Operational Technology Viewpoints

Insights on emerging technologies, practices, and processes for enhancing operational excellence.

May
10
2019
Guest Blogger: Mike Williams — Technology Trends

Digital Industrial Operations Procedures Complement ISA106 Applications

Many industrial process plants are designed to run steady state for very long periods of time, thus providing a business with sustainable economic advantage.  Typically, in these instances, the on-line equipment utilization will be in the high 80 to low 90 percent range. 
May
08
2019
Jyoti Prakash — Industry Trends

Looking into the Digital Future of Offshore Oil and Gas Technology

For years, offshore oil and gas technology meant developing, designing and building custom-made rigs and platforms, but today, oil and gas companies are taking a vastly different approach, focusing relentlessly on increasing efficiency and lowering the costs of offshore exploration and production. 
May
07
2019
Guest Blogger: Jim Stuart — Technology Trends

Risk-Based Asset Performance and Its Importance to the US Oil Industry

For the first time since 1973, the United States is the world's largest producer of crude oil, according to the USA Department of Energy.  The American oil boom has reshaped global energy markets as US oil output has more than doubled over the past decade, and the industry needs to address risk-based asset performance.
May
01
2019
Paula Hollywood — Industry Trends

Defining APM and Its Evolution

Paul Casto, long-standing practitioner of reliability and maintenance (R&M) improvement methodologies and Intelligent Asset Practice Leader at GrayMatter Systems, is sharing how he is defining APM and how it continues to evolve. 
May
01
2019
Jyoti Prakash — Industry Trends

Drilling Optimization Technology Growing Through Automated Mechanics and Rig Automation

Automated mechanics & steering, which can be termed as “rig automation”, is now increasingly being extended to address downhole conditions, advancing drilling optimization across the complete process through understanding the subsurface and its interactions with the downhole drilling system penetrating through the rock, the drill-string carrying power from the rig, and the drilling fluid system.
Apr
24
2019
Tim Shea — Industry Trends

Pipeline Scheduling Solutions Can Yield Real Business Value

Pipeline operators have been increasing the adoption of pipeline scheduling solutions as technology improvements have been improving performance and functionality, with the greatest traction being experienced by larger companies that are operating more complex pipelines with a mixture of liquids, such as crude, natural gas liquids and refined products.
Apr
09
2019
Michael Guilfoyle — Industry Trends

Why Fail Fast Doesn’t Align with Digital-first Industrial Work Culture

The phrase “fail fast” is increasingly finding its way into conversations about industrial digital transformation and Industry 4.0.  The implication seems to be that fail-first is a necessary component of a digital-first industrial work culture.
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