Plenary Session 2

Plenary Session 2: The Digital Engineer

Wednesday, 28 March 11:00 to 12:45, Polar Room

Jim Crompton, Manager of Upstream IT Architecture, Chevron
Deanna Alaniz, Upstream Learning, BP
Dr. Iraj Ershaghi, PE Dept Head / Digital Engineer Specialist, University of Southern California
Nathan Tabb, Machinery Support Centre Deployment Coordinator, Chevron
Roy Borkhoche, Reservoir Engineer, Baker Hughes

Plenary Description

As we move into the second decade of intelligent energy, it has become obvious the competencies required need to be the technical and IT mix we might call a “digital engineer”. As we change the way we operate our business and as the knowledge base continues to shrink across the Upstream, a new breed of engineer will need to emerge to meet the challenges ahead. We’ll discuss some of the challenges and mitigations, such as restrictions of today’s processes and mindsets, understanding what is truly possible, designing and developing new methods of enhanced decision-making, automating workflows, and then demonstrating value from integrating those workflows.

We’ll have a few viewpoints offered addressing our needs going forward, then conduct an open panel discussion with Q&A.

Expectations for Next Generation of Decision Making:

  • “Two teams working as one” between field and office
  • Network with other locations and organisations to access true experts
  • Increase scope and degree of processes managed
  • Automatic solution generation based on historic experience
  • Rapid-response think tanks to respond to new situations
  • Ability to model effect of decisions
  • Re-invention of competencies, roles and positions

What skills do we need to respond to the challenges? (“Digital Engineer”)

Future solutions will require us to change the way we use and relate to information and technology:

  • Integrated reservoir and surface facility optimisation
  • Real-time data queries for applicable lessons learned
  • Smart monitoring and predictive analysis
  • Virtual, collaborative communities of expertise for decision making
  • Highly mobile access to information
  • Simplified, standardised, integrated and highly automated workflows and petrotechnical work environments
  • Common data architecture



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