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How to digitalise exploration and wells - day 2

What digital initiatives will help exploration to be more effective and efficient?
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Chew Wei Liang
» Manager, Surface Operations, Group Technical Data
Wong Teck Hing
» Senior Technical Data Management Consultant
» Sarawak Shell Berhad
Ross Philo
» president and CEO
» Energistics
Philip Lesslar
» Data solutions consultant
» Precision DM
Poh Hean Yap
» Data science lead
» Accenture

Thursday, October 3, 2019
Kuala Lumpur
ADAX, Bangsar South

In October, Digital Energy Journal holds its 8th Kuala Lumpur forum looking at how we can improve exploration and well management through better use of data.

With speakers this year from Brunei Shell, Exxon Mobil, JX Nippon Oil and Gas, Accenture, Energistics, Flare Solutions among others.

Topics include cloud based applications, data toolboxes, collaborative projects, reducing information overload, data standards, machine learning, smart dashboards for wells data quality, and analytics for chemical usage.

Held at Asean Data Analytics Exchange (ADAX), South Bangsar, courtesy of MDEC, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation.

Event sponsored by Flare Solutions and supported by Energistics and Finding Petroleum.

There will be a training course on Friday October 4 on data quality metrics in oil and gas data, given by Philip Lesslar, Data solutions consultant, formerly principal consultant, technical assurance, technical data with PETRONAS E&P (fee just RM 450 / £85). Philip Lesslar is chairman of the first day of the forum and co-producer of the conference.

See the agenda for day 1

Data quality metrics course: You may also be interested in attending our The Data Quality Metrics Course for oil and gas, presented on Friday October 4 by Philip Lesslar, for more information see here

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9:15 Karl Jeffery - Editor
Digital Energy Journal
Chairman's introduction

Karl Jeffery is editor of Digital Energy Journal and managing director of Future Energy Publishing, which also publishes Tanker Operator magazine and Carbon Capture Journal. He was previously co-founder and editor of Digital Ship Ltd, a publishing company focussing on IT in the shipping sector. He has a BEng in chemical engineering from Nottingham University

Digital Energy Journal
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9:20 Chew Wei Liang - Manager, Surface Operations, Group Technical Data
Breaking Silos through Data Decoupling

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Wei Liang is currently an Executive in Technical Assurance, Group Technical Data in PETRONAS. He is responsible for Data Architecture for PETRONAS Upstream Business.

Prior to joining PETRONAS in 2014, he worked in the telecommunication sector for 9 years in the field of Subscriber Data Management (SDM) and Operation Support System (OSS). He specialised in high performance in-memory directory and distributed architecture. Wei Liang graduated with a Bachelor of Computer Science (Honours) majoring in Artificial Intelligence from University of Malaya.

In his free time, Wei Liang enjoys practising martial arts, running and playing badminton

Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS) is a global energy and solutions company, ranked amongst the largest corporations on Fortune Global 500®.

We seek opportunities in energy investments both in hydrocarbon and renewables across the globe and maximize value through our integrated business model. Our portfolio includes conventional and unconventional resources as well as a diverse range of fuel lubricant, and petrochemical products. This is further strengthened with a successful product delivery track record. Our customers are at the heart of everything that we do, and our businesses are anchored on meeting their needs.

Our technology is our differentiator and the key to ensuring excellence in all that we offer - energy, products, and solutions, as well as unlocking new business frontiers. Sustainability is at the core of everything that we do, as we believe in harnessing the good in energy to add quality to everyday lives. People are our strength and partners for growth. We believe in progressing with our partners in addressing the evolving needs in today's changing energy landscape.
9:50 Wong Teck Hing - Senior Technical Data Management Consultant
Sarawak Shell Berhad
Exploration Data Management : North Borneo Grid

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Talk Description.
Preparation of geophysical datasets towards digitalization.

10:20 Ross Philo - president and CEO
Supporting more diverse reservoir model workflows using RESQML

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Ross Philo is President & CEO of Energistics where he leads the industry-sponsored consortium’s mission to define and deliver open data exchange standards that are developed collaboratively by member companies on behalf of the industry as a whole. Ross started his career as a Schlumberger field engineer and has 40 years’ experience in the upstream sector, including executive roles as CIO in a number of major multinational organizations, plus CEO roles and board advisory roles with startup companies.

Energistics is the leading upstream oil and gas industry's data standards body. We are a global, non-profit consortium established over 25 years ago to bring together industry professionals in a neutral and collaborative environment to develop and deploy open data exchange standards and to address oil and gas information sharing challenges. Our members consist of integrated, independent and national oil companies, oilfield service companies, hardware and software vendors, system integrators, regulatory agencies and the global standards user community.
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10:50 Philip Lesslar - Data solutions consultant
Precision DM
Clustering Considerations in the Machine Learning Workflow – Examples with Exploration Data

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Talk Description.
There is currently a very high interest in machine learning and its potential applications for oil and gas. However, the usefulness of any tool is dependent on its correct application and this is no different with Machine Learning (ML). AI has been making its way into so many aspects of our lives that it is almost taken for granted that its implementation will guarantee success. This is far from the truth and if AI and ML are not used appropriately, it could lead not just to non-success but in the worst case, wrong and costly decisions.

This paper focuses on cluster analysis which is a key classification tool, but still just one of many tools and techniques in the ML toolkit, with the aim to highlight the need that aspiring data scientists in the oil and gas domains arm themselves with the necessary knowledge and skills to carry out effective ML projects. Example exploration data are used and should help the audience not only to relate to the points made but also to trigger ideas about how they can approach their own data sets.
He is from Miri in Malaysia. He started his career as a biostratigrapher specializing in quantitative techniques but subsequently in data management roles accumulating over 40 years of experience.

He has worked in team lead and principal consultant roles in micropaleontology, data, data quality management and data science, primarily in Malaysia but also doing various assignments in the Netherlands (The Hague, Rijswijk) and US (Houston, TX). His special interests include data quality metrics, quantification of data management business benefits and probabilistic paleo-environmental interpretation based on foraminifera. He now runs Precision-DM, a data solutions consulting company.

He has developed and produced 2 multimedia CDs, co-authored a book on the geology of Miri and is also the main author of the 3 part “Data Quality Metrics” guide published under Energistics. He and his wife exercise and play badminton as much as they can. They have 2 children and travel is a priority on the family agenda.

Precision DM

11:20 Break
11:50 Nurhamizan Yussop - Wells & PT Data Tech
Brunei Shell Petroleum Co Sdn Bhd
Wells (data) Compliance Smart Dashboard

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Talk Description.
In BSP, we have been actively exploring and developing new wells however data quality has been poorly managed which contributes to time and costs wasted because of bad decision or facing uncertainty when reviewing areas for new hydrocarbon opportunities. Due to these challenges, engineers now realised that having trusted and quality data at your fingertips are vital for decision making.

To continuously govern wells data with more than 100 data entry checked daily has been a burden to Technical Data Management team. At the same time, the data loaded into corporate database mustadhered with Operation Reporting Standards. As exploration activities increases, it is becoming morevital for Technical Data Management team to find a sustainable solution moving forward.

With continuous improvement mindset, we have successfully developed ‘Wells Compliance SmartDashboard’ solution using tools from Spotfire and SQL. This dashboard will act as a tool to check data entry in corporate database against Operation reporting standards in real time. As a result, the dashboard has help engineers to promptly key in the correct data based on the rules defined by BSP standards.

Furthermore, it increases engineer awareness on data quality and standards.The primary purpose of the dashboard is not only reducing the non-value-added time like manual data quality check but to calculate each drilling rigs competitiveness on data quality performance.

The interactivity and dynamically of Spotfire is just a click away which directly point the error in real time.Eventually it has sped up our data quality checking process from days to minutes before well status diagram is generated and approved. This tool has benefited both Data Management team and Well engineering team
Brunei Shell Petroleum Co Sdn Bhd (BSP) is a dynamic, world-class company and one of the biggest energy companies in Asia. We have a long history in Brunei of more than 87 years and we are at the leading edge of technology. We put safety and environment at the heart of everything we do and invest in the people and community of Brunei.
12:20 Poh Hean Yap - Data science lead
Using data science in analyzing and predicting chemical usage

Poh Hean is the Data Science Lead for Accenture Resources ASEAN with 14+ years of experience in Technology Consulting. She has pioneered multiple data science projects in Resources industry across Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand with an average business value realization of 35% and 100% successful production implementation. She is also a digital transformation SMA for clients across ASEAN who aspire to pivot to the new. She is a certified PMP Project Manager and holds a Ph.D. in Data Mining.

Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions - underpinned by the world's largest delivery network - Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With 459,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at
12:50 Panel discussion
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Lunch and close

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