Autonomy in the Oil and Gas Industry Stavanger, Norway, 6-7th March 2013

Autonomy in the Oil and Gas Industry – What will it take to get us there?
6 – 7 March, 2013, Sola Strand hotel, Stavanger

The conference aims to be the primary forum in Norway for discussing future needs for autonomous systems in the oil & gas industry, and be the place for bringing together the right people for future collaborations. To achieve this, the conference features talks with specific focal points combined with panel discussions for reviewing selected topics from multiple angles.

Autonomy in the Oil and Gas Industry call for papers

International Conference on Integrated Operations Trondheim, Norway, 25-26th September 2012

The 8th International Conference on Integrated Operations in the Petroleum Industry will be in Trondheim, September 25-26 2012.

The conference brings together 40 speakers from international oil and gas companies, service industry, R&D companies and universities.  Additionally there is a Young Professional Programme, Poster sessions and and exhibition area.  The Conference will be at the Royal Garden Hotel in Trondheim.  For registration and hotel reservations: Registration IO12

See the media site for IO 2012 here

International Digital Oilfields Conference Muscat, Oman, 23-25th September 2012

With thanks to Saeed Mubarak for these notes

The conference took place in Crown Plaza Muscat, Oman during the period from 23-25 September 2012 with >100 participants from various technology providers and a few operators mostly from PDO.

Discussions covered upstream technologies and processes, collaboration work environment, change management, workflows, HSE, Surface communication etc. Fewer discussions on upstream, reservoir management, downhole instrumentation or completions, quantifying value of Intelligent Field implementations.

Some of the takeaways and subjects for future technical events:

-For quick adaption – Make it simple (i.e. hardware, technology, change management)
-Requirements for smoother change needs visionary leaders
-Wireless technologies improvement is very pronounced
-Why wouldn’t Industry leaders adopt unified standards for technologies, protocols and even the name of the “New business Environment” DOF,IO, Field of the future, iFields, Smart Fields etc.?
-Do we have enough experts in the various aspects of DOF? What’s the plan to overcome relevant challenges?
-Will there be any unintended consequences of DOF?

The event was a quick one and intensive and provided good networking opportunities.

Leveraging Information for Group Decision Making CISR Briefing

April 2012 – Center for Information Systems Research / Working Smarter: Leveraging information for group decision making

Anne Quaadgras, MIT Center for Information Systems Research and Tony Edwards, Director, Stepchange Global

In a highly digitized world, making distributed group decisions quickly and effectively is increasingly important, as digitized information becomes more easily available, experts are more globally distributed, and technology improvements make operations in remote locations more feasible.

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The workplace of 2025 will be wherever you want it Article by Mark Heraghty, Managing Director at Virgin Media Business

Ever wished you’d never met your boss and your colleagues were holograms?

Within less than a generation, it might be the norm.  The prospect of working with people you’ll never actually meet and communicating with virtual colleagues are two of the potential scenarios identified by leading thinkers into how workplaces will evolve by 2025.

Sampling views from a panel representing Imperial College London, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the University of Washington, other international academics and the UK government, research has just been published that points to dramatic changes in the workplace as we know it.  Forget whether it’s practical to bring your own technology devices to work – in the future, you may not even have an office.

According to the expert panel, by 2025 technology will allow us to conjure workspaces out of thin air by using interactive surfaces.  Holographic teleconferencing and virtual “dry runs” of projects will consign old office templates to the dustbin.  In their place, multiple surfaces in the home, or shared work hub, will be coated with digitally enabled “smart” paint that will project 3D avatars of colleagues at a single touch.  The MIT Media Lab’s Recompose project is already looking at how a physical surface can change in response to gesture-based commands.

In the future, we’ll reshape surfaces without touching them, interact with documents, or create objects that can then be 3D printed.  Because of these changes, workforces will become far more dispersed. Workers will have diverse careers in many different locations, working for shorter periods on projects.  In many cases, the people working in this way will not even know each other’s identities.  And it’s not just employees that need to get set for change, the number of host locations a company uses will increase 50{b5f554a57bdf937f120bd279bce2e076afbdb96072e0d19c4adcd5530523b70d} by 2020, according to separate research by PriceWaterhouseCoopers.  These data-driven advances will sweep aside established work patterns.

It’s a trend that’s well under way already. By next year there will be 1.2 billion connected consumer electronics devices in more than 800 million homes with broadband connections globally, says IBM.  Policies such as “bring your own device” are becoming more popular as the functions on consumer devices allow for more business use.  It makes sense that if you can have one device to store personal and work information, it beats using two separate devices.

Mark Heraghty Soon we will be virtually “transported” into our offices, Mark Heraghty says

Over time, ubiquitous computing through networked chips embedded into everything around us means that the mobile phone, and eventually goggles and active contact lenses, will be the gateway to virtual work spaces and collaborative projects. One blink and we can be transported right into the heart of our “offices”.  No need to even worry about bringing your own device if that just means bringing yourself – and if there’s no physical office to go to anyway.

The blending of devices for work and for personal use will be taken to the nth degree.  As the range and capacity of what is achievable on these devices increases, it’ll lead to massive collaborations.  Because of greater connectivity and hugely dispersed workforces, we’ll mimic the organised chaos of a bee or ant colony.  Groups of workers will be organised digitally across the globe, and kept in touch with this in-built technology that’ll allow us to work on the move whenever we choose.

It’s understandable if it all this sounds a bit cyborg.

“There’s no need to be afraid,” says Mads Thimmer, founder of Danish emerging technologies network Innovation Lab.  “The beauty of the online society to come is that it will have an off button. That’s why it is all so attractive.”

Data-driven innovation underpinned by communications infrastructure is going to force through some enormous changes in the workplace and how many of us do our jobs.  Technology will be able to set us free from many of the restrictions of current work patterns, and may mean we all work a bit less too.  The absent boss and virtual colleagues may well catch on.

Mark Heraghty is managing director at Virgin Media Business. This article contains extracts from an upcoming research paper entitled Future Laboratory.

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