The Risk Management Tool Box Blog

What is Simops?

Jay Stansell - Monday, October 03, 2011
Simultaneous Operations - referred to here as SimOps - occur when two or more potentially conflicting activities or process operations are being coordinated in the same location at the same time.

SimOps often occur when multiple contractors and/or a large multi-disciplinary workforce is working at a single location and in close proximity in space and time.

You are particularly likely to find SimOps whenever construction or major maintenance work is being done within a "live" process area of an existing facility.
You'll frequently find this when major expansion construction projects are underway; when new equipment is being "tied-in" to an existing plant; or during major shut-downs.

Other examples of SimOps include work involving the use of cranes over the top of live flow lines in a gas plant; or a situation where a diving vessel is working within the exclusion zone surrounding a offshore oil production platform.

Whenever a situation involving SimOps is identified, it is important that all relevant and involved parties come together in order to develop an appropriate hazard and risk management plan.
A useful guide to SimOps planning has been developed by our good friends at IMCA and it is available by clicking here.

JSA Manual
Anonymous commented on 08-May-2012 06:40 PM
SIMOP's oerations are more important, when construction work is carried out in live plant, as Plant modification, production debottlenecking activity, or in other words "Brownfield rifenry construction work", where the Petrochemical Plant operation / Production
activity is in full swing, and construction work is going on for debottlnecking job. Criteria is in live plant flamabiltity of Hydrocarbon process industry is very critical factor, considering woking in Plants having hazardous area classification, Zone 0 or,
Div 01 Plant area, as ISBL (Inside Battery limit Area) of production facililty.

Post a Comment

Captcha Image

Trackback Link
Post has no trackbacks.

Recent Posts


Situational Awareness Energy Model of Hazards OSHA Kinetic Energy Work in Confined Spaces Ladder Safety APPEA Safety Alert Safety Video Fatigue Management Hydraulic Fracturing ("fracking") CSB Marine Safety Fire Prevention Hess Best bars in the oil patch US OSHA Psycho-social Hazards Excavations SPE HSE Innovation Award Electrical hazards Bio-hazards Catostrophic Disaster Woodside Shell one per center Hospital Safety Natural Hazard Rail Safety Water Corporation Pollution prevention Nanotechnology Mining Manual handling ENI Australia BP Drilling Customer Testimonial Construction Safety Newfield ALARP Nautronix Safety Conference NOPSA Coal Seam Gas Hierarchy of Safety Control Hazard Spotting WA Resources Safety Safety Culture Survey Social Responsibility Risk Tool Box Santos Safety Information Posters Kellogg Joint Venture Safety "one per-center's" Slips, trips and falls Thank God it's Friday Oil Spill Response Safety Management Program Call Centers NOPSEMA Rosedale Abbey Safety Moment Save our Seafarers Campaign NORM WorkSafe WA Driving Safety Total Chevron Behaviour-based Safety (BBS) Toolbox talk Hazard Awareness Hot work Process Hazard Management Railway Safety Sakhalin Energy Isolation Control Walking Incident Investigation Management of Change Radiation Sources Occupational Overuse Syndrome Safety PowerPoint Presentation PPE Procedures Safe Operating Procedure (SOP) Working with explosives BHP Billiton Supervision Global Harmonized System Working at height Workplace bullying Unconventional Hydrocarbons MSDS IFAP Farm safety Health Raspberry Ketones Scam Hazardous Substances Risk Assessment Salute to Our Hero's Safety Awards Australian OSH Codes of Practice Crane lifts Aviation Safety UK HSE LOTO Manufacturing Unconventional Oil Emergency Response Contract Risk Management WMC Resources Office Safety Road Transport Risk Management Unconventional Gas OHS Law Job Safety Analysis Safe at Home TK Shipping HSE Leadership


Blog / Terms of Use / Site Map / Disclaimer / Risk Management Tool Box 2009. All rights reserved. Web design by Luminosity. E-Commerce by JStores.