Canadian Natural Resources Limited – Horizon Oil Sands

Canadian Natural Enhances Safety with Maintenance Work Order solution from McLaren Software

Engineers working at sunset

"McLaren provides the workforce at Horizon the comfort and peace of mind with knowing that the document that is in the work order is the current, most up to date version. Combining McLaren and the Maximo workflow makes the process seamless and the only manual intervention is when McLaren indicates through the traffic light system that the document is not the current version alerting proactive action."

Richard Dyson, Maximo Supervisor, Canadian Natural.


Canadian Natural Resources Limited (Canadian Natural) is one of the largest independent crude oil and natural gas producers in the world. It has an effective and efficient, diversified combination of assets in North America, the North Sea and Offshore Africa, that enable it to generate significant value, even in challenging economic environments. Canadian Natural continually strives for safe, effective, efficient and environmentally responsible operations while developing its asset base.

Canadian Natural has been using McLaren software since 2004 to manage engineering documents and drawings along with governance documents such as standards, policies and procedures. 

Maximo, the enterprise asset and maintenance (EAM) management system from IBM currently manages the physical assets at Horizon. However, in 2011 the plant's assets were managed in JDE Edwards' Enterprise One (E1) system and when the plant needed to enhance the version control of its documents used in the maintenance work order process, it turned to long-term solution provider, McLaren Software. The Company worked with McLaren to develop an EAM Connector solution, integrating E1 and the engineering document management solution (EDMS) for the support of maintenance work orders (MWO). Ensuring that maintenance staff have the most up to date set of documents is critical to them being able to carry out their work safely. In 2016, the Company migrated to Maximo to manage the plant's assets and the EAM connector was reconfigured to connect the EDMS to Maximo's Maintenance Work Order module.

Download the full case study to read about the benefits realized by Canadian Natural and how they are using a traffic light system to give a clear indication of their document statuses.