After nimbleness, what?
Once a company has taken this step, what is next? Companies will be able to think even bigger. Nimble upstream businesses will be able to add in cloud-native services and applications. Over time, employees’ experiences with their new world will become natural, predictive and conversational. It means the wealth of knowledge living in the organization will begin to be curated, virtualized and contextualized.
The integration of data stores and organizations will enable new insight that was previously unachievable. Companies will be able to harness a diversity of perspectives and move closer to the ‘one team’ concept that many have tried to embrace in the industry. For example, the drilling and fracking of a complicated unconventional stacked pay formation would yield improved results if subsurface scientists, drilling engineers and completion engineers could collaborate perfectly while rapidly accessing all available optimally conditioned data.
Data processing, data volumes and diversity of data types will no longer be limited by cumbersome application boundaries and availability challenges. All organizations and technical functions would be able to mine all data related to all assets in real time.
Processing power and artificial intelligence for digitizing and interrogating hundreds of thousands of mud log and wireline log scanned images will find every indication of hydrocarbon shows to automatically, rapidly plot the points in a 3D geospatial portal. Key workflows will be data-driven and automated, removing unnecessary inefficiencies and associated risk. For example, in an unconventional asset team, a well factory might be delivering hundreds of wells a year using numerous drilling rigs. An orchestration engine could monitor target disparate systems for the information that a drilling permit form requires. As soon as data is detected, the form is automatically populated and dispatched to the appropriate regulatory body, without human intervention.
And it all starts with the cloud, that base for continuous transformation.
Azure capabilities are engineered for oil and gas
Field and production data and the algorithms that drive them are business differentiators and could mean losses in the range of billions of dollars if compromised or used for commercial purposes. To address the unique needs for data protection and sharing of the industry, Microsoft has announced a set of principles, and all Azure services are monitored for adherence.
Privacy and data protection are grounded in Microsoft’s commitment to organizations’ ownership of and control over their collection, use, and distribution of information. We strive to be transparent in our privacy practices, offering privacy choices, and responsibly managing the data we store and process. One measure of our commitment to the privacy of customer data is our adoption of the world’s first code of practice for cloud privacy, ISO/IEC 27018.
Azure meets a broad set of international and industry-specific compliance standards, such as General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), ISO 27001, HIPAA, FedRAMP, SOC 1 and SOC 2, as well as country-specific standards, including Australia IRAP, UK G-Cloud, and Singapore MTCS. Rigorous third-party audits, such as those by the British Standards Institute, verify Azure’s adherence to the strict security controls these standards mandate.
The nature of evaluation and exploration necessitates massive data and compute on premise as close as possible to the assets and in the cloud. Azure Stack and Edge capabilities are built for providing a common development and deployment platform for on-premise and cloud as well as tactical datacenters in geo-locked locations.
Co-Engineering with Strategic Customers and Partners
Microsoft, in its customer focused strategy, is working closely with many of our strategic customers on influencing and re-engineering our own products and services to meet the industry requirements. Our goal is to enable the specifics and the key requirements that differentiate our customers in leveraging cloud services for their own workflows. For example, some of the key design principles we applied to our newly deployed High Performance Computing offerings, Hb and Hc, were as a direct feedback from our large oil and gas customers. We’ve also worked closely with other customers in re-defining how we offered some of our services like IoT Hub to match the scale and volume expected from Oil & Gas customers and remove any limitations we had in the platform that slowed down our customer’s adoption and innovation. MSFT is committed to continue co-developing, co-innovating and co-engineering our products to match our customer expectations and future requirements as it’s an essential strategy for us to bring digital transformation to the Oil and Gas industry.
How to move forward
Wipro and Microsoft have formed a strategic partnership to provide solutions and services for running subsurface workflows on Azure Cloud and Intelligent Edge.
For more information:
Please reach out to your Microsoft or Wipro rep for a discovery workshop.
1 https://www.weforum.org/centre-for-the-fourth-industrial-revolution - World Economic Forum Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution
2 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drake_Well - the Drake Well was the first oil well drilled in Pennsylvania in 1859; 69.5ft deep
3 https://aoghs.org/offshore-history/offshore-oil-history/ - The first offshore well was drilled in 1896 off the coast of California – from an extended Pier in Santa Barbara
4 Schlumberger website (www.slb.com) – “The first well log was obtained in 1927 in Pechelbronn field in Alace, France. The tool, invented by Conrad and Marcel Schlumberger, measured electrical resistance of the earth.”
5 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydraulic_fracturing - “Hydraulic fracturing began as an experiment in 1947, and the first commercially successful application followed in 1950.”
6 https://www.landmark.solutions/About - “Landmark broke ground again in 1989 with OpenWorks® project database, the first software framework integrating E&P applications and data.”
7 https://www.eia.gov/analysis/studies/usshalegas/pdf/usshaleplays.pdf - “The proliferation of activity into new shale plays has increased dry shale gas production in the United States from 1.0 trillion cubic feet in 2006 to 4.8 trillion cubic feet, or 23 percent of total U.S. dry natural gas production, in 2010. Wet shale gas reserves increased to about 60.64 trillion cubic feet by year-end 2009, when they comprised about 21 percent of overall U.S. natural gas reserves, now at the highest level since 1971. Oil production from shale plays, notably the Bakken Shale in North Dakota and Montana, has also grown rapidly in recent years.”
8 http://mem.lyellcollection.org/content/14/1/33 - a summary of the Beryl field