NEW DELHI: The IIT Madras has developed a lifecycle management system to decrease the maintenance cost and rehabilitation of offshore oil platforms. The structural integrity management system by IIT Madras has been developed for the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC). And this system will help in monitoring ONGC to assess and evaluate the structural condition of ONGC, and to set up the procedures to assess fitness for service of an offshore structure of ONGC, claims the institute.
The SIMS system by IIT Madras will give access to stakeholders like the Institute of Engineering and Ocean Technology (IEOT), offshore Assets, Offshore Engineering Services and Inspection and maintenance and repair teams of ONGC.
IIT Madras’s research team that worked on developing the SIMS for ONGC was headed by S Nallayarasu. On July 14, 2022, an event happened at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras V Kamakoti, director of IIT Madras handed over the SIMS system to Pankaj Kumar, director of ONGC (offshore). “SIMS process provides a proactive approach to monitor, evaluate and assess the structural condition and establish a procedure to validate the fitness-for-service of an offshore structure. it includes the development of database management system for more than 330 platforms, development of Reliability Analysis Scheme for fatigue life of tubular joints and development of a Risk-Based Underwater Inspection Methodology (RBUI),” said Nallayarasu.
“We are not just an academic institution as our researchers have developed a product that is in the market. I am sure this software will contribute towards ‘Atmanirbharta,’ which is very important. Today, tons and tons of your personal data is going (abroad). This IIT Madras contribution is extremely important in keeping ONGC data from going out. This data, if collected in a streamlined manner for some years, can help in the development of indigenous start-ups that can develop Aatma Nirbhar technologies,” said Kamakoti, director of IIT Madras.