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Cyber Control Systems & DP

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Cyber Control Systems

It is essential that software systems function correctly to ensure that the rig operates safely and performs efficiently.  If these systems do not interact with the associated equipment, the rig is exposed to risk associated with safety, financial loss and productivity. 

ADC’s cyber control systems specialists have proven to be valuable resource to clients, credited with identifying and resolving a broad range of issues prior to the acceptance of new build and in service rigs and identifying major potential sources of downtime across a broad spectrum of rig types and systems.

ADC Energy Ltd Control Systems Inspections

ADC specialists are OEM trained, competent and have extensive experience with the control systems and automation systems onboard cyber controlled Jack Ups in addition to the latest generation semi submersible and drillships.

In order to test a control system, the equipment under control must be operated or function tested.  ADC witness test activities in accordance with OEM procedures and all control systems items are assessed against rig specific OEM Functional Design Specifications (FDS), Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA) and Operating and Maintenance Manuals.  Typical operational scenarios are used in final drilling systems evaluations to prove system integration and power management.



ADC verify the information processes meets the requirements as detailed within company policy documents and standards including:

  • Network Architecture
  • Firewall Management
  • Security Monitoring
  • System & USB Hardening
  • Remote User Access
  • Anti-Malware Protection
  • System Security Updates
  • Backup & Restore
  • Business Continuity Plan (BCP) & Incident Management Plan (IMP)
  • Training & Awareness
ADC Energy Ltd Cybersecurity

ADC Cybersecurity inspection teams consist of professionals who combine training in hacking and intrusion with practical experience of system protection, virus detection and hands on inspection of modern networked drilling rig and vessel systems.  As such, they apply a unique holistic approach to their inspections; essential when dealing with potential hackers. Our teams identify and categorise the differing levels of risk found and can provide effective management protocols to respond to present and deter future cyber attacks.

It is believed that less than 15% of operational drilling units have had a specific cyber audit to ascertain their vulnerability to attack, with less than 10% undergoing a deeper sweep of systems and software to detect back doors, malware and other nefarious cyber hazards.

Joe Goodlad, team lead – Technology

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DP & Power Management

Conducted against Class regulations, in accordance with IMO, IMCA, MTS guidance and Client specific standards, the aim of the Dynamic Positioning (DP) acceptance test is to ensure the full DP capability of the vessel is fit for purpose, prior to starting contractual operations, in order to minimise occurrence of downtime based on foreseeable occurrences during operations. 

Based on the FMEA and DP annual trials program, ADC review the rig’s geographical planned drilling location and assess the rig’s capability and DP reference system suitability against the equipment fitted.

A significant aspect of ADC’s DP assessment is the cause and effect on the rig’s power management system.  As the testing is being carried out on the bridge, ADC are also present to witness and report on the effect each stage has on the rig’s electrical system.

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