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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.

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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Mar-Apr 2023   Apr 2023

OPENING

Gartner - The oil and gas industry is entering the “post digital era,” defined by a move towards autonomous operations

Baker Hughes is making drilling and production digital products work together better - as a better way to improve oil and gas overall efficiency

Baker Hughes and geothermal - how can the costs be reduced through finding efficiencies in the process?

How Baker Hughes is reducing its own emissions - reducing its own carbon emission by 50 per cent by 2030 and be net zero by 2050

SUBSURFACE

Using Amplitude vs Offset (AVO) in subsurface interpretation - combined with seismic inversion, can be a useful way to get an understanding of facies and the risk of drilling prospects. But it can’t just be fed into a machine to get an answer

OPERATIONS

Tony Edwards of StepChange Global – the key to rolling out digital technologies in oil and gas projects is still getting the ‘people’ part of it right

Speakers from Shell, ExxonMobil, Northeast Natural Energy and Dataiku shared perspectives on “leveraging data to scale digital transformation” - at a webinar organised by Reuters Events

The ROI of Cognite data contextualisation software - 400 per cent over 3 years, calculates Forrester

Future of automation is more intelligent ‘field’ devices, more edge computing, and use of the cloud, to provide a cohesive software environment, we heard at the Emerson user conference

Using ‘edge’ computing in automation - an important component of connecting field devices with the power of cloud computing. Emerson’s Claudio Fayad explained

Process software company AspenTech is improving data integration, developing AI for industry, and moving towards “full lifecycle optimisation.” CEO Antonio Pietri explained

Saudi Aramco and video analytics to improve drilling operations - better understand drilling vibration, rotation speed and oscillation, using analysis of video images taken from the ground Subscribers only

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 View Magazine

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, View Magazine

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