Wireline Issue 45 - Summer 2019

First response Providing the right personnel access to the right data can make a profound difference in other areas too. One of LTI’s recent innovations is a cloud-hosted emergency response management suite which uses the standardised forms submitted to regulators to populate a database and can issue automated reports (by email or portal) to ensure reporting compliance. For responsible personnel, this provides clear visibility that emergency response plans are up to date and are being maintained – and any outstanding issues will be flagged with senior personnel automatically. If an incident does occur, the system allows all relevant staff and government agencies to collaborate and communicate in real-time, over live documents, to ensure the response plan is enacted accordingly. “It’s also a great remote training tool,” added Suraj, in that it allows these (often geographically disparate) teams to undergo virtual drills to ensure familiarity in a real-life situation. Central to these solutions is the principle of modernising the IT core of a company itself. Suraj explained that systems such as process management software should be integrated with newer systems which enable the whole corporate system to be digital- ready. In this way, each new project does not require an entirely new or bespoke solution, providing cost- effectiveness and a degree of future proofing. The company is currently in the middle of a global digitisation project for a large, global integrated oil major, involving millions of documents in the form of seismic, well logs, well reports and maps, as well as a similar pilot project involving an upstream operator in the Nordics. He notes that reappraisal of historic data has been one of the driving forces behind the US shale boom, and that “the potential exists for the UK to do the same, except that these technologies have to be adopted.” Yet perhaps the greatest advice for all E&P companies, whatever their size, is to recognise the value that can be realised from working with existing information in a smarter way – whether that’s subsurface data, predictive maintenance or emergency response. As the volume of data generated by everyday operations increases, managing and understanding the data already in your possession is vital. As Suraj mused: “You don’t know what you don’t know.”

“Our vision is to take all the subsurface data that is available… and transform it into a format that can be consumed by the technologists of today.” LTI executive VP for oil and gas Suraj Rangashayi

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