Deep Dive into Digitalization was one of the more interesting topics on Wednesday during the Offshore Energy Exhibition and Conference.
While people tend to think that fossil fuel companies have a lot of catching up to do, it’s worth mentioning that digitalization and technological advancements have been with the industry for years, be it using the remotely operated vehicles, sensors, deepwater drilling, or something else.
However, there is always more to be done. This was one of the messages one could take away from the Deep Dive into Digitization session held at the community square of Offshore Energy Exhibition and Conference in the Amsterdam RAI.
Interviewed by Offshore Energy Today, Rob van der Spek, Director of Knowledge Management, DNV GL Oil & Gas on Wednesday said the digitalization was not something new in the industry.
“We’ve been using computers and algorithms for decades in the sector, but i think there are a couple of drivers which are really acellerating the use of computers and algorithms in the sector.”
“The first one is that we see that computer capacity is abundant and against low cost, in the cloud, and is growing exponentially.”
“The second driver that we’re now loading our assets with sensors which allow us to get near real time data streams from our assets with regard to integrity and operations.”
“The third driver is going mobile. We’re giving our workforce a whole set of mobile devices, which allow them to be very flexible within operations.”
Van der Spek acknowledged the importance of the digital initiatives, but he also said the companies should be wary of splashing cash into it just because of the hype.
Talking about the benefits, he mentioned an example where with the help of digital technology, one of DNV GL’s clients managed to predict equipment failures on a drillship, thus cutting costs.
And we all know that cost cuts, of course apart from safety, are of the utmost importance for offshore drillers these days, with some of them being forced to work below the breakeven dayrates, just to keep busy.
Another example highlighted by Mr. Van der Spek, was the use of mobile devices and drones for inspections of offshore assets, thus removing the need to send offshore workers to hazardous areas, leading to improved safety, as well as to reducing costs.
More to follow….