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IOSS Approach

The main activities in the JIP are proposed as follows:

  • (1) Define working group items and scope
  • (2) Define list of corresponding standards/rules/specifications to be included in IOSS development
          and perform gap analysis
  • (3) Develop draft IOSS
  • (4) Obtain feedback from Technical Reference Group (TRG)
  • (5) Update draft IOSS
  • (6) Obtain feedback from Technical Advisory Group (TAG)
  • (7) Risk assessment (if required)
  • (8) Final reporting
  • Develop business case (including evaluation describing the basis for selection of standard specifications)
  • Write risk assessment summary note (if required)
  • Produce final IOSS .

Standardization Process

Gap Analysis

The relevant standards will be identified and reviewed for the components, equipment and procedures included in the scope such as ISO, NORSOK, IEC, IMO, SOLAS, MODU, ANSI, API, BS and operator's requirements.

The critical parameters to be subject to standardization will be identified and described. By comparing the different standards, common denominators amongst the standards will be identified. Key challenges related to implementation of existing requirements will be described to understand the current cost drivers. The decision criteria for selecting proposed requirements will be defined. Decision criteria could be related to aspects associated with safety, quality, cost, duration of construction or operations.

Subsequently pros and cons of various specifications will be evaluated against the defined decision criteria. Unique requirements for one specific country or area can be challenged if considered unreasonable. The TAG should be drawn upon in case of any missing data, e.g. operational experience to close any gaps in the decision basis for selecting the appropriate specifications. The proposed IOSS including rational for proposal will be described. Vendors could be involved to get additional feedback on experienced challenges if required.

Draft IOSS

Based upon the results of the gap analysis and the subsequent evaluation, the proposed Integrated Offshore Standard Specification (IOSS) will be summarized.

Obtain Feedback

The first round of feedback will initially be obtained from the nominated Technical Reference Group. Following this feedback the draft IOSS will be updated in a new revision accordingly to be presented to the TAG. The feedback from the TAG will be used to produce the final IOSS deliverable.

Depending on the feedback received from the TAG it should be evaluated if a risk assessment is required. Risk assessment should be carried out under the following circumstances:

  • Disagreement on requirements to be proposed
  • Decision not to follow requirement in recognized standard

Otherwise the "risk assessment" is optional. The Risk assessment methodology should typically be carried out based upon a HAZID and / or ALARP approach using a semiquantitative risk matrix. The HAZID workshop should include representatives from all JIP Parties including TAG members.

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