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Last year, Total signed an agreement with Alphabet Inc.’s Google to work on developing AI solutions for the subsurface data analysis. Working on the same lines, Arnaud Breuillac, Total's head of E&P, recently informed in a conference about the digital factory to be set up by the company. This factory will employ 200 to 300 engineers in order to build the North sea project successfully using AI.
Houston-based start-up Belmont Technology has received an investment of £3.8 million from oil supermajor, BP Plc. Belmont has developed a cloud-based geoscience platform using AI, which links geology, geophysics, reservoir and project information. The platform will enabled BP to gain a clearer understanding of its subsurface assets. Belmont’s technology aims at a 90% time-reduction in data collection, interpretation and simulation.
Tech giant, Microsoft and oil major, Shell are coming together to run a pilot project on the integration of AI tools into gas stations, with initial implementation in Singapore and Thailand. Microsoft is deploying its proprietary Azure IoT Edge to find people smoking cigarettes at the station, considering the serious safety risks posed by smoking. The firms are also working on efficient drilling using AI and better communication between employees.
The 4th Industrial Revolution, on the back of Artificial Intelligence, 5G, the Internet of Things (IoT) and Augmented Reality, has started to appear on the horizon. A whole new world is under construction and the foundation to this world is Data, being collected from every aspect of our lives. While concerns over data protection has been voiced many times, the new Blockchain Technology has now emerged as a viable compromise.
Chiyoda Corporation, the Japanese engineering major, has concluded a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Abu Dhabi Gas Liquefaction Company Limited (ADNOC LNG) to provide state-of-the-art digital technologies, including artificial intelligence and big data analytics, on ADNOC LNG’s facilities. Chiyoda is striving to achieve the objective of ‘technology and business innovation (developing a new business model for a digital society)’.
Total and Google Cloud have collaborated to jointly develop artificial intelligence (AI) solutions for oil and gas exploration and production aimed at subsurface data analysis. These programs will allow Total’s geologists, geophysicists, reservoir and geo-information engineers to explore and assess oil and gas fields faster and more effectively.