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Once considered cutting-edge, digital technologies are becoming more common in the oil and gas industry, with applications such as big data and the industrial internet already widely adopted. To find out what’s coming next, we speak to SRO Solutions about the upcoming IT trends pushing innovation further and making waves in the offshore industry.

StepChange Global gives us an insight into making the most of digital oilfield technologies; plus we talk to Schlumberger and IBM about their joint solution for integrated production operations, and report on how maximising the use of big data can minimise costs. Also, we see how Cambla’s vessel scheduling app can make planning subsea operations more economical, and investigate whether unmanned, advanced surface robots could improve safety and efficiency on oil and gas platforms.

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Smart Thinking
As IT advances such as industrial internet and smart software become commonplace in the offshore oil and gas industry, Chris Lo asks Steve Driver of SRO Solutions how the latest IT trends driving optimisation are helping manufacturers and asset managers to work more efficiently.
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The Digital Revolution
The benefits of digital oilfield technologies and data analytics are well known, but how can offshore companies make the most of them? Chris Lo speaks to Tony Edwards of StepChange Global about the operational changes necessary to truly embrace the digital revolution.
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Cutting Costs with Data
Oil companies are turning to big data and other digital technologies to cut the costs of exploration and production. Lindsay Dodgson reports on whether the offshore industry can strike a balance between innovation and cost savings.
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Better Together
Oilfield services giant Schlumberger and computing multinational IBM are jointly creating an end-to-end solution for improving integrated production operations. Heidi Vella finds out how the technologies of these industry titans will complement each other in the offshore sector.
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On Schedule
Project services consultancy Cambla has launched an industry-first schedule animation tool, which helps to improve the planning and execution of large subsea operations. Abi Millar investigates how the app can help offshore oil companies save time and money.
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Inspector Robot
Advanced surface robots could improve staff safety and boost efficiencies on oil and gas platforms. Elly Earls speaks to Total’s Kris Kydd to find out about the competition pushing this research forward, and the implications of unmanned systems and humans working together on offshore platforms.
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A recent survey by Trelleborg‘s offshore division suggests that, although the offshore industry favours innovation and long-term ‘value-adding’ services from its suppliers at tender stage, short-term decision-making based on immediate costs often takes priority affecting when projects move forward. We speak to Trelleborg to find out more about this understandable cost-cutting instinct, and ask whether it is stifling innovation and damaging the industry in the long-run.

We also investigate why both Shell and Statoil decided to abandon their Arctic exploration efforts, and ask whether Nigerian National Petroleum’s $1.2bn drilling deal will breathe new life into Nigeria’s offshore industry. Plus, we take a look at the latest water treatment technology for oil recovery and find out how Oil & Gas UK plans to follow up on the recommendations made by the
Wood Review, with its establishment of an efficiency task force.

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