Training Services

The biggest challenge oil and gas companies face in addressing digital changes in the industry is equipping their people with a common base of understanding of digital. Without a common base of definitions, terminology, and frameworks, organizations run the risk that their digital agenda will be defined by specific vendors which can have unintended consequences. Suppliers of technology, IT professionals, universities and consultants all use variants of their own proprietary approaches to digital that, well intentioned, can create poor transparency, bias and prejudice. Without a common base, teams drift into silos, management blocks innovation and Boards cannot execute their oversight role.

Leveraging my book, ‘Bits, Bytes, and Barrels: The Digital Transformation of Oil and Gas’, I provide a one-day digital awareness training program specific to the oil and gas industry. Suitable for Boards, management, and digital delivery teams, this course addresses a broad range of the oil and gas industry and the nature of digital innovations that are most important. The course includes key management topics like the nature of digital impacts and timing, risks that must be managed, the business case for change, the role of new methods like agile in driving success, organizing a digital team, the impacts on people, and how to set roadmaps.

The course is laid out around a (almost) fictitious technology company that sells a traditional but valuable solution to the oil and gas industry. The company and its products are not very digital, and the company is under competitive threat to its market. Attendees are presented the basic concepts of digital technology, and learn to apply it to the case company.

Your actual company can be substituted for the fictitious company to make the course highly personalized to your situation.

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Curriculum – Digital Training for Oil and Gas

  • Digital definitions, terminology and illustrations
  • The leading digital technologies and their emerging oil and gas use cases
  • Briefings on digital technology advances including cloud computing, internet of things, artificial intelligence, autonomy, blockchain, gamification, augmented reality, agile methods 
  • A framework for structuring digital innovations in context
  • Case examples of specific combinatorial digital innovations and impacts
  • Key orthodoxies of the industry that digital transforms
  • Reviews of the impacts of digital innovation on segments of the industry, including upstream, midstream, refining and processing, retailing, trading, corporate functions and services
  • Organising a team to tackle digital transformation
  • Risks to be managed, including security, privacy and technology risk
  • Talent management and skills required
  • Strategic planning methods for approaching digital innovations
  • Addressing the challenges of change management
  • The business case for digital innovation

Target Audience

  • Oil and gas companies
  • Upstream, midstream, downstream
  • Field services companies
  • Managers, supervisors, digital teams
  • Consultants to the industry
  • Suppliers to the industry (telecoms, software companies, digital solutions providers)
  • Regulators, policy makers

Detailed Curriculum

Digital Definitions
  1. International Energy Agency, Cisco, IBM
  2. The growth of data
  3. Power of analytics
  4. Expanding telecommunications
  5. Moore’s law
  6. Metcalfe’s law
  7. Market capitalization of digital companies
  8. Framework for digital innovation
Data
  1. Importance of data to digital
  2. Data types
  3. Oil and gas issues with data
Internet of Things
  1. Use cases
  2. Architectures
  3. SCADA and IoT
  4. Developments
Artificial Intelligence
  1. Definitions – AI, ML, deep learning
  2. Role of AI in the future
  3. Use cases in oil and gas – maintenance, field operations, optimization
Automation
  1. Robots in the field and office
  2. 3D printing and impacts on oil and gas
  3. Use cases – submersible, inspections, surveillance, data collection
Cloud Computing
  1. Types of clouds – private, hybrid
  2. Role of cloud computing
  3. Impacts of cloud computing on oil and gas business models
Blockchain
  1. Definitions, examples
  2. ATOMIC – asset, trust, ownership, money, identity, contract
  3. Role of blockchain in oil and gas
  4. Use cases – VAKT, tracking, carbon
Business Issues and Digital Solutions in the Oil and Gas Value Chain
  1. The Oil and Gas Industry Process Model
  2. Upstream – conventional, unconventional, on-shore, off-shore
  3. Midstream – processing, pipelines, transportation
  4. Downstream – refining, wholesaling, retail
  5. Capital projects – planning, execution
  6. Turnarounds and shutdowns
  7. Functions (HR, supply chain, finance)
  8. Services – field services and support
Management Issues in Digital
  1. IT, OT and digital team design
  2. Risks to be managed – cyber, security, data, policy, technology
  3. The Risk Matrix for Digital
  4. Management of change process and implementing digital change
  5. Agile versus waterfall methods
  6. Importance of user experience and design
Talent Issues in Digital
  1. Availability of talent
  2. Creating trust in digital
  3. Leadership of human change
  4. Talent attributes of the future
Digital Strategy
  1. Setting a north star heading for digital innovation
  2. Confronting industry norms and practices that digital can impact
  3. The Strategy Cascade by Roger Martin
  4. Examples of digitally driven strategy – Rio Tinto
  5. Determining the business case for digital