Tibco/OpenSpirit/Spotfire Energy Conference

Hess - from data lake to self service analytics. Nexen - Hadoop, R and Spotfire align unconventional reporting with SPEE Monograph 3. Spotfire ‘Insight’ big data analysis platform unveiled. OpenSpirit and Voyager team on subsurface/GIS data mashup. LSG delivers GIS data widgets to BP. OpenSpirit to see further Esri ‘widgetization.' OpenSpirit central to ConocoPhillips’ data framework.

Today, big data and analytics (BDA) are frequently presented as the ‘next big thing.’ At the Tibco/Spotfire energy forum, BDA is already core business, with a good measure of high end, Excel-killing analytics and visualization with domain-specific connectivity provided by OpenSpirit.

Hess is something of a poster child for Spotfire as David McConkey showed, with application across the enterprise, from engineering to finance. The last year has seen ‘tremendous’ growth of self-service reporting, bringing value, insight and an impetus for changing behavior. Along with the benefits, growth has created challenges in report, people, and environment management.

One use is in exception-based production surveillance with an HTML5/JavaScript data mash-up of live plant schematics, production profiles and statistics. Hess has deployed a data lake along with an enterprise data model and is standardizing its usage patterns to encourage best practices. Leankit’s Kanban board also ran. McConkey observed that today’s engineers are more savvy and demanding of IT.

Nexen’s Tobi Adefidipe showed how its data lake (Hadoop, R and Spotfire) is used to align unconventional reserves reporting with the SPEE Monograph 3. This presents a workflow for proven undeveloped reserves (PUD) that involves statistical and spatial analysis. This used to involve many hours of multiple software applications. The whole process has been streamlined into a single, interactive Spotfire dashboard with statistical analysis running in Tibco enterprise runtime for R (Terr). A machine learning genetic algorithm with 25 variables has been used to estimate reserves for some 14,000 Eagle Ford wells.

Kelby Reding (Chevron) showed how Spotfire’s automation services can be used to distribute visualization workflows to users and provide a consistent look and feel across the organization.

Gwyn Thorn (Shell) with help from Dan King (WG Consulting) have developed a finely tunable access control system for Shell’s Spotfire setup using Iron Python, JavaScript, HTML and Spotfire controls.

Tibco’s Michael O’Connell and Catalina Herrera demoed new Spotfire functionality for data discovery, graphics, maps and predictive analytics, notably with connectors for SAP Hana and Spark certification. Collaboration is supported with threaded, searchable ‘conversations,’ annotations and guided analytics. Mobile use has been enhanced and the API updated for simple web deployment. The Tibco Insight BDA platform* combines data integration, analytics, collaboration, and complex event processing into a ‘closed-loop system of insight.’ Insight comprises Spotfire and Tibco StreamBase. Again, OpenSpirit provides connectivity with upstream data sources while Tibbr adds collaboration.

Tibco’s Clay Harter teamed with Sam Smith (VoyagerGIS) to demo search across a mash-up of subsurface and GIS data. The approach is to crawl and index internal and external data sources and expose them via various Apache Solr servers including ‘Toes,’ Tibco OpenSpirit enterprise search and OpenSpirit Connect web services. Voyager exposes vendor data sets from Woodmac, IHS and Tellus inter alia. In a follow up presentation, Harter demonstrated access to Tellus and CGG data sets retrieved via OpenSpirit. Harter also demoed rule based tools for matching, blending and data Q/A to ease the data manager’s task and ensure consistency by automatically propagating validated data across systems. OpenSpirit also offers several device independent HTML5-based subsurface viewers developed in conjunction with INT and built into a ‘customizable platform for viewing and analyzing E&P data.’

Todd Buehlman, (Logic Solutions Group - LSG) has leveraged ESRI’s ArcGIS Portal technology to let users construct custom web map applications using widgets without programming. Oil and gas clients like BP can download widgets from GitHub and customize them. LSG has used the Esri WebApp Builder along with OpenSpirit’s web services to build widgets for selecting and manipulating seismic lines and surveys and locating child objects. Watch the OpenSpirit widgets video here. LSG and Tibco’s plans include the further ‘widgetization’ of OpenSpirit functionality within the Esri framework.

Shah Zaman, (ConocoPhillips) showed how OpenSpirit copy manager and rules manager have saved ‘dozens of person-hours per week’ for geologists and geology techs. ConocoPhillips uses OpenSpirit to integrate weekly IHS Enerdeq updates with Landmark OpenWorks, IHS Petra, and Schlumberger Petrel Studio applications. The same technology also pushes interpretation data back the well master database daily. More from the Tibco Energy Community.

* Tibco’s own ‘next big thing,’ the ‘Tibco Insight Platform (TIP)’ is described as a ‘digital nervous system’ for real-time data management, visualization and analysis. TIP comprises Spotfire, Stream Insights and Jaspersoft, Tibco’s open source business intelligence suite. Also of note in Tibco’s burgeoning product line-up is the ‘Fast data platform.’ FDP is Tibco’s solution for internet of things initiatives and its support for big data in the cloud. Download the free eBook for more.

This article originally appeared in Oil IT Journal 2016 Issue # 9.

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