Diamond Offshore

Diamond Offshore improves operations with their own ABB Ability™ Collaborative Operations Center.

By installing an ABB AbilityTM Collaborative Operations Center in their office, Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. achieved seamless and transparent cooperation between their headquarters, ABB engineers and crew on board.

Diamond Offshore wanted to ensure secure communication between their main office in Houston, TX, and their rigs around the world. The existing remote support contract with ABB was extended to a possibility of monitoring the ABB equipment from ashore. What followed was the installation of an ABB AbilityTM Collaborative Operations Center at Diamond Offshore’s headquarters.

The benefit of continuous monitoring

By installing the ABB AbilityTM Collab­orative Operations Center in their office, Diamond Offshore was able to get real-time access to the operational parameters of their fleet from ashore. According to Diamond Offshore, being able to monitor the ABB equipment remotely gave the company more insight in their day-to-day operation.

“The information provided by the ABB solutions has improved system uptime, assisted with troubleshooting and incident investigations, and is currently being implemented into our preventative maintenance routines."

Greg Villano, Industrial Automation & Control Systems Superintendent, Diamond Offshore

ABB Ability™ Collaborative Operations Centers

ABB AbilityTM Collaborative Operations Centers are harnessing cloud-based analytics to help prevent, predict and rectify remote equipment problems. Every day, ABB it is collecting gigabytes of data from more than 900 connected vessels, with its shore-side experts offering support to engineers on the ship from afar.

By utilizing remote monitoring and predictive analytics, ABB is able to detect failures before customers take notice of them, and apply preventive measures to avoid failures. When a customer has their own ABB AbilityTM Collabora­tive Operations Center that monitors the performance of ABB equipment on board of their vessels, information sharing and problem solving becomes even more straightforward.

Available control room solutions

ABB AbilityTM Collabora­tive Operations Centers include solutions for control rooms and con­trol centers; as well as solutions for collaboration, video walls and video conferencing, crisis management, situational aware­ness and fleet management. Together with a customer, ABB can plan and deliver a setup that is tailored to serve the very specific needs that the customer may have, depending on the nature of their operations.

 “Collaborative Operations is becoming the operational backbone we can no longer do without. We are happy to see also ship operators and owners, such as Diamond Offshore, taking a step towards the same direction.”

Jyri Jusslin, Global Manager for Service, ABB Marine & Ports.

ABB Ability™ Remote Diagnostics features

  • Preventive & predictive continuous monitoring, combining online with manual monitoring if necessary.
  • Available for the entire ABB Marine Power-, Automation-, IT- and Azipod® Propulsion System
  • Integrated with ABB automation and advisory systems to provide Integrated Solutions and Services through one cyber secure remote access platform.
  • Extending monitoring to non-ABB equipment can be included in special request cases.
  • Scheduled reports of monitored system.


Diamond Offshore setup and ABB software scope of supply

  • ABB Remote Access Platform
  • ABB AbilityTM Marine Remote Diagnostic System
    • Customer insight for the Collab­orative Operations Center
    • Database injector
    • History server

Main data

Ship owner & operator: Diamond Offshore                                                
Vessels with ABB installed base: Semi-submersible rig – Ocean GreatWhite, delivered in 2016

Drillship – Ocean BlackHawk, delivered in 2014

rillship – Ocean BlackHornet, delivered in 2014

Drillship – Ocean BlackLion, delivered in 2014

Drillship – Ocean BlackRhino, delivered in 2015

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