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Joint Venture Nears Completion of Digital-Twin-Designed Offshore Platform Project
The Azeri Central East platform is the first of its kind to be designed through all phases, from concept to front-end engineering design and detailed design, to fully use KBR’s digital twin technology.
ADNOC Completes First Phase of Artificial Intelligence Predictive Maintenance Project
The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company announced that it has completed the first phase of its large-scale multiyear predictive maintenance project, which aims to maximize asset efficiency and integrity across its upstream and downstream operations.
Schlumberger Teams Up With Two AI Firms
The agreement signed by Schlumberger, AIQ, and Group 42 is designed to develop and commercialize artificial intelligence for global exploration and production.
DNV GL Digital Platform Offers 40 Years of Reliability Data
The data have been collected and analyzed from more than 18,000 equipment units with failure and maintenance records and includes information on subsea fields with more than 2,000 years of operating experience.
Oil Rigs Run on AI Twins Point to a Future Hastened by COVID
The coronavirus crisis had a devastating effect on oil-company revenues, but it has posed a tough human-resources problem too: how to keep workers safe on cramped rigs at sea where social-distancing is impossible. Many operators have found an answer in technology—specifically, digital twins.
Shell Taps Bentley’s iTwin Platform To Speed Project Delivery
Shell has selected Bentley Systems, a provider of software and digital twin cloud services, to help streamline its capital projects and decrease time to first oil.
Equinor and Microsoft Partner on Northern Lights CCS Project
The memorandum of understanding with Microsoft follows a conditional investment decision made in May by Equinor, Shell, and Total. Pending Norwegian government approval, the final investment decision for the project is expected in late 2020 with startup expected in 2024.
Digital Technologies Boost Earnings at Johan Sverdrup
One year after the Johan Sverdrup field came on stream, Equinor says digital technology has proven to be key to safety and value in all parts of the operation, increasing earnings by more than $200 million.
Shell and Microsoft Form Alliance To Address Carbon Emissions
The companies say they will expand their existing technology collaboration to create and deliver solutions to help customers, suppliers, and other businesses lower emissions.
Shell Launches Innovation Studio
A new open innovation studio aims to use crowdsourcing to redefine the future of oil and gas exploration.
BP and Microsoft Strengthen Ties To Develop Low-Carbon Solutions for Upstream and Beyond
The tech giant and supermajor have been working on cloud solutions already, but in a new agreement, they will combine their talents to create new technologies for oil and gas as well as energy consumers.
Roomba for Ships? Shipping Company To Use Robotics for Hull Cleaning
To provide condition monitoring and combat fouling, the robot clings and moves along the hull walls. It is controlled via a 4G connection to clean and inspect the walls in line with individual vessel schedules developed through a proprietary algorithm and big data.
Tymor Marine Delivers Industry’s First Remotely Executed Vessel Deadweight Audit
The maritime technology company successfully completed a remote deadweight audit for a semisubmersible oil and gas drilling rig. Believed to be the first of its kind, the remote survey was developed in response to travel and social-distancing restrictions imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Akselos Deploys Digital Twin of Shell’s Bonga FPSO
The engineering simulation firm announced the successful deployment of a complete structural digital twin for Shell’s Bonga floating production, storage, and offloading vessel 120 km southwest of the Niger Delta in Nigeria.
The New Spindletop: If Data Is the New Oil, Look to the Cloud
The oil and gas industry has a new Spindletop, and it’s nowhere near being capped. In this data boom, the industry is up to its neck in petabytes of data, generating thousands of terabytes per day, with the volumes doubling every 12–18 months, and using less than 5% of it for decision making.
Shell and Baker Hughes Venture Going Big on Methane-Hunting Drones
After 2 years of testing, Shell is going all in on using high-flying technology to catch methane leaks to reduce its overall emissions to less than 1%.
PTTEP Awards Contract to Halliburton for Offshore Digital Transformation Project
The software solution aims to improve operational efficiency and production from subsurface to processing facilities in four offshore fields.
Weatherford, INT Expand Collaboration To Create 2D, 3D Real-Time Well Visualization
Weatherford will embed INT’s IVAAP framework into the Weatherford Centro digital well delivery software, advancing its data-visualization capabilities.
Halliburton, Honeywell Team Up To Lower Costs With Software
The companies say they expect the alliance to provide an integrated, open-architecture software platform designed to maximize asset potential.
Fugro Conducts First Fully Remote Inspection of Platform
The fully remote inspection was conducted with an ROV to increase worker safety and security and reduce environmental exposure on an offshore platform.
Online Technology Platform To Support UK Energy Transition
The goal of the platform is to connect technologies to operators, developers, and end users in the UK oil, gas, and renewable energy sectors and be the catalyst for rapid technology deployment.
Microsoft, Halliburton, and Accenture Partner To Drive Digital Transformation
The 5-year effort will take advantage of Microsoft technologies in machine learning, augmented reality, user interactions, and the industrial Internet of things to deliver integrated solutions to the upstream industry.
Phillips 66 Tests 5G, Internet of Things Tech at Louisiana Refinery
Houston pipeline and refinery operator Phillips 66 is testing a private 5G cellphone network to control sensors at one of the company's facilities in Louisiana.
Sercel Invests in Startup AMBPR To Build Robots for Oil and Gas
The partnership will deliver autonomous robots for safe work in adverse land, sea, and downhole environments.
Schlumberger Pushes Digital Technology Through Online Conference
Schlumberger showcased its role in the industry’s digital revolution recently with its first online conference. During the conference, the company launched six pieces of technology focused on gathering and consolidating digital data.
Fugro Completes Middle East's First Uncrewed Geophysical Route Survey
In response to increasing demand for remote offshore services, Fugro has completed the Middle East’s first fully autonomous geophysical shallow-water route survey.
Cyberhawk Secures 5-Year Multimillion-Dollar Software Contract With Shell
iHawk, Cyberhawk’s cloud-based asset visualization software, will become Shell’s next-generation visualization software platform for all onshore, offshore, and subsea assets, as well as all global construction projects.
Microsoft Launches Center of Excellence To Promote Innovation and Sustainability in the Energy Industry
Launched in collaboration with industry leaders and academia, the Microsoft Energy Core aims to accelerate digital transformation, build coalitions for responsible innovation, deliver skilling initiatives, and address sustainability and societal challenges.
Digital Solution Advances Environmental Efforts
A new tool developed by Kosmos Energy is allowing the exploration and production company to keep better track of the effect it is having on the environment.
Cold Bore Technology Launches Test of Fracture-Optimization Software
The new software enables high-resolution, real-time fracture-stage data to be shown on top of multiple previous stages to visualize optimized performance or to be tracked against an ideal preset stage.
Emerson To Contribute Software and Expertise to the Open Subsurface Data Universe Forum
The Open Group OSDU Forum aims to create a standard data platform on which members work collaboratively to enable secure, reliable, global access to all subsurface and well data.
Total Teams With Computing Firm To Improve Carbon Capture
Total is stepping up its research into carbon capture, utilization, and storage technologies by signing a multiyear partnership with UK startup Cambridge Quantum Computing. This partnership aims to develop new quantum algorithms to improve materials for carbon capture.
Flotek Acquires Data and Analytics Company JP3
Flotek Industries announced that it has acquired 100% ownership of JP3 Measurement, a privately held data and analytics technology company, diversifying the company’s business across all segments of the hydrocarbon industry.
Bureau Veritas Sees 900% Rise in Demand for Remote Inspection of Offshore Rigs
The testing, inspection, and certification company is reporting a 900% rise in demand for the remote inspection of offshore assets and equipment since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Intelligent Operations Continue To Evolve
The future of intelligent operations in our industry is being driven by advances from other sectors that have been embraced for petroleum applications. Foundational changes already taking place include advances in the type and volume of data being acquired and how the data are used.
Wood, NERA Partner on Subsea Inspection Solutions
The AI-driven tool will detect anomalies in subsea oil and gas infrastructure.
Energy Industry Turning to Robotics To Inspect Infrastructure
Gecko Robotics is providing the energy industry with artificial-intelligence-enabled robots to inspect infrastructure and supply massive amounts of data to help predict failures before they occur.
Digitally Disrupting the Oil and Gas Industry
The words "disruption" and "change" are becoming more and more common in many industries, including offshore oil and gas.
Machine Learning Makes Its Way to Completions
Machine learning can provide accurate prediction of annular pressure buildup, first-year oil production, and (in conjunction with novel casing accessories) the time and location of water breakthrough along a lateral wellbore.
Constraints on History Matching Affect Quality of Studies
Most history-matching studies have fixed resources—that is, the team of engineers and geoscientists is predetermined. Moreover, the deadlines are always very strict. This constrained scenario often leads to an unfortunate result: The quality of the study suffers.
Satellite Data Lays Scale of Methane Leaks Bare
Methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, is leaking from industry sites at rates equivalent to the annual carbon emissions of France and Germany combined, a new analysis using satellite data shows.
UK North Sea Oil Production To Be Maintained as Industry Moves To "Minimal Manning" Offshore
UK North Sea oil and gas production is set to be maintained at normal levels despite the industry moving to "minimal manning" of offshore facilities in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, trade body Oil and Gas UK's health and safety director, Trevor Stapleton, said.
PGS Releases Full-Integrity Data Set From Open Acreage in the Barents Sea
An ultrahigh-density high-resolution data set from the Hammerfest Basin is now available from PGS. The area is thought to contain around half of the undiscovered resources on the Norwegian continental shelf, according to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate.
Equinor, Shell Agree To Collaborate
The companies have signed a memorandum of understanding on digital collaboration to develop solutions and methods together through the exchange of expertise in areas such as data science, artificial intelligence, and 3D printing.
Halliburton Signs On To Support Pertamina’s Digital Transformation
As part of the deal, Pertamina is moving all of its petrotechnical applications to the iEnergy cloud service, which is run by Halliburton arm Landmark.
Shell Teams With i-Tech 7 To Accelerate Digitalization
i-Tech 7, Subsea 7’s life-of-field business unit, and Shell International E&P have entered into a collaborative technology agreement to accelerate subsea digitalization, initially for a period of 5 years from the fourth quarter of 2019.
Searcher Completes Offshore Peru 2D and 3D Seismic Data Sets
The seismic-data company has announced the completion of its offshore Peru 2D and 3D seismic data set, consisting of 19 rectified and merged 2D seismic surveys and 21 rectified and merged 3D seismic surveys.
Petroweb Launches Fully Automated E&P Data Curating Platform
Petroweb, a provider of global E&P data cataloging to the energy industry, announced the launch of its Data Curating platform, which provides a continuously up-to-date catalog of available third-party E&P data sets worldwide.
Newly Formed JV To Provide Data-Driven Drilling Riser Maintenance Program
The data-driven maintenance program incorporates riser condition, usage, and fatigue analysis with a risk-based inspection process.
Baker Hughes, C3.ai Release AI Application To Visualize, Analyze, and Optimize Upstream Oil and Gas Operations
The application continuously uses machine-learning algorithms to aggregate historical and real-time data across production operations. Additionally, the application uses a hybrid approach that draws on physics-based and data-driven AI models to generate predictions and prescribed actions.
Saudi Aramco Buys Shares in Blockchain Oil Trading Company Vakt
The national oil company has bought $5 million in new shares, which Vakt says will be used to upgrade its platform and plan for expansion in Southeast Asia.
Indonesia Adopts PPDM Data Model as Industry Standard
A ministerial decree in Indonesia has set the data model from the Professional Petroleum Data Management Association as the country's industry standard for upstream oil and gas data.
Wireless Data Network Expanding in Permian Basin To Strengthen Operations
A telecommunications company is looking to bring better wireless connectivity to the oil and gas industry, expanding its network to offer wireless data in the Permian Basin and three other oil and gas regions.
Oil and Gas Needs To Stop Dragging Its Feet on Digitizing Safety Functions
Despite having some of industry’s most hazardous working environments, a sector that pioneered the adoption of digital technology has been slow to exploit artificial intelligence and machine learning in the area of health and safety.
Houston Company Seeks To Develop First 5G-Enabled Oil Drilling Site in Permian Basin
Telecommunication companies will spend the next 12 months rolling out 5G service for cell phone users across the United States while a Houston company seeks to become the first to provide the ultrahigh-speed technology to oil and gas industry customers in the Permian Basin.
BP Signs Sustainable Energy Agreements With Amazon Web Services
BP says it will supply Amazon Web Services with 170 MW of renewable energy, the equivalent of powering 125,000 homes each year.
ExxonMobil and Intel Collaborate on Open Industry Standards Technologies
Innovating internal systems at Exxon inspires executives to create a forum for the oil and gas industry.
Schlumberger, Dataiku Partnership Will Enable Enterprise-Scale AI
Schlumberger and Dataiku have entered into an exclusive technology partnership that will enable companies in the exploration and production industry to build and deploy their own artificial intelligence solutions across the full breadth of their upstream work flows.
A New Mandate for the Oil and Gas Chief Information Officer
In an increasingly data-dependent sector, oil and gas companies need to scale up their use of technology across the enterprise rapidly. Success will involve reframing the CIO’s role in driving not only digital transformation but also business outcomes.
Baker Hughes, C3.ai, and Microsoft Team Up for Digital Transformation
The joint offerings are expected to help make energy operations safer, cleaner, and more efficient.
Aker BP, Schlumberger, StimWell Establish Alliance To Boost Oil Production
Through collaboration, innovative technologies, and digitization, the newly formed alliance hopes to transform conventional intervention operations with clear targets of propelling hydrocarbon production on new and existing assets on the Norwegian continental shelf.
Three Singapore Groups Join Forces To Develop LNG Cooling System for Data Centers
The National University of Singapore’s Faculty of Engineering, Keppel Data Centres Holdings, and Singapore LNG have joined forces to develop a novel, energy-efficient, and cost-effective cooling technology using liquefied natural gas for data centers.
New Regulation on Upstream Data Management in Indonesia Could Spark New Investment
Backed with the intention of promoting new investments in the oil and gas upstream industry, Indonesia's minister of energy and mineral resources recently enacted a new regulation to replace the 13-year-old regulation on upstream oil and gas data management and use.
SPE's Management and Information Discipline Splits To Address Growing Needs
The Management and Information technical discipline will be split to recognize the importance of digital transformation among our members’ responsibilities and the industry as a whole.
Total To Open “Digital Factory” in Paris
To launch in early 2020, the facility will bring together up to 300 developers, data scientists, architects, and other specialists.
Kongsberg To Build Digital Twin for Shell’s Nyhamna Gas Facility
As part of the $11-million deal, Kongsberg will establish a dynamic virtual representation of the plant, which serves as a gas processing and export hub for the Shell-operated Ormen Lange in the Norwegian North Sea.
YPF Adopts Data Science To Improve Operations
YPF’s data analytics experts are eagerly seeking partnerships with oilfield operations experts who can help blend elegant data analysis with the messy reality of oil production.
TechnipFMC, DNV GL Sign Partnership To Set Benchmark for Trust With Digital Twins
The two companies have entered into a partnership to develop the oil and gas industry’s first methodology for qualifying the integrity of digital twin technology.
Equinor Awards Milestone Wireless Subsea Drone Contract
The $43-million deal with Saipem will utilize a wireless underwater intervention drone and an ROV for intervention work on the Njord field in the Norwegian North Sea. Equinor said the contract is the first ever from an operator for advanced wireless drone services.
Shell Looks to GHGSat To Monitor Methane Emissions
The signed framework agreement would have GHGSat use its satellite-based sensors to monitor greenhouse gases coming from select Shell facilities.
IHS Markit, Schlumberger Announce Collaboration on GAIA Digital Subsurface Platform
The planned collaboration is expected to provide analytics-ready data from IHS Markit that would be directly accessible from the GAIA platform.
Oil and Gas Majors Sign Deal To Implement Blockchain in the Bakken
The OOC Oil and Gas Blockchain Consortium, whose members include Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil, Equinor, and Royal Dutch Shell, has awarded a contract to Data Gumbo to pilot the technology for water handling services in the Bakken shale field in North Dakota.
Aker Solutions Launches Intelligent Subsea Program To Accelerate Offshore Developments
The company’s new approach is designed to cut the time required to generate optimal subsea field layouts.
BP Completes North Sea Drone Methane Monitoring Pilot
The pilot used sensor technology originally deployed by NASA for the Mars Curiosity Rover to collect methane emissions data live-streamed from a drone. BP said it plans to deploy the technology to all of its North Sea assets, including ETAP and Glen Lyon, in 2020.
DNV GL Unveils Concept for Live Asset Risk Assessment Using Digital Twins
The company has proposed the Probabilistic Digital Twin to close the gap between digital twins—used increasingly by operators to manage the performance of their assets—and risk analysis still largely conducted manually before assets enter service.
Silicon Valley and Oil and Gas: Lessons in Patience for New Tech Development
The entrepreneurial ecosystem and the oil and gas industry are not a perfect match, but the industry has made strides in recent years to attract the startups developing innovative technologies that could usher it into a new era. How are companies bridging the gap?
The Digital Paradox of Change in the Oil and Gas Industry
Most industries measure digital transformation by accelerated, highly visible outcomes—from new business models and efficient processes to experiences that wow customers and employees alike. But not the oil and gas industry. In fact, it may be following a completely different playbook.
Drone Service Firms See Continued Success in the Oil Field
Two firms have announced new partnerships to perform unmanned-aircraft-systems-based missions for oil and gas clients in the US and abroad.
Schlumberger Plans To Join the Open Subsurface Data Universe
The service company said it will make its data ecosystem available to the platform that is designed to bring together exploration, development, and wells data from across the industry. This will allow Schlumberger to integrate its solutions with its clients who have already joined the platform.
Digitalization Drives Sustainability and Financial Performance for Equinor
Equinor is using its digital transformation to be more sustainable. “It’s not just about running a smarter business," said Bjorn Otto Sverdrup, Equinor's senior vice president of sustainability. "It’s also about running a more sustainable business.”
CNOOC Awards OPEX Group With North Sea Digital Services Contract
The Scottish company will roll out its X-PAS predictive analysis service on CNOOC’s Buzzard, Golden Eagle, and Scott platforms on the UK Continental Shelf.
Anadarko’s Digital Legacy Offers a Template for Others
The large independent put together a team of data scientists, software developers, and petrotechnical staff to create a forward-looking vision for how to use digital technology to solve problems.
Keppel Expands Data Center Footprint in Sydney, Australia
The greenfield data center will be located adjacent to Gore Hill Data Center, an existing data center in Keppel DC REIT's portfolio.
Weatherford Adds Microsoft Power BI Capabilities to ForeSite Platform
ForeSite users will be able to create and visualize customized data reports or select from a series of built-in visualization dashboards and reports that monitor key performance indicators and identify production optimization opportunities.
Digital Approach to Operations Management Empowers the Oil Field
Digital is replacing manual at Sanchez Oil & Gas. Since its implementation in 2017, the company’s Production Maintenance Tracker application has been transforming its operations management by bringing together all the assets, departments, and routes into one hub.
Halliburton Releases Industry’s First 3D Logging-While-Drilling Technology
The company's new 3D-inversion visualization process enables precise geosteering and accurate well placement.
Shell Invests In Ethereum Hybrid That Gives Real Power to the People
Shell is continuing its exploration of blockchain with yet another investment in the technology, this time investing in LO3, a startup using a modified version of the Ethereum blockchain to make it easier for individuals to buy and sell locally produced energy.
Digital Transformation Strategy Advances in Oil and Gas
Firms such as Netflix have had a solid digital transformation strategy. Now, industrial companies, including in the oil and gas sector, are on a similar, if less dramatic, trajectory.
Total Hopes New Supercomputer Will Help It Find Oil Faster and More Cheaply
Energy major Total said its new supercomputer—which has propelled it to a world ranking as the most powerful computer in the sector—will enable its geologists to find oil faster, cheaper, and with a better success rate.
Fieldbit's Smart Glasses Prevent Oil Spills
The Israeli company has developed augmented-reality solutions that enable field technicians in energy and other industries to avert disasters such as BP's Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Baker Hughes Adds an AI Option
Baker Hughes is still a GE company, but it has partnered with a second company for artificial intelligence expertise, C3.ai. The deal is expected to speed the integration of AI into oilfield operations by the company which also markets GE’s device analytics platform, Predix.
Katalyst Data Management Opens New Digital Transformation Center in Houston
The company's second location in the area is expected to increase the production capacity for large-scale exploration and production digital transformation projects that are already under way.
Schlumberger Introduces Digital Exploration Platform
Schlumberger introduced the GAIA digital exploration platform, which it says enables exploration teams to rapidly discover and access basin-scale data and manage their exploration opportunities.
Capital Projects Struggle To Implement Digitalization
The Independent Project Analysis recently reached out to its clients to understand why digitalization tools are so burdensome for projects organizations to implement.
Moving to the Edge Is Crucial for Oil and Gas Companies To Make Better Use of Data
The oil and gas industry already lives on the edge when it comes to the remote and often inhospitable geographic locations that it operates in, but now it is moving its computing to the edge to gain valuable business insights that can increase operational efficiency and profitability.
The Challenges of Unmanned Automation in the Oil and Gas Sector
Norway’s oil and gas major, Equinor, made headlines in October 2018 following its launch of the world’s first fully automated wellhead platform, the Oseberg H. Here, Claudia Jarrett, US country manager of parts supplier EU Automation, explains the challenges of unmanned automation in oil and gas.
API Publishes Guide for Drone Use in Oil and Gas Industry
The American Petroleum Institute announced the publication of its Guide for Developing an Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program, which will help ensure worker and operational safety as the industry introduces drones in its operations.
Real-Time Predictive-Analysis Tool Aims To Prevent Another Piper Alpha
Aberdeen’s Opex Group and an industrial behavioral psychologist are designing a tool that will combine data from diagnostic surveys with historical data on oil and gas accidents and spills.
Offshore and Onshore Reliability Data Project Goes Digital
Vast amounts of offshore and onshore reliability data will be made available as the project by the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate provides access to its now-digital data in an effort to improve accessibility and efficiency for oil and gas industry reliability data.
Digital Transformation at BP is Starting to Add Up to Billions
Analytics, sensors, and robots are changing the way one of the world’s largest oil and gas companies does business. Underpinning all the new technology though is a shift in how BP thinks, and what it means to be a supermajor in the 21st century.
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