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Improving use of collaborative technologies for oil and gas


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Tuesday, February 16, 2010
London
The Geological Society

Our February 16th London forum - free to attend - looked at improving use of collaborative technologies in the oil and gas industry. This was our 8th Finding Petroleum event - we've had one Conference and 7 Forums - and we had many new faces in our audience this time. Of course, hosting a growing number of attendees from a widening "tribe" is good news for us although we did wonder whether this was a signal that the folk we have come to regard as our "regulars" from the oil & gas industry have not yet allowed these collaborative technologies into their consciousness!

If so, a pity because they they missed a great event!

We had speakers from BP (Julian Pickering, from the Field of the Future programme office); Capgemini (Patrick J Quinlan, Vice President, Global Leader Oil & Gas Services, Center of Excellence); Kadme (Vasily Borisov, Director; Kongsberg Intellifield Limited (Nicholas Gibson, General Manager) and Paradigm (Andy Sutherland, EVP for IMENA, CIS and Europe, Paradigm).

As usual, the event was chaired by David Bamford, a past head of exploration at BP and currently a non executive director of Tullow Oil.

Julian Pickering from BP's Field of the Future programme office talked about the progress it has made sharing drilling and completions data, using the Energistics WITSML standard. In all new contracts, it specifies that real time information should be provided in a WITSML compliant format, enabling the data to be delivered to its drilling collaboration centres. For example in its Gulf of Mexico office, it has display screens showing current drilling progress against planned trajectories, enabling problems to be quickly mitigated before they get worse. BP anticipates similar benefits from implementing the PRODML standard (for production data) and RESQML (for reservoir data).

Patrick J. Quinlan, Vice President, Global Leader Oil & Gas Services, Center of Excellence, Capgemini, talked about the development of "digital oil" programs in the upstream business; in particular he spoke to the emergence of 'virtual world' tools - enabling people to create and utilize virtual oil and gas environments (computer game style simulations). This can be used for training and ultimately also for remote experts to understand and resolve real world operational problems.

Vasily Borisov from Kadme talked about how the technology developed by Kadme powers up ArcticWeb - an online portal designed for oil industry specialists, a project started in Norway and sponsored by 6 major international oil companies. A central part of it is the Kadme web framework Whereoil, that continuously harvests predefined data from the relevant authorities and institutions to produce and maintain reliable and high quality information related to Arctic areas.

Nicholas Gibson from Kongsberg Intellifield talked about using established real-time data management standards, workflows and integrated collaboration environments to facilitate real-time decision-making and 24 by 7 collaborative operations for the upstream oil and gas industry.

Andy Sutherland, Executive VP of Paradigm, talked about his company’s approach in developing a subsurface data processing, interpretation and characterization suite of tools. As well as including some of the most advanced technologies in various product segments, the software components support elaborate workflows that address the increasing complexity of modern hydrocarbon reservoirs. The whole process takes place in a very comprehensive 3D visualization environment, making it possible for geoscientists and engineers to construct together solutions that are consistent and precise, within a shorter project time frame than was previously possible.

In addition, IOCOM and Cereno sponsored the meeting and talked about their communication and collaboration technologies, the former via a lunch-time talk/demonstartion and the former via an exhibit.

Agenda

 
9:00 Arrivals and Registrations
9:30 David Bamford - Director
Finding Petroleum

Welcome and Introduction



David Bamford is well known around the oil & gas industry both as an explorer and a geophysicist. He holds a Physics degree from the University of Bristol and a Ph.D in Geological Sciences from the University of Birmingham.

Since 2004, he has been a non-executive director at Tullow Oil plc, being recruited for this position especially for his exploration knowledge. He serves on the Nominations and Remuneration Committees, and was chairman of the latter, and Senior Independent Director, for 3 years prior to his retire from the board at the end of April 2014.

He was on the board of Premier Oil from May 2014 to May 2016.

He retired from BP plc in 2003, his last four positions being Chief Geophysicist (1990-1995), Business Unit Leader (General Manager) for first West Africa and then Norway (1995-1999), and finally Head of Exploration until 2003.

He has served on the boards of Paras Ltd, a small exploration and IS/IT consulting company in which he held 22% equity, until its sale to RPS Energy in 2008 and Welltec a/s, a Danish well engineering company, as the nominee of the private equity investor Riverside.

From 2012 to 201 he was on the board of ASX-quoted Australia Oriental Energy as a non-executive director.

He was a founder of Richmond Energy Partners, a small oil & gas research house, and several media companies that focus on the oil & gas sector, and has served as an advisor to Alliance Bernstein, Opus Executive, the Parkmead Group plc, and Kimmeridge Energy LLP. Since retiring from BP, he has undertaken asset and company valuation projects for investment banks, hedge funds and small oil companies.

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10:00 Julian Pickering - CEO
Geologix Systems Integration Ltd

Knowledge Sharing in BP Using Data Exchange Standards


Talk Description
Julian Pickering from BP's Field of the Future programme office will talk about the progress it has made sharing drilling and completions data, using the Energistics WITSML standard. In all new contracts, it is specifying that real time information should be provided in a WITSML compliant format, enabling the data to be delivered to its drilling collaboration centres. For example in its Gulf of Mexico office, it has disaply screens showing current drilling progress against planned trajectories, enabling problems to be quickly mitigated before they get worse. BP anticipates similar benefits from implementing the PRODML standard (for production data) and RESQML (for reservoir data).
Dr Julian Pickering has a degree in Applied Physics from Brunel University, London and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Cambridge University, where he was a BP scholar. He has worked for BP for 32 years and has held major posts including the Head of Digital Technology for Global Drilling and Completions and the Head of the Field of the Future Facilities Programme. He left BP in March 2010 and set up his own company, Digital Oilfield Solutions, with partners in the United States of America. He has provided consultancy services to many large Oil and Gas companies and is a consultant to the Energistics Data Standards Organisation.

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10:30 Patrick J. Quinlan - Vice President
Capgemini

Enabling transformation


Patrick currently leads Capgemini Oil and Gas Centre of Excellence (CoE). This global team is focused on developing thought leadership, industry points of view, and value delivery for the Oil and Gas sector. One of its key mandates is to develop and introduce new industry offerings and expand our business in new territories – most recently he has focused on high growth markets in China, India and South America.
He has 30 years of oil and gas experience and has worked in over 40 countries for numerous oil and gas clients.

Patrick has led a two ground breaking study of “integrated operations”; this thought leadership study gauged the readiness of major upstream operators with respect to the deployment of leading ‘Digital Oil - Smart Operating’ practices and identified leading practices related to the evolution of this truly transformative shift in how the upstream business is being conducted.
Patrick is a performance transformation specialist and is the original designer and developer of our portfolio of proprietary global oil and gas industry benchmarking services centered in Calgary. In addition, he is the original developer of a comprehensive methodology for deploying strategic sourcing in the energy sector - Team Based Buying. In this capacity,
Patrick was a Partner with Ernst & Young for ten years prior to the sale of its consulting business in May 2000 to Capgemini. He began his career with Ernst & Young with its predecessor firm Woods Gordon in 1986 advancing through various promotions culminating in his admission to the Partnership in July 1990.
Prior to joining Capgemini (Ernst & Young) in 1986, Mr. Quinlan was employed by Dome Petroleum (now BP) in a number of production and development engineering positions. His final position with Dome was as a project manager in the exploitation department where he was responsible for development of major oil and gas properties.
Patrick is currently a Director and Chairman of the Audit and Governance Committees at Questerre Energy, an independent energy company focused on shale gas in North America.

Capgemini
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11:00 Coffee and Tea
11:30 Vasily Borisov - Director
KADME

ArcticWeb - bringing data on Arctic together


KADME is a leading provider of information management software and services to the oil and gas indus
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12:00 Nicholas Gibson - General Manager
Kongsberg

Real-time collaborative support of your global drilling operations


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12:30 Andy Sutherland - EVP for IMENA, CIS and Europe
Paradigm

Innovative cross-discipline integration tools that promote collaboration


Paradigm software solutions provide the vision for business and engineering decision-makers in subsu
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13:00 Lunch

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