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Digital oilfield draws nearer as OGIC supports new technology projects

Digital oilfields could be one step closer as the Oil & Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC) in Scotland announces plans to support three new research projects poised to explore how digitalisation can improve efficiency and provide cost savings to the oil and gas industry. Process Industry Forum has all the details.

Three companies have teamed up with Robert Gordon University’s (RGU) School of Computing Science and Digital Media to carry out research into the digital transformation of the oilfield. These innovative collaborators are global oil and gas industry DNV GL, data analytics experts ComplyAnts and software company IDS.

How the research projects will work

DNV GL, the technical advisor to the global oil and gas industry, is developing an interactive programme extracting and processing information from images of piping and instrumentation diagrams and other types of engineering drawings. This will speed up the collection of data for use in a number of technical applications. Phase one of the project was completed with support from The Data Lab, with phase two being primarily supported by OGIC. Working with RGU, phase two will build on the methods and algorithms developed by phase one of the project.

Meanwhile, multidisciplinary data analytics company, ComplyAnts, is working to develop an automated system to manage the compliance process. ComplyAnts selected RGU on the strength of their School of Computing Science and Digital Media research and delivery capabilities. RGU will utilise artificial intelligence to develop an automated system to manage the end-to-end compliance process pipeline. The project aims to deliver a fully functional prototype within twelve months.

Finally, software company, IDS, is working to develop a data-driven tool to predict task durations, associated risk and NPT. This is phase two of the project, phase one, which was supported by The Data Lab, saw the development of a natural language processing (NLP) library which classifies engineering terms within a daily report. These are then mapped to allow benchmarking and data analysis. This will reduce the amount of time it takes engineers to work with offset data.

Digitalisation key to sustainable oil and gas industry

Ian Phillips, chief executive officer of OGIC, said: “Digitalisation is key to a sustainable oil and gas industry. Successful automation and integration of a huge range of tasks across many aspects of the exploration and production cycle, are now possible through the ability to rapidly process vast quantities of data in very short periods of time.

“OGIC is supporting three projects researching new approaches to exploration tasks which will reduce costs and increase efficiency and, ultimately, production in a less labour-intensive way. RGU’s School of Computing Science and Digital Media has a wealth of expertise and its involvement in these three projects is testament to this.

“Two of the three projects have also received support from another of the Scottish innovation centres, The Data Lab, and they are excellent examples of how the innovation centres can work together to support the development of disruptive technology,” he added.

For more information visit www.ogic.co.uk.

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OGIC supports and funds innovation in the oil and gas industry. We accelerate new technology development by responding to bottom-up, industry-led demand for innovation support. We help businesses of all sizes to find the research expertise in Scotland’s universities to work on their innovation challenges.

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