Expert-centric oil and gas digital technology

how digital technology can be better designed specifically around the needs of its users 0

Thursday, January 24, 2019, London, The Geological Society

Most digital technology is designed to do a certain task - such as analyse or manage data, or give people tools to design or model something.

But most oil and gas industry people do much more than specific tasks or act on the receiving end of a stream of data - they need to understand a complex changing situation and make decisions.

This applies to experts across the industry - including explorers, drillers, project managers, financial planners, and definitely operations people of all kinds.

This event looks at how digital technology can be better designed specifically around the needs of its users, which are probably better referred to as its customers.

They important step could be called modelling - the process of understanding exactly how someone works, what information they need and at what time, and then building the digital technology to deliver this.

Although the event will include reports from specific domains within our industry (drilling, safety management and equipment management), the ideas and concepts are relevant to all sectors of upstream oil and gas, including exploration, finance and other areas of operations.

Further discussion on the subject is in the Dec 2018 issue of Petromall Insights


9:30 Welcome & Introduction: followed by SESSION 1:


Dimitris Lyras - director - Lyras Shipping / Ulysses Systems

Developing software that understands the real world

Talk Description.
- Software today is mostly geared towards developing quick and cost efficient solutions
- Less attention is given to teaching computers about the world they will be operating in
- But for software to be useful to expert workers - such as geologists, drilling engineers, production engineers, facilities engineers - the software needs to understand the world they work in

Lyras Shipping / Ulysses Systems
Ulysses Systems is a software company specializing in the delivery of actionable information.
Our premier product, Task Assistant, has proven its value in the Maritime Industry where timely access to relevant information has a high impact on revenue and reputation. Ulysses is ready to show you the competitive advantages of Task Assistant in any vertical and organisation.

Speaker from - - Oil company

Talk Description.

Oil company

Murray Callander - CEO - Eigen Ltd

Providing experts with an integrated view of safety data from all sources: sensors, software and qualitative factors

Talk Description.

  • Safety managers need to ensure safety barriers are intact – but a safety barrier is just a concept made up of processes, sensors and alerts, not a real thing.
  • How to provide expert safety managers with a single view of the safety situation, which they can use to drill down and find what they need

Eigen Ltd

11:10 Coffee & Tea; Exhibits


Paul Cleverley - Associate Lecturer - Robert Gordon University

Show me something I don't already know: Making Oil and Gas technical information more engaging during search for subject matter experts.

Talk Description.

  • Share results of research with over 50 petroleum engineers in 30 organizations using the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) content. What algorithms and visual analytics showed a greater propensity to suggest the unexpected, insightful and valuable?
  • Discuss various techniques which could nudge search tools from just time savers - meeting an existing need - to creative 'assistants'; stimulating new needs.

Paul is a Geoscientist turned Information Scientist. He is an Associate Lecturer at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, is on the Board of Directors of the non-profit GeoscienceWorld and in 2018 founded the tech start-up Infoscience Technologies Ltd

Robert Gordon University


Julian Zec - Chief Engineer & Manager Maintenance & Reliability - National Oilwell Varco

Software to help experts diagnose condition, maintain reliability and plan maintenance of drilling and subsea equipment

Talk Description.
-Specific design to support condition /predictive maintenance experts to perform daily tasks
-Enabling maintenance & reliability engineers to properly diagnose condition and predict Remaining Useful Life (RUL)
-Systematizing available, often variable and limited information for evaluation of equipment recertification based on condition, optimisation of overhauls or further diagnostics
- Extracting relevant data & information from maintenance management systems and/or other sources to help plan and complete the task, according to resource availability and existing rules and requirements
National Oilwell Varco
National Oilwell Varco is a worldwide leader in providing major mechanical components for land and offshore drilling rigs, complete land drilling and well servicing rigs, tubular inspection and internal tubular coatings, drill string equipment, extensive lifting and handling equipment, and a broad offering of downhole drilling motors, bits and tools. National Oilwell Varco also provides supply chain services through its network of distribution service centers located near major drilling and production activity worldwide.

Paul Helm - Associate Technical Director - Geologix SI

How virtual and augmented reality can help expert work

Paul Helm is a former director oil and gas with Hewlett Packard.

Geologix SI
13:10 Lunch and close

Sponsors of this event

Digital Energy Journal
Founded in 2006, Digital Energy Journal is the world's leading magazine for digital technology in the upstream oil and gas industry, covering developments in exploration, drilling and production, covering IT infrastructure, software, automation and people. We produce 6 issues per year, distributed by print and pdf, and an e-mail newsletter every Friday. Digital Energy Journal the official publication of Finding Petroleum. Subscriptions are GBP 250 a year.

New Eyes Exploration
New Eyes Exploration, founded by David Bamford, explores new ways to discover Oil and Gas.

Registered Delegates

Geoffrey Boyd
Field Development Consultant
United Kingdom
Mohamed Khiar
IHS Global
United Kingdom
Gerald Stein
Pays International
United Kingdom
Chris Hough
Subsurface Data Coordinator
United Kingdom
Nick Steel
United Kingdom
Frederic Yeterian
Philax International (UK) Ltd
United Kingdom
Micky Allen
United Kingdom
Peter Allen
layla resources
United Kingdom
Kes Heffer
Reservoir Dynamics Ltd
United Kingdom
Diwin Amarasinghe
Geophysical Specialist
United Kingdom
Mike Naylor
MN Solutions (Cambridge) Ltd
United Kingdom
Patrick Taylor
RISC (UK) Limited
United Kingdom
Christopher Frost
Lead technical Analyst
Jack Forster
Maintenace & Reliability Engineer
United Kingdom
Mario Teixeira
Petroleum engineer
Daniel Clarke
DataCo Group
United Kingdom
Andrew Thompson
National Data Repository Manager
Oil and Gas Authority
United Kingdom
Pierre Guilpain
Geoscience Manager Iran
SCDM Energy
United Kingdom
Michael Stewart
Operation Manager
DataCo Ltd
United Kingdom
Clarke Shepherd
Commercial Director
Oil Plus Limited
United Kingdom
Charlotte Page

Dave Wallis
Senior Advisor
United Kingdom
Abi Mirkhani
OPG Supply
United Kingdom
Gareth Smith
Head of Consulting
United Kingdom
Simon Cushing
Research Director
United Kingdom