Turning real-time data into Information part 2 Interview with Tony Edwards by Oil and Gas Engineering

Tony Edwards, CEO of StepChange Global, discussed with Oil and Gas Engineering how the digital oilfield can have a direct impact on production success, and we look at how to equip operators with the tools they need. Courtesy: Tony Edwards, StepChange GlobGetting real-time data from the oil field or pipeline to the people who need to act on that data has always been a challenge in the industry. Today, new technologies and new strategies are making it easier to collect and analyze data, but the oil and gas industry has been slow to adopt these systems. In the second of a two-part series, Oil & Gas Engineering spoke with Tony Edwards, CEO of StepChange Global, a U.K.-based digital oilfield advisory and consultancy company focused on designing and delivering integrated operations services, about how the oil and gas industry is taking full advantage of a new way of working, and the effect it has on reducing costs increasing efficiency. Click here for edited transcripts of the conversation.

SPE Intelligent Energy Oil and Gas Symposium Abu Dhabi,9-10 May 2017

Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) will be holding the SPE Intelligent Oil & Gas Symposium (IOGS) from 9-10 May 2017 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Building on the success of the 2015 edition, SPE is planning to hold IOGS alongside the SPE Reservoir Characterisation and Simulation Conference and Exhibition (RCSC) and there will be shared Exhibition space with RCSC.

Tony Edwards, CEO of Stepchange Global, will be serving on the Programme Committee, drawing together a world-class technical programme.


IIoT and the Digital Oilfield: Making Data Actionable Online, 9th November 2016

Live Webcast, hosted by Oil and Gas Engineering, featuring Tony Edwards, CEO of Stepchange Global Ltd

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Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016 at 11 a.m. PT/1 p.m. CT/2 p.m. ET

One (1) Certified Professional Development Hour (PDH) available for all attendees.

The promise of increased efficiency through automation is proving difficult to implement for oil and gas companies, as they seek to use the massive amounts of data being collected to optimize processes, improve asset management and increase production. The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) promises only more data and machine to machine communications, what do oil and gas engineers need to do now to evaluate the opportunities presented by technology over the next 2-5 years?This webcast will illuminate the challenges of implementing automation, help identify which parts of the operation to focus on, and strategies for making the data collected actionable across the entire operation.Webcast attendees will:

  • Learn how to assess where automation can be applied with the greatest effect in their organization
  • Understand the business and personnel-related challenges involved in implementing automation and IIoT technology
  • Hear about case studies and data integration strategies being implemented at major oil and gas companies in production environments

Presenter: Tony Edwards, CEO of Stepchange Global

Moderator: Peter Welander, Oil & Gas Engineering Content Manager, CFE Media

Emerson and StepChange Global collaborate to help oil and gas producers improve production efficiency

Strategic consulting improves operational performance with information solutions and organisational change management

Emerson and StepChange Global have combined their technology and consulting expertise to help producers increase production and cut operational costs by developing, implementing, and evolving best practices with Integrated Operations (iOps) and Digital Oilfield. An effective iOps solution helps users improve profitability through better access to real-time data and information, innovative technology, and its integration into a collaborative organisation.

Emerson’s technology and StepChange Global’s consultants help improve collaboration between the operational site and the support teams in the office in order to maximise the value that can be gained from operating asset information. With iOps, an enterprise can then build confidence in its information and trust among extended teams to implement improvements that include improving operator efficiency and optimising its core operational processes.
By optimising production using iOps tools and techniques, an oilfield can see production efficiency improvements of up to two percent. A closed-loop gas lift application can see production improvements of five percent. Previous iOps implementations have seen OPEX reductions of five to 20 percent with payback in less than a year.
“The oilfield major players see Integrated Operations as a transformational programme to optimise their business performance, and is the way they will work in the future,” said Tony Edwards, StepChange Global CEO. “Performance optimisation is required as the industry struggles with falling oil prices, key skill shortages, and risk reduction and compliance requirements for both Health, Safety & Environmental (HSE) and production.”
“Working with StepChange helps us drive increased production efficiency for our customers,” said Jerry Brown, senior vice-president of Emerson’s industry solutions. “We are reducing operations and maintenance OPEX costs by improving visibility of real-time actionable asset information across multiple remote sites and oilfields.”
About Emerson Process Management
Emerson Process Management (www.EmersonProcess.com), an Emerson business, is a leader in helping businesses automate their production, processing and distribution in the chemical, oil and gas, refining, pulp and paper, power, water and wastewater treatment, mining and metals, food and beverage, life sciences and other industries. The company combines superior products and technology with industry-specific engineering, consulting, project management and maintenance services. Its brands include Bettis™, DeltaV™, Fisher™, Micro Motion™, Ovation™ and Rosemount™.
About Emerson
Emerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets around the world. The company is comprised of five business segments: Process Management, Industrial Automation, Network Power, Climate Technologies, and Commercial & Residential Solutions. Sales in fiscal 2015 were $22.3 billion. For more information, visit www.Emerson.com​.
About StepChange Global
StepChange Global​ is one of the world’s leading consultancy and advisory companies within the area of Digital Oilfield and IO (Integrated Operations). StepChange Global has worked in the oil and gas and mining industry globally since 2009 and has contributed to the establishment and development of global programmes for IO within many major international companies. The company focuses on the people, process and organisational change that are essential to making Digital Oilfield a success.

Intelligent Energy Aberdeen, UK, 6-8th September 2016

SPE intelligent Energy is a conference & exhibition for the global E&P industry and is positioned at the forefront of oilfield technology and the drive towards fully integrated operations.

The event is organised by Reed Exhibitions and the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), the oil and gas industry’s largest professional membership organisation.

SPE Intelligent Energy is truly comprehensive and is where the next wave of smarter, safer and more efficient technology can be recognised and discussed in a collaborative exhibition and conference environment.

Now in its 7th edition, the event has relocated to Aberdeen – a global innovation hub.

Data Driven Production Conference Houston, Texas, 7th June 2016

Tony Edwards recently presented at the Data Driven Production Conference, in Houston, June 7th 2016.  A link to the presentation can be found below.
The purpose of the conference was to bring together engineering and IT functions to drive efficiencies in production operations using digital technology

Through exclusive case study insight, the conference provided the knowledge that will allow you to create data-driven production and operations teams, which are efficient and effective.

See the presentation here: Data Driven Production Conference June 2016

Tony Edwards to serve on SPE Intelligent Energy Executive Committee Aberdeen, 6-8th September 2016

Tony Edwards, CEO of Stepchange Global, is once again serving on the Executive Committee for the SPE Intelligent Energy International Conference and Exhibition, to be held this year in Aberdeen on 6-8th September.

Tony has been active in both the SPE and EAGE and was the chairman of the organising committee for the highly successful intelligent energy conference 2008 and is now on the SPE global advisory committee for Digital Energy. Tony is regarded as one of the key thought leaders in Digital Oilfield and Integrated Operations. Tony was invited to sit on the SPE Annual Technical Conference Committee for 2011 and was Chairman of the Digital Energy Section. He also served on the program committee for iE2013 and iE2015 in Dubai and Executive committee for iE2014 in Utrecht.