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?
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
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
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
Condition monitoring of drilling RCDs - Aramco Researchers have developed a system to do condition monitoring of Rotational Control Devices (RCDs)
UK energy sector "UK's top cyber target" – IBM Security’s “X Force Threat Intelligence Index”
Your cyber risk posture and operational effectiveness - two approaches for understanding and assessing your cybersecurity capability
Saeed Al-Mubarak, chairman of the SPE Digital Energy Technical Section, on what ‘intelligence’ means in digital technology, his new 3D parts company and book, advice for young graduates
Why Bunduq, an oil and gas operator in the UAE, changed its data storage architecture
The expertise to organise subsurface / wells data - initiatives like OSDU can help, but only when you have people with the right technical expertise, says E&P Consulting
Counting emissions from what we buy - O&G companies are getting used to counting direct emissions from their operations, such as from fuel use, flaring and fugitives. But they are also indirectly responsible for a lot of emissions made making the goods and services they consume. How should this data be managed?
Driving decarbonisation in tanker shipping - tanker shipping is a major source of emissions in the oil and gas supply chain. But oil and gas companies, as vessel charterers (hirers), have only indirect control
New O&G sustainability reporting standard from GRI
ROCSOLE – using electric fields to ‘see’ inside tanks, pipelines and separators, using a electrical tomography.
Low code - If you need to customise and integrate enterprise software, it may be easier to do it using low code tools, rather than try to integrate it together directly yourself. Mendix explained how it can work
Ecopetrol’s “water intelligence and management” management system on AWS
Equinor’s SLIMM – index of spatial data for files including videos, so you can easily find the file which relates to a certain place
The oil companies' tanker accident database - could be useful for understanding the causes of accidents, but more submissinos are needed
Assessing your organisational data competency - and understanding where you can improve. Data management consultant Jess Kozman is running workshops in Australia to help companies to do this
SOCIETY FOR PROFESSIONAL DATA MANAGERS EVENT REPORT
Data mesh at Equinor - Equinor is finding the ‘data mesh’ concept very helpful in its digital transformation. Sun Maria Lehmann and Jorn Olmein explained
Integrating engineering data like Google Maps - The oil and gas industry would benefit from having an integrated digital platform to run on. Gunnar Staff, head of technical consulting, Cognite, shared some ideas
Making it easier to migrate to OSDU - Many people in oil and gas companies are reluctant to move all their data to ‘yet another platform’. CGI’s Michaël van der Haven shared some ways to move forward
Organising data before OSDU - companies have to decide whether they are going to organise and connect it before ingesting it, and whether to go for an automated or manual method. Jamie Cruise of Schlumberger outlined the options
What good search looks like - exactly the results you want, search multiple systems at once, and have taxonomies you can re-use in other systems, said Lee Hatfield from Flare Solutions
Data maturity of the UKCS - companies sit along a wide range. Dave Mackinnon of TLB discussed the result
Taking O&G data skills to new areas of the energy industry - Jess Kozman, information management consultant, shared his ideas
OGA's public dashboards of production data - Robert Swiergon, OGA’s technical data manager, explained how it works
Ross Philo’s farewell talk at as CEO of Energistics, given during the SPDM meeting in November, with an unexpected send-off from past colleagues
Remote working with the help of a IT Managed Service Provider (MSP) - how a MSP can do a lot to help companies meet the cybersecurity and productivity challenges. Scott Davidson, managing director of MSP ISN Solutions explain
Siemens and the ‘brutal truth’ about IIOT - Industrial IoT projects rarely deliver quick wins, need more than CEO support, and can fail if you insist on building your own software, or getting returns after one year. Some advice from Siemens
Cyren's a better way to stop phishing e-mails - rather than try to scan all messages for phishing before they arrive in an inbox, there are technologies which follow all the links in them to see where they lead
Will Colonial Pipeline motivate hackers to keep trying? Ransomware operators learn from experience, as they learned from a 2016 Los Angeles hospital attack that hospitals pay ransoms. We spoke to expert Paul Prudhomme
Why blockchain is good for smart contracts - blockchain is not the only technology we can use to enable smart contracts but is generating momentum in getting smart contract systems implemented. Andrew Bruce of Data Gumbo explains more
Smart contracts tied to equipment operations - It is possible for oil and gas companies to have smart contracts which trigger automatically when certain equipment factors are met, using Kongsberg’s Kognitwin integrated with Data Gumbo’s Smart Networks
Is industry doing enough to decarbonise?
- Offshore Europe discussion with senior leaders from BP, Equinor and Harbour Energy, the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers, the UK Committee for Climate Change and the International Capital Market Association
Technologies which drive energy transition
- DNV held a panel with senior speakers from BP, Equinor, JP Morgan and Corvus Energy
COGNITE's "IGNITE TALKS" INDUSTRIAL DIGITALISATION CONFERENCE
Aker BP’s approach to digital technology
- Karl Johnny Hersvik, CEO of oil and gas operator Aker BP gave a comprehensive overview
Reducing emissions with digital technologies
- senior leaders from Wintershall Dea, Aker BP and Cognizant shared perspectives
Is ‘digital twin’ still a useful term?
- Is it time to replace it with a term like ‘industrial software,’ since so many different types of software are called ‘digital twin’ these days?
Making data easier to work with for factory workers
- Panel from Aarbakke, Forrester and VISMA discuss
How Neptune Energy gets value from digitalisation
- Kaveh Pourteymour, CIO of Neptune Energy, interviewed by John Markus Lervik, CEO of Cognite
Where digitalisation is going now
– Cognite’s CEO panel - Aker ASA, Statnett, Hafslund Eco and Cognizant discuss where digitalisation is going now
Wintershall Dea and Lundin’s decarbonisation strategies
- senior leaders discuss with Cognite's CEO John Markus Lervik
Views from BP’s senior VP digital Ahmed Hashmi
- carbon digital twins, removing siloes, attracting talent, the technology portfolio and data standards
Engineering data visualization on bp’s Mad Dog 2 -
how a data visualization and analytics system for process engineering data was implemented
Could all the industry transact on one network?
- Efforts are underway to develop an “Energy Supply Chain Network” by joining together a number of purchasing / supplier networks
Using digital twins with Coriolis meters in multiphase flow
- a means of measuring multiphase flow even with gas fractions of 25 per cent. By Aramco Overseas
An accountant’s perspective on oil and gas decarbonisation
- from Reid Morrison,Global Energy Advisory Leader, Net Zero and ESG, and Global Client Partner, PWC
– top 8 OT cybersecurity best practises
PipelineSentry – making digital twins of pipelines
- built using cloud computing and computer gaming engine technology
Energistics to become affiliate of The Open Group
Geothermal energy - understanding the business case
. While geothermal energy seems unlikely to make a big change to the world energy system, it also offers too much potential to ignore. Our webinar on Jul 9 studied the business case for geothermal energy developments.
Speakers included John Leggate, Independent Energy Transition Advisor and board member of renewable energy Companies ; Zammy Sarmiento, a geothermal consultant based in Manilla; Karl Farrow, CEO, CeraPhi Energy Ltd, and former operations director, Petrofac; and Greg Coleman, CEO, Future Energy Partners, a former VP HSSE with BP.
- There is growing buzz in the industry about the Open Subsurface Data Universe (OSDU) project. We heard more about what it is, how to work with a commercial provider, and how Energistics’ standards are used in it, at a SPDM forum
Data formats within OSDU
- It can be confusing that while OSDU is a standard data platform, it is not a standard data format, but makes use of standard data formats which already exist. Energistics’ Jay Hollingsworth explained more
How data management roles are evolving
- UK industry body Oil and Gas UK (OGUK) commissioned Robert Gordon University (RGU) in Aberdeen to make a survey and report on how the role of data professionals is changing, and the status of digitalisation in the industry. It was asked to put together a digitalisation skills development road map
- open access to public subsurface data
- building Version 2.0 on OSDU
The Open Group Open Footprint Forum
, a project to develop a standard digital environment for industrial emissions and other environmental data, has strong oil major support and is developing its first product. Here are the latest developments, presented in a June online event
Ready to move software to the cloud?
Oil and gas specialist IT managed service provider ISN Solutions shares advice on making the move.
Citizen software development in oil and gas
- Citizen Development, the idea of domain experts such as petroleum engineers getting involved in software development - is gaining traction. We discussed what might be possible with hydrocarbon processing digital technology company Validere
How asset management technology is evolving
- including sensors for condition monitoring, data management and analysis tools, software for overall asset management, and late life assessment. ABB explained its latest developments
Making it easier to close a BOP
- The decision of when to close a blow out preventer (BOP) in drilling is very difficult, and there is a risk of rams closing around a tool joint in the drill string and not making a proper closure. Aramco is developing technologies to improve this.