Collaboration as a Cornerstone of Intelligent Energy: How Collaboration is Fundamental to Accelerate and Support IE Success
- Helen Gilman (Wipro Technologies) | Michael Kuhn (Wipro)
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- Society of Petroleum Engineers
- SPE Intelligent Energy International, 27-29 March, Utrecht, The Netherlands
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- Conference Paper
- 2012. Society of Petroleum Engineers
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This paper explains why collaboration is a cornerstone of so many successful Intelligent Energy (IE) programs, and how organisations can use what has been learnt about collaboration to support their IE activities, whether they have a mature program or are just starting on their journey.
The paper will look at evidence for the importance of collaboration and why it is so frequently seen as a key element of transformational IE programs. The results from 24 IE assessments across different companies and assets point to collaboration as the most commonly-recommended opportunity area for inclusion within IE initiatives. We will review the current state of collaboration to identify value that has been delivered, and common principles and lessons that can be extracted from multiple implementations.
We will then consider future directions for collaboration. A Collaboration Maturity Model and Roadmap will be introduced to explain the current state and potential future developments of collaboration across the industry. Although there has been much success delivered from collaboration to date, we believe that there is significantly more that could be achieved through further technical, visualisation, process and organisational innovation. The model will be used to help illustrate and explain potential future developments, and consider how organisations at all stages of maturity can increase the effectiveness of their collaboration activities.
Collaboration has been one of the key successes of Intelligent Energy; however, as an industry we are still in the early stages on the journey of where collaboration and IE could take us. This paper charts our progress on that journey and sets out how we can use today's knowledge to accelerate and direct further developments to transform our business in the future.
Collaboration in Intelligent Energy
Many companies have established initiatives in the Intelligent Energy arena, known by a variety of terms including Integrated Operations and Digital Oilfield. In this paper, we are using the term Intelligent Energy to refer to this field. We believe that collaboration is a cornerstone of IE, and in order to extract the maximum value from an integrated IE program, an upstream company must embrace the principles of collaboration. There is considerable evidence from our own experience and in the public domain to support this belief:
• Attend any conference focused on Intelligent Energy, and there will be discussions and presentations on the subject of collaboration. Most if not all companies that have embarked on an IE initiative will include some element of collaboration within that initiative.
• Many major oil companies have published SPE papers demonstrating the success of their collaboration environments as part of their IE programme including Shell1, Chevron2, BP3, BG4 and Saudi Aramco5
We have conducted assessments of where IE solutions could add value to many different companies, assets and major capital projects. Almost without exception, collaboration emerges as a key theme for the recommendations. In 22 out of 24 assessments conducted, collaboration was one of the top five recommendations. This strong evidence demonstrates that collaboration is a ‘must' in a comprehensive, value-adding IE program.
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