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Independent Research Firm Verdantix Announces The Winners Of The 2020 Operational Excellence Innovation Awards

London – March 4, 2020. Independent research firm Verdantix announced the seven winners of the International Operational Excellence Innovation Awards at the Verdantix Summit in London where over 220 HSE & OPEX leaders and technology executives convened for two days of expert panels, focus groups and best practice workshops. The prestigious international awards recognize organizations which have implemented innovative technologies which enhance Operational Excellence strategies. The winners were selected by a panel of independent judges, including the global manager drilling performance and maintenance optimization at Cameron, a Schlumberger Company and the head of business transformation at Veolia.

Winners of the 2020 Verdantix Operational Excellence Innovation Awards:

Evonik Industries won the Chemicals category for the method in which the chemicals manufacturer efficiently and effectively executed its global deployment of Intelex’s EHS Software to manage EHS and operational risk at a global level. Using the software, Evonik has been able to boost visibility into EHS performance by creating a single repository and source of truth for EHS data and made hefty savings by eliminating over 100 legacy IT tools.

Alcoa won the Heavy Industries category for combining AI and Machine Learning to predict asset failures. By deploying technology from Senseye, Alcoa executed a global corporate initiative to move from planned to predictive maintenance. The use of this software provided a unified intelligent asset view, improved operating efficiencies, reduced maintenance costs, and allowed Alcoa to achieve ROI within 3 months.

Volvo Cars won the Manufacturing category for the roll-out of its revamped Return to Work programme. This involved implementing Cority’s product to harmonize complex workflows and consolidate five separate systems across a single, unified platform. Volvo realized significant efficiencies by radically increasing user adoption to more than 3,500 managers who now use the Cority platform to manage global Rehabilitation and Return to Work operations.

Saudi Aramco’s Yanbu Refinery won the Oil & Gas - Downstream category for automating a wide range of maintenance processes which they achieved by integrating technology from Honeywell and Labware. By boosting user experience, the solution increased the number of system users by 300% and has an identified saving potential of $2 milion.

Aker BP won the Oil & Gas category for the establishment of a new digital lab, staffed with developers and domain experts from Aker BP, Cognite and other partners, and the adoption of agile ways of working. This digitization agenda has led to increased efficiency and productivity and reduced downtime and waste, ultimately reducing the company’s operating expenses by 20%.

London City Airport won the Transport category for pushing the boundaries of a traditional permit to work system and improving the way key information was shared across their business in relation to construction and maintenance activities. LCA worked with Alcumus to build a comprehensive user centric package, implemented across the airport’s complex organisational structure.

EDF won the Utilities category for overcoming the challenge of introducing digital technology into the nuclear industry by moving towards an electronic work package solution to streamline and simplify the process that underpins all work at the plant. Using technology from DevonWay and NextAxiom ensures the use of real-time data to reduce error traps and to significantly reduce costs. Using mobile devices in the nuclear fleet has allowed employees to spend more time in the field and provided savings of £25 for each of their 260,000 work order cards.

“With a plethora of outstanding nominations this year, the seven winners have proven their superior focus on operational excellence technology and innovation. By sharing their successful project plans and achievements, the award winners will help other organizations enhance their own operational excellence performance and reduce workplace injuries,” commented David Metcalfe, Verdantix CEO.

The International Operational Excellence Innovation Awards are administered by independent research firm Verdantix. Organizations applying for the awards were required to complete an on the record questionnaire outlining the key parameters of the project, the business results achieved, and the strategic suppliers involved. There is no fee to participate or receive an award.

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