A consortium of oil companies has set up a #1 million corporate intranet for the development of a new oil and gas platform in the North Sea. Development of the #1 billion Shearwater platform in the North Sea, is expected to take four years to complete. Oil and gas companies Shell Expro, Herrama, Amec Power and Energy have developed a corporate web for document distribution to avoid the problem of the "tons of paperwork" the project is bound to create, said Ken Bateson, product service manager at Shell Expro. "We wanted to give people (on the project) easy access to information," he continued. "Using our corporate web, a designer in London can produce a diagram which can be picked up by some-one at our Newcastle fabrication site." The corporate web connects nine centres, six in the UK and three in Holland, using BT leased lines. Project documents are stored on an Oracle database running on an IBM RS/6000 Unix server based in London. Users connect to the database server via the corporate web using Windows 95 and NT-based PCs running the Netscape Navigator web browser. Once logged in, they use the database to search and retrieve documents such as Excel spreadsheet, Word, Visio presentations or AutoCAD diagrams.
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