Volume 27 Number 2


Is the singularity nigh?

Rice University/Ken Kennedy Institute HPC Energy Conference hears from BP’s John Etgen on the state-of-the-art in high performance computing. Etgen fondly remembers the physics-oriented technology of the Connection Machine and the ‘crazy guys’ who revolutionized HPC in the last century. But where are they now?

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Learnings from other industries

UK Energy Institute ‘Toolbox Series’ webcast hears from safety experts on how unpicking the organizational failings and cognitive biases that cause major incidents (Like the UK’s Grenfell Towers fire) can make the energy industry safer. EI Toolbox web app targets high incidence events and hazards.

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SPE AAPG merger bites the dust

Editor Neil McNaughton reflects on the failed merger of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists which raised some interesting questions of the SPE’s governance. On which topic he has a bone to pick with the SPE.

Last year we published a short and cheeky article ‘SPE’s me-too Open Subsurface investigation’ on the Society of Petroleum Engineers’ 2021 Open Subsurface Workshop that was to serve as a ‘platform for SPE to reflect on the role it should play to help and support open subsurface projects in the future’. As we pointed out at the time, the SPE’s pitch, that ‘open source, data, and ecosystems tend to enable a faster pace of innovation [as opposed to] proprietary solutions’ could have been lifted from the OSDU playbook. We offered to act as scribe to the event but were told, ‘SPE workshops do not allow press reports. In order to stimulate frank discussion, no proceedings are published and members of the ‎press are not invited to attend’. Hmm… that still smarts.

A lot of water has passed under the bridge since mid-2021, notably with the (now aborted) merger of SPE with AAPG. We have been a bit remiss in not reporting on what might have been an upheaval in the upstream organizations landscape. We sat things out and it is now all over. But just for a short after-action review, here goes.

The merger was very much a top-down affair initiated by management of SPE and AAPG. The rationale for the merger was partly financial (presumably costs could be saved by amalgamating the offices) but also, the perception that a combined organization would somehow help the membership ‘transition’ to a new low carbon world. Curiously, this did not prove very popular for many petroleum engineers and petroleum geologists. Along with a grass roots movement against environmental obfuscation some SPE members were concerned regarding the society’s governance, and incidentally, by the surprisingly large salary of the president.

Governance was an issue we touched on in our 2021 open source piece when we asked, ‘should an event run by a self-selected coterie with no published proceedings determine what role the SPE will play for its broader membership?’ Well, there are still no published proceedings but we were curious to read a JPT article, ‘Workshop cracks open subsurface data’ by a card-carrying member of the coterie, Patrick Bangert.

Bangert’s article is disappointing and reads more like the agenda than a report. We learn the workshop included ‘presentations about existing open projects as well as panel discussions on topics including legal matters and how to start, scale, and maintain an open project’. But we do not hear what the projects were about, or what the outcome of the discussions was. Bangert then turns to a free-form rap on open source this and that, name checking Linux, PyTorch, TensorFlow and GitHub. He makes some very good points, especially his recommendations that professional societies should ‘create a publication platform for open-access papers, open source, and open data’. But was this an outcome of the Workshop? Will it be taken on board by SPE? Remember, this was to be a ‘platform for SPE to reflect on the role it should play …. etc.’.

The paying Workshop formula with no report is no way to reflect on a society’s ‘role’. As we pointed out last year, the elephant in the upstream open source room was and remains OSDU. We saw the SPE event as a hastily organized riposte to OSDU. It is inconceivable that OSDU was not discussed at the Workshop but there is no official trace of this or any other matters arising*. So much for ‘open’!

* Naturally, we are open to any information (on or off the record) on this and other topics raised at the Workshop. As a small reward, Neil McNaughton will present a signed copy of his 1999 oeuvre, ‘A Survey of Upstream Data Management’, a $95 value (well it was in 1999).


Book review: The green utopia and social thermodynamics

Oil IT Journal reviews ‘The Utopia of green growth’ by French energy expert Philippe Charlez. The wide ranging, authoritative and opinionated work considers economic growth to be a product of ‘social thermodynamics’ which will make the energy transition a difficult goal. Charlez work concatenates a broad ranging and well-informed energy textbook with some rather outspoken politics.

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Society of Petroleum Data Managers Online 2021

Equinor’s long data mesh journey. CGI on the mesh, data migration and OSDU’s promise vs. reality. Cognite’s Data Fusion, a unified semantic data model. North Sea Transition Authority’s cessation of production initiative. Troika proposes XML metadata for SEG-Y. Schlumberger on AI-enhanced OSDU data ingestion. Equinor’s SLIMM spatial locator. AgileDD mines mining data. UK Technology Leadership Board and the Robotarium.

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2022 Rice University Ken Kennedy Institute HPC in Energy Conference

Birds-of-a-feather session hears from BP, Shell and TotalEnergies. ‘We’re all green now!’ Aramco’s ML R&D. FResNet++ speeds CCS simulation 1000x.

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EAGE Digital 2022

OSDU and Total’s digital transformation. IFPen’s open source ELK-based geo data framework. INT’s OSDU front-end. Naftagas’ EPP (Esri not OSDU!). Schlumberger proposes ‘Shapeley additive explanations’ for AI black boxes. OMV – APC cornerstone of digitalization. Svalbox digital geology. EU Geological Data Infrastructure.

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New carbon capture and sequestration software

Kongsberg Digital teams with CMG on GELECO2 software. DNV compares and contrasts KFX CO2 simulator with prior art from TotalEnergies and NETL.

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Software, hardware short takes

Lloyds Register AllAssets, DGB’s OpendTect, Emerson DeltaV Simulation Cloud, EnQuest Thor, Safe Software FME, FutureOn FieldTwin Collaborate, Halliburton and Honeywell, Harvest Technology, Modelica Association FMI 3.0, P2 Field Operator, Pegasus Vertex CWPRO, Eliis PaleoScan, Peloton SOC compliance, Petromehras ResX, Schlumberger GeoSphere 360, Terradepth Absolute Ocean.

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2022 ABC Onshore Wellsite Automation

Chevron’s IIoT hub in the cloud. Autosol/PureWest ‘scada a barrier to digital transformation’. Koda Resources’ MQTT retrofit. Red Bluff Resources wireless to cloud edge devices. Mallorn Energy repurposes Quickbase as ‘well relationship manager’. Schlumberger Agora AI for Oasis Petroleum. New ISA 112 standard for scada. Other solutions of note…

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Folks, facts, orgs …

ABBY, Applied Petroleum Technology, Add Energy Academy, Chemical Safety Board, CO-LaN, Colonial Pipeline, Coresystems, Cummins, DeepOcean, Dragos, Energistics, Engage Mobilize, Equinor, Foster Marketing, Graves & Co., H2scan, Halliburton Labs, Halliburton, Hexagon AB, Lummus Technology, National Geospatial Advisory Committee, NSF TIP, Namur, Offshore Energies UK, North Sea Transition Authority, Pickering Energy Partners, ProFrac, Siemens Energy, US National Academy of Engineering, Schlumberger, Energy Transition Institute, BGN Technologies, Velo3D, Veriten.

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Done deals …

Aker BP sells Cognite stake. Datagration fundraising. EQT/TA sell stakes in IFS/WorkWave. Expro bags SolaSense. GEP to acquire Costdrivers. H2scan gets LetterOne funding. Iron-IQ oversubscribed. News Corp buys OPIS and related assets. ProFrac completes FTS acquisition. Insight Partners lead Prisma Photonics Series B.

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ESRI 2021 EU PUG Pipeline Session

Digital twin ‘not just a buzzword’. BP’s SPiRiT subsea, pipeline, riser twin. CHA-IS/Exprodat’s pipeline integrity management system. Rosen’s inline inspection methodology.

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OPAF scales-up

ExxonMobil’s cloud-based process control architecture ‘running independently of any classic control system’.

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‘Process4Planet’

A.Spire organization unveils ambitious Process4Planet program to ‘transform Europe’s process industries and assure climate neutrality’.

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Sales, partnerships, deployments

Accenture/AWS to Ecopetrol. Aker BP/Accenture/Cognite ‘data factory in the cloud’. AspenTech for Numaligarh Refinery. Baker Hughes, C3AI, Accenture and Microsoft team on energy IAM. Shell reports C3AI deployment. PBF Energy deploys ClearDox. Enveil teams with Terradepth. HUVR and Crochet Midstream deliver tank asset integrity solution. Petrobel deploys Landmark’s iEnergy Stack. Honeywell Forge for Petroperú. ICE Connect’ for UK BEIS. Schlumberger Delfi for ConocoPhillips. Inatech and cQuant.io partner on risk management. Implico digitizes TanQuid terminal.

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Standards stuff …

IOGP publishes Environmental data collection guide. New EU standardization strategy for twin ‘green and digital’ transitions. The US NIEM transitions to OASIS. NIST publishes AI Risk Management Framework. OGC updates ‘Role of standards in geospatial information management’. Digital twin capabilities periodic table. XBRL rolls-out units for ‘consistent climate and energy reporting’. PPDM’s strategy review.

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Back to school …

AESP to reskill energy professionals. Index AR supports Center for Energy Workforce Development. Bentley Education for future infrastructure professionals. CGE Risk e-Learning for IncidentXP. Future Skills Centre EDGE UP trains displaced oil and gas professionals. The IOGP Guidance for subsea source control competency. ISN/RelyOn Nutec train oil and gas workers. LOGIIC selects ISA for cyber certification. NPD DG ‘the petroleum industry represents jobs for the future’. NSF announces Data Science Corps program. Fugro and U Houston collaborate on ‘Data Science for the Energy Transition’.

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Pipeline tech? Communications, communications, communications

ABB/TANAP present on southern gas corridor, the silk road of energy. Ovarro RTUs monitor CNPC’s China-Russia crude pipeline.

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