Volume 27 Number 4


Carbon cacophony

Global CCS Institute, ‘Disparate information requirements challenging to navigate’. EU Policy Unit ‘twins’ green and digital transitions. CEN/CENELEC on fugitive LNG. Ryder Scott on proposed SEC climate-related disclosure rules. XBRL on ‘managing’ multiple ESG frameworks. Open Footprint Forum on ‘lack’ of GHG reporting standards. PPDM to develop ESG reporting framework. Aveva Data Hub repurposed as ESG platform. Opex Group rolls out Emissions.AI. Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability. Schneider’s ERP for ESG. Shell/SAP to co-innovate on GHG accounting.

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OSDU Forum settles on Bluware VDS seismic data standard

Eliis leverages Bluware FAST to plug PaleoScan into OSDU platform.

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And the winner is ...

Oil IT Journal editor Neil McNaughton, the 2022 SPE Regional Data Science and Engineering Analytics Awardee, is pleased. But he misses his 15 minutes of fame, as well as a more public recognition of his (and other awardees') achievements.

I do not in general write about awards. The cynic in me regards them as having dubious merit when given to others. I naturally make an exception for the occasion when I myself am the recipient! I say occasional because the last and only previous award was my much appreciated PNEC Award handed to me back in 2006 in person by the late Phil Crouse.

I have since then attended quite a few awards ceremonies in the past, at the SEG and SPE notably. Both do a great and grand job of organizing the presentations at respectively the SEG Annual Convention and the SPE ATCE. When I applied for (sorry should say, ‘was nominated for’) an award earlier this year I fondly imagined myself walking proudly on stage to the sound of rousing music and possible even taking home a grand hard cover folder with the citations of my own and other awardees’ achievements. I say ‘fondly imagined’ because I did not really expect to get the award having been, over the years, more of a consumer of the output of the SPE/SEG/AAPG societies than a contributor. So I was pleased and indeed honored that, thanks to the best efforts of our local SPE section and support from some SPE luminaries I did receive the award, the 2022 Regional Data Science and Engineering Analytics Award. I was ready for the catwalk.

I was also keen to see how the SPE would be broadcasting the 2022 awards to the wider world (well at least to the membership). The award was made as ‘an acknowledgement of your outstanding contribution and significant accomplishments in this area at regional level’. OK, well we will just have to pass quickly by on my contribution to ‘data science’. The SPE has moved the award category goalposts around some in the last few years. This award used to be known as the ‘Management and Information Award’ which I would have preferred as nearer to my skill set such as it is. But wait a minute, what is this about ‘regional’? It turns out that instead of strutting my stuff at the ATCE, I have an invitation to the ‘Regional Section Officers Meeting’ in Bucharest next month. Now I am sure that Bucharest is a nice place, it may even be nicer than Houston. But a ‘Regional Section Officers’ meeting does not have the same ring to it as the ATCE.

At the time of the award I was informed that ‘as one of our prestigious award winners, your name will be listed on www.spe.org’. Great thought I. So I visited the SPE Awards website to see how these are recorded. I was surprised and disappointed to see that awardees, be they regional or international are just names on a list. There is no indication as to why they got the award, what significant achievements they made or what. I know, and you may know, what previous awardees like Jim Crompton, Reidar Bratvold, Donald Paul and David Archer’s achievements were. But for future generations they are all just names on a list. So I thought that I would use this opportunity of setting the record straight by publishing a citation: my own, naturally.

Technical achievements and contributions of the candidate

Neil McNaughton has successfully leveraged years of oil and gas industry experience and hands-on IT skills into his regular reporting and analysis of the current state of play in oil and gas IT. Oil IT Journal initially filled a wide gap in the industry’s knowledge base, that of upstream data management. With regular reporting from seminal industry conferences, almost all organized by commercial entities outside of the traditional learned societies, McNaughton brought the embryonic field of to a wider audience, at the same time, capturing, over the years, a body of knowledge that make Oil IT the journal of reference that it is today.

McNaughton has applied the same approach to the broader field of oil and gas information technology. Again, while reporting on innovations as manifested at the major industry conferences (SPE ATCE inter alia), McNaughton observed that key information to real-world practitioners is often overlooked by the ‘academic’ and ‘non-commercial’ constraints of the learned societies. This led to coverage of the major vendor conferences (SAP, Esri, OSIsoft/PI and others) and more ‘telling it as it is’ reporting from users of these major products in operating oil companies.

Oil IT Journal’s impact in the oil and gas industry can best be judged from the readers’ testimonials which cite Oil IT as “a great source of information, even months and years after publication”, Neil McNaughton’s “erudite, informed, and comprehensive coverage of everything related to data and IT solutions in the upstream arena,” as providing “a deep insight into the E&P industry and a clear understanding of the technical and commercial challenges we face,” and finally “Oil IT Journal has no equivalent in the field of technology watch. The publication captures different viewpoints, quotes and provides a critical analysis that is rare in scientific journalism. Also Oil IT Journal’s content is at the crossroads of IT and upstream technology and is replete with information and the evolving standards landscape over the years.”

Many in the oil and gas industry pay lip service to the notion of ‘breaking down the silo walls’ between different disciplines. This has proved harder than realized, as ‘silos’ are baked into corporate structures and member organizations . However, information technology cuts across the silo boundaries. Through Oil IT Journal, Neil McNaughton has leveraged this realization over the years, expanding coverage across the full spectrum of the oil and gas vertical. Coverage today includes geoscience, engineering, process control, geographical information systems, standards and more. Oil IT Journal has also diligently reported on the energy transition with a ‘Going Green’ rubric that first appeared in 2010.

Well that’s just part of the citation. You can read the whole thing here.

And finally a big thanks to the SPE local section officers who managed the nomination process and to the kind SPE luminaries who backed me.


Book Review: ‘How the World Really Works’ by Vaclav Smil

On the jacked blurb to Vaclav Smil’s new book ‘How the World Really Works by Vaclav Smil, A Scientists Guide to our Past, Present and Future’, we read ‘if you are anxious about the future and infuriated that we aren’t doing enough about it, please read this book’. We did and were entertained with Smil’s analysis of the world energy situation, his exposé on the ‘four pillars of civilization’ and on our extensive reliance on fossil fuel. Smil likes to challenge current thinking on energy, food, technology and related matters. But when you are through with How the World, our may be more anxious than when you started reading!

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AI and the cement bond log

NNTU researchers report progress on machine learning-assisted log interpretation. The Equinor-sponsored study to be released as open source code.

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UK Digital Energy Strategy Group

New organization to ‘drive North Sea growth and modernization’. Common data sharing toolkit and open data triage system announced.

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Software, hardware short takes …

Upstream: Beicip’s OpenFlow 2022, AspenTech Paradigm 22, Esri updates ArcGIS Business Analyst Pro, BuildCentral launches Geospatial Energy and Mining, Quorum Energy Suite ‘expanded’, Rock Flow Dynamics’s tNavigator updated, Ceetron releases new ResInsight. Operations/downstream: Brad Adams Walker aligns with ISO 11064, new solutions from Dover Fueling, Geoforce’s new asset trackers, Implico’s Connected Truck now in SAP Store. Computing: Altair cleared to sell ‘alternative’ SAS language, ArrayFire’s ‘free’ GPU Python math library, MemComputing’s HPC architecture, Siemens/NVIDIA team on ‘industrial metaverse’, NVIDIA - parallel Fortran for GPUs.

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Offshore Energies UK 2022 Value of Data Conference

Opex Group unlocks carbon emissions savings. Neptune’s ‘pragmatic’ digital twin. NSTA repurposes legacy seismics. Hawtin ‘no chance of industry standard standards’. Petrofac on ‘stranded’ equipment data and digital engineering.

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Folks, facts, orgs …

Movers and shakers in this issue hail from Cognite/Aramco JV CNTXT, Brüel & Kjær Vibro, Canes Midstream, CGG, Chevron, Renewable Energy Group, Colonial Pipeline, EnLink Midstream, Excelerate Energy, Hexagon, Ikon Science, Inductive Automation, JD Martin, Jōb Industrial Services, Motiva Enterprises, Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, North Sea Transition Authority, Navigator CO2, NextMart, North Sea Transition Authority, Qnergy, Ranger Energy Services, Ryder Scott, SEG Foundation, SeekOps, TXOne Networks, Validere

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Sales, partnerships, collaboration…

SEAM and Advanced Geophysical Technology, Petrobras/CGG, SAExploration/Geospace, INT, SATEC to ANPG, Novus, Datagration and Formentera, Flutura and Petrogenium, Innio Waukesha Gas, Detechtion, Accenture to Colonial Pipeline, CruxOCM to Phillips 66, EN Engineering and G2 Integrated Solutions, Orbital Sidekick to Energy Transfer, Implico to DCC Energy, Tangent Works/Altair, Juniper Networks to Oil India, Altair and Oracle, Aramco and Cognite, Constellation Clearsight and Voliro, IFS to Interwell, MFE Inspection and Thermo Fisher Scientific, Optime Subsea to Aker BP, RocketFrac Cleantech, Schlumberger, Subsea 7 renew OneSubsea, Tachyus to ONGC, TechnipFMC to Equinor, Neptune Energy

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Esri 2022 Energy Resources GIS Conference

ArcGIS in Chevron’s new digital platform and STAC data catalog. TotalEnergies’ GAIA blends GIS and AI. Colonial Pipeline’s earthquake notification system. Chevron’s PODS-based pipeline digital twin. New data science tools from Esri. ExxonMobil SNOOP’s on Houston campus.

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Going, going … green!

2022 CCS State of the Art Report. Ecotec teams with Archrock on decarbonization challenges. CGG teams with NTNU on CCS/geohazard monitoring and forecasting. CCS Institute analyzes direct air capture and storage economics. Hyzon Motors’s fuel cell systems for Schlumberger’s drillers. US National Science Foundation’s $14 million solicitation for ‘Paleo perspectives on climate’. UK seismic NDR gets 132 terabyte upgrade. Flowserve to support Norway’s ‘open-source’ CCS facility. P2 adds venting and flaring monitoring to Merrick suite. Project Canary teams with Quantum Energy Partners. Shell announces ‘accelerate to zero’ program. Williams announces GHG ‘quantification, monitoring, reporting and verification’ program for midstream.

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OSDU Forum moots Operations Windfarm Service

OSDU scope creeps to wind, solar, hydrogen and ‘other’ new energy solutions. Wind power data currently ‘problematically siloed’ by OEM secrecy.

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Done deals

ABL Group acquires Add Energy. Agile Scientific to close. CCI bags Hargreaves Jones. CGI buys Umanis. Cathedral Energy Services closes Altitude Energy Partners acquisition. EIG signs MOU with Aramco. Helix has acquired Alliance Group’s interests in GoM decommissioning. ProFrac to acquire US Well Services. Troubled Recon Technology provides update. SCF Partners invests in T.D. Williamson. Sercel ‘successful bidder’ for ION’s software business. Stanley Black & Decker sells oil and gas business.

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Standards stuff

EFRAG’s proof-of concept taxonomy for sustainability reporting. Energistics ‘up and running’ at The Open Group, V2.3 ‘common’ released. IOGP RP for pore pressure and fracture gradient analysis. Open Footprint Forum update. Metaverse Standards Forum launch. OGC GeoRSS test suite, MoU with OSGeo. Upstream Development and Engineering joins CO-LaN. World Wide Web Consortium reforms as ‘public-interest non-profit’.

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Autonomous operations in oil and gas

ExxonMobil on high availability edge computing at ARC Forum. NAMUR group push for automation in face of ‘major decimation of personnel’. NL WIB and the Autonomous Operation Maturity Matrix.

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SAP Oil & Gas Europe

Shell-SAP Sustainability Alliance. Chevron’s Digital Core, Celonis and Prometheus. GreenToken by SAP: blockchain for supply chain visibility. BASF ‘SCOTT’ and the GHG Protocol. Shell, Utopia on NextGen ERP. SAP, Siemens PLM joint venture. Aker BP’s journey to S4/ HANA. SAP Cloud for Field Logistics.

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USPI NL 2022 Management Board Meeting

Netherlands process engineering standards body hears form Shell on ISO 19008 cost code standard. Pernis refinery decarbonization and RED II, the green engineering digital twin. McDermott and Technip on flagging support for CFIHOS engineering data standard. Shell/USPI propose new equipment tagging standard. FL3DMS, the Facility Lifecycle 3D Model Standard update.

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