The oil & gas industry continues to be a hotbed of innovation, with activity driven by the need to improve productivity, minimise downtime, and enhance safety, which have led to the growing importance of technologies such as machine learning and AI. In the last three years alone, there have been over 534,000 patents filed and granted in the oil & gas industry, according to GlobalData’s report on Artificial Intelligence in Oil & Gas: AI for workflow management.

According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which uses over 256,000 patents to analyse innovation intensity for the oil & gas industry, there are 40+ innovation areas that will shape the future.

AI for workflow management is a key innovation area in artificial intelligence

According to engineering terminology, data preparation, modelling, simulation and testing, and deployment are the four processes that form the AI in workflow management concept. To create a complete AI-driven workflow, developers need to consider all the above four steps.

GlobalData’s analysis also uncovers the companies at the forefront of each innovation area and assesses the potential reach and impact of their patenting activity across different applications and geographies. According to GlobalData, there are 40+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established oil & gas companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of AI for workflow management.

Key players in AI for workflow management – a disruptive innovation in the oil & gas industry

‘Application diversity’ measures the number of different applications identified for each relevant patent and broadly splits companies into either ‘niche’ or ‘diversified’ innovators.

‘Geographic reach’ refers to the number of different countries each relevant patent is registered in and reflects the breadth of geographic application intended, ranging from ‘global’ to ‘local’.

Siemens is one of the leading patent filers in AI-driven workflow management, and its Xcelerator software package enables rapid digital transformation. The package assists with data collection, analysis, and visualisation. Siemens recently released NX software, a part of the Xcelerator package, that uses AI to improve process and helps engineers, designers, and manufacturers to innovate more rapidly.

The cloud solution from Halliburton uses machine learning and AI models to assist its customers in optimising their digital transformation through intelligent automation. The service aids in improving productivity, efficiency, and asset value in industries.

AI is expected to become vital over the coming years as companies increasingly adopt workflow automation in their businesses. The benefits include improving communication and rapid development of processes through features such as drag-and-drop and easy to use interfaces.

To further understand how artificial intelligence is disrupting the oil & gas industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on AI in Oil & Gas.

GlobalData, the leading provider of industry intelligence, provided the underlying data, research, and analysis used to produce this article.

GlobalData’s Patent Analytics tracks patent filings and grants from official offices around the world. Textual analysis and official patent classifications are used to group patents into key thematic areas and link them to specific companies across the world’s largest industries.