Consider context to optimize human performance

Sandra Adkins, Human Performance Safety Advisor at BP, the human error responsible for 80% of problematic events is the tip of the ice burg. The underlying issues are in the systems that are meant to handle and transfer the information to people when they need it. "For example, a procedure may be misleading or confusing, or it might not be available".

This is another example of the challenge the industry is facing in effective utilization of unstructured data. When people make mistakes, they almost always think that they had the right information. If only they had been shown clarifying segments of documentation, they could have better researched their options before making decisions. DelfinSia offers a solution to this unstructured data challenge.

Interview with Alec Walker, DelfinSia: Unstructured Data Mining and Text Analytics for Improved Upstream Efficiencies

DelfinSia is proud to be featured in AAPG's blog. The energy industry is beginning to pay attention to inefficiencies in knowledge research practices, and Susan Nash reached out to us to ask how we frame and solve the problem. Here are some things we cover in the interview:

1) What are the differences between structured and unstructured data?

2) How do problems arise because of unstructured data?

3) What can be done to solve those problems?

4) What are the pitfalls to watch out for in the various available solutions?

Annual Convention & Exhibition 2019 in San Antonio, Texas

Thanks AAPG for giving us an audience in the upcoming ACE conference in San Antonio. We are proud to be a sponsor and to be teaching a class on unstructured data management. Here are three reasons why we recommend attending the conference:

1) Get exposure to new technologies vetted by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, and see case studies on applications within the industry.

2) Network with 6,900 representatives from across the industry in curated programs to help you meet those with the job titles in the firms of most interest to developing your business.

3) Participate in one of the most prestigious juried technical programs in the industry. Attend classes and paper presentations, and ask questions and follow up on the content.

WorkforceNEXT Energy Summit 2019 in Houston, Texas

Thanks for hosting us on your HR evolution panel, WorkforceNext! The conference attracted HR professionals from major oil and gas operators and from across the energy industry. Key takeaways on the oil and gas digital transformation revolution from an HR perspective:

1. The industry aims to transition to a more agile way of working. Solutions spanning culture change as well as internal protocol change are being explored to overcome excessive approval requirements. Efficiency goals drive a new emphasis on getting things done sub-optimally and learning from failure.

2. Increasingly dynamic workflows and role turnover require employees to learn as they go rather than rely on training classes. Bots/virtual assistants will play a major role, here.

3. The expectations of the new generation are heard loud and clear: work-life balance and "cool" benefits a la major software companies, digital tools with intuitive user experiences and access to abundant data, and a sense of shared purpose.

4. Retention of critical knowledge is a major challenge to HR as subject matter experts continue to retire and prefer to stay retired (driving up consulting rates). HR seeks external help, as they lack the specific domain expertise to corral, organize, and share data.

Top Tech Trends in Oil and Gas 2019 | Accenture

Accenture highlights key strategies within digital transformation in Oil and Gas. Companies staying up with the times are: 1) Outsourcing to technology firms with cloud data management as the harbinger; 2) Devoting budgets and people to making their firms' digital knowledge actionable in operations; 3) Generating more data than ever before across new IOT; and 4) Struggling with an increasingly complex data landscape. Solutions are needed that can deftly navigate that landscape to return knowledge in a useful format, whether it is automatically filling in a database from unstructured data or simply answering a technical question from a knowledge worker.

The article also mentions opportunities for the traditionally undervalued IT departments in oil and gas operators to create enormous value by taking more initiative. "IT can play a major role in bringing new innovations around data discipline, and in administering the data foundation holistically for all business intelligence (BI), analytics and AI applications in close collaboration with business."

SPE Data Science Convention - Outsourcing to AI venders is essential

Highlights from yesterday's (4/4) SPE Data Science Convention in Houston, Texas:

Rob Kelly, BP Head of Upstream Digital Organization -
The value of digitalization in oil and gas has been estimated at $1.6 trillion. Hence the great interest pushing digitalization. Software needs to be modernized to improve workplace enthusiasm and attract talent, as the new generation expects cutting edge technical tools.

David Bowlby, VP Data Analytics, Oxy Advanced Analytics -
Companies vastly underestimate the time and resources necessary to develop, support, and maintain software in-house. Whenever possible, it is far better to source from vendors.

Mojtaba Shahri, Sr. Scientist, Drilling Analytics, Apache Corporation -
People in oil and gas are currently spending >50% of their time looking for the information they need to make decisions.

Comments from the Panel:
- "Today is the slowest day of the rest of your life with AI." The state of AI today resembles the beginning of the PC revolution.
- Operators are increasingly willing to share data with vendors using the cloud, because they are able to extract enormous value from doing so. Lawyers hate the sharing, but the value generation is too strong for the resistance to stand. Join or be left behind.

DelfinSia Introductory Video -- Make Better Decisions Faster

Curious about how the tool works and how it can add value to you and your team? Check out Sia's official introductory video. We're like "Alexa" or "Siri" for your workplace.

SPE is connecting oil and gas decision makers with workable solutions to common digital technology problems and inefficiencies.

DelfinSia is proud to help host the Technical Pavilion in the Society of Petroleum Engineers upcoming Digital Transformation Annual Congress (DTAC) in Houston held the day after the OTC.

There is an increasing number of digital technology conferences in the oil and gas industry. This is not your ordinary conference; this is a high-density, hands-on interactive experience. Take away comprehensive end-to-end understanding of workable solutions to bring back to your organization. Learn how to avoid common pitfalls in digital solution implementation from experienced first movers. Network with likeminded adopters and implementers of digital solutions who can discuss bottom-line value.

Keynote speakers include Åshild Hanne Larsen, CIO and SVP Corporate IT at Equinor and Christine Boles, VP Internet of Things Group, & GM of Industrial Solutions Division Intel.

"BP Hopes Young Recruits Can Make It Cool", because current strategic digital transformation requires users in the future, too.

Energy companies are adjusting to attract the new generation, who want open and honest communication, faster integrated tools, and data-driven decision making. As Daniel Yergin noted in last week's CERA Week, which had a notably digital focus, “A great wave of innovation and technology is transforming the industry and reshaping the energy future”. To stay relevant, energy firms need to make sure they are not left behind in digital technology, and they need to focus on moving forward in ways that will satisfy their own employees today and in the future. Leading firms are smart to get in touch with the expectations of digital natives in areas ranging from culture to job tools.

The enterprise AI conundrum: Build or buy? The answer is to outsource to a cutting edge player, but only through solid POC diligence.

Venture Beat expounds on the virtues of outsourcing AI solutions to firms in our space, emphasizing the importance of running proof of concept testing (POCs). There are many new solution providers, each purporting to offer a tool that can solve operators' data management problems. How do you know which to choose? Well, why not choose whichever can demonstrate to you definitively that it can add value with your data? Until any tool achieves name brand dominance, there's nothing wrong with requiring a POC before you commit fully. Don't just use the POC as an opportunity to see that software works; expect the POC to deliver measurable value. Set the POC up deliberately, so you can compare performance with and without the use of the tool you are considering. If you diligence thoroughly, you can invest in a lasting partnership with sustained value.

Streamline critical information searches with advanced data techniques. Drastically improve research efficiency for better decisions.

Our article about the value of using natural language processing to mine unstructured data was featured in Hydrocarbon Processing. "Since 1992, management and technical professionals from petroleum refining, gas processing, petrochemical/chemical and engineer/constructor companies throughout the world have turned to Hydrocarbon Processing for high quality technical and operating information. Through its monthly magazine, website and e-newsletters, Hydrocarbon Processing covers technological advances, processes and optimization developements from throughout the global Hydrocarbon Processing Industry (HPI). Hydrocarbon Processing editors and writers provide real-world case studies and practical information that readers can use to improve their companies' operations and their own professional job skills."

Oil & Gas is working to improve efficiencies and create new value through advanced data science solutions.

Delfin Sia is proud to help sponsor the second annual Society of Petroleum Engineers Data Science Convention here in the Gulf Coast Section. We're really into their theme: "Transforming the Upstream O&G Industry with Advanced Data Science Solutions".

"Is the skilled labor gap a threat to operational safety?" asks Business and Industry Connection Magazine. Managers are smart to focus on closing the gap.

58% of petrochemical organizations report increased safety risks caused by less experienced workers. Traditional strategies are ineffective. It's time for a solution that can make the new crew function with the accuracy and efficiency of their predecessors. The key is intelligent real-time referencing of all the knowledge the retiring subject matter experts saved within the company: emails sent, reports filed, databases assembled, etc. Delfin helps drastically reduce the safety risks by informing new workers with intelligent answers to their questions whenever they're needed. It's like having a subject matter expert on hand at any time to the whole team. Check out our website for more information.

Oil and Gas needs new age software solutions to maintain efficiency and attract new talent as subject matter experts continue to retire.

How can a fewer number of less experienced technical staff make up the gap left behind by retiring baby boomers? Oil and gas is struggling to maintain decision-making efficiency and effectiveness in the new workforce reality, and attracting qualified candidates to the industry is proving problematic. Both trends point towards implementation of the kind of new age tools expected by the next generation and required to keep operating costs from skyrocketing.

Last year, San Francisco Business Times reported 1,800 companies left California, with most bound for Texas.

Most of the technology firms we know that moved to Texas were lured here by the wave of digital transformation within the energy and industrial sectors. The comparatively high quality of life in major Texas cities is certainly an important factor, but so is the increasing need felt by independent operators and major corporations to explore doing business with new cutting edge software vendors.

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