E&P Magazine - April 2018

E&P’s cover story this month focuses on trends in digital innovations that are being leveraged by companies around the world. “The Digital Human” focuses on how companies are utilizing aerial drones and robots, augmented reality and VR, and wearable technologies to improve efficiencies and enhance safety. In addition, editors spoke to Binu Mathew, senior vice president and global head of digital products for BHGE, about the challenges of implementing artificial intelligence and digital technologies.

Seismos, a technology provider for the oil and gas industry, reported on a suite of products that monitor perforation effectiveness and well connectivity in real time, while AspenTech addresses ways in which the large amounts of data are best utilized. In addition, Seven Lakes Technologies offered insights into how capital planning can help streamline existing processes and reduce errors, and Quorum Software described innovations in well life-cycle reporting in the Digital Age.

These technologies, among countless others, are leading the oil and gas industry into a new age that features streamlined operations, substantially improved safety and a workforce that blends human know-how and ingenuity with cutting-edge digital innovations.

As I See It

Transformation Brings Capital Discipline

A change in mindset signals significant growth by the oil and gas industry.

Cover Story

Examining The Industry’s AI And Digitalization Challenges

An executive shares his views on how the oil and gas industry can benefit from the application of technology advances made in AI and digitalization.

Five Ways To Get Wells Online On Time Every Time

Leading capital planning systems are providing exactly what the oil and gas industry needs to get back on its feet: automated systems, quality data, visibility, reporting and scheduling.

Oil, Gas Technology: The Digital Human

Equipping problem solvers for tomorrow’s challenges.

Providing Additional Insights Into Unconventional Plays

Digital technologies help expand access to well information.

The Road Map To Upstream Profitability

Models encapsulating the reservoir, production processes, equipment and economics provide the opportunity to fully leverage available data.

Upgrading The Industry In The Information Age

Drones, AR/VR and wearable devices enhance the workforce’s efficiency while improving safety.

Well Life-cycle Reporting In The Digital Age

Cloud-based well completion systems help operators make data-driven decisions and improve performance.

World View

Unconventionals Lead American Oil Resurgence

ConocoPhillips adds Alaskan acreage while seeing global production growth.

Industry Pulse

Program Brings Safety-critical Digital Solutions To Market

Digital technology will transform the pace of change within the safety and risk sector.

Market Intelligence

The Return To Jurassic Park

New completion techniques are lowering the cost per unit of gas production and spreading across the Haynesville—and to basins beyond.

Exploration Technologies

Exploration Success Continues

Major discoveries have been announced in the past few months. Can this success persist?

Drilling Technologies

Ensuring Future Energy Resources

The partnership between public and private entities continues to drive innovation in U.S. unconventional resource plays.

Completions and Production

The Workforce Of The Future

As digital innovations take hold, the oil and gas industry is undergoing an evolution of its workforce.

Offshore Advances

Autonomous Technologies Transform Operations

Removing people from harm’s way is only the tip of the iceberg.

Shale Solutions

Improving Reservoir Contact With A High-transport Proppant

Low-density proppant use in slickwater applications can help improve reservoir contact and fracture complexity.

Optimizing Completion Timing

Reduced operation time between stages can lead to higher fracture complexity and improved drainage efficiency.

Offshore Solutions

Toolbox Offers New Technology For Casing Recovery Requirements

New service approach saves operators time and money.


A New Technology With A Simplified Approach

The Internet of Things is proving to have a place in production operations.

Acoustics Network Delivers Sound Results

New telemetry systems are opening the path to full life-of-well pressure and fluid management.

Cooperating To Expedite Innovation In Subsea Oil, Gas Sector

Partnership influences product development that reflects changes in operational demands.

Integrating MPD Into Existing Infrastructure

Drilling efficiencies are maximized with integrated MPD systems.

Land Seismic: Coupling Matters

A nodal recording unit with a unique form factor leads to improvement in coupling and vector fidelity on land seismic surveys.

New Perforating Design Offers 360-degree Coverage

A slot perforating method saves time and reduces well abandonment costs.

PNP System Improves P&A Efficiency

A system has been developed to deliver cost savings by removing the need for cutting and pulling a casing when removing annular fluid.

Pumping Up Production

Packaged engineered solutions can improve production from rod pump systems.

Something Old, Something New

Experience and expertise combine to introduce a new business model, innovative products and novel concepts for subsea production.

Technology Shows DHI Promise

Electroseismic technology is being tested in conventional reservoirs.

Unconventional Report

Producers Set Sights On Vaca Muerta

Investment and development activity picked up speed in 2017.

Tech Watch

A New Approach To Plunger Spacing

Permanent spacers help fine-tune pump operations while enhancing safety.

Tech Trends

Tech Trends

Check out the latest technologies and services.

Activity Highlights

International Highlights

Check out the latest activity highlights from around the world.

On The Move

On the Move

Check out the latest new hires, promotions and other company news.

Last Word

Charting A Clear Path Toward Digitalization

New software will help operators see significant returns in 2018.