Open AI Energy Initiative Launched by C3 AI, Baker Hughes, Microsoft, and Shell 

By Michael Guilfoyle

Category:
Acquisition or Partnership

C3 AI, Baker Hughes, and Microsoft announced the launch of the Open AI Energy Initiative (OAI), an open ecosystem of artificial intelligence (AI)-based solutions for the energy and process industries.  The OAI provides a framework for energy operators, service providers, equipment providers, and independent software vendors for energy services to offer interoperable solutions, including AI and physics-based models, monitoring, diagnostics, prescriptive actions, and services, powered by the BHC3 AI Suite and Microsoft Azure.

The first set of OAI solutions provided by Shell and Baker Hughes are focused on reliability and designed to improve uptime and performance of energy assets and processes.  These reliability solutions will serve as extensions to the current BHC3 Reliability application, an AI-based application that provides reliability, process, and maintenance engineers with AI-enabled insights to predict process and equipment performance risks for the energy industry.  The application leverages the BHC3 AI Suite’s ability to integrate enterprise-scale data from disparate data sources and train AI reliability models that cover full plant operations while taking full advantage of Azure, Microsoft’s scalable, enterprise-class cloud infrastructure.

The OAI augments BHC3 Applications with partner-led, domain-specific solutions that accelerate deployment of AI-based reliability solutions to unlock significant economic value across the energy industry while helping to make energy production cleaner, safer, and more efficient.  The initial OAI reliability solutions offered by Shell and Baker Hughes enable interoperability between BHC3 Reliability, OAI modules, and existing industry solutions for such applications.  Solutions available today include proven and tested equipment- and process-specific modules with pre-trained AI models, codified subject matter expertise, low-latency data connectors, thermodynamic and operating parameter libraries, global health monitoring services, deep diagnostics, failure prevention recommendations, and prescriptive actions.

Shell is making modules available through the OAI, including:

  • Shell Predictive Maintenance for Control Valves
  • Shell Predictive Maintenance for Rotating Equipment
  • Shell Predictive Maintenance for Subsea Electrical Submersible Pumps

Baker Hughes will offer OAI interoperability with a range of existing technologies in the energy industry, including:

  • iCenter – Turbomachinery Advanced Digital Services
  • Bently Nevada System 1 Condition Monitoring Software
  • Baker Hughes Valve Lifecycle Management

The Open AI Energy Initiative will augment Baker Hughes and C3 AI Applications, including:

  • BHC3 Reliability
  • BHC3 Production Optimization
  • BHC3 Inventory Optimization
  • C3 AI CRM

 

 

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