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Digital Facilities Engineering – No Document Left Behind

Recorded On: 02/23/2016

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The modern oil patch has become digital as well as physical. The deployment of a wide array of sensors, smart machines and process control systems has created a digital version of the physical oil & gas producing platform. The challenge and the opportunity is now what do we do with all this data.

The Facilities engineering, design and construction world is no different than operations and production engineering an additionally brings thousands, if not tens of thousands, of documents, drawings and models to the information intensity of this digital mirror world. Information from this digital ecosystem is essential to design the right platform, construct the facility according to specifications and regulations, and the turn over to operations a plant ready to meet production and safety expectations. With current pressure on the cost of constructing a major capital project, the effective use of data could be a significant opportunity for more reliable and efficient operations.

The challenge of managing this collection of digital information begins with collection, curation and management of change. The formal turnover to operations phase may be the end of the construction team's responsibility, but the full lifecycle of digital asset information is the more appropriate scope for an information management solution. Leaving no relevant information (or documents) left behind will help to create holistic asset management solutions for these major investment projects.


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Jim Crompton

SPE Distinguished Lecturer (Former)

Jim Crompton retired from Chevron in 2013 after almost 37 years with the company and moved from Houston to Colorado Springs, Colorado. Once there, he established Reflections Data Consulting, LLC to continue his work in the area of data management and analytics for the Exploration and Production industry.

A Distinguished Lecturer for the Society of Petroleum Engineers in 2010-2011, Jim spoke on the topic of “Putting the Focus on Data” and he is a frequent speaker at SPE conferences on Digital/Intelligent Energy and the Data Foundation.

In 2013, he co-authored a book with Dr. Dutch Holland, titled “The Future Belongs to the Digital Engineer” focusing on the issues of emerging digital technology on oil and gas operations. In 1999, he was elected to the position of chair of the general committee of PIDX (Petroleum Industry Data Exchange), the API electronic commerce subcommittee.

Jim graduated from the Colorado School of Mines (BS in Geophysical Engineering in 1974 and MS in Geophysics in 1976). He later earned an MBA degree (1996) from Our Lady of the Lake University (San Antonio, Texas).

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02/23/2016 at 12:30 PM (EST)   |  60 minutes
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