prevalent as minimum safety requirements in today’s work place become ever more stringent. This is particularly apparent in the Oil and Gas industry, where the additional presence of flammable gases or liquids is a continual threat to both plant and personnel. Existing management processes are typically manual exercises consuming numerous man hours on-site and in-office. The ability to automate fragments of current information management processes presents an exceptional opportunity to increase efficiency and productivity, ultimately saving time, money and in some instances increasing safety.

Clough Ltd, an Australian engineering, procurement, construction and management contractor whom primarily focus on the Oil and Gas industry, aim to enhance their project delivery capabilities and credibility with the development of the Clough Hazardous Area Tool (CHAT). The CHAT application is intended to provide a level of automation to existing hazardous areas management processes. It is envisioned to be a semi-automatic user centred application that will assist users in various scopes of work by interfacing with existing systems within Clough. This industry thesis is primarily concerned with the high-level planning, scheduling and budgeting of the CHAT project, as well as the detailed design and development of the hazardous area database.

The CHAT database has been designed in the format of a three-tier relational database model and is intended to utilize a serverless computing platform in an effort to reduce operating costs and virtually eliminate the need for server provisions and maintenance. With the use of three data models (user interface, semantic and entity-relationship), 32 normalised tables or data instances have been created to cover the spectrum of HA data and documentation including but not limited to applicable standards and regulations, protection techniques and site equipment.

Unfortunately, the development of the CHAT project, which was intended to incorporate multiple final year computer science thesis students, has been put on hold. Delays are the result of larger than expected project costs, which have not been internally approved within Clough.

Following a series of meetings and presentations with executive committees from Clough and Clough subsidiaries, the Project Team are hopeful approval and funding will be granted in mid- December 2019.

Item Type: Thesis (Honours)
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Engineering and Information Technology
Supervisor(s): Parlevliet, David
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