As systems and data get more complex—in every industry, from petroleum to aerospace to automotive—it’s getting harder and harder to design and manage projects efficiently and find the signal amid the noise.
The digital oilfield, a visionary’s buzzword a few years back, is a growing working reality. It’s producing significant rewards, and promises more. Right now successful practitioners are cutting operating costs by a quarter, boosting production and recovery rates, and trimming design and implementation expenses.
In this IEEE Spectrum interactive panel, industry gurus share their insights, reflecting their experience in integrating data in central control facilities, implementing automated controls in harsh field environments, and even transferring techniques from the space program to the oil patch. How do you manage millions of lines of code running multiple versions of hardware in installations that are all slightly different? How do you extract meaning from terabytes of raw data that may seismic data, operating temperatures, pipeline pressures, or the heartbeat of the electrical grid?
Adam Farris- SVP of DrillingInfo
Adam Farris has 16 years of experience in the oil and gas industry in roles progressing from field engineer to executive leadership. He has used, developed, and sold, upstream digital technology for the past 13 years, working with hundreds of the world’s most productive oil companies, including Exxon, BP, Chevron, Shell, CNOOC, and ConocoPhillips. Adam is currently Senior Vice President at Drillinginfo, the Oil and Gas industry’s second largest source of upstream data and intelligence. Adam lives with his wife and kids in Austin, Texas and can be reached at email@example.com.
Glenn R. McColpin- Director of Reservoir Monitoring at Pinnacle, a Halliburton Service
In Glenn's current capacity he is responsible for developing both near wellbore and far field diagnostic solutions to assist customers with reservoir surveillance and optimization. Pinnacle’s solutions range from fiber optic sensing to satellite based radar mapping and micro-deformation services. Glenn started his career in 1989 with Sperry Sun Drilling Services running LWD and directional drilling systems. He then spent 12 years with Landmark Graphics developing software based field development and well planning solutions and implemented the industries first drilling focused real-time operations centers. Glenn is a graduate of New Mexico Tech with a degree in Petroleum engineering.
IEEE Spectrum “Tech Talk” contributor Douglas McCormick is a New York City-based freelance writer and communications consultant specializing in technology and life science. He has been editor or editorial director of such publications as PM360 (for healthcare marketers), BioTechniques (for molecular biology researchers), Pharmaceutical Technology, and Nature Publishing Company’s Bio/Technology (now called Nature Biotechnology). He was founder, CEO, and CTO of Physician Verification Services (an internet based healthcare marketing start-up) and, earlier, corporate director of scientific communications at SmithKline Beecham and computer science editor at Hayden Book Company.
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