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Digital Transformation


Data Quality Assessment and Transformation Strategy

Philip Lesslar 

We have seen many a data quality project take off with much energy and enthusiasm and complete successfully to the satisfaction of users and management alike. But time and again, once those quality-checked projects are handed over to the business, lack of basic housekeeping discipline combined with a general absence of process result in data degradation of the project. Our four-part DQAT approach helps you to avoid this situation by including the adoption of an automated tool within the workflow that does basic checks to maintain the quality of your data.


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Geospatial Deep Learning Engineering Analytics – Cloud Based B2B Business Initiative

19th Esri India User Conference 2018

This paper discusses a cloud-based, B2B engineering analytical model setup for pipeline operators to analyse the pipeline integrity using AC overhead lines. The paper also briefly covers B2B business economics and their industry acceptability.

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Deriving value in integrated operations through data analytics

DEW The Complete Energy Journal, September 2018

Despite the wave of Digital Oilfield initiatives over the two decades around the turn of the century, the oil and gas industry has lagged behind others such as aviation and automotive in their widespread adoption of data analytics to revolutionize their business and operating models, according to Mr. Samit Sengupta, Managing Director, Geologix Limited.

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The Digital Oilfield – managing people transition

GEO ExPro Article, vol.12, No.2, 2015

It is well established that successful digital oilfield deployment projects require careful attention to ‘People’, ‘Process’ and ‘Technology’. We are very good at recommending technology solutions and after many years of operational experience in the oil and gas industry we can extend our expertise to recommend optimum workflows. But just how good are we all at managing the people transition? Maybe a few interviews with the stakeholders backed up with a couple of workshops will address the concerns?

If we are honest with ourselves, we know very well that this approach is woefully inadequate. If the operations staff, be it in drilling or production, do not buy into the digital oilfield workflows, then a very well designed Realtime Operating Center (RTOC) may become little more than a glorified meeting room. As for business value, this falls well below predictions and the overall digital oilfield project can unfortunately take on the personality of a very expensive failure. 

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Adopting Cloud Technology to Enhance the Digital Oilfield

IPTC Conference, Qatar, 7 – 9 December 2015

The digital oilfield is a fundamental consumer of information technology. It requires the sourcing of reliable data, managing and storing that data effectively and serving it to operational decision makers. Cloud computing has forever changed the game in information technology. It could bring significant enhancements to the digital oilfield providing that the industry feels comfortable that data resilience, privacy and security are maintained. This paper looks at how to provide this assurance.

The big concerns with cloud computing are data loss and an uncertainty where the data is actually residing. Coupled with a growing number of security threats, these are holding back adoption in digital oilfield implementations. Some companies have introduced a "private cloud", which has enabled them to retain data within their own network boundary. However, this has prevented them from reducing their infrastructure costs and they have had to size their computing power and storage requirements to meet the highest level of demand, which may only be needed occasionally. Conversely, a public cloud enables a "pay as needed" service.

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Achieving Digital Oilfield Competency

SPE 167432, Intelligent Energy 2013, Dubai, UAE, 28-30 October 2013

Many oil and gas operators now see Digital Oilfield as a mature technology and yet there is still a broad spectrum of knowledge across the industry about what it is and how to derive a good return on investment.  Much has been said about developing the "People??, "Process?? and "Technology?? sectors in parallel but even the most enthusiastic Digital Oilfield adopters would admit that it is the "People?? sector that gives them the greatest challenge.  The big problem is how you engage the entire workforce, from senior managers to field technicians, in a technology with which only a few are really "hands on??.  Many companies have chosen to ignore this problem and yet the entire workforce must be engaged, as the senior managers will be the financial decision makers and the field technicians will be the enablers of real-time data.

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DOF: devil is in the details

Digital Energy Journal, Issue 29, February 2011

Every reader of Digital Energy Journal knows that digital technology can help make well planning and drilling operations much more efficient, with better collaboration, things getting done faster, better understanding of risks, better decision making, better response time and more likelihood of hitting the payzone.

But you can’t just show your management a PowerPoint slide saying that, and expect them to greenlight a digital oilfield project, said Julian Pickering, director of Digital Oilfield Solutions and  previously head of digital technology for drilling and completions with BP, at the Dec 9 Digital Energy Journal conference.

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