SPE Workshop: Digital Offshore


The Digital Transformation movement and its many technologies are here and impacting upstream Oil and Gas. Adoption is everywhere as operators, service providers, contractors, equipment suppliers, regulators, and software and hardware vendors are embracing technologies such as AI, Cloud, IIoT, Edge, Drones, Robotics, Automation, Augmented Reality with the objective of improving operational performance.
The Digital Transformation opportunity is now for offshore operations – risk appetite is returning, new digital innovations promise technical excellence - higher reserve replacement, discovery success and greater operational cost efficiency – lower lifting costs, faster leaner field developments and infrastructure.
Digital transformation is as much about simple developments centered on transforming work functions and architecture (e.g Business Intelligence, Logistics, Project Management, Data Analytics) to the more complex (e.g. Risk Management, Safety & Human Factors, Asset Integrity & Lifecycle management). Offshore E&P has all of these requirements with major players to smaller opportunistic disruptive enterprises developing technologies and addressing needs.
Obstacles in the Digital Transformation journey are many hindering technology uptake: change management, data governance, conflicting standards and protocols, IT infrastructure, skills & talent management, how to test, fail-and-learn fast, upscale and commercialize. Answers are not always easy to find as many digital applications are customized for specific use cases.
The workshop aims to explore a number of digital transformation opportunities and technologies that can impact offshopre E&P operations – technology adoption, development, uptake, success and failures:
• AI – Seismic Exploration & Interpretation: beyond deepwater, salt and geo-pressures
• Digitizing Asset Integrity – IioT, Edge, Drones and AI extending asset life, legacy equipment, installation, doing more with less.
• Semantic AI in Risk Management, Safety, Human Factors
• Robotics and exoskeletons on the rig floor, supply-base
• Blockchain and Semantic AI in contract management and supply chain.

Bringing together respected professionals and experts in E&P and non-E&P digital transformation, this workshop will explore how to make the offshore space smarter, leaner, faster and safer. The discussions will enlighten the participants on digital transformation in offshore E&P: is this about optimization of existing processes or are we facing a deep disruption of the way we are working and operating?



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