Like most oil and gas majors, Australia’s Woodside Energy is grappling with how best to harness the myriad of opportunities presented to the oil and gas sector by artificial intelligence (AI). Unlike some, however, Woodside has some projects underway that are already delivering significant results.
 
One of the people charged with overseeing this transition is Alison Barnes, head of robotics. She is tasked with leading the efforts to incorporate the use of intelligence systems on Woodside’s new assets that are currently being designed at various engineering houses around the world. For the role, Barnes leans heavily on her background as an instrumentation and controls engineer.

“I lived up in Karratha, in northwest Australia for several years, working on LNG plants and supporting our gas assets,” she says. “I was then moved from production into technology to head up the robotics lab, and now I get to execute the executive’s vision for using digital technologies.”

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