asset management database transfer
Namaka Subsea launched thier asset management system, NAMS, in late 2020. This system was the evolution of their original asset management system DiveCert, which launched back in 2014. Namaka Asset Management System (NAMS) was a giant leap forward for dive system equipment management, not only because it is now a cloud-based system, meaning, it has true portability and can be accessed on any mobile device or tablet globally. It has also been integrated with system automation and one-click renewals greatly reducing the time spent having to input data. Petrodive is an independent diving company providing the Maritime and International oil and gas industry with a complete underwater contracting service. They have been a user of Namaka Subseas’ older system DiveCert, for several years and expressed their interest in moving to the new software following a demonstration in November 2020.
The main issue with DiveCert was It relied on the PC specifications to operate. As you can imagine there are many different variants of machine specifications with various operating systems/versions, processing speeds, memory sizes and available hard drive space etc. all of which played a part in how the software operated. As DiveCert was dependent on how your PC was set up this could cause minor issues with the speed and performance and could also cause random crashing due to not having enough available PC resources to complete certain actions. These were some of the issues that the Petrodive team were experiencing in using the software.
In Late 2019, Namaka Subsea began the task of redesigning their current Asset Management Software from the foundations up. We began by carrying out a lesson learned exercise on the old DiveCert software before commencing the development of wireframe concept diagrams of how we wanted the new software to look and operate. This process took time to perfect as we wanted to make sure the system was as user friendly as possible while still maintaining compliance with the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA). The system speed issue was tackled by deciding to have a cloud-based system instead of a physically installed version this time around. This decision was perhaps one of the best choices that was made in the whole process. By designing the system in this way meant that we were not restricted to the type of devices the software would operate on, in short, if the device could open a web browser it could access the software giving NAMS much greater portability. Another advantage to having the system accessed via a web browser means that databases can be accessed at any time from any location globally via secure encrypted passwords, so data can be viewed in real-time for an up to date system status. The crashing was also eradicated by having the system cloud-based as it now had a dedicated server and resources available to allow the system to run at its optimum level at all times. Although NAMS is a newly designed system we still maintained some of the DiveCert functionality when it came to reporting. As a result of this NAMS will still be able to produce IMCA D.E.S.I.G.N. documentation for D0 23,24,37,40,58 and now also includes R006. All of these reports are not only still hyperlinked to certification but, now are produced in a more compact and intuitive way making file sizes more transferable.
Since moving to NAMS the dive team at Petrodive have noticed a huge improvement in how the system operates compared to its predecessor DiveCert. Petrodives Technical Manager commented: “It is a great improvement as it fluidifies our workflow and allows us to track our inspection and test schedule efficiently and in a timely manner. The overall system is user friendly and the DESIGN reports produced are up to our high standards”. The system has already been a big-time saver for them despite the small learning curve required to get to know the software initially. With the implementation of automatic task assignment and one-click renewals, the team’s admin time spent in front of the PC has been more than halved. The major game-changer though was the ability to have reports sent directly to inboxes at arranged intervals so everyone could be kept informed of maintenance requirements and schedules.
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