On November 5 and 6, 26 participants from industry and science met at ExxonMobil in Hanover for the Digital Oil Field workshop. In ten technical presentations over two days, numerous aspects of this broad field were examined in more detail.
Digitisation is the Future
At the introduction, DEA, OMV and Wintershall reported on their strategies for implementing digitisation in general and processes relating to the Digital Oil Field in particular. The companies are not only facing technical challenges. A core task is to win the workforce over to the new, digitised processes and encourage them to contribute their experience. There was consensus that one cannot and must not close one's mind to digitalisation if one wants to remain competitive in the market in the future. This also includes the labour market: young, well-trained specialists are increasingly paying attention to whether digital technologies are used and lived in a company when choosing a career.
Dr. Markus Plöbst addressed the question of ethical and moral issues and the fears of employees regarding digitalisation in his lecture "True Lies - Fear and Anxiety?
First Projects Have Already Been Implemented
The E&P industry has already implemented several projects in the German-speaking countries. Among other things it was reported about:
- Predictive maintenance on above-ground and underground plant sections,
- An oil treatment plant that can be completely controlled by smartphone or tablet - mobile and safe at the same time,
- Automated, data-driven calculation of the optimal time for the treatment of salt and paraffin precipitates in wells.