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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.

Mar-Apr 2024   Apr 2024

OPERATIONS

  • How to implement digital technology - Speakers from Repsol, Chevron, Baker Hughes and AWS discussed their experience implementing Baker Hughes’ Leucipa automated production management software
  • Energy transition needs today’s technology says Baker Hughes' CEO - such as to improve efficiency and achieve some decarbonisation by 2030
  • Industrial decarbonisation can get much easier to ‘operationalise’ if you can work at the ‘asset’ level instead of the ‘tag’ level - AVEVA explained what that means
  • Digital tools for Asset Performance Management (APM) - more effective if they provide the right information at the right time. AspenTech explained
  • Oilfield scale digital twins - FieldTwin, the oilfield ‘digital twin’ software from FutureOn, has a version 8 release
  • Using private 5G networks - you can get the coverage, reliability, security, flexibility and predictability you need. Ericsson explains
CARBON CAPTURE

  • Baker Hughes’ most interesting CCUS technologies - for gas power generation with CCS and lower emissions, direct air capture, compact carbon capture, solvents, algae which convert CO2
  • How US tax credits drove CCS - John Thompson from CATF explained
  • CapturePoint’s CO2 storage in Louisiana - perhaps the largest onshore CO2 storage project in the US. CEO Tracy Evans told the story
  • CENLA Hub’s community involvement plan - to support training of young people from Vernon Parish in pipeline construction and maintenance
  • How to move CCUS faster – Speakers from Wabash Valley Resources, GCCSI, Evida and Baker Hughes shared perspectives
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Jan-Feb 2024   Jan 2024

DIGITAL MODELLING

How AspenTech is making facility model building easier with 'sample models' - showing how designs for a facility or its operations can be improved, and particularly useful in complex sustainability related projects

Digital modelling technology to manage facility emissions - making a simulation of the facility, testing out options to reduce, and bringing data together. We spoke to AspenTech, ERM and Cognite

Cognite and AkerBP are using generative AI - Finding the right data when extracting data from documents

Sam Altman and Satya Nadella explain where Chat GPT is going – report from Economist magazine live event


SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL DATA MANAGERS CONFERENCE REPORT

What would an energy company look like, if it could be described as “data competent”? Jess Kozman shared some ideas

Large language models and other forms of natural language processing (NLP) can be useful in ‘search’ tools for geoscience documents - you need to understand their limitations, said Paul Cleverley

Much energy data today can be considered ‘streaming’ rather than static - the ideal system would enable all our various applications to stream data to each other, said Craig Jones of S&P

Energy companies have one data management specialist where they had four, 15 years ago - perhaps automation can help fill the gap, suggested Chris Hanton of Ikon Science

Trusted, big scale, harmonised, updated data - speakers at the Society of Professional Data Managers (SPDM) end of year event


CO2 STORAGE

A geoscience perspective on how to move forward with CO2 storage - from a former Shell head of CCS, the UK government, an IPCC author, INEOS, Geoteric, PGS and Perenco, speaking at a GESGB forum

Europe's future obligation on oil and gas companies to store CO2 - under the EU Net Zero Industry Act - a CATO webinar explained


CYBERSECURITY

Equinor's ‘resilience’ approach to OT cybersecurity - ensuring operations can continue whatever happens

Challenges of joining OT and IT - The OT and IT worlds need to come together whether people like it or not, said Shell’s Madina Doup. Mapping and reference architectures can help

DNV’s Energy Cyber Priority survey - how the industry is taking it increasingly seriously View Magazine

Oct-Dec 2023   Nov 2023

OFFSHORE EUROPE PANEL DISCUSSIONS

  • How does digital technology and automation help with decarbonisation? With SLB, TotalEnergies, Baker Hughes and NZTC
  • Where is the oil and gas industry going with decarbonisation? Perspectives from a UK government minister, Rystad Energy, NSTA, BP, Ithaca Energy, Baker Hughes and Stifel
  • Equinor, Wood and Harbour on energy transition
  • Offshore safety and how technology helps and hinders - the best way to improve and maintain offshore safety is in the culture and working relationships, safety experts agreed
  • The environment for investing in start-ups relating to the industry transition - investor Andrew Smith, start-up Levidian, NZTC and IOGP
  • Offshore carbon reduction initiatives - floating wind, a wind power “grid,” and establishing Shetland as a wind + CCS hub
  • How O+G contributes to the energy transition - NSTA, NZTC and OWAT
  • Geothermal and oil and gas – very interesting potential, including for oil and gas companies. Rystad Energy, NOV and SLB
  • The UK offshore data strategy launched by NSTA, OEUK and NZTC - seeking unified data principles and a common data tool kit,
  • Developments with hydrogen in UK - perspectives from BP, Storegga, Protium and Petrofac
TECHNOLOGY

  • Emissions data and suppliers - the challenge of getting data about emissions made by all your suppliers and gathering it together, and how the PIDX ETDX standard will help
  • A sensor to measure sidetrack angle - to avoid the problem of a sidetrack being drilled at the wrong angle, and undetected until much later
  • CCS integrity management technologies - managing the processes of carbon capture, transport, and storage. Emerson, and its subsidiary AspenTech can help
  • CCS projects can be complex to operate - using a combined solution from ABB and Pace CCS, with advanced systems combined with digital twins
  • Technology and physical security - with so much focus on cybersecurity, physical security sometimes gets neglected. Nelson Duran of ABS Group explains where the biggest hazards may be
  • Cybersecurity and situation awareness - the importance of understanding your current position. By Bernard Montel, Technical Director and Security Strategist EMEA, Tenable
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Aug-Sept 23   Sep 2023

DATA AND DIGITAL

  • Finding CO2 storage opportunities in old data with automated tools - Jess Kozman of Katalyst Data Management shared his experience
  • Searching seismic data archives - When geoscientists have questions like, “where have I seen something like this before,” they benefit from fast access to many different seismic files. Paul Thompson of Talus explained how technology can help
  • How geologists can use LLMs - they can be trained to generate natural language answers to natural language questions, within a specific domain such as geology. Is it practical to achieve? Henri Blondelle shared his perspective
  • How much do data managers need to know about AI? Should they advise people how to work with it? Does it put their jobs at risk? Speakers from (formerly) Chevron, Shell, AgileDD and Sword Venture
  • To run LLMs on data, contextualise it first - Cognite explained how to get LLMs to answre questoins in human language
  • Using large language models (LLMs) to answer questions about your data in human language. To do that, the data needs to be first ‘contextualised’. Cognite explained
  • Mendix launches V10 of low code software - better tools to manage a portfolio of apps, and better tools to integrate with other systems, among the developments
  • What’s better for transactions, XML, JSON, blockchain? For digital transactions, XML has been around for 20 years, JSON can include more code, and blockchain may provide more security. A PIDX webinar explored the subject
  • Working with blockchain - allows you to prove that a document, or a file of transaction descriptions, has never been altered. DocStudio and Topl explained how it works
  • How to integrate E&P data - There would be many business benefits from being able to integrate all our E&P data into a single system. By Nalin Jena, head, Petroleum Data Management, Reliance Industries Limited Exploration and Production

OPERATIONS

  • Technology to monitor and reduce flaring - satellite images are increasingly being used to monitor and quantify flaring. But finding commercially viable ways to reduce it is hard
  • Using RTUs to monitor pipelines - to gather and communicate data and carry out instructions
  • Improving IIOT connectivity - Big challenges for oil and gas IIOT networks are getting different systems to work together, working with unreliable connectivity, and managing legacy infrastructure
  • Exploring for lithium, cobalt, copper, nickel - People with subsurface expertise may be drawn into the quest to find and develop mines for minerals needed to make batteries, solar panels and EV systems
  • Better safety management from better questions - improving the way we ask questions about normal work but learning a special technique to do it may illuminate ways we can improve. Dr Marcin Nazaruk has a method
  • Technology and threats to physical security - Digital technology brings threats to physical security as well as cybersecurity, such as with drone attacks. By Nelson Duran, director of operations with ABS Protected Design Group
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May-July 2023   Jun 2023

DECARBONISATION
 
CO2 storage – and ensuring it stays there - the best way is probably 4D seismic – but it needs to be done differently to exploration 4D to keep the costs manageable
 
Making CCS easier with improved operational models - how better models for carbon credit trading, capture methods, tanker shipping, 'CCS as a service' can work
 
 
Monitoring methane leaks from old wells - ABB has developed new technology using lasers
 
Making sense of methane emissions data - oil and gas companies are coming under increasing pressure to improve their methane emissions data, including making sure it matches data gathered by satellites - Highwood offers a way to do it
 
 
SUBSURFACE
 
Natural Language Processing on subsurface reports - Infoscience Technologies has algorithms which can ‘read’ text in reports, extract data, summarise, and classify the documents
 
Bardasz helping industry migrate to WITSML v2.1 - allowing real time data to be streamed in the latest WITSML v2.1 format
 
 
OPERATIONS
 
Improving tank storage / vessel terminal efficiency - Tank storage operator Vopak has a digital transformation program
 
Monitoring subsea movement by camera - it is common to use accelerometers. But cameras combined with markers can do the job much better, 4Subsea found
 
For predictive analytics don’t just “add AI” - you first need to ensure data systems beneath it are robust and comprehensive. AVEVA shared advice on how it can be done
 
Understanding the OT cyber risk - some OT cyber risks are less risky than we think. For business reasons it makes sense to understand where the risks are and are not. An ABB sponsored forum discussed further
 
Recovering from OT cyber attacks - Do you know enough about which of your operations the hack may disrupt, and how your operations interconnect? An ABB sponsored forum discussed
 
A survey of OT cybersecurity professionals - how attacks are being made today, the top industry priorities, top threat actors and the top ‘attack vectors’, and other observations
 
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