Cybersecurity: Preventing Infection in a Body of Data
The oil and gas industry is increasingly characterized by complex connectivity, but our digital dependency brings a new realm of cyber risks. Are we cyber-ready?
Digital Tool Brings Clarity to Reporting of Downtime
Murphy Oil worked across its assets to create a tool called the Global Downtime Report (GDR). The GDR provides a global perspective of operational downtime data, focusing on nonproductive time related to drilling, completion, and production operations.
Ramp-Up of Logging-While-Drilling Remote Operation Hits a Wall
Logging-while-drilling remote operations has hit a wall. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, there is an increased demand for personnel with multidisciplinary skill sets to work on offshore rigs. But the demand cannot be satiated.
Upskilling for Analytics: Unleashing the Transformational Potential of the Oil and Gas Workforce
As current sources of competitive advantage erode and new ones emerge, perhaps the only constant in a highly uncertain world is the criticality of good talent for success. Upskilling the workforce for analytics, therefore, needs to be a one of the top priorities as we sail unchartered waters.
Pandemic Has Raised Cybersecurity Risk but Opened Opportunity, Too
The coronavirus pandemic has created a huge shift in how work is done. More people are working from home than ever, and this shift has opened new risks to cybersecurity.
SPE Announces 2020 Award Recipients
SPE awards recognize members who have contributed exceptional service and leadership to the society and the community, as well as those who made major professional contributions to their technical disciplines.
Adopting Data-Centric Culture for Digitalization Success
While digital-strategy implementation is at least superficially reliant on technical and architectural advances and vendor solutions, the narrow focus on technology has come at the expense of a data-centric digitalization approach.
Satelytics Lands $5 Million Deal To Develop Methane-Detection Technology
Satelytics, a US-based geospatial analytics software startup, will receive $5 million from BP Ventures to develop its methane-detection technology and then scale its applications across the oil and gas sector.
Petrobras’ Atlas Supercomputer Joins List of World’s Largest
Atlas and Fênix, also from Petrobras, are the two largest supercomputers in Latin America.
AI Meets HMI: Next-Gen Robots Take on the Tough Tasks To Reduce Risks on Rigs
With their gee-whiz—albeit artificial—intelligence, robots may be the industry’s answer to jobs deemed dangerous, dirty, distant, or dull.
SPE and SEG Co-Locate 2020 Annual Meetings in Houston
For the first time, attendees will have open access to both societies’ technical programs, a combined exhibit floor, and joint networking events.
Exploring Unstructured E&P Data Can Reveal New Value
Oil and gas companies are awash with data. Engineers and geoscientists struggle to work with massive amounts of unstructured, yet valuable, data because it is not organized, is difficult to manage, and may not be complete. New work flows now allow this data to be organized successfully.
ConocoPhillips CTO: The Shale Revolution Will Be Digitized
Greg Leveille said he is optimistic that the shale sector will be able to bounce back from its second downturn in 5 years. The trick this time, he says, will be not just investing in new digital technologies but putting them to work.
Digitalization in the Oil and Gas Industry—A Mindset Change
While the façade painted by IIoT and data-driven processes is one of an environment that is heavily guided by computers, it actually calls for an evolved workforce that is able to use the data to enhance design and decision-making skills.
Satellite Constellation Could Upend Seismic-Acquisition Industry
For years, the oil and gas industry has stored its seismic data on tape. While that had been the best format for the time, it wasn’t very efficient. Now, a rapidly growing network of satellites, coupled with cloud storage, is set to neutralize that problem.
Blockchain Pilot Finds Success in the Oil Field
A blockchain pilot program conducted by an oil and gas consortium has shown promise in automating payments for oilfield water handling.
Don’t Forget People in Your Digital-Transformation Programs: Change Management Is an Essential Competency
This is Part 1 of a paper written by the Digital Transformation Subcommittee of SPE’s Digital Energy Technical Section on the importance of change management in digital transformation.
Preparing the Next Generation of Digital Engineers and Helping Experienced Petroleum Engineers Build Digital Literacy
This is Part 2 of a paper written by the Digital Transformation Subcommittee of SPE’s Digital Energy Technical Section on the importance of change management in digital transformation.
Google Says No More AI or Machine Learning for Upstream Industry
The Internet giant is walking away from the exploraiton and production business following a report that claimed it was undermining its own climate initiatives by offering its machine-learning tools.
Leadership in the Digital Age
Leadership is always important in any strategic program. In this recorded interview, Michelle Pflueger talks about her experience as the general manager of digital innovation and acceleration with Chevron.
ADNOC’s New CTO Shares Innovation Philosophy
Alan Nelson is not only the new chief technology officer at ADNOC, he is the company’s first person to hold the title at the integrated oil company.
OTC Announces Spotlight on New Technology Awards Recipients
The Offshore Technology Conference announces the 2020 recipients of the Spotlight on New Technology Award. Eighteen technologies from 14 companies from around the world will be awarded this year, including six companies that will be recognized for the Spotlight on Small Business Award.
Feeding the Growing Appetite for Reality-Based Drilling Data
Drilling still depends on human judgment to solve many problems. Some of the problems are big, and others are related to niggling details. This article discusses three innovations aimed at improving the data flows.
Physics Unlocks Big Data for Asset-Heavy Industries
There is often an assumption that big data, together with machine learning, will solve whatever problems asset-heavy industries such as oil and gas face. This is not the case; big data alone isn’t enough. We need something else to solve these problems, and the answer lies in the world of physics.
The Potential of Remote Communications in Closing Digitalization Gaps
With new options for connectivity, and the growing popularity of LTE connections, there is a huge opportunity for remote connections to close the digitalization gap.
DNV GL Launches Pilot To Quantify Quality and Integrity of Digital Twins
In partnership with TechnipFMC, DNV GL opened a pilot project for the international collaboration of operators and the supply chain. Many digital twins represent an asset’s initial form and struggle to reflect developments in their physical counterparts as the asset matures.
TWA Energy Influencers 2020
A selection of outstanding young professionals in the oil and gas industry whose work positively influences and inspires others.
Does the Oil and Gas Industry Have the Right Organizational Culture for Digital Transformation?
Many reviews of unsuccessful digital-transformation projects point to the lack of the proper organizational culture for the adoption of digital oilfield solutions. What is the right organizational culture for a data-driven enterprise?
SPE Discounts OnePetro Papers, Offers Support for Learning and Job Transitions
As SPE members deal with challenging and uncertain times, they are reminded that there are a number of programs available to provide support and key resources. Read more to see which ones are useful to you and your career.
Into the Unknown: Dark Data as a Beacon for the Future
“Dark data” may be a relatively unknown term for many, even though all contribute to its growing presence. It represents data that is accumulated continually by the interconnected systems used every day. A recent survey estimated that an average of 55% of accumulated data is dark and unexplored.
Bring Order Out of Chaos and Put Data in the Center
Organizations interested in realizing the benefits of having data at the center of their firm will need to define numerous specific work scopes for the conversion of unstructured to structured data.
Upstream Digitalization Is Proving Itself in the Real World
For the upstream industry, where improvement in efficiency or production can drive significant financial results, there is no question that the size of the digital prize is huge. So are the challenges.
Extended-Reality Initiative Optimizes Wellsite Planning
Immersive technology on projects such as wellsite planning incorporates XR, drones, and collaboration.
IT, Business Must Team Up To Survive Digital Transformation
Moving away from siloed organization to the co-creation of an IT/business strategy is an important progression in the journey of digital transformation.
Industry Players Take Sweeping Precautions Against Coronavirus
As industry imposes work from home, health checks, and other severe measures, could digitalization provide relief?
Tiny Devices Put AI on the Edge
The chip is less than 4.5 mm across and weighs less than 2 oz. Nonetheless, it is pushing the power of artificial intelligence to the edge.
Drilling Automation Is the Future, But ExxonMobil Finds Gaps To Fill
ExxonMobil’s rig automation experiment is accelerating, with plans to push the number of rigs in the system from three to nine. Drilling efficiency was improved by use of an automated pipe-handling system, which reduced the median time required for connection at one location by 20%.
The Road to the Digital World
Industries have gone a long way in the implementation of digital and intelligent technologies and have already realized numerous benefits. However, leaders realize that the full value of any transformation is unlikely to be achieved by implementing strategies of the past.
Don’t Tell Them You Are Using Excel
Engineering career tip of the day: If you are using Microsoft Excel at work, don’t leave it open on your computer when your boss is nearby.
Succeeding at Petroleum Engineering in a Digital Age
Digital advances allow computers to do many of the tedious tasks once done by engineers, which frees them to focus on more interesting tasks.
Technology Speeds Headlong Toward the Edge
The term “edge computing” may be relatively new, but the concept is not.
Heriot-Watt Plans To Map Carbon Storage Potential of UK Offshore Areas
A new study will identify the UK’s best sites and produce a roadmap for carbon storage to help the country reach its net zero targets, geologists say.
Hybrid Machine Learning Explained in Nontechnical Terms
HML methods have become common in recent applications. We have probably been using some of them without realizing it. It is, however, necessary to know about them in the context of understanding the underlying concepts of their methods and how they work.
View From the Top: A Leading Energy Economist’s Perspective on Digital Energy
Will digital transformation continue to drive business impact beyond the hype? This interview with Ken Medlock, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at Rice University, offers a perspective focused on the greater forces shaping the digital transformation trend.
How Much Science Is There in a Data Science Project?
Recently, the hype around artificial intelligence and machine learning caused several people to ask me how much of a project is actual machine learning. Based on man-hours spent on the project, I estimate that only about 5% of the effort is spent directly on data-science-related activities.
Man vs. Drilling Machine Can Be a Productive Thing
Hess is testing whether it can drive drilling improvement by combining drilling rigs equipped with automated functions and humans determined to find a way to beat the programmed drilling.
Digital Startups Raise Hundreds of Millions To Modernize Upstream Sector
Producers and investors continue to reward small companies with big solutions that lean on new software and hardware to lift the bottom line of one the world’s few trillion-dollar industries.
New Series Tackles Petroleum Data Analytics From the Subsurface up
SPE is planning a series on petroleum data analytics at its Houston Training Center. The series will kick off with Week One: Subsurface Analytics on 24–28 February and will be led by University of West Virginia Professor of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering Shahab Mohaghegh.
Energy Companies Well Suited To Adapt to Industry 4.0
Industry 4.0, the latest industrial revolution, has hit the manufacturing sector, building upon the adoption of computers and automation into industrial processes. How well suited is the oil and gas industry to leverage the new autonomous systems that could emerge from this transformation?
JPT Launches Digital Data Acquisition Feature
The new feature comes from the desire of readers and reviewers to broaden the scope of JPT’s coverage of developments related to digital transformation and the applications that the industry can derive from these exciting possibilities.
SPE Technical Directors’ Outlook: Tearing Down the Walls Among Disciplines
Merging new knowledge and technological capabilities among the disciplines—and beyond—will be crucial to sustaining the industry for the long term.
The Difference Between Engineering and Nonengineering Problem-Solving Using AI and ML
Major differences exist between engineering- and nonengineering-related problems. This fact results in major differences between engineering and nonengineering applications of artificial intelligence and machine learning.
Shell’s Well Pad of the Future Is Open for Business
The international major is calling its latest multiwell project in the Permian Basin a “beacon of innovation.” The goal is to see if combining digital technologies will lower the operating costs of its shale assets.
New Innovations Enable Autonomous Pipeline Inspections
As companies look to reduce the time it takes to inspect a subsea pipeline, as well as the costs involved in the operation, autonomous systems have become a more desirable option. How close are they to becoming the norm?
Technical Report on Data Analytics in Reservoir Engineering Open for Comments
The report focuses on the effect of data analytics on reservoir engineering applications, more specifically the ability to characterize reservoir parameters, analyze and model reservoir behavior, and forecast performance to transform the decision-making process.
2019: Thoughts on the Key Themes in Oil and Gas Data Management
As this year comes to a close, it has been defined by some big themes in oil and gas data management: innovation, collaboration, governance, stuck proofs of concept, trendy tech, and oil shaming.
Company Bets Bitcoin Mining Can Ease Flaring
A Denver-based company has been installing data centers at shale drilling sites to take advantage of excess natural gas. Now, according to a new Bloomberg report, that company hopes to harness some of that gas to power data centers for Bitcoin mining.
Where Are Data and Data Management Headed?
Unless we work together to resolve the underlying causes of data problems, we will continue to struggle with the time and effort needed to get the foundations of data preparedness sorted out. That means that industry must accept that data is strategic rather than tactical.
Digital Twins Mature in the North Sea
A proving ground for the use of digital twins has emerged in the North Sea. There, operators Total, Aker BP, and Shell have each developed and deployed twins that they expect to pay big dividends.
Industry Thrives on Data but Struggles To Quantify Its Value
Data undoubtedly has value, agreed participants at a recent symposium held by the Professional Petroleum Data Management Association in Denver. Quantifying that value—and communicating that value to decision-makers in a company—however, is tricky if not impossible.
The Digital Transformation: Great Risk or Greater Opportunity?
The digital transformation is a risky proposition for oil and gas companies adapting to a rapidly changing business environment, but a failure to adapt could spell trouble for the industry.
New Issues of Peer-Reviewed Journals Spotlight Machine Learning, Data Analytics
The November issues of SPE’s peer-reviewed journals SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering and SPE Production & Operations include papers addressing data analytics and machine learning.
Traditional Statistics vs. Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
Just because they both deal with data does not mean they are the same.
Will Faster Robots Improve Subsea Pipeline Inspections?
Sensors, robots, and artificial intelligence have made their way into a number of areas within the industry, including pipeline inspections. Shell has begun to examine the innovative technologies that could shift the inspection paradigm.
Companies See Stronger Cybersecurity With Cooperative Networks
Most companies have known for a while that they benefit when the parties that manage their networks cooperate. Beyond benefiting the business, however, this cooperation of open communication between the different sectors can help the people tasked to manage the security of those networks.
Data Historian and Trending Tool Transforms Company Operations
In 2018, Murphy Oil launched an initiative to open-source all internal live streaming data to its engineers. The process led it to implement a global data historian and a corresponding visualization tool. The insights provided are shaping the future of operations at the company.
The ABCs of Digital Transformation Terminology for Oil and Gas
A slew of data science jargon is flooding the industry, and one impediment to the digital transformation is confusion over associated terminology. The Society of Petroleum Engineers is beginning to make a concerted effort to help demystify the buzzwords, and this article kick starts that effort.
Drones Take Off in the Oil Field, but How High Will They Fly?
Unmanned aerial vehicles are creeping up on ubiquity in the oil and gas industry, but their potential still firmly outweighs the actuality. A panel at the 2019 SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition took a close look at the benefits of drones and at the tethers still holding back their use.
The Future Is Now: Implementing the Industrial Internet of Things Into Oil and Gas
The application of the industrial Internet of things within oil and gas promises to revolutionize the oil field by enabling the acquisition and accessibility of far greater amounts of data, especially for tasks that previously have been managed through historically analog documentation and storage.
Digital Transformation Can Lead to Industry Sustainability
Digital transformation supported by data analytics and artificial intelligence can be the differentiator that allows the upstream industry to persist in the next 100 years, providing a unique foundation for innovation to enhance general public awareness and life quality.
How Does the Use of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Differ for Conventional vs. Unconventional Plays?
What is the effect of the reservoir type on the application of AI and ML in reservoir and production modeling?
To Spark Real-Time Revolution, Fracture Diagnostic Firms Partner Up and Innovate
The types of advancements made in real-time drilling data acquisition and processing are now on the doorstep of the North American completions sector. Technology developers are banding together under the umbrella of “coopetition” in a bid to change the way producers fracture tight reservoirs.
Industry Strives To Leave Operations Alone
Remote and integrated operations can make production safer and more efficient. Despite this, the industry has struggled to implement these clearly effective techniques.
How Do Companies Find the Best Strategy for Integrating IoT?
The industrial Internet of Things (IoT) is changing the way the oil and gas industry operates, but are companies leveraging it to its full potential? What strategies are being employed to handle the obstacles to implementation? Finding value in people plays a role in integrating IoT into operations.
BHGE, C3.ai Release Their First AI Application
The artificial-intelligence application BHC3 Reliability provides early warning of production downtime and process risk to improve operational productivity, efficiency, and safety.
Digitized Safety Comes to the North Sea
Serica Energy has become the first operator to digitize safety in the North Sea after signing a deal to adopt the Restrata Platform, a piece of technology that provides real-time monitoring of people and assets.
Chevron, Schlumberger, Microsoft Team To Improve Digital, Petrotechnical Work Flows
The combination of digital technologies will enable Chevron—and, eventually, other companies—to process, visualize, interpret, and glean insights from multiple data sources, the companies said.
Modeling Physics With Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
Blending smart-proxy models with data-driven models to create hybrid models is not always the best idea for physics- and engineering-related applications.
Quantum Computing Emerges as a Game Changer
The nascent technology uses a new way to store, process, and measure information in computer systems. It is expected to introduce drastic changes in the development of technology, the discovery of algorithms, and the advancement of computer architectures.
Hurdles to AI Adoption Transcend the Technical
Artificial intelligence tools present many opportunities for the energy industry, and, as technological concepts leave the realm of science fiction, companies have started to grasp what is possible. What roles do culture and ethics play in helping companies understand the digital revolution?
Alliances Drive Upstream Digital Deployment
Partnerships with big tech, tech startups, and innovative service companies—and the merging of their data, cloud, and software applications—are proving essential for operators in the scaling phase of digital deployment. Equinor, Microsoft, and Halliburton are among those joining forces.
Data Management Evolves, But Challenges Persist
This article discusses the role of data management in the context of exploration and production from the 1990s, when building centralized databases was the mainstream, to the end of the second decade of the 2000s.
US Fracturing Test Data Trickling Out With a Lot More Promised
A fracturing test site in West Virginia has quietly made a data trove available on the website of the Marcellus Shale Energy and Environment Lab.
Workshop in Kuwait Lifts the Bar in Digital Transformation for Oil and Gas
To analyze the status of digital transformation strategies and the pace of implementation in the Middle East, an SPE Applied Technology Workshop brought together operating and service companies and consulting firms for a discussion.
Transforming Petroleum Engineers Into Data Science Wizards
Often, I receive questions from colleagues asking for tips on data science and machine learning as applied to petroleum engineering. This column address some of those questions I have collected. Here is my advice on becoming a petroleum engineer and a data science wizard.
Inaugural Conference Pushes Industry Past the Digital Transformation
Digital transformation: It’s a phrase that seems to be on the lips of everyone in the oil and gas industry, and that was certainly true at the inaugural Energy in Data conference held in Austin. The conference, however, showed that the transformation is more than on its way. It’s here.
Machine Learning Helps Pinpoint Events From Fracturing Data
Usually, field engineers manually pick events such as start and end times out of hydraulic-fracturing pumping data. This manual process is time-consuming and prone to error. Now, a Denver-based company is using machine learning to identify these events more accurately and consistently.
Oil and Gas Has a Problem With Unstructured Data
Unlike structured data, unstructured data is information that either does not have predefined labels or is not organized in a predefined template, and inefficient management of this data is holding back the industry.
Digital Transformation: Quest for Operational Efficiency
In recent times, we have been inundated with articles concerning the oil and gas industry’s race toward digitalization and automation. The pillars of such a transformation are the rapidly evolving industrial Internet of things, secure cloud computing, data analytics, AI, and machine learning.
Anadarko Works To Balance Physics With Data Science
Merging tried-and-true physics-based models with data science is bolstering the Houston independent’s reservoir-engineering work on its deepwater and shale assets.
Built on Several New Tools, Marathon’s Digital Oilfield is Maturing
Marathon Oil says its shale fields are producing more oil and gas with less hands-on work from company personnel thanks to a growing arsenal of digital technologies and workflows.
Amazon Becomes a Large Cog in the Industry’s Digital-Transformation Machine
DSDE recently spoke with Bill Vass, vice president of engineering for Amazon Web Services, about his observations on the oil and gas industry’s digital efforts and Amazon’s aggressive growth in the business.
Can Robots Improve Above-Water Riser Inspections?
The criticality of above-water riser hull piping requires frequent inspections. Traditional manual inspection methods present safety and efficiency concerns, but work is being done to see if robotic technologies—such as drones and crawlers—can do the job as good as, or even better than, humans.
How Southeast Asian Upstream Operators Are Digitalizing
Malaysia’s Petronas, Shell Malaysia, and Thailand’s PTTEP are now in the midst of full-scale digital adoption. The companies are beginning to see results, but none is counting on a “big bang” in development of the technology soon.
The Case for Collaboration: Data Science Is Done Best When an Operator Works With a Data Scientist
Studies conducted through collaboration between an operator that knows the physical reality and a data-science company that knows the best machine-learning methods yield good practical results.
Digital Technologies Shake Up the Safety Status Quo
Digitalization and new technologies are disrupting old practices and shaping a new safety landscape for the oil and gas industry. At OTC, a panel sponsored by the Center for Offshore Safety looked at the effects of some of these new technology trends.
Venture Capital Fuels the Digital Deepwater Oil Field
The technologies born out of innovative ideas have been critical for advancing deepwater assets in the past, and venture-capital investment helps incubate risk-taking companies developing those technologies. With digitization becoming a greater focus in industry, what role will venture capital play?
Robots Run Free at OTC
Robots may not be ready to take over the world just yet, but they are making great strides in the offshore industry. A technical session at this year’s Offshore Technology Conference presented some of the advances, including untethered ROVs and subsea broadband communications.
PVT Musings: Why I Started Using Python To Solve Petroleum Engineering Problems
As the oil and gas industry moves more into the machine learning space, Python-conversant petroleum domain specialists will prove to be increasingly valuable to organizations.
Data Is Not Scarce, but Oil Companies Hoard It as if It Were
A growing number of oil industry leaders are saying that data sharing across the industry is needed, but change is coming slowly.
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