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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Digitalization is Changing Offshore Operations
Adoption of digital technologies will continue to improve the offshore sector, including improved well efficiency, real-time directional drilling, lower maintenance costs, and safer operations.
Augmented Artificial Intelligence Improves Data Analytics in Heavy-Oil Reservoirs
The authors of this paper propose a novel work flow for the problem of building intelligent data analytics in heavy-oil fields.
Digital Data Drives HSE Behavioral Safety Program
Behavior-based safety is not a new concept nor is it new at Murphy Oil. But when Murphy launched its Safety Observation Program as a digital tool, it revitalized the way the culture of safety spread throughout the company.
Total Plans To Use Artificial Intelligence To Cut Drilling Costs
Total plans to start a digital factory to tap artificial intelligence in a bid to save hundreds of millions of dollars on exploration and production projects, according to an executive.
Equinor Sets Sights on Natural Language Processing With Startup Nesh
New funding for a chatbot technology, or smart assistant, represents the latest development in the Norwegian operator’s drive toward digitalization.
Shell Deploys AR Headsets To Facilities in 12 Countries
This digital deal is helping to make augmented reality a new reality for oil and gas operations.
Pattern-Based History Matching Maintains Consistency for Complex-Facies Reservoirs
A challenging problem of automated history-matching work flows is ensuring that, after applying updates to previous models, the resulting history-matched models remain consistent geologically.
Seven Ways Blockchain Can Revamp the Oil and Gas Industry
Blockchain, the underlying technology behind the sensational Bitcoin, could profoundly affect the oil and gas industry by cutting down on operational time and costs while also introducing more transparency to the industry.
UK Releases 130 Terabytes of Oil and Gas Data
Data from the UK Oil and Gas Authority’s new data repository cover 12,500 offshore wellbores, 5,000 seismic surveys, and 3,000 pipelines.
Equinor Expects Hardwiring Sensors Will Help Overcome Data-Processing Challenges
The company plans an innovative application of oceanographic instrumentation to maximize recovery at its Johan Sverdrup oil field in the North Sea.
Innovation Advances Digital Culture Throughout Company
A technology initiative is changing more than the digital landscape at Murphy Oil. Since its deployment in November 2018, Murphy Labs is changing the very culture of the corporation.
How the Digital Economy Is Transforming Canada’s Offshore Oil and Gas Industry
Jobs with repetitive activities may decrease, while new types of onshore jobs are being created.
Schlumberger, Rockwell Team Up To Take On Oilfield Automation
The world’s largest oilfield services firm and one of the largest providers of SCADA systems have formed a joint venture to create Sensia, an integrated automation suite.
Harnessing Data To Unlock New Energy Solutions
ExxonMobil is rolling out a project that will enable it to collect all operating data from its refineries and chemical plants—up to 1 billion bits per minute—into a high-performing computing environment.
BP Invests in New Artificial Intelligence Technology
BP Ventures has invested $5 million in Belmont Technology’s Series A financing to further bolster BP’s artificial intelligence and digital capabilities in its upstream business.
Digital Technologies Enable Methane-Reduction Efforts at Scale
The deployment and adoption of digital technologies across the oil and gas value chain could help scale the effect of the industry’s methane-reduction efforts, finds a new report.
The Incredible Ways Shell Uses Artificial Intelligence To Help Transform the Oil and Gas Giant
Royal Dutch Shell is heavily investing in research and development of artificial intelligence, which it hopes will provide solutions to some of its most pressing challenges.
Director Strives To Give Data and Digital Experts a Voice
Oil companies are talking big about using data and analytics, but the experts in the field are not sure what their role will be. Birol Dindoruk, SPE's technical director for management and information, talks about ensuring that they have a say.
Planned Oil and Gas Supercomputer Would Be Among World's Fastest
Skybox Datacenters has signed a 15-MW lease with a client that will host a supercomputer in its Houston facility. The client expects the system to beat Summit, the US Department of Energy supercomputer that is currently considered the world’s fastest.
Drilling for Data: Digitizing Upstream Oil and Gas
Upstream oil and gas is well behind other industries when it comes to being digitally enabled. That said, there is an enormous amount of interest in and expectation around the benefits of digital solutions.
Total, Google Cloud to Team on AI for Upstream
Total is expanding its development and use of artificial intelligence to bolster its exploration work, collaborating with Google Cloud—which is stepping up its presence in the oil and gas industry.
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