Close this search box.

We are creating some awesome events for you. Kindly bear with us.

IIT-Madras Develops Lifecycle Management System for Offshore Oil Platforms

Image credit: IIT-Madras

The Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT-Madras) has developed an indigenous lifecycle management system for the government-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC). It will reduce the cost of maintenance and rehabilitation of offshore oil platforms.

The system, SIMS (Structural Integrity Management System), is a multi-parameter optimisation and decision-making tool. It was developed by the Offshore Structures Group from the Department of Ocean Engineering, IIT-Madras. It has a large database management system that houses crucial and accessible structural/design-related data.

ONGC spends a lot of effort and time on the underwater inspection, repair, and rehabilitation of oil platforms, which were constructed decades ago. A major risk associated with offshore platforms is joint cracks that result from fatigue and corrosion. SIMS provides a way to determine the optimal frequency of health checks and evaluates risks using inspection data, structure characteristics, and information obtained from surveys.

It is crucial to ascertain the structural adequacy of offshore platforms to ensure their extended usage. During their life span, these platforms undergo several structural modifications like the addition of clamp-on conductors, flow lines/risers, and deck extensions. As per a recent revision in API code, a structural integrity management system is mandatory in the management of existing offshore structures.

SIMS will be implemented in ONGC with access to various stakeholders like the Institute of Engineering and Ocean Technology (IEOT), offshore assets, offshore engineering services, and ONGC inspection, maintenance, and repair teams. The system provides a proactive approach to monitoring, evaluating, and assessing structural conditions and establishing a procedure to validate the fitness-for-service of an offshore structure.

An official from IIT-Madras stated that SIMS is an important system because along with the oil that ONGC is drilling, it is also drilling data. Real-time sensors allow for consistent inspection, instead of periodical ones. The Institute will also develop artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML)-based tools to predict when inspections would be required.

More than 330 offshore platforms operated by ONGC contribute around 70% of crude oil and 78% of Natural Gas production of ONGC’s domestic hydrocarbon supply. The platforms operated have been installed with a design life of 25 years. More than 50% of these structures have outlived their design life. These platforms are required to be in operation for an extended period of production of hydrocarbon and extending their life is more effective than decommissioning them.

The exploration and production (E&P) industry is a technology-intensive sector and ONGC is keen on developing and adopting the latest technologies. Meanwhile, IIT-Madras has been a front runner in the domain of indigenous technology development and has been providing a number of high-tech solutions based on industry and government needs. Earlier this year, IIT-Madras used AI tools to study fuel production from biomass. With increasing environmental concerns associated with petroleum-derived fuels, biomass is a practical solution as a source of energy-dense fuel. In a statement, IIT-Madras explained that the researchers used AI and computer simulation and modelling to understand the concept, which saved time and costs.

The team used a machine-learning method called recurrent neural networks (RNN) to study the reactions that occur during the conversion of biomass into energy-dense syngas (gasification of biomass). As OpenGov Asia reported, the technology is able to predict the composition of the biofuel produced as a function of the time the biomass spends in the reactor. The team used a statistical reactor for accurate data generation, which allows the model to be applied over a wide range of operating conditions. The team believes extracting fuel from biomass could help the country attain fuel self-sufficiency.


Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.


As a Titanium Black Partner of Dell Technologies, CTC Global Singapore boasts unparalleled access to resources.

Established in 1972, we bring 52 years of experience to the table, solidifying our position as a leading IT solutions provider in Singapore. With over 300 qualified IT professionals, we are dedicated to delivering integrated solutions that empower your organization in key areas such as Automation & AI, Cyber Security, App Modernization & Data Analytics, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Renowned for our consulting expertise and delivering expert IT solutions, CTC Global Singapore has become the preferred IT outsourcing partner for businesses across Singapore.


Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit


SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.


HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 


IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.