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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.

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 View Magazine

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

March-April 2022   Apr 2022

OPENING
  • 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

SUBSURFACE

  • 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

DECARBONISATION

  • 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

OPERATIONS

  • 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
Subscribers only

Jan-Feb 2022   Feb 2022

OPENING
  • 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
OPERATIONS
  • 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
CYBERSECURITY
  • 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
SMART CONTRACTS
  • 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
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