Cloud-based technology can significantly improve the process of extracting information from documents, images, and other forms of "unstructured data," which can help subsurface and drilling experts as they explore new areas, plan new wells, create rig activity plans, and perform other specialized tasks that generate value.
That's the main takeaway from a new paper presented at the SPE Virtual Norway Subsurface Conference this week by Carlo Caso, Head of Products in Subsurface and Drilling at Cognite.
The paper, "Search and Contextualization of Unstructured Data: Examples from the Norwegian Continental Shelf," explores results from Cognite and Aker BP's new approach to finding and previewing structured and unstructured subsurface and drilling data extracted from multiple IT and OT source systems. In addition to Caso, Cogniters Peter Malec, Thorkild Stray, and Erlend Vollset also contributed to the paper.
Together, Cognite and Aker BP have implemented a modern, cloud-based, vendor-neutral architecture that streams subsurface and drilling data via application programming interfaces (APIs). This significantly reduces the time and effort it takes for subject-matter experts to find the data they need, enabling them to do their jobs more confidently, resiliently, rapidly, and with a competitive edge.
In the paper, the authors write:
During the testing phase users have reported that they can potentially save many hours per week. This means that each month users can free up time that would otherwise have been spent searching for data. This time can now be reinvested in more domain-related tasks. Additional benefits include access to more data than expected in an area (before users were not aware some data even existed); greater collaboration, as search results can be shared between colleagues; greater information exchange about the reliability of the data discovered; and reduced time and drilling risks associated with well planning projects. In short, the operator’s experts now have the tools they need to discover information and enrich their subsurface workflows to improve the decision-making process.
Last month, Cognite announced that it is bringing data liberation and contextualization to the subsurface and drilling world through Cognite Data Fusion® (CDF). With its new subsurface-specific capabilities, CDF can now also contextualize reservoir data with well and production data to improve and shorten decision making processes, minimize risk, and power more efficient discipline collaboration across the upstream oil and gas value chain.
Cognite and Aker BP detailed their collaboration at Ignite Talks, last month's big industrial digitalization conference. During the session "Introducing a New Way of Working in Subsurface and Drilling," Caso sat down with Kjartan Nesse, Vice President of Digitalization at Aker BP, to discuss how democratizing access to liberated, usable, and shareable data can revolutionize the subsurface and drilling world.