IT firm finds niche in large mining, power, oil and gas industries
Latrobe Valley-based software innovator, Sage Technology has won a major contract with Queensland’s largest electricity generator Stanwell Corporation Limited to deliver its Electronic Permit to Work system, called Sage SURPASS, right across the organisation.
The latest win follows a strategic decision by Sage Technology to focus on the niche system for planning and implementing safe work programs for large scale mining, power generation and oil and gas exploration industries.
The company was established in 1990 to service the Victorian power industry but has now diversified to the point that it provides its products, in particular its critical safe work systems, to a wide range of companies in power, mining, mineral processing, manufacturing and oil and gas.
SageSURPASS is an electronic permit to work system which allows organisations to dramatically improve risk assessment, isolation management and permit management processes in complex and hazardous industries. The Stanwell project is one of the biggest projects undertaken by Sage Technology and was launched in Brisbane recently.
The company’s association with ICN Victoria helps Sage identify further markets. As well as taking up ICN networking opportunities, Sage Technology refers regularly to the ICN Gateway on-line database. According to Sage Technology Managing Director, Lynda Bertoli, Gateway’s project list is a valuable tool to identify project activity in key sectors.
“The major project list has been a really good resource for us, to help focus our marketing and communications by identifying the key companies,” Mrs Bertoli said. “We monitor it regularly to help us identify new opportunities.”
The addition of Stanwell is recognition of the time and efficiency benefits of SageSurpass in various industries.  SageSURPASS is now used in the mining sector by Fortescue Metals Group’s Cloudbreak mine, Karara Iron Ore Project and the Roy Hill Project.  Other users include AngloGold Ashanti at its Tropicana gold mine site in Western Australia and Woodside Energy, which was the foundation development partner of SageSURPASS.  The system is in place across all of Woodside’s offshore and onshore assets.
The electronic systems are used to protect people and plant by controlling work such as maintenance activities on hazardous plant. 
It provides a systematic and disciplined approach to assessing the risks of a job, specifying the precautions to be taken and the timing of work.  SageSURPASS manages all of those areas that need to highlight any real or potential conflict and produces standardised certificates and tags. According to Sage Technology, moving away from a manual paper-based system provides greater consistency and safety, massive time saving and also delivers a readily identifiable audit trail.
It is for these reasons that Stanwell is using SageSURPASS, following a restructure that meant it inherited three legacy safe systems of work. It wanted to consolidate into a single system that delivered best of breed business practices and after investigation decided to go with the Australian product, SageSURPASS.