SPE Digital Oil & Gas
Mrazec Room, Petrom City, Bucharest 20 Mar 2019, from 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
The oil & gas industry has always researched and developed new technologies for better and more efficient ways of operating and to deliver the energy to the people. With time, the applied technologies start producing and introducing new processes. The amount of data that we start to generate forced us to create data banks, find tools to process it, optimize workflows and use it to transform the oil & gas business.
The SPE Digital Oil & Gas Event had the scope to discuss and debate the importance of digitization, how to transform data to knowledge.
Welcome and Introduction
The event started with a welcome message from Mr. Dragomir Alexandru, SPE Romanian Section Chairperson, who highlighted the importance of digitalization in the oil & gas industry. Taking in consideration that today’s reporting systems are operated by people, almost all the important production data that is inputted has a chance of being wrong, untrue or inaccurate which further causes to false interpretations and false predictions.
Figure 1 – Alexandru Dragomir, SPE Romanian Section Chairperson
First speaker of the event was Mr. Patrick Bürßner, Head of Production Technology, OMV Petrom who presented the strategy and the steps that OMV Petrom is taking into digital transformation. Talking about the 3 strategic elements: business agility, digital ways of working and digital capabilities, Mr. Bürßner highlighted the tools needed in order to help the digital transformation through integrated digital twin, from subsurface to facilities, real-time digital oilfield, digital rig and other.
Figure 2 – Mr. Patrick Bürßner, Head of Production Technology, OMV Petrom
An important factor of the transformation is of course the human factor and the digital ways of working. Mr. Bürßner presented few case histories of successful digitalization of HSSE monitoring to improve safety performance, asset integrity and maintenance solutions, software created to identify the candidates for workover and other projects in work.
Second speaker of the event was Mr. Miso Solesa, Univ.- Prof. Dipl. Montanauniverisität Leoben, who presented Turning Oilfield Big Data Into Productive Knowledge and Value to Digitize Oil Field Operations. Mr. Solesa outlined few key categories of the digitalization process:
- Digital Oil Field;
- Petroleum Data Management Systems (PDMS);
- Oil Field Big Data Driven Technologies;
Figure 3 – Mr. Miso Solesa, Univ.- Prof. Dipl. Montanauniverisität Leoben
He went in details of each category, giving multiple definitions of Digital Oil Field, for example in Intelligent Digital Oil & Gas Fields by Gustavo Carvajal, Marko Maucec and Stan Cullick, DOF was defined as the application of state-of-the-art technology for sensors, data communication, data analytics, collaboration and decision making, throughout the value chain of completions, wells, pumps, pipes, chokes, compressors, treatment facilities etc. to increase production at lower cost. For a successful digital transformation it is needed a strategic thinking, instead of “Data strategy is focused on how to create, stoer and manage our data” to “Data strategy is focused on how to turn data into value”, in such way your mindset is to focus on data processing and not just having it.
Third speaker of the event was Mr. Tore Fjagesund, Wellbarrier Illustration Tool Founder who presented an example of digitalization the well integrity of a well through visualizing your well barriers. The application of two-barrier philosophy have the purpose to safe production of the hydrocarbons, to avoid transforming incidents into accidents.
Figure 4 – Mr. Tore Fjagesund, Wellbarrier Illustration Tool Founder
He went through all the steps needed in order to digitalize the well integrity processes, starting with setting up a virtual database, make it sharable, use it to create technical illustrations, define well barrier envelopes, matching it with the lithology of the well, adding the completion string and start assessing the risks, monitoring the barrier elements, which further will displayed in a user friendly dashboard, covering all the diagnostics.
We thank all the guests from OMV Petrom, Montanauniverisität Leoben, for their participation at the SPE Digital Oil & Gas Event. Digital transformation is not just a future concept, it is the present, which needs a daily learning and improvement, thus sharing experience on this topic is highly valuable to everyone.
We thank OMV Petrom for hosting the event in the Petrom City.
Thank you to all attendees.