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David Bamford
» Director
» PetroMall Ltd
Dimitris Lyras
» director
» Lyras Shipping / Ulysses Systems
Murray Callander
» Eigen Ltd
Paul Cleverley
» Associate Lecturer
» Robert Gordon University
Julian Zec
» Chief Engineer & Manager Maintenance & Reliability
» National Oilwell Varco
Paul Helm
» Associate Technical Director
» Geologix SI

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Thursday, January 24, 2019
The Geological Society

Our Jan 24 London forum "expert centric software" looks at ways that computer cognition and human cognition can better work together.

Most of the discussion around computer cognition is purely about technology, usually analytics or machine learning.

But all of this will ultimately be used to support human cognition - for example using machine learning to do 'grudge' work of seismic interpretation, giving people more time to focus on petroleum systems modelling - or analysing how one well is performing better than another, so a person can make a better decision about how to proceed.

Sometimes computers can support human cognition without any advanced data processing at all, as with an alarms system or a software planning system. The important factor is how well modelled the software is, to tell people what they need to know at the right time.

Experts are people who understand how their domain works - and they build this understanding from being given up to date information about what is happening, and learning what inputs drive which outputs.

This event looks at how to build software centred around the needs of experts - with case studies from oil and gas safety sensor management, using augmented reality for experts managing oil and gas facilities, and planning maintenance on drilling blow out preventers.

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 Karl Jeffery - editor
Finding Petroleum

Welcome & Introduction

Karl Jeffery is editor and co-founder of Digital Energy Journal, and conference producer of Finding Petroleum. He is also publisher of Carbon Capture Journal and Tanker Operator, and co-founder of Digital Ship, a publishing and events company covering digital technology for the deep sea maritime industry. He has a BEng in chemical engineering from Nottingham University

Finding Petroleum
Finding Petroleum was established to help the oil and gas industry network, and stay up to date on t
9:40 David Bamford - Director
PetroMall Ltd

Eccentric or Expert-centric - how E&P works (Title TBC)

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 joined the board of Premier Oil in May 2014.

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.

PetroMall Ltd
Petromall is a unique oil and gas advisory service which prides itself on technical excellence in se
10:10 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

Ulysses Systems is a software company specializing in the delivery of actionable information.
10:45 Coffee & Tea; Exhibits
11:10 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

11:40 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

12:10 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 is a worldwide leader in providing major mechanical components for land and o
12:40 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 Close: Lunch

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Designing software for expert use
how we can build software specifically around the needs of the expert workers in our industry
London, 24 Jan 2019
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