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Digital Energy Journal is the world's leading magazine for data management in the upstream oil and gas industry - covering exploration, drilling, production and supply chain management.

Jan Feb 2023   Feb 2023

DIGITAL INTEGRATION AND MANAGEMENT

How Equinor implemented the ‘data mesh’ concept - ‘packaging’ a company’s data management, so the output of every company department becomes a ‘product’ for any department which uses it

Equinor’s data governance roles - a standardised way to approach data management across the company

Can we avoid big data downloading? - if data is going to be analysed, the analysis algorithms can run on the data while stored in its original place. Can this work?

We need patience with OSDU – It takes a long time to develop oil and gas digital standards, observes Simon Kendall, CEO of Interica. Other standards will continue to be used until it reaches maturity

Best ways to build organisational digital competence - Patrick Rickles, Head of Digital Skills and Innovation at NSTA, shared advice and explained what NSTA is doing

SUBSURFACE

Equinor’s progress with oil and gas data ‘reference architecture’ project OSDU - as one of the founding participants

Automatic detection of information in an NDR - The Geological Survey of the Netherlands is developing AI tools

Writing geoscience SQL queries without knowing SQL - better if they can be written in natural language. A project in Oslo is finding ways to make it easier

AI based subsurface image classification - Kadme has developed a tool to enable oil and gas companies to search of all the images in their electronic documents

OPERATIONS

Working with fibre optic sensor data - the data volumes are increasing as fibre optics are used in more and more ways. Jess Kozman explained how companies are doing it

Shell’s CFIHOS digital models of Ormen Lange / Nyhamna - having all of the data in an integrated system made it much easier

Norway’s “National Centre for Sustainable Use of the Norwegian Continental Shelf” - researching how to maximise use of energy from the shelf while achieving zero carbon goals

Developing low code with governance - Martin Fischer, senior product manager, Neptune Software, explained how to ensure low code apps work with the rest of your company systems

How to have a successful CMMS deployment - by Stephane Planeix, who has been involved in CMMS implementations with SeaDrill and Western Geco Subscribers only

DEJ Dec 2022   Dec 2022

OPENING

How to get better at Data Operations
- Forrester and Cognite reviewed what that means for heavy industry companies

Low code – are we there yet? Great promise, but many who tried it have been disappointed. It may be better seen as a step in a long evolution

SUBSURFACE

Combining data standards with flexibility - When your data comes in as many different formats as with Wood Mackenzie, trying to be completely standardised may be too ambitious

Working with complex subsurface data - laboratory data, well core data, and regional studies data can be hard to
aggregate and assimilate. How IKON Science does it

Experiences moving to OSDU - While there is a lot of activity, it does not mean companies with OSDU will stop using any data model, says Simon Kendall of Interica

PPDM reorganisation - around data community, resources and professional development

TECHNOLOGY

Technology developments - Land rig automation retrofit, 400 wireless sensors on a rig, 3D printing subsea, underwater seismic surveys

Gecko's wall-climbing robots - ultrasonic inspections of tanks and pipelines

NAPA and making ship design more collaborative - it could make it easier to design more
energy efficient ships

The best strategy for IoT connectivity - If IoT data can make a difference to the success of a project, then so can reliable connectivity to communicate the data, says Ground Control 

EMISSIONS

Supplier emission data – understand the transition from top down to bottom up data, understand commercial incentives, manage master data, and make product codes easier to update. A PIDX webinar explored

Master data and supplier emissions data- we need good data of what we have, what we need, what we are buying, and who we are buying it from

Ways an oil and gas company can be net zero - How can an oil and gas producer reach net zero on Scope 3? One option could be through sales of commercial CCS services to make 'negative scope 3 emissions'

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Sept-Nov 2022   Oct 2022

LEADERS

AspenTech - What is the best way that oil and gas software can best support people’s decision making? We spoke to Ron Beck, senior director industry marketing with AspenTech

SUBSURFACE

AspenTech, Emerson and Paradigm Geophysical - Emerson Electric acquired 55 per cent of shares of AspenTech in May 2022. Emerson had also acquired Paradigm Geophysical in December 2017

UK land seismic company STRYDE - five months after launching a seismic data processing service, it has secured eight new contracts

Schlumberger’s digital technology news - a number of big announcements related to its digital offerings in September 2022

How Lundin moved to OSDU data platform- Michael van der Haven, VP consulting with CGI who worked on the project explained how disruption was minimised

Can digital tools help upload data to OSDU - Sunil Garg from dataVediK presented his experience

EMISSIONS DATA

Schlumberger and ConocoPhillips’ ETDX proof of concept - showing how emissions data can be exchanged between an operator and supplier

Microsoft, PIDX - a standard way to exchange emissions data between buyers and suppliers. Kadri Umay explained what it means from Microsoft’s perspective

Salesforce's software tools for oil and gas decarbonisation - help oil and gas companies gather and report emissions data

Sidetrade, Global Value Web and OFS Portal - Three technology companies with products related to supply chain emissions data

Models on models as a better way to manage emissions data - rather than managing emissions data by gathering granular data and attempting to ‘roll it up’ into dashboards, we could develop many layers of intermediate models to make it easier to work with. Extract from a new book by Digital Energy Journal’s editor, Karl Jeffery

TECHNOLOGY

Using 3D printed devices to fix ‘total’ lost circulation events - researchers at Aramco are experimenting . It sounds expensive, but the cost of the lost circulation is much higher

Practising your cybersecurity response - Good cybersecurity means having staff well rehearsed in their response. UK cybersecurity training company Immersive Labs helps companies to practise

Intelligent Plant and tidal data - working with data from an experimental tidal turbine in the Orkney islands, Scotland

Uncertain ROI "biggest barrier to technology adoption" - according to a survey by IFS Geoteric’s neural network based tools for subsurface - to be added to Geoteric’s AI Faults 3D networks module, Subscribers only

Jul-Aug 2022   Aug 2022

OPENING

Aberdeen Offshore Energies UK conference - meeting decarbonisation challenges, justifying continued exploration, attracting graduates, platform electrification vs CCS

Carbon ratchets “now routine” in E&P lending contracts - linking the interest rate on a loan to CO2 emissions and continuous improvement is becoming “almost routine” says energy specialist law firm Bracewell

Counting Scope 3 emissions challenges - a complex challenge. Ian Thomas of Vysus Group explains what is expected, why you should not rely on offsetting or count avoided emissions, and the importance of data credibility

SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL DATA MANAGERS CONFERENCE REPORT

Oil and gas data management skills are very useful on low carbon projects - such as the ability to work out which data types are most important and build governance systems around them. Jess Kozman of Katalyst Data Management explains

Tagging unstructured documents – Lee Hatfield from Flare Solutions explained how tags can be used to describe unstructured documents by their types or scientific disciplines, or the topics they may contain

Encouraging wider sharing of energy data - Ed Evans of the Open Data Institute (ODI) explains how energy companies should be able to see value and pathways to reducing emissions from wider data sharing

OPERATIONS TECHNOLOGY

The carbon and energy cost gains from better motors - vast amounts of energy is wasted in all industries because of motors powered too large for their applications, or not being the most efficient models, says ABB

Can you develop a solution for IOT + satellite? - Satellite operator Inmarsat has a program to support companies to develop IOT solutions, systems and equipment for onshore oil and gas operators

How OT security strategies are evolving - Operations technology cybersecurity may be at a similar level of maturity to where IT security was in 2002, says Trustwave’s Darren Van Booven

Using ‘edge’ computing in gas flow meters - Aramco researchers have developed a wet gas flowmeter with a sophisticated edge computer, with the memory and processing capability to do measurement corrections, equation of state models, diagnostic models and stochastic machine learning models

How digital tech can help continuously improve offshore operations - Purchasing and contract management executive Stephane Planeix shares advice, including ‘lean’, automated data collection, remote monitoring, CMMS and managing supplier performance

CO2 STORAGE TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE REPORT

Why exploration skills can be most useful in CO2 storage - "to understand the behaviour of a CO2 plume in storage, the skills of an exploration geologist may be more relevant than the skills of a reservoir engineer,” said Halliburton’s Geovani Christopher Kaeng

A plan for monitoring CO2 storage integrity - how should companies monitor CO2 storage complexes to ensure CO2 is being stored safely? CCUS consultant Robert Hines shared some advice

Distributed Fibre Optic Sensing for CO2 injection monitoring - Fibre optic cable-based sensing can be used for multiple areas of CO2 storage monitoring, including monitoring CO2 injection into the well, monitoring where the CO2 plume goes, induced seismicity and temperature effects.

Geoscientists needed to define more UK CO2 storage - With the currently licensed UK CO2 storage predicted to provide sufficient capacity until 2030, and new sites needing up to 10 years to characterise and license, geoscientists are needed to work on new storage sites now

CCS and the North Sea Transition Deal agreed between UK industry and government - industry will support the deployment of UK CCUS Projects and the transition to low carbon energy by re-purposing relevant assets for CO2 storage

PIDX EMISSIONS DATA CONFERENCE REPORT

How to Improve emissions data by using digital technology standards, getting better data from suppliers, and moving from ‘proxy’ to measured emissions. Report from the June 22 London PIDX forum

Schlumberger is pursuing a plan to reduce its Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions, with the toughest categories being the emissions from its customers and its suppliers. Reem Radwan from Schlumberger explained Subscribers only

May June 2022   Jun 2022

GUYANA

Hydrocarbons in Guyana - is it ‘advantaged’? Guyana’s new oil production may generate similar wealth per person as Qatar, Kuwait and Norway. But what should be done with the gas – and is the industry going to be well governed?

SUBSURFACE

Finding more hydrocarbons with better seismic - With Russian gas being taken off the market, the world is looking for ways to find more hydrocarbons and get it into production. Neil Hodgson suggested ways that this can be done with better seismic

ELECTRIFICATION

Electrifying UK North Sea operations - UK offshore operators are making plans, in order to meet a target to reduce emissions from upstream activities by 50 per cent by 2030

HUMAN FACTORS / PROCUREMENT

SEQual – asking about your human factors policies - If, as a supplier, you want to work in Aberdeen with operators including Shell, BP, and Harbour Energy, you need to answer questions about your human factors policies as part of your SEQual ‘pre-assessment’

Error traps in operations - these are factors which can shape human performance, but are not necessarily considered in a risk assessment. Dr Marcin Nazaruk explained

CYBERSEURITY

Segmentation - using firewalls already available in operating system software, is a good way to stop hackers getting from one part of the network to another. But it can be fiddly to configure. Illumio offers software which makes it much easier

ASSET PERFORMANCE MANAGMENT

AspenTech – what ‘Asset Performance Management 4.0’ means - building a digital model of the equipment – so you can see where problems are emerging and better understand the risks and what to do about them

Using AI for asset management on data and images - two experts explain what is happening and how to do it

DRILLING

Condition monitoring of drilling RCDs - Aramco Researchers have developed a system to do condition monitoring of Rotational Control Devices (RCDs) Subscribers only

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