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How to digitalise exploration and operations

ML on satellite imagery, warning equipment failure, supply chain digital tech, information overload
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Deborah Humphreville
» Director energy, EMEAR
» Maxar
Chris Welsh
» OFS Portal
Julian Pickering
» Geologix Systems Integration Ltd
Dave Camden
» IM Consultant
» Flare Solutions Limited

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019
The Geological Society

No oil and gas company is satisfied with the level of digitalisation in their exploration and operations – but figuring out how to move further is extremely hard. There are a few stories around from oil majors about how they have invested big in advanced technologies like AI and seen big results.

But do the results actually come from the advanced technologies – or from doing digitalisation in the way that people always said it should be done, but wasn’t done until now – ie getting the basics of data management and technology implementation right?

Oil and gas companies are saying they are keen to bring more digitalisation into their exploration. This forum explores better ways it can be done.

Exploration / wells
Satellite imagery = better ways to work with large satellite imagery, including with machine learning
Information overload = how can digital transformation help to manage it?
Big databases and models

Maintenance, purchasing, equipment monitoring and safety barrier management – and look at where the value is.

We previously ran this event in November 2018
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9:30 Welcome & Introduction: followed by SESSION 1:
9:40 Deborah Humphreville - Director energy, EMEAR

Sustaining the Future – Optimising Exploration with Spatial Data

Over 28 years business background and technical experience in Information Technology, relating to energy business processes. Have identified problems and implemented effective and innovative integrated content and platform solutions to address financial and strategic analysis and business model recommendations.

Worked globally with companies such as Total, Eni, Shell, BP, Statoil, ExxonMobil and ChevronTexaco. Have lived in Europe for the last 19 years, working for various technology companies. BA in Geophysical Sciences from Univ of Chicago, MS in Geology from Univ of So. Carolina and MBA from Houston Baptist University.

As a global leader of advanced space technology solutions, Maxar is at the nexus of the new space ec
10:15 Chris Welsh - CEO
OFS Portal

Digitalisation of the Supply Chain in Oil and Gas

Chris has over 35 years of Information Technology, eCommerce and Consulting experience and has been a key player in Oil & Gas eCommerce since 1995.

Chris has managed numerous global projects for operators, services companies and eCommerce networks across the globe.

He was a founding member of ACT Global Consulting Ltd and has been providing strategic advice and technology architecture solutions to the Oil & Gas industry since 2000.

In March 2015, Chris became CEO and Chairman of the Board of OFS Portal LLC, a global member-based group of upstream oil and gas suppliers and service providers at the forefront of oilfield eCommerce. Chris is also Chair of the PIDX International Standards group and sits on the board of ConnectONCE.

He holds a Master of Science degree in Computing for Commerce and Industry and he is a keen rock climber and races a Ducati super-bike in his spare time

OFS Portal
Headquartered in Houston, OFS Portal LLC is a group of globally diverse suppliers helping operators
10:50 Coffee & Tea; Exhibits
11:15 Julian Pickering - CEO
Geologix Systems Integration Ltd

Advanced warning of major equipment failure and production downtime

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.

Geologix Systems Integration Ltd

11:50 Dave Camden - IM Consultant
Flare Solutions Limited

Case study: How can Digital Transformation approaches help me handle information overload?

Talk Description
A multinational integrated oil and gas company and one of the seven "Supermajor" oil company in this acquired a large oil and gas company to strengthen its portfolio in a number of geographies. As a result of the acquisition, an entire oil company’s 4 Pb data set, amounting to more than 300M files, needed to be quickly and efficiently absorbed and integrated.

This case study shows how the organisation absorbed a vast amount of content and deployed content clean-up, classification and analytics techniques to deliver relevant content to support the technical project teams.

Flare was engaged to assist with the effort by leveraging a number of proprietary techniques to understand what was in the data set, define how it should be handled, and develop a go- forward strategy.

The presentation will provide an overview of the challenges addressed in handling such a huge influx of data, documents and other content, residing in non-connected infrastructures within a limited time frame, while maintaining business as usual.
Dave started in the oil business in 1976 as a field engineer in the Middle East. In 1982 he joined BG as a petrophysicist supporting the global exploration teams, going on to become their petroleum engineering manager. After BG there was a short period in IBM before Dave and a number of colleagues started Flare in 1998. Since then he has worked with many oil and service companies and government bodies, helping them manage a wide range of E&P information and data.
When not working Dave gets as far away from computer screens as he can by hiking in mountains and spending time in his garden

Flare Solutions Limited
Flare Solutions Limited is a global information management consulting and services company, celebrat
12:25 Daniel Clarke - Business Development Director

Data Science and Analytics - UKCS

Talk Description
The real-world application of Machine and Deep Learning techniques within the E&P industry is hampered by the nature of the legacy data.

The UKCS is a mature basin and the existing data reflect the range of technologies, techniques and data formats. Historically weaker governmental legislation on data storage and retention has led to unprecedented data challenges, particularly relevant in the preparation and conditioning of data for applying Data Science methodologies which are very much on-trend across the sector.

In partnership with the UK OGTC, DataCo has collaborated with the top 10 acreage holders in the UK Northern North Sea, the UK OGA, the Norwegian NPD and two Data Science partners to act as the catalyst in the preparation of legacy data for the identification of zones of overlooked missed pay. DataCo’s preparation of 500 wells consisting of more than 9000 wellbores, using machine learning, big data technologies and cloud computing, will make available a machine-readable, data science ready, data-set consisting of Automatically Spliced JWLs from more than 2,000,000 individual files and conditioned Deviation Surveys, Well Headers, Well Formation Tops, CCC and RCA data.

13:00 Close: Lunch

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