Marine Technical Limits introduces new software system

Sarah Carter

Sarah Carter · 09 July 2018


UK-based FPSO and marine vessel specialists Marine Technical Limits (MTL), has developed an industry-changing software system which will allow its clients to better manage risk-based integrity management.

Pyxis was the brainchild of MTL’s projects and technical directors, Calum MacLean and Matt Lewin. The organisation, which employs more than 40 people, has created several iterations of the software, and is currently using it across all of its projects – both locally and globally.

The software system is a dashboard which provides a simple, easy-to-read integrity index for each tank or marine structure, allowing clients to assess whether or not their marine assets are meeting best practice.

The information is driven by gathered inspection data and assessments carried out by MTL’s experienced team of naval architects. This is further supported by graphical representations of anomaly trends, breakdown of anomaly types, and overdue and upcoming inspection forecasting.

Calum said: “Pyxis gives our team the ability to digitally define inspection work plans, which allows tablet-based inspection data recording.

“This means that as an inspection takes place the data is uploaded to the dashboard immediately, allowing our clients to see instant reports – subject to internet connectivity.

“Our Pyxis software is exclusive to our clients and essential to the services we deliver. Feedback from our clients suggests that there is nothing like this being used across our industry and we continue to improve the software every day.”

The dashboard, which is accessible via a web portal, provides the clients’ onshore management teams with on-the-spot, simple and easy-to-interpret visual overviews of the condition and status of their vessels’ hull integrity.

Matt added: “Not only does Pyxis allow our clients to assess their vessels’ integrity but it also allows data-driven decisions, management of integrity risk, reduced costs, reduced reporting time and, with our state-of-the-art visualisation software, clients are able to view and assess any anomalies through virtual reality.”

MTL’s team of dedicated experts drive certainty, offer reassurance, minimise risk and deliver best practice across all of its services. It’s unrivalled approach to risk-based integrity management, which is based on years of knowledge and experience, offers our global clients assurances for safer operations and asset-life extension.

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