Volume 27 Number 1


BP pioneers the Data Mesh

Accenture podcast describes BP DataWorks’ geocloud-based federated data platform. The interoperable mesh, the ‘hottest topic in data’, underpins BP’s Aims Tracker emissions reporting tool. The mesh is also to provide data for the data science/analytics teams, an area where past data architectures fell short. But what exactly is the data mesh?

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Free reservoir simulators

EAGE presentation from Primera/Orkahub finds commercial simulators ‘expensive alternative’ to open source cousins.

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Oil IT Journal reporting hits the Financial Times

The FT publishes Neil McNaughton’s ‘What blockchain owes to Kubrick’s masterpiece’ letter recapitulating his 2018 ‘Blockchain is bullshit’ editorial. No rebuttals from the blockchain brigade as yet. But a great endorsement from a world-renowned BS ‘slayer’.

Last December Oil IT Journal’s reporting was picked up by the Financial Times. In the December 16 2021 issue, star reporter Gillian Tett, wrote an article titled ‘Bankers quietly mold crypto innovations for their own use’ describing how ‘conservative corporate treasurers are being offered blockchain solutions to legacy problems’. Tett back-up her blockchain advocacy mentioning the BP podcast that we reported on in our ‘Blockchain consortium model isn’t working’ lead last year. I felt that Tett had not quite got the story right. Our BP piece was essentially about the supremacy of legacy supply chain technology over the new blockchain solutions. Tett was implying that blockchain was the way forward. We were reported that it wasn’t working!

So I wrote a letter to the FT which I am pleased to say they published (actually my 10th published letter to the FT in as many years). In fact I was so pleased with it that I ponied-up a small sum to have the right to re-distribute my own letter in a special FT-branded edition. You canread my contribution, which the FT letters editor elegantly titled, ‘ What blockchain owes to Kubrick’s masterpiece’. You are welcome to share the PDF file and I would love to hear your comments.

Even though I am beyond skeptical about the merits of blockchain, it trundles-on as a popular theme for supply chain ‘solutions’ and conferences. We continue to dutifully report on these activities (see elsewhere in this issue) but add a few words of warning and a pointer back to my 2018 ‘blockchain is bullshit’ editorial. We also shared this article with the blockchain protagonists asking for comments and perhaps a rebuttal. To date we have received none.

Revisiting my old blockchain is BS piece got me thinking. The thrust of my argument was that the blockchain, being merely a token on the computer, cannot be unambiguously tied to any real world object. What I did not realize at the time was that the world of blockchain was moving on along the same lines. If you can’t relate a blockchain record to a real thing, just rebrand a token as ‘nonfungible’ and sell it as an NFT. This means that there are now different communities trading in blockchain tokens. First there are the folks who believe they are buying and selling stuff (art works, steel pipe) that gets ‘certified’ by a blockchain record. This is delusional. Next there are folks who are buying and selling NFTs representing works of ‘art’ like internet memes that they don’t mind other folks copying. This is logical although fanciful. And then there is the rest of us who would not touch a blockchain token, an NFT or a bitcoin with a bargepole.

I think the whole blockchain thing represents the encroachment of fake news and junk science into the public consciousness. On this I am in good company. I had a quick email exchange with world-renowned ‘slayer of bullshit’ Vaclav Smil* to whom I sent my FT piece for appraisal. Smil came back with the following, ‘I have always thought that all and any e-stuff (blockchain, cryptocurrencies, metaverse etc.) are nothing but a mass-scale fraud perpetrated on ignorant masses . . . with much worse yet to come.’ Brace yourselves!

* Smil is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Manitoba, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and a Member of the Order of Canada. He has published over 40 books. We will be reviewing his latest, ‘How the world really works, A scientists guide to our past, present and future’ in a future issue of Oil IT Journal.


Skua-Gocad and The Geysers

Calpine/Emerson presentation demonstrates Gocad’s versatility in geothermal reservoir management.

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Gazprom, Nvidia open source seismic processing

Machine learning code for noise reduction, horizon tracking and petrophysics released to Github. ML said to be the ‘secret to major profits!’

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2021 International Rock Imaging Summit

Craytive VR/AR and the BaselineZ virtual core store. Kazan University on USDZ AR models. University of Liege’s RockePedia platform. Elemission’s LIBS spectroscopy. CSIRO Rosetta Framework. The North Sea Core CIC. Badleys on BGS Role of Cores conference.

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Software, hardware short takes

Beicip-Franlab InterWell 2021. New Safe Software FME Cloud. IBM’s 13 petabyte tape library. Intelligent Wellhead Systems’ iHub/inVision. Petrosys PRO. Interica OneView for OSDU. New E+H Houston flowmeter calibration rig. GE Digital’s autonomous turbine tuning solution. Guardhat adds RKI gas monitoring to connected worker platform. nVent Raychem Pipeline Supervisor. New PVI CEMLab release. Quorum Val Nav 2021 V2. Siemens Comos Mobile Worker. ENS 2022 machine learning data challenges. Stratus’ ruggedized ztC edge computing platform. TGS’ single access point. New Höganäs superalloy for Velo3D printers. Zeno’s new ‘Pioneer’ program for early adopters.

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2021 Matlab Energy Conference

CO2Lab, Sintef’s carbon sequestration reference application. Schlumberger IIC develops winch controller with Simulink/SimScape, tested on Microsoft Jenkins

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2021 Esri European Petroleum User Group

Esri and the OSDU Geospatial Consumption Zone. A platform approach to emissions. Shell’s myMap in the cloud. New SiteScan (drones) and graph database from Esri. IOGP updates GIGS geospatial integrity toolset. Shell’s Project Discovery, the maritime big picture. TotalEnergies GIS and oil spill planning. Kongsberg ML for sheen studies. ENI on loop current risk mapping. BP Project Zeus methane monitoring. BP CCS initiatives. OGA leverages Esri Experience Builder. UK Crown Estate, BP and GeoCap on wind farm planning.

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Folks, facts, orgs

Altair, Codesys Group, Datagration, Esri, EPAM, Forum Energy Technologies, Fugro, GE Digital, Houlihan Lokey, Imubit, Intelligent Wellhead Systems, KP Engineering, Lapis Energy, Maurel & Prom, mCloud, Research Council of Norway, Opportune, Ovation Data, Petrosys, Railroad Commission of Texas, Ryder Scott, Society of Exploration Geophysicists, TotalEnergies, DataCo.

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Done deals

Validere acquires Phoenix Energy. NextMart, Emco. Viking, Gate Energy. Wilks Bros., Dawson Geophysical. Cresta backs Lapis. Eliis on BFM TV. Kappa bags Reveal. FourQuest acquires Boyle ES&T. SpotOn Energy and AGR. GEM backs Interfield float. Kimray acquires CEI. Seequent bags Advanced Resources and Risk. EnCap Flatrock funds Elysian Carbon. Opus DigiTech JV incorporates. Ametek acquires Alphasense. HKW bags Technical Toolboxes. CGG sells data storage unit.

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Towards Geosciences 4.0

IFP Energies Nouvelles launches Tellus Share Community

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Going, going, … green

Carbon footprint: McDermott launches ArborXD, Civitas to plug Colorado wells, Orcadian, OGA, Ørsted, Neptune electrify UK offshore, OGA benchmark, BPEP backs Onboard Dynamics, ESG in the oilfield. Methane emissions: LongPath expands Basin-SCAN, Kuva Systems methane detection, PTAC’s methane mitigation, EPA disburses SBIR cash, ExxonMobil deploys Scepter satellite, STDC backs Validere/Clearstone, Sustainable LNG shipping, IEA reports on methane. Neptune, EDF trial drone-based monitoring. CCS: NPD’s 25 years of CCS. DNV/Equinor CFD for CCS, SADAR CCS seismics trials, Eosys and Geological Net Zero

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Sales, partnerships, deployments

Upstream: CGG to Equinor, Interface Fluidics to Equinor/ExxonMobil, Ikon to Wintershall, OmniSci to IHS Markit, Schlumberger Delfi for Northern Lights. Construction: FutureOn and Wood, Proserv and Trendsetter. Operations: American Robotics for Chevron, Engage Mobilize, Eagle Field Tech, TAQ Energy, Equinor and Cognite, Eserv for Neptune Energy, Kinder Morgan and Palantir, Redline, TEC and ONGC, Aramco and Seeq, Siemens and AWS, AssetWorksfor Torq. Retail: ACI Worldwide and Dover Fueling.

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Standards Stuff

OPC takes over MDIS sub-sea comms standard. OPC and CESMII announce UA Cloud Library. Digital Twin Consortium proposes interoperability framework. Energistics now The Open Group affiliate. OGC approves OGC web API, publishes guide for earth observation apps. PPDM strategy review. PPDM/Dancy Energy launched DANR Hub. XBRL for greenhouse gas reporting. More GAFA appointees at W3C.

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OSDU Update

Emerson connects Geolog to OSDU for TotalEnergies, contributes RESQML/Open ETP code and plugs EPOS in to OpenVDS. Ikon Science and AWS team on Curate-based OSDU front end, targeting SMEs. Multi-level certification from OSDU Forum. Accenture weighs the cost/benefits of deployment.

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LBCG Onshore Wellsite Facilities Conference

Guidon Oil and Gas cuts flexible deals with multiple gas gatherers. LIDAR surveys turn flaring and fugitive emissions into revenue.

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Altair 2021 ‘Don’t be Late to Simulate’ Conference

Chiastek presents Cosimate, a ‘complete co-simulation platform’ for simulation across multiple applications and function blocks running on different machines.

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Safety first

Blackline Safety and Vlahi Systems on gas plume dispersion. Shell awards Blackline frame agreement. CSB video and analysis of fatal Aghorn H2S release. IDEC’s Safety Commander tablet holder. Five new safety reports from IOGP. MSA Safety monitors mobile workers. Viking’s new flame detectors. GTI/Semtech LoRaWAN gas shutoff switch. RFSI backs SlateSafety’s biometric armband monitor.

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IOGP/IPIECA study blowout modeling and mitigation

Wells Expert Committee provides guidance for computational fluid dynamics in well control, addressing capping stack landing intervention, plume and gas dispersion analysis.

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Blockchain for anyone?

A caveat! BITMO blockchain platform at COP26. Data Gumbo’s blockchain audited. BRI gives GuildOne ‘pioneer’ status. Industrial Internet Consortium on distributed ledgers. ANSI on blockchain for access control. ECCMA on the shortcomings of blockchain in track and trace.

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