SPE Online Education
Towards Autonomous Operations
Recorded On: 06/16/2022
Integrated Operations, Remote Operations, Collaborative Operations and now we have Autonomous Operations! What do these terms really mean and are they interlinked in some way? Industry 4.0, Digitalization, Digital Twin, how do these fit into the topic of Autonomous Operations? What are Autonomous Operations? Why use the term Towards Autonomous Operations? How can we practically implement Autonomous Operations in existing industrial production facilities? Just how Autonomous can we really get? How can we measure our Autonomous Operations maturity level? What does Autonomous Operations do for us anyway? Can we use Autonomous Operations to achieve Sustainability, embrace Renewable Energies and help us to comply with Low Carbon Economy requirements?
This webinar will attempt to jargon bust and provide some pragmatic answers to these questions and to provoke further discussion on the topic.
This webinar is categorized under the Data Science and Engineering Analytics technical discipline.
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After graduating with a BSC (Hons) degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering in July 1984 Steve Royston immediately joined ABB (then ASEA) and since that date he has attained almost 38 years of Process Automation related industry knowledge and experience in the definition, execution and operation of process control, safety and power automation system solutions. His experience is derived from working in a wide variety of industry areas that is predominantly oil & gas related but also includes pulp & paper, metals and chemicals. His experience includes working internationally and with significant installation and commissioning experience. He also has experience in Factory Automation from working within ABB’s Robotics division.
During his career with ABB he has held a variety of positions that include Project Management, Lead Engineering, Proposal and Sales Support Management and Technology Management. His current position is Technology Manager within ABB’s Oil & Gas Global Product Group, focusing on Onshore Upstream and Midstream LNG and he also provides Technology Management for ABB’s recently launched global standardized project execution initiative known as ABB Adaptive ExecutionTM.
Paul Choate (Moderator)
As an independent consultant for over 25 years, Paul Choate has worked for major clients worldwide on numerous of well engineering and geomechanics projects, ranging from ERD and HPHT well design, feasibility assessment and cost evaluation to hydraulic, waterflood and PWRI fracture modelling, borehole stability and sand failure. In the past three years, he has been providing support as a principal drilling engineer to FDP reviews of major offshore field developments. He graduated from Manchester University in 1984 with a PhD in Offshore Structures, following which he worked as a post doc on wave modelling on offshore pile groups before joining Shell Research in The Netherlands in 1985 to work on hydraulic and waterflood fracture simulation, subsea system reliability modelling and combined environmental risk assessment of offshore platforms. In 2015, he accepted a two-year contract position as Professor of Subsea and Petroleum Engineering at Curtin University in Western Australia, where he evaluated potential future Big Data R&D requirements in subsea engineering. Outside of petroleum engineering, in 2000 he worked under contract to the European Space Agency, responsible for transferring European space technologies to the offshore sector. More recently, he has been developing a gas mixture dynamics model for simulating thermal convection, evaporation and chemical reactions in porous media, presently aimed at evaluating pyrolysis processes, but also with broader potential application to more general industrial process modelling, enhanced oil recovery and geothermal energy production. Finally, he serves in a voluntary capacity as Treasurer of the recently formed SPE Geothermal Technical Section.
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