Simultaneous Operations (SIMOPS) Services
Carrying out Simultaneous Operations (SIMOPS) can be very attractive in terms of profitability. Maintaining production, for instance, whilst simultaneous preparing for other construction activities can dramatically reduce business interruption. However, with the added flexibility of SIMOPS comes the potential clash of activities that could bring about an undesired event or set of circumstances in terms of risks to personnel, environment, asset and business interruptions.
What is SIMOPS?
SIMOPS are defined as performing two or more operations concurrently. It is important that SIMOPS are identified at an early stage before operations commence to understand issues such as schedule clashes, physical clashes, maintenance activities, failure impacts, interferences between vessels, contracts and third part interfaces and environmental impacts.
Our approach for SIMOPS
A workshop session is held by a multi-disciplined team comprising of management, safety specialists, engineers and operations representatives. It is the role of Bureau Veritas to facilitate and record the workshop by implementing a process combining identifying, analysing and brainstorming driven by a structured list of potential hazards taking advantage of previous experience of the workshop members, risk registers or any preliminary risks assessments that may have been carried out.
Using guidewords, particularly hazardous causes resulting from realisation of the hazard are identified along with the consequences of these events. Safeguards or mitigating strategies are then identified which may include:
- Eliminating the SIMOPS by the scheduling or permitting process
- Substituting work processes with less hazardous processes
- Separating the SIMOPS by distance
- Separating the SIMOPS by barricades, isolation or engineering controls.
If safeguards are deemed inadequate, recommendations are made to consider or investigate solutions to gain a better understanding of risks. The outputs of the workshop are actions to ensure steps are taken to reduce risks. The outputs of the workshop are actions to ensure steps are taken to reduce risks in terms of personnel safety, environment, asset damage and business interruption.
Why choose Bureau Veritas for SIMOPS?
Bureau Veritas’ staff routinely conducts various types of risk analysis, risk assessments, and risk management services. Our professional team has access to various modelling tools needed to identify and examine the different types of outcomes in a given situation. Once the likelihood of a hazard occurring is determined, necessary steps are taken to eliminate or minimize the problem. Ultimately our clients benefit from reduced costs associated with the appropriate risk reduction measures taken to ensure safety.
SIMOPS - FAQ
Why do I need to perform this exercise when I am already preparing a risk assessment and methodology statement for the work?
A risk assessment and methodology statement identifies the generic processes on how to complete a task, but may not be completed by personnel who understand the unique hazards at a particular location. The main purpose of the SIMOPS is to get all parties in a room to understand the exact processes required to identify any possible interactions or interfaces in order to adequately manage risks.
A SIMOPs enables you to identify all risks introduced by a task, and to identify control measures required to minimise the potential level of harm that could impact health, safety and environment.