North Sea has potential to pioneer process safety with new AI tool from Salus Technical

World Oil Staff July 25, 2023

(WO) – Aberdeen-based process safety firm, Salus Technical, has successfully launched a working prototype of its artificial intelligence (AI) tool, HAZOP AI, which is designed for Hazard and Operability Studies (HAZOP).

David Jamieson, Founder and MD of Salus Technical
David Jamieson, Founder and MD of Salus Technical

The software, which is applicable to all major hazard industries, will prompt users to consider risks they may have missed, assist in answering questions, and provide guidance on good practice as well as past incidents with relevant learnings. One of the main aims of the tool will be to reduce the time taken to complete a HAZOP by 50%, while increasing quality and consistency.

Following a successful product demonstration involving over 30 companies globally, the company set about completing a working prototype of HAZOP AI in the space of a week as part of a Hackathon.

Founder and MD of Salus Technical, David Jamieson said, “Saving lives in hazardous environments is at the very core of all that we do, and that is why it was crucial for us to complete HAZOP AI and have the working version ready for use in this short timeframe.

The team at Salus Technical has invested heavily in AI in the process safety space and is currently working with several clients to develop bespoke tools that can be used to manage risks by using data from previous risk assessments and incidents.

Although AI is a highly discussed topic at present, this is the first time it has been used in this way for offshore process safety, and David believes that the creation of HAZOP AI is an opportunity for the North Sea to lead the way in process safety.

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