When Developers Meet the North Sea
If you, like most of us, haven’t experienced life at an offshore platform – you’re in for a treat. Our software developers got to hop on a helicopter and take to the seas to experience Johan Sverdrup first hand
One of Equinor’s major digitalization projects is named Digital Twin and takes on the challenge of creating digital copies of all our physical assets – both from land and offshore. Working conditions vary greatly from land to offshore, and there are bound to be challenges with every solution we develop.
This is why the Digital Twin teams were invited out to Johan Sverdrup, so they could really find out what it’s like to use their own solutions in extreme conditions. It was the Johan Sverdrup team themselves who decided to host our developers offshore.
Harald Wesenberg from Software Innovation has been coordinating the work on the developer end of it and was excited to see what the trip would bring.
“The goal was to try our solutions in the field and we really got to put them to the test. Especially on one of the days, where we had 20 meters per second winds. Strong winds and extreme weather is the norm when working offshore,” Harald explains.
“Even though we always take the weather and other conditions into account, it’s something else entirely to experience it yourself. We can always improve in terms of understanding the situations our users face everyday.”
Vegar Imsland was a driving force in making it all happen from the Johan Sverdrup side, and he tells us that they had the future in mind:
“In the next versions of the Digital Twin, there are features that will require more and more testing offshore to ensure quality and usability. And if we’re going to be able to achieve this, we’re going to need more software resources with offshore certificates."
Check out these photos from the developer's trip to Johan Sverdrup! (All photos: Harald Wesenberg)
Rock You Like a Hurricane
Thanks to Harald, a skilled photographer, you can enjoy a handful of photographs from Johan Sverdrup in combination with hearing what our developers thought of the trip. Among them was Andreas Langberg from Software Innovation (SI) Trondheim, who was quite excited to head out, yet still found himself positively surprised.
“I was expecting it to be more like a sightseeing trip where we just got to check out the platform for the fun of it. But in the end it proved to be really useful, which I didn’t expect at all,” Andreas says.