The Roadmap to EnerSys Excellence
In 2007, EnerSys realized that change was coming to pipeline control rooms in the form of new federal regulatory requirements from the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) requiring pipeline operators to put formal control room management (CRM) programs in place. The essential elements of this requirement are:
- Documented control room procedures.
- Alarm management.
- Adequate information (e.g. High Performance HMI displays for situational awareness).
- Fatigue mitigation.
- Incident reporting and Controller training.
Our research into the proposed PHMSA CRM Rule led us to form relationships with experts outside the pipeline industry to learn from their process industry best practices and adapt them to the unique requirements of pipeline operations.
The decision we made was to confidently focus our full effort on researching, designing, creating, and implementing a full suite of pipeline operations application software, starting with the control room. This family of products was named the Pipeline Operations Excellence Management System (POEMS).
The goal was to deliver POEMS™ as a complete software solution for pipeline operators to implement and then operate a high-performance control room, provide natural compliance with the latest government regulations, improve security and functionality, and create actionable processes for operators and users.
The EnerSys team leveraged 30 years of hands-on experience solving oil and gas problems to create a dynamic software solution to help pipeline operators operate more efficiently, safely, and in compliance with the latest PHMSA regulations to achieve confidence beyond compliance.