Case Studies

Safe Dimensions project portfolio attests to our extensive expertise in industry project support. Insights of these are given in case studies, which features our in-action experience through helping organisations overcome their challenges.

Case Study 1 - United Kingdom

Safe Dimensions continue to perform a suite of safety and risk studies for international operators with operations in Norwegian offshore and UK offshore and onshore sectors. These have included the implementation of process safety and loss prevention management systems, fire and gas systems, fire protection, environment and sustainability engineering design to meet client HSE requirements.

Safe Dimensions consultants lead onboard installation inspections and compartment studies for FERA, SGIA, EERA, ESSA, loss prevention comprising F&G, AFP, PFP, life-saving appliance, and emergency preparedness and response systems. Our specialists provided onboard support/secondment to the offshore RSTC. We executed a number of MAH risk assessments, including SCE identification and study of boat and aircraft collision, dropped and swung object, toxic hazard, thermal/flare radiation, as well as TRIA and QRA under seconded capacity in client offices. Our in-house chairpersons facilitated detailed BowTie analysis with participation of offshore rig and production unit personnel.

We formalised, implemented and maintained FMEA study status to relay the effectiveness of the ballast and the bilge distribution systems on a variety of semi-submersible drilling rigs. Our dedicated team developed and monitored performance of LOLER and PUWER assessment to ensure a highly effective HSE compliance audit process in reducing risk of injury for the company’s client base. Our experts carried out ERRV validation trials to establish equipment outfit and crew capability towards achieving required escape, rescue and recovery performance standards.

Safe Dimensions consultants produced new and revision safety cases together with their supporting assessments, studies and verification schemes for a number of client-owned/-operated North Sea offshore facilities ranging from fixed production platforms, FPSO vessels, and MODUs, including semi-submersibles and jack-ups. Our team of professionals reviewed and aided the update of COMAH safety reports for a number of onshore facilities, including a gas terminal and an oil refinery, via HSE site surveys/inspections and supporting risk assessments.

Furthermore, Safe Dimensions key personnel operated as key interface between the business and IT to define the technical requirements and maintain highest quality audits within current outsource templates under a redevelopment process.

Case Study 2 - Oman

In consolidation with the integrated project management team for the FEED project of a large Omani oil tank terminal, Safe Dimensions administered specialist HSE Management services for delivery of outstanding design safety, environmental and fire engineering performance. Safe Dimensions optimised the technical (offshore and onshore) scope, capital cost, schedule, and execution plans, to meet the set targets as well as those of HSE and quality. In this capacity, we undertook client representation, advised on HSE issues and ensured compliance of project activities with those of client, regulatory, and best safety practices. We developed appropriate HSE strategies tailored to suit project requirements, reviewed the FEED Engineer’s HSE and associated inter-discipline documentation and subcontractor documentation (including QRA, ESIA, F&G Mapping), and aided client to effectively identify and allocate the most appropriate resources globally. Additionally, the client engaged the services of Safe Dimensions through preparation, review and clarification of primary EPC tenders.

Case Study 3 - Worldwide

Ranging from day sessions to week sessions as proportional to scope and intensity, Safe Dimensions (contracted as independent consultant) facilitated/chaired and participated over 160 hazard analysis and safety review workshops, such as HAZID, ENVID, BowTie, HAZOP, SIL, LOPA, ALARP and SIMOPs, for worldwide design/new bulits and plants/facilities in operation. For the later, we have carried out site-specific HSE surveys to ensure safe working environment and support the hazard analysis and safety review workshop sessions. We prepared terms of reference prior to the workshops and employed industry specialised software such as HAZOP Manager, PHA Pro and BowTieXP for team discussion recordings in the sessions, but also used client specific tools as required. We have delivered comprehensive workshop study report to clients following these workshops and assisted in ensuring effective closeout of HSE actions.

Case Study 4 - Nigeria

Having attained remarkable satisfaction endorsement for our environmental and safety engineering insights in the comprehensive feasibility study and concept design selection of an urban renewal and expansion project in Nigerian, the national client retained Safe Dimensions for engineering, procurement and construction stage of the project. The project is in line with the West African country’s Power Reform Act, which stipulates that 5% of power generation must come from renewable energy by 2020. Our engagement on this project to rejuvenate and expand the city, in set phases, abets the client in pursuing clean energy as well as optimised inherently safer and sustainable design principles as it does so.

Safe Dimensions assessments and studies have given rise to effective management of the solar energy prospects together with risk-based strategic layout and spacing/location/relocation of infrastructures, extension of existing networks and waste minimization programs that safely and environmentally enhance the city. With the partnership work so far, preliminary project outcomes and attractions are already proving that this city will be the next destination point of instrumental opportunities for the indigenous population, businesses and tourists.

Case Study 5 - Kazakhstan

The combine safety, environmental and logistical challenges for one of the world’s largest oil discoveries in Kazakhstan made it one of the largest and most complex industrial projects developed anywhere in the world. Following from FEED for the oil field, developed by international consortium that included a number of supermajors, Safe Dimensions executed and delivered presentation of HSE design studies for implementation of an innovative flange defector plate across highly hazardous flanges, and location of ESVs on risers and pipelines, undertook EERA and ESSA, and abetted FERA, TRIA, SCE analysis and performance standards. Our experts advised on elements of the HSE Management System and liaised with the HSE Manager to rewrite the Offshore HSE Plan such that it completely sets this out correctly. Our quality management specialist undertook QA reviews of production hubs and minimum facility wellhead platforms QRA and sensitivity studies, and delivered the follow-up presentations to multidiscipline and client teams. We resolved uncertainties to QRA model input data by liaising and participating with client, multidiscipline and sub-contractors throughout the entire stages of the model and study reviews.

Safe Dimensions consultants ascertained large worker group risk in conditions of extremely high pressure and high concentration of toxic gas far-field dispersion operations, proposed ALARP options and assisted actions closeout. Further to this, the consultants collated risk assessment data, produced rule sets, and carried out drilling rig consequence analysis.

Case Study 6 - China

One of our clients key strategic project involves an FPSO that will be especially designed for environmentally friendly operations and energy recovery. The hull and topsides of the FPSO are being constructed in China. With service and support contracts in place and Safe Dimensions contracted out to China, our team oversaw HSE work scope, lead, engineers’ development, CTR management and progress reporting. The team prepared safety study plan, all technical safety and loss prevention philosophies (that included philosophies for safety, F&G detection, fire and explosion, active and passive fire protection, EERA, and risk assessment) and related strategies. It carried out calculations for firewater demand and water mist requirement, provided updated for both firewater pumps and deluge system calculations, and organised all fire protection review meetings.

Safe Dimensions developed guidelines for designation of fire zones and reviewed all fire zone drawings for the client. We further reviewed and provided updates for all Cause and Effects charts and Fire and Gas Mapping reports for the project.

Case Study 7 - Turkmenistan

Following the acquisition of a major oilfield in Turkmenistan, the client hired Safety Dimensions to carry out a host of technical safety and loss prevention services. As such, Safety Dimensions organised PHA workshop meetings and produced an assumptions register based on interface with process and piping disciplines during gathering and refinement of data for use as input in risk analysis. Our technical safety experts coordinated all leak path and parts count, leak frequency, inventory designation, volume of inventory and manning level assessment activities, before going on to set up automated database and spreadsheet for the process. Following client multidiscipline team review of the database and spreadsheet, our experts carried out all full FERA, QRA and HSE revamping studies for a separation and pumping plant. We then identified and analysed mitigation measures for risks to people, assets and environment being ALARP. Also, Safety Dimensions loss prevention experts reviewed and approved loss prevention engineering with regards to AFP and PFP design and specification, hazardous area classification and fire-fighting equipment specification.

Case Study 8 - Australia

Safe Dimensions have been involved in a number of joint venture LNG development projects off the western coast of Australia, which also includes one of the largest LNG projects ever undertaken. Via our service outlet setup team for FEED and EPC, Safe Dimensions prepared scope of work, technical bid evaluation and organized, coordinated and conducted the full-scale QRA and CFD Explosion Modelling subcontract. Our HSE engineers prepared terms of reference for HAZID/ENVID, organised associated study workshops and oversaw the progress of hazardous area classification report, schedules and drawings to recommended practice. The engineers scripted the HSE Basis of Design and Risk Management Implementation Plan reports, then wrote the HSE Workshop Action Management Procedure to manage tracking progress and closeout of action items from the likes of team studies, study recommendations, design reviews and meetings.

Our technical safety and risk assessment specialists carried out several dispersion simulations for emergency depressuring, pressure relief, emissions resulting from flaring and venting of hydrocarbons and fugitive emissions. These specialists prepared CO2 venting and emissions summary report, as well as an additional Cold Vent Study report for a Wellhead Platform, and undertook a variety of analytical modelling for Flammable and Non-Flammable Hazard Analysis to address credible scenarios associated with identified MAEs as part of an FSA process. Also, we reviewed and approved escape route drawings, and then proceeded by undertaking entire EERA.