Improving use of collaborative technologies for oil and gas

Tuesday, February 16, 2010, London, The Geological Society, London

Our February 16th London forum - free to attend - looked at improving use of collaborative technologies in the oil and gas industry. This was our 8th Finding Petroleum event - we've had one Conference and 7 Forums - and we had many new faces in our audience this time. Of course, hosting a growing number of attendees from a widening "tribe" is good news for us although we did wonder whether this was a signal that the folk we have come to regard as our "regulars" from the oil & gas industry have not yet allowed these collaborative technologies into their consciousness!

If so, a pity because they they missed a great event!

We had speakers from BP (Julian Pickering, from the Field of the Future programme office); Capgemini (Patrick J Quinlan, Vice President, Global Leader Oil & Gas Services, Center of Excellence); Kadme (Vasily Borisov, Director; Kongsberg Intellifield Limited (Nicholas Gibson, General Manager) and Paradigm (Andy Sutherland, EVP for IMENA, CIS and Europe, Paradigm).

As usual, the event was chaired by David Bamford, a past head of exploration at BP and currently a non executive director of Tullow Oil.

Julian Pickering from BP's Field of the Future programme office talked about the progress it has made sharing drilling and completions data, using the Energistics WITSML standard. In all new contracts, it specifies that real time information should be provided in a WITSML compliant format, enabling the data to be delivered to its drilling collaboration centres. For example in its Gulf of Mexico office, it has display screens showing current drilling progress against planned trajectories, enabling problems to be quickly mitigated before they get worse. BP anticipates similar benefits from implementing the PRODML standard (for production data) and RESQML (for reservoir data).

Patrick J. Quinlan, Vice President, Global Leader Oil & Gas Services, Center of Excellence, Capgemini, talked about the development of "digital oil" programs in the upstream business; in particular he spoke to the emergence of 'virtual world' tools - enabling people to create and utilize virtual oil and gas environments (computer game style simulations). This can be used for training and ultimately also for remote experts to understand and resolve real world operational problems.

Vasily Borisov from Kadme talked about how the technology developed by Kadme powers up ArcticWeb - an online portal designed for oil industry specialists, a project started in Norway and sponsored by 6 major international oil companies. A central part of it is the Kadme web framework Whereoil, that continuously harvests predefined data from the relevant authorities and institutions to produce and maintain reliable and high quality information related to Arctic areas.

Nicholas Gibson from Kongsberg Intellifield talked about using established real-time data management standards, workflows and integrated collaboration environments to facilitate real-time decision-making and 24 by 7 collaborative operations for the upstream oil and gas industry.

Andy Sutherland, Executive VP of Paradigm, talked about his company’s approach in developing a subsurface data processing, interpretation and characterization suite of tools. As well as including some of the most advanced technologies in various product segments, the software components support elaborate workflows that address the increasing complexity of modern hydrocarbon reservoirs. The whole process takes place in a very comprehensive 3D visualization environment, making it possible for geoscientists and engineers to construct together solutions that are consistent and precise, within a shorter project time frame than was previously possible.

In addition, IOCOM and Cereno sponsored the meeting and talked about their communication and collaboration technologies, the former via a lunch-time talk/demonstartion and the former via an exhibit.


9:00 Arrivals and Registrations


David Bamford - Director - Finding Petroleum

Welcome and Introduction

David Bamford is 63. He is a non-executive director at Tullow Oil plc and has various roles with Parkmead Group plc, PARAS Ltd and New Eyes Exploration Ltd, and runs his own consultancy. He writes regular articles for OilVoice and ROGTEC and is a co-founder of Finding Petroleum.

He retired from BP in 2003, after a 23 year career spent initially in research & technology, then the geophysics function, business unit leadership, and finally BP's global exploration programme.

Finding Petroleum
Finding Petroleum was established to help the oil and gas industry network, and stay up to date on the latest technological developments. It does this via hosting regular events, distributing their colour magazine - Digital Energy Journal, and with an online social network of nearly 700 members.

Julian Pickering - Director - Digital Oilfield Solutions Ltd

Knowledge Sharing in BP Using Data Exchange Standards

Talk Description.
Julian Pickering from BP's Field of the Future programme office will talk about the progress it has made sharing drilling and completions data, using the Energistics WITSML standard. In all new contracts, it is specifying that real time information should be provided in a WITSML compliant format, enabling the data to be delivered to its drilling collaboration centres. For example in its Gulf of Mexico office, it has disaply screens showing current drilling progress against planned trajectories, enabling problems to be quickly mitigated before they get worse. BP anticipates similar benefits from implementing the PRODML standard (for production data) and RESQML (for reservoir data).
Dr Julian Pickering has a degree in Applied Physics from Brunel University, London and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Cambridge University, where he was a BP scholar. He has worked for BP for 32 years and has held major posts including the Head of Digital Technology for Global Drilling and Completions and the Head of the Field of the Future Facilities Programme. He left BP in March 2010 and set up his own company, Digital Oilfield Solutions, with partners in the United States of America. He has provided consultancy services to many large Oil and Gas companies and is a consultant to the Energistics Data Standards Organisation.

Digital Oilfield Solutions Ltd
Digital Oilfield Solutions is a partnership between the UK company Digital Oilfield Solutions Ltd and the US company Digital Oilfield Solutions Inc. Through its extended network of Independent Delivery Partners it can service projects on a global basis.

Digital Oilfield Solutions is a member of Energistics (Dr Julian Pickering chaired the WITSML Executive Team in 2009 and remains a team member). The promotion of WITSML and PRODML and the quantification of associated business benefits are key objectives of their delivery.

Patrick J. Quinlan - Vice President - Capgemini

Enabling transformation

Patrick currently leads Capgemini Oil and Gas Centre of Excellence (CoE). This global team is focused on developing thought leadership, industry points of view, and value delivery for the Oil and Gas sector. One of its key mandates is to develop and introduce new industry offerings and expand our business in new territories – most recently he has focused on high growth markets in China, India and South America.
He has 30 years of oil and gas experience and has worked in over 40 countries for numerous oil and gas clients.

Patrick has led a two ground breaking study of “integrated operations”; this thought leadership study gauged the readiness of major upstream operators with respect to the deployment of leading ‘Digital Oil - Smart Operating’ practices and identified leading practices related to the evolution of this truly transformative shift in how the upstream business is being conducted.
Patrick is a performance transformation specialist and is the original designer and developer of our portfolio of proprietary global oil and gas industry benchmarking services centered in Calgary. In addition, he is the original developer of a comprehensive methodology for deploying strategic sourcing in the energy sector - Team Based Buying. In this capacity,
Patrick was a Partner with Ernst & Young for ten years prior to the sale of its consulting business in May 2000 to Capgemini. He began his career with Ernst & Young with its predecessor firm Woods Gordon in 1986 advancing through various promotions culminating in his admission to the Partnership in July 1990.
Prior to joining Capgemini (Ernst & Young) in 1986, Mr. Quinlan was employed by Dome Petroleum (now BP) in a number of production and development engineering positions. His final position with Dome was as a project manager in the exploitation department where he was responsible for development of major oil and gas properties.
Patrick is currently a Director and Chairman of the Audit and Governance Committees at Questerre Energy, an independent energy company focused on shale gas in North America.

With more than 125,000 people in 44 countries, Capgemini is one of the world's foremost providers of consulting, technology and outsourcing services. The Group reported 2012 global revenues of EUR 10.3 billion. Together with its clients, Capgemini creates and delivers business and technology solutions that fit their needs and drive the results they want. A deeply multicultural organization, Capgemini has developed its own way of working, the Collaborative Business ExperienceTM, and draws on Rightshore®, its worldwide delivery model.
11:00 Coffee and Tea


Vasily Borisov - Director - KADME

ArcticWeb - bringing data on Arctic together

KADME is a leading provider of information management software and services to the oil and gas industry. KADME's flagship product is Whereoil, an enterprise search engine designed for energy companies. Whereoil lets you find and manage all your data, structured or unstructured, wherever it is, for all users.

Nicholas Gibson - General Manager - Kongsberg Digital

Real-time collaborative support of your global drilling operations

Kongsberg Digital
Kongsberg Digital is a provider of next-generation software and digital solutions to customers within maritime, oil and gas, and renewables and utilities. The company consists of more than 500 software experts with leading competence within the internet of things, smart data, artificial intelligence, maritime simulation, automation and autonomous operations. Kongsberg Digital is the group-wide center of digital expertise for KONGSBERG.

Andy Sutherland - EVP for IMENA, CIS and Europe - Paradigm

Innovative cross-discipline integration tools that promote collaboration

Paradigm software solutions provide the vision for business and engineering decision-makers in subsurface disciplines to proceed with less uncertainty and more confidence. Paradigm tools minimize risk and optimize responsible management of the earth's precious subsurface assets.

Paradigm software and consulting assembles, processes, models and visualizes subsurface data from numerous sources, providing the most comprehensive view available of the earth's subsurface and our natural resources. The resulting dynamic, digital models enable Paradigm users to make intelligent and responsible exploration, production and engineering decisions.
13:00 Lunch

Sponsors of this event

New Eyes Exploration
New Eyes Exploration, founded by David Bamford, explores new ways to discover Oil and Gas.

Opus Executive Partners
Opus Executive Partners is a specialist advisory firm serving the energy, mining and natural resources industries.

Opus Executive Partners act as a strategic advisor and provider of Board-level resourcing solutions to national and multi-national companies helping them overcome key business challenges by meeting critical leadership and governance needs.

Whether you are looking for advice, or to fill Board-level (Executive or Non-Executive) or Senior-level Management positions Opus can help you unlock new growth and value across your business.

Imagine if to call someone they had to go out and purchase a new phone exactly like yours. Then you have to purchase a dedicated switch just to connect the two together. How slow would you grow and how expensive would your network be? Amazingly, that that's the video conferencing model still employed by most companies today. IOCOM, on the other hand, works over the internet, so everyone can connect already. And your network runs on expandable clusters of enterprise servers, extending your company network to millions of people worldwide for nothing but the cost of signing up to a 60-day trial, followed by a modest monthly subscription. It really is that simple.

What's more, you're not only expanding your network, but your expanding your desktop, your conference room, or even your smartphone. With IOCOM, you're never limited to one-to-one video conference-style calls. Connect the entire company board together, from the comfort of your home office. Or participate in a presentation to a hundred employees scattered throughout the globe, from your laptop at your local coffee shop. It really is that incredible.

Real-time collaboration with nuVa for the digital oilfield

cereno, a specialist in communications, business conferencing and advanced collaboration technologies, is delighted to offer its flagship collaboration technology solution nuVa.

Collaborative working is essential in today's business world to ensure rapid flow of ideas and understanding. The traditional meeting is time-consuming, expensive, and is fast becoming environmentally unacceptable.

cereno's nuVa collaboration solution builds on people's natural way of working. nuVa's high quality audio/video communications and intuitive shared workspace allow multiple users to work together on documents and applications in real-time, irrespective of their geographical location. It incorporates a familiar pen interface for annotating and a standard keyboard for typing.

nuVa can also be used over Inmarsat BGAN and bandwidths as low as 64kbps for multi-party secure collaborations. In remote or hostile environments e.g. on an offshore oil platform, often the operations are highly complex. If the technology fails, costs may be incredibly high. nuVa helps to identify the issue far more quickly and accurately through its unique collaboration environment. Experts located globally can be connected using nuVa to fix and make decisions about a high cost problem, providing a ROI in hours.

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