Oil and gas industry may have been in the headlines for occasional security glitches or even plant explosions. But what is often not mentioned, is a quite transformation happening inside the industry, to improve daily operations and safety. The technology adoption rate may be slower in this industry, due to sensitivity around safeguarding of trade secrets, IP issues, and data security concerns. But there is an increasing recognition of the need for enhanced operational excellence, in this industry, concerned with confining costs and refining margins.
The unconventional and controversial practice of horizontal drilling combined with hydraulic fracturing (converting organic matter within the rock to synthetic oil and gas), have been recent game changers. Apparently what can be produced by a vertical well in 30 to 35 years, can be done in a horizontal well, in a span of mere 6 months, environmental concerns notwithstanding.
There is now a thirst for innovative ideas within the industry, to minimize negative environmental impact, increase safety, contain costs, and enhance operational efficiency. Many oil and gas service centers have opened innovation centers in Silicon Valley to enhance implementation of new ideas. With the help of emerging technologies in visualization and complexity management, and with advances in cloud computing, big data analytics and Internet of Things, the industry is poised to transform itself for the better.
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