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What digital initiatives will help exploration to be more effective and efficient?
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Alvin Alexander
» Geo-Technician, Exploration Department
» JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration
Glenn Mansfield
» director
» Flare Solutions Limited

Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Kuala Lumpur
ADAX, Bangsar South

There is much enthusiasm around the idea of digitalising exploration, but many different ideas about what it means in practise. Perhaps there are two extremes. At one end we have master data management, with a need for high quality core data. At the other end we have unsupervised machine learning, setting algorithms loose on data to see what they come up with.

Machine learning needs good master data management before you can start – and the machine learning should never be entirely unsupervised. Machine learning results which look like nonsense, or which defy human understanding, should probably be treated as such.

Digitalisation also includes integrating and analysing data. This generally requires an understanding of what the data is actually about. Machine learning can help, but only if you understand the processes it is following.

At our 8th Kuala Lumpur forum in October, over October 2-3, we’ll gather together ideas and perspectives about what machine learning in exploration means, how to use it to deliver value for an oil and gas company, and what business opportunities there may be, for individuals, consultancies and software companies.

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9:15 Philip Lesslar - Data solutions consultant

Chairman's introduction

Philip Lesslar is formerly principal consultant, technical assurance, technical data with PETRONAS E&P

11:00 Alvin Alexander - Geo-Technician, Exploration Department
JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration
Toolbox for working with data

NOEX is involved in a wide range of oil and natural gas projects around the world. We are actively seeking new prospects and working to develop breakthrough technologies to ensure a sustainable future for the energy industry.
11:30 Glenn Mansfield - director
Flare Solutions Limited
Case Study: How can Digital Transformation help me handle information overload?

Talk Description.
- How, when confronted with a major acquisition, one of the supermajors used digitalisation techniques to share between the two companies
- How to survive the arrival of 300M+ information items or “4 petabytes incoming!”
Glenn has worked in the oil and gas industry since 1987, and now provides consulting services through Flare Solutions. Flare’s focus is Information Management for Oil and Gas.

Glenn has worked on a wide range of projects providing information management strategy, knowledge management, procedures and standards development, change management and solution deployment to an international client base. Glenn's original discipline experience was in petroleum engineering and production operations, and he was also heavily involved in corporate database systems whilst working in BG E&P. He worked for IBM before co-founding Flare Solutions Limited in 1998.

Specialities: Information management in Oil and Gas, Solutions deployment, Knowledge Management, Taxonomy development, Bespoke product development

Glenn has a B. Eng. in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering.

Flare Solutions Limited
We provide Information Management consultancy, services and software solutions to the upstream industry, including oil and gas companies, from super-majors to small independents, service providers, regulators and government agencies. We provide trusted Information Management (IM) advice, services and tools that help our clients achieve business goals through more effective management of their information
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