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Improving production rates through new approaches to digital technology

What approach would help develop, sell and deploy better software to support expert work?
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Peter Westwood
» Technical director
» EnergySys
Jay Hollingsworth
» Chief technology officer
» Energistics
Murray Callander
» chief technical officer
» Eigen Ltd

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Aberdeen Treetops

We can define the traditional digital approach to managing oil and gas production as where the oil company purchases a probably expensive and complex piece of software, which promises to do a great deal. We could also define the traditional digital approach as talking about 'disruption' and how Moore's law means that computers one day will be more powerful than people. And IT departments who struggle to implement everything together, and a situation for the customer (the production engineer) which doesn't really work.

Actually building this requires a new approach to system interoperability and data integration, and how the software is constructed (and probably also sold). And perhaps it can be done at quite low cost, if systems are built from the outset with a different approach, based on open standards, platforms and apps, with cloud hosting

Note: This event continues from our past Aberdeen events held in

September 2015 - see the agenda - see the delegates list

September 2014 - see the agenda - see the delegates list


8:30 Welcome coffee
9:15 Karl Jeffery - Editor
Digital Energy Journal
Chairman's introduction - what a new digital approach might mean for production

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Talk Description.
The conventional approach to digital technology - perhaps we can say - is about a company spending money on a software package which promises to do a great deal of different things.

This approach has worked well in many ways - but may also lead to the problems which we sometimes see today - such as systems which are too complex, don't incorporate people's knowledge based on experience, don't interoperate well with other systems, and are too inflexible.

So maybe we need a different approach to digital technology - in order to provide production engineers with software tools which can better help them to manage production, make decisions about interventions, and prioritise.
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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9:25 Peter Westwood - Technical director
The End of Corporate Computing: Revisited

Talk Description.
• Something radical is happening, and we'll explain what and why.
• Definitions. What is cloud? And what is not cloud?
• The three tenets of cloud computing.
• The one diagram that explains it all
• Making the transition: sink or swim
• The importance of scale, and why you'll never buy software the same way again
We aim to be the leading provider of cloud apps for every single oil and gas company. As part of that, we believe that every aspect of software provision for oil and gas can be improved. And improved again.

We deliver software solutions that are configurable, easy to use, exciting and evolving. We deliver exceptional service that recognises the individual needs of our customers and their businesses
9:55 Jay Hollingsworth - Chief technology officer
Improving production - through better use of data exchange standards

Jay Hollingsworth is CTO of Oracle. He was previously Director - Oil and Gas Industry Business Unit at Oracle; on the board of Directors Member at PPDM Association, Seabed Architect / Portfolio Manager at Schlumberger Information Solutions
Principal Data Architect at Schlumberger Information Solutions; and Consulting Data Architect at Landmark Graphics

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.
For more information, visit our website at
10:25 Murray Callander - chief technical officer
Eigen Ltd
Latest thinking about software + data structure for people who manage production operations

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Talk Description.
- Ensuring that production targets are achieved, with a better understanding of risks
- Working directly with real time data - getting away from spreadsheets
- Making corporate information easier to access and work with
- Better ways to interrogate complex data - natural language
- A "platform" architecture with a network of pieces
- The "Nergi" - persuading people to look at software differently
- Case study - working with Lundin Petroleum
Murray Callander is the Chief Technology Officer at Eigen, responsible for the development and deployment of technology in support of remote monitoring and integrated operations for the Energy Industry. When not at home with his family (or fishing) he can be found working on the next generation of visualisation based on semantic web technologies and use of virtualisation to improve robustness in industrial systems.

Eigen Ltd
At the intersection of engineering and IT, Eigen is an industrial systems integration specialist that helps O&G companies make the right connections across different data sources, using data expertise and services.

Its platform (Ingenuity) is a visual operating system for industrial operations. It connects disparate systems together and provides a visual interface for interacting with data and automating information processes. This connects stored data (such as drawings, barrier definitions, inspection reports and work orders) - to provide operating context, flexible search and navigation.

Its simple to use information-visualisation tool, expedites the planning team's access to real-time data. Users can create their own dashboard and link real time information across multiple functions - offering interactive views of oilfield operations, to which details are immediately accessible to asset teams with just a few clicks.

Eigen works with specialist software supplied by Eigen, Aspentech, OSIsoft, ABB, Honeywell, Emmerson, IBM and others (including in-house developed applications). It has decades of experience enabling the connection and translation of information between systems.

It has offices in Aberdeen, Leatherhead and Baku and supplies the oil and gas industry in UK, Norway and Azerbaijan.

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Eigen -
10:55 Coffee
11:25 Steve Aitken - Consultant director
Intelligent Plant
An industrial app store approach for production technologists

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We are an ISO 9001 registered company, focused on providing services and solutions to the oil and gas industry. We specialise in the performance monitoring of equipment and processes through analysis and visualisation of real-time data, and in the manageme
11:55 Jonathan Jenkins - Chief Operating Officer
New Digital Business
Standardisation of production databases to improve forecasting

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New Digital Business provides Petrotechnical Support (Applications and Data), Project Management and Consulting services which ensure the most effective use of your digital technology assets in finding and producing hydrocarbons.
12:25 Joe Chesak - CEO
Fablabs AS
Increasing oil yield via smart tech. It's a team effort to get started but well worth the initiative

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Fablabs AS is a software company that aims to be distruptive about maximizing off-shore oil production, using a holistic Data Science approach and modern technologies, while adhering to time-tested Engineering practices.

Fablabs' business obj
13:00 Steve Roberts - head of digital solutions
The Oil and Gas Technology Centre (Aberdeen)
Closing remarks

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• The Oil & Gas Technology Centre is a not-for-profit, industry-led, technology research and development organisation based in Aberdeen.
• The Oil & Gas Technology Centre was established in October 2016 with £180 million funding as part of the Aberdeen City Region Deal.
• The Deal is a long-term improvement programme to enhance growth, competitiveness, connectivity, infrastructure, housing and employment into an already successful regional economy.
• The Deal is supported by the Scottish Government, UK Government, Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council and Opportunity North East.
• An additional £174.1 million has to be generated in matched funding from industry, university or others as part of the Centre's long-term funding, which can be both cash and in-kind.
13:20 Lunch and close
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