December 2014


Drilling's 'data deluge'

Downhole telemetry powers Schlumberger's well testing. Wired drillpipe trials by NOV in Eagle Ford, ConocoPhillips in North Sea. Real time drilling data volumes? Large, but probably manageable.

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LR bets on data science

Lloyd's Register ponies up ú10 million for big data engineering R&D at new Alan Turing Institute. AI set to 'transform' asset safety and performance.

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Oil IT Journal as activist and disruptor!

The SEG advanced modeling corporation is building a 'life of field' geomodel for its synthetic seismic data test. Energistics already has a brand new 'industry standard' geomodel in Resqml. A great opportunity for collaboration and 'breaking down silo walls.' Or so thinks editor Neil McNaughton.

Hey-ho another year comes to a close and so much that I planned or wanted to do remains undone. OK we did manage to do the survey which gave some pointers as to where we should be taking Oil IT Journal and www.oilit.com next. But as for implementing major changes? Zilch!

The problem is that the time taken to prepare Oil IT Journal has, over the last couple of years expanded considerably. No major changes but a gradual increase in the detail and scope of our coverage which I hope you noticed. I certainly have done as producing the Journal is taking longer and longer. Hold that thought…

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Just before I left the SEG in Denver I came across the exhibit of the SEG Advanced Modeling Corp. SEAM produces 3D synthetic seismic data sets of various geologies that are used to test imaging algorithms. The EAGE provides similar datasets for its Marmousi models.

SEAM is about to embark on a new ‘Life of Field’ (LoF) project, to build a static earth model, populated with rock physics and reservoir fluid parameters. This will be used to simulate seismics as before, but with repeat models run as oil and gas is extracted from the field, to produce a 4D time lapse seismic dataset. The SEAM prospectus states that ‘Most of the ingredients of such a [data driven production] strategy are already available. What is now needed is a productive way of linking [everything] together in an integrated system.’ SEAM’s starting point will be a ‘highly realistic earth model.’

Now when this was presented to me I had a eureka moment. Having tracked progress of Energistics’ Resqml earth modeling initiative for a while, with notably a review of the book of the project I thought wow! This is tailor-made for Resqml.

The idea of combining SEAM and Resqml, I should say my idea of combining them (false modesty is not my strong suit) has many obvious benefits. One the one hand it is an ‘industrial strength’ test of Resqml’s adaptability to a ‘use case’ not a million miles removed from its original purpose. On the other hand, seismologists, instead of creating and using ‘yet another’ model format will be using an industry standard. This is a no brainer, or so I thought.

Back in the office I fired off a few emails putting my suggestion forward to both the  SEAM and Resqml teams. I waited. There was a deafening silence, the like I have not heard (sorry for the strange metaphor) since my March 2010 open letter to the SPE president. Eventually, after a couple more pings and prods, I got a lukewarm response from Resqml along the lines of, ‘it’s not a bad idea, maybe a couple of versions down the road we’ll be able to do something.’

But that of course means missing a great opportunity. I pinged some more and I have to say that I seem to have got some folks thinking about this possibility although I have not heard anything concrete back. I will keep you posted if and when I do.

There are plenty of good reasons why a Seam/Resqml collaboration should go ahead. The spirit of collaboration is in the air—think Standards leadership council for instance.

I can also think of a few bad reasons for not doing this. While people love to talk about collaboration and ‘breaking down the silo walls,’ actually doing something to achieve such is harder and usually out of folks’ comfort zones. It is easier to stay with the tried (and tired) old methodologies of the past rather than adapt to meet someone else’s requirements.

It could be that some facets of Resqml do not lend themselves to the seismic test. It could be that it doesn’t work at all! So there is an element of a challenge in my innocent ‘suggestion’ too. Make it work guys!

During one exchange, my interlocutor expressed ‘intrigue’ at my interest and involvement. This got me thinking. I was intrigued too. Why should I care how the majors and standards bodies run their projects? The simple answer is  that this is what editors do, inform and influence.

Actually we have been active in similar fields in the past. Our persistent questioning of the supposed benefits of the semantic web in engineering have contributed to, let’s say, a more moderate presentation of these. We were also, as I learned some time after the fact, influential in mitigating a hook up between the PPDM’s standard data model and Esri’s proprietary technology. Oil IT Journal is an activist as well as an information source.

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Which brings me back to my workload. I want to keep traveling to and reporting from conferences, to give more attention to the web site and to be active and influential. Regarding the website I have two projects in mind. First I want to bring search in-house and make it smarter—think Lucene maybe. I also want to try to get something along the lines of IBM Watson running our two million plus word information asset—think Uima. I also want to create an ecosystem of websites-of-relevance to what we (and I hope) you are really interested in.

To facilitate all this, we are going to cut back slightly on the number of issues that we publish. Starting in 2015, there will be 10 issues (down from 11) spread out through the year. In keeping with the ‘activist’ spirit, I think that we will revive the French revolutionary calendar with its 10 decimal ‘months.’ Watch out for the inaugural ‘Pluvi˘se’ edition next year.

Speaking of which, all the best from Teresa and myself for 2015.

@neilmcn

In memoriam - Jerry Hubbard, Energistics

Energistics president and CEO Jerry Hubbard died on the 1st January 2015 following surgery for bladder cancer. A tireless promoter of oil and gas standards, Hubbard also fostered the National Data Repositories movement and co-founded the Standards Leadership Council.

Hubbard obtained a Masters in science management from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and subsequently worked with OFS Portal, Oilcats and SparesFinder where he was active in the development and adoption of global oil and gas e-business standards, serving with API/PIDX and the UNSPSC. He joined Energistics as EVP business development in 2006. Named COO in 2010 and president and CEO in 2011, Hubbard built the organization from around 60 to some 125 active corporate members.

Along with his promotion of Energistics’ XML-based oil and gas data standards, Hubbard’s legacy includes his successful nurturing of the National Data Repository movement from a small informal gathering to its current influential position. He was also an instigator and promoter of the Standards Leadership Council, an ongoing attempt to foster cooperation between standards bodies in and close to oil and gas.

Hubbard was a tireless advocate for industry standards and was judged by some to be ‘the best CEO Energistics ever had.’ His affable personality and ability to listen and engage with folks on standards related matters or on life in general will be remembered by many. Colleagues at Energistics remember him as ‘always kind, with a funny story to tell’ and as having ‘a passion for great food and drink – especially if part of an international adventure.’ ‘He was a genuinely friendly man and a clear, astute thinker.

Hubbard received the Philip C. Crouse Cornerstone Award in May 2014, cited for ‘fostering a global user community across standards organizations and dedication to the progression of open data exchange standards and data management practices.’

More in the Houston Chronicle obituary.


Interview - Santiago Quesada, Repsol

Repsol E&P CTO Santiago Quesada talks to Oil IT Journal about the background to Repsol's deployment of IBM's 'Watson' cognitive computing solution.

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Wood Group announces well component reliability database

New iQRA software from Intetech unit leverages ISO 14224 standard for well integrity.

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Smalltalk for small data

Caesar Systems introduces Bee Smalltalk and visual development environment.

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2014 oil country litigation findings for PG&E, BP Atlantis

San Bruno pipeline fire brings $1.4 billion fine. No penalty for BP's 'paperwork wrinkles.'

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Gridworld Software announces DepthInsight geomodeler

Chinese developer claims Resqml compliance and high performance model building in 2014 release.

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Software, hardware short takes

Baker Hughes, PetroDE, Aveva, BPT, Geosoft, HP/Autonomy, Madagascar, MCAConnect, Mentor Labs, Schlumberger, Pegasus Vertex, Recon Technology, CGG/Hampson-Russell, Rock Flow Dynamics, Stone Bond, Yokogawa.

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PIDX 2014 fall conferences, Houston and Paris

EnergySys busts some standards myths. Implico reports on 20 years of terminal data exchange in Germany and the development of the PIDX bill of lading standard.

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SPE ATCE 2014, Amsterdam

Oil industry caught in climate/growth/sustainability trilemma. ConocoPhillips' aging assets. Shell's 'model maturation.' The myth of the sweet spot. De-booking shale reserves. Hadoop, support vector machines and the unfinished digital revolution. Shell's data management and shale Simops. Norway's 15 years of fracking. Chevron's shapelets. KOC's digital oilfield. YPF's pump fault database.

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Pipeline open data standard user meet

Pods 101. Pods/Esri spatial. Corrosion data integration. Model modularization. Spatial data validation. Aegis and the Pods-CAD gap. Will the OGC's PipelineML compete with Pods?

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Folks, facts, orgs ...

Advanced Control Systems, Burleson, Cartasite, CDA, UK-DECC, Cortex, Cowen, Deep Blue Engineering, Devon, Divestco, Energy Navigator, Ensco, Fritz Industries, Geospatial Corp., Halliburton, Intertek, Noah Consulting, NIST, NPD, Oildex, Quorum Business Solutions, ShareCat, Team Oil Tools, Wood Group, XBRL International, ABB, Absoft, Kalibrate, Lundin, Noble Corp.

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Done deals

QinetiQ, SR2020, Enterprise Products Partners, Oiltanking Partners, Emerson, Cascade Technologies,  FTS International, J-W Wireline, Teradata, RainStor.

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Back to school...

CDA deploys Lexonis CMS. SPE deploys IHRDC CMS Online. Oilennium ConTrainer for Dolphin.

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3D printing applications in oil and gas

Accenture study sees 3D printing edging into mainstream. But technology fails to consumerize.

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Structural integrity assessment of North Sea structures

Real time monitoring with Atkins Fleet management system detects structural failure.

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Dyonyx hosting for ESI apps and data

Energy Solutions unveils hosting strategy.

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Sales, deployments, partnerships ...

Hart Energy, P2 ES, Aveva, Asset Guardian, Emerson, Allegro, DHC Software, Subsurface, ExproSoft, Deloitte, IFS, Intergraph, Intertek, Letton Hall, Technip, OCS Group, Zahid Group, OpenLink, Tableau Software, Recon Technology, Energy Solutions International, Technip, IFP Energies Nouvelles, Tendeka, Teradata, MapR, Wood Group Mustang , Yokogawa , Saara.

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Standards stuff

Energistics Energyml extensions. OPC Foundation's cloud-based interoperability. WIB's control system security tool. GRI's sustainability reporting standard. XBRL's energy reporting workgroup.

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Wireless world

Emerson, Freewave, OleumTech, M2M Data, Monnit, Stallion, SES, GDS, Yokogawa.

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ESRI, OSIsoft provide Dong's operational intelligence

New PI integrator for ArcGIS to collect Scada data from future 1,800 turbine windfarm.

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Emerson OpenEnterprise for remote oil and gas applications

New software connects multiple RTU platforms, wired and wireless flow computers.

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IBM-led team to deliver 100 petaflop machines to US DoE

Data centric computing and RedHat-style 'freemium' OpenPower offering in $325 million contract.

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Aveva's 'progressive' handover solution for Ivar Aasen asset

Software de-risks transition of new facility data through design, build and operations.

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Common operating picture to aid in spill response

PortVision combines AIS shipping data, pipeline and facility maps in tactical operational view.

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Wonderware wearables for mobile workforce

Schneider Electric unit updates 'SmartGlance' with open interface for pushing notifications.

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Barco ClickShare for ExxonMobil's open office

'Workplace Evolution 3' introduces 'activity based environment.' But is it productive?

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