Posted on 13th June 2019 in the categories: Oil & Gas

2019 Tech Trends for The Oil & Gas Industry

Oil & Gas Tech Trends

Oil and gas companies across the globe are facing widespread change. Specifically, the significant price volatility as shifting geopolitical dynamics see the supply-and-demand equations diverge in various geographies.

Oil and gas companies now must also comply with the increasing environmental regulation designed to support de-carbonisation. In turn, this is pushing the industry’s growth imperative towards expanding the natural gas and renewable energy businesses.

Another rising trend this year is the collaboration between oil and gas companies. By creating key partnerships and collaborative arrangements, companies are capitalising on emerging opportunities in areas like:

  • Supply chain integration
  • Logistics
  • Trading
  • Payments

As companies operating within the industry navigate through the fast-evolving environment, they are also continuing their digital transformation journeys. This is with a view to drive growth, productivity, efficiency and safety across their operations, while also maintaining their efforts to explore and forge new business models.

Key Technology Trends

Four key technology trends are playing a big role in determining companies’ strategies for delivering growth amid today’s universal change:

  1. The Rise of the “Cloud-First” Strategy

Oil and gas companies are beginning to move to cloud-based platforms where they can host their business applications related to areas like sub-surface, land and production systems. With companies expecting greater control and self-service to be provided by applications using analytics and artificial intelligence (AI), the trend is heading towards 100% cloudification of all new applications within a couple of years.

  1. Operationalising Digital Representations of Physical Assets

Asset performance management (APM) and “digital twin” initiatives are set to unite, driving the development of new solutions for managing critical assets. In addition, asset management has become more concerned with risk and reliability. Long-term programs and initiatives are being launched to source, manage and also understand asset operational data and performance KPIs in real time.

Augmented/virtual reality technologies are also playing a significant role alongside the APM tools and applications. Furthermore, real-time asset and worker tracking solutions are becoming more common, as worker safety and productivity are taken more seriously.

  1. Higher Adoption of IoT Devices and Edge Computing

Continuing to increase adoption of sophisticated sensors, companies are collecting more data from edge computing devices. New interoperability and data interface protocols will be created to enable the data from the legacy arrangement to be shared on the IoT platforms. IT will play a growing role in managing the device connectivity, data processing and application workloads both on the edge IoT platforms and the cloud.

  1. Renewed and Holistic Focus on Data and Data Technologies

Business analytics and AI systems are progressing rapidly, enabling an increase of historical labelled data for model training and testing. Within a few years, assets will be deployed with self-diagnosing and healing capabilities. Asset maintenance decisions will be made by AI bots/operators with minimal to no human involvement. All these developments and trends are leading to an array of challenges for companies as they seek to manage an increasingly complex data landscape. Many issues may significantly obstruct a successful digital transformation, such as:

  • Data veracity concerns
  • Bias in models
  • Data security threats
  • Lack of metadata management

Additionally, applications using blockchain technology are gaining momentum in oil and gas companies, especially in areas like:

  • Supply chain
  • Logistics
  • Trading
  • Joint ventures
  • Production accounting

This development is redefining the role of data governance that IT is supposed to administer.

Summary

The tech trends described will help to influence innovations in many areas of the business, with the relative timing and costs of these innovations varying widely.

As the industry’s adoption of these technologies continues to advance, the resulting benefits flow into the business. Business growth and technology innovation complement each other,  going  hand-in-hand.

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