Geologix

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Geologix's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Geologix is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

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Dr Julian Pickering
Digital twin of gas
processing plant
Geologix develop software applications and provide advisory
and technical services to the oil and gas sector. Director
Julian Pickering says the company helps to optimise drilling
and production through specialist technology platforms that drive
better decision-making and higher levels of efficiency. As a director
of an organisation with a focus on digital transformation, Julian
discusses the importance of embracing technological innovation
and looks at how Geologix is positioning itself for the future.
We have been growing our business over the last few years to meet the changing
demands of global energy support. We have been a leading supplier of geological
software tools and services to support oil and gas drilling for more than 25 years
but we now have new products that optimise oil and gas production, predict
the declining performance of major equipment long before failure and enhance
collaboration through advanced visualisation methods.
These are all valuable to UK producers directly but also create UK business through
their sale to overseas operations. We are very aware that the UK and other leading
energy consumer markets are looking to reduce their dependency on fossil fuels
and for this reason, we have been promoting the application of our tools and work
processes to support the development of green energy. An example of this is the
transition of our oil and gas well monitoring services to lithium mining, an essential
technology for electric vehicles and all applications where remote electricity storage
is required.
FACTS ABOUT
GEOLOGIX
»Managing Director:
SamitSengupta
»Director: Dr Julian Pickering
»Established in 1994
»Based in Norwich
»Services: Technological and
software support to the oil
and gas sector
»No. of employees: 12 in the
UK; 33 worldwide
Geologix
BEST PRACTICE SPONSOR 2020
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Dr Julian Pickering
Digital twin of gas
processing plant
Geologix develop software applications and provide advisory
and technical services to the oil and gas sector. Director
Julian Pickering says the company helps to optimise drilling
and production through specialist technology platforms that drive
better decision-making and higher levels of efficiency. As a director
of an organisation with a focus on digital transformation, Julian
discusses the importance of embracing technological innovation
and looks at how Geologix is positioning itself for the future.
We have been growing our business over the last few years to meet the changing
demands of global energy support. We have been a leading supplier of geological
software tools and services to support oil and gas drilling for more than 25 years
but we now have new products that optimise oil and gas production, predict
the declining performance of major equipment long before failure and enhance
collaboration through advanced visualisation methods.
These are all valuable to UK producers directly but also create UK business through
their sale to overseas operations. We are very aware that the UK and other leading
energy consumer markets are looking to reduce their dependency on fossil fuels
and for this reason, we have been promoting the application of our tools and work
processes to support the development of green energy. An example of this is the
transition of our oil and gas well monitoring services to lithium mining, an essential
technology for electric vehicles and all applications where remote electricity storage
is required.
FACTS ABOUT
GEOLOGIX
»Managing Director:
SamitSengupta
»Director: Dr Julian Pickering
»Established in 1994
»Based in Norwich
»Services: Technological and
software support to the oil
and gas sector
»No. of employees: 12 in the
UK; 33 worldwide
Geologix
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Surviving sector adversity
The oil and gas business has been
through a tough economic time over
the last five years, with low energy
prices and a sharp decline in major
projects. We are proud to say that
we have retained all of our UK staff,
apart from a small number of voluntary
leavers throughout this period. This is
a claim that very few service providers
can make.
We employ a large number of young
professionals in our organisation and
we see the career development and
job stability of upcoming engineers as
essential to our business as well as to
the future success of the UK economy.
Embracing technological
innovation
Our most recent products apply
virtual reality and augmented reality
to “digital twins” of process facilities.
These are potential multi-industry
solutions but our focus so far has
been on our traditional drilling and
production operating areas within oil
and gas. These digital twins may be
viewed on conventional video screens
in 2D or navigated in 3D using VR
technology. We have animated the
digital twin with live plant information,
which gives the user a true sense of
“being there”. This brings enormous
value to operators and their training
programmes by providing realistic plant
simulation. It also reduces the number
of personnel working in a hazardous
environment and improves efficiency
by enabling experts to diagnose
performance issues without having to
attend the plant.
For some years, our staff have been
involved in the design and installation
of collaborative work environments,
or CWEs, for oil and gas drilling
and production. These are work
rooms where experts from operator
and service companies can share
knowledge and make informed
operational decisions, as well as
addressing problems as they occur.
Some operators have invested very
large amounts of money in these
environments but physical CWEs come
with a number of problems in addition
to cost: they cannot be reconfigured
easily as operational requirements
change, personnel must be in the
CWE to contribute and the rooms
occupy a finite amount of building
space whether in use or not. Through
our experience with VR, we are now
able to offer a virtual CWE, a vCWE,
which solves these problems and
is much lower cost to set up in the
firstplace.
The vCWE mimics a physical CWE
by having a number of large display
panels on the walls showing live
operational information. In the physical
room, experts collaborate around
the display panels and generally
there is a video conference link to
the control room on the plant or
offshore platform. As the control
room operators are remote from the
CWE, it is difficult for them to share
in the same collaborative experience.
With the vCWE, however, personnel
can collaborate remotely. They can
join the room from anywhere with
a good internet connection and
Subsurface information
in a vCWE during drilling
operations
We see the
career
development
and job stability
of upcoming
engineers as
essential to our
business as well
as to the future
success of the
UK economy
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are represented to other remote
attendees in the vCWE by avatars.
They can communicate vocally either
by conference phone or VOIP. It is
very easy and quick to set up multiple
vCWEs as required, which makes
them ideal for adapting to changing
operational requirements.
Our other main area of business is
providing advisory services to clients
in digitalisation. This is not concerned
with applying digital technology
in isolation but is about creating a
blend of appropriate monitoring and
automation technology, matched
with best-in-class work processes
to deliver maximum efficiency and
value. Once again, our focus so
far has been mainly on oil and gas
but in the future, it is our intention
to offer similar services in other
industrysectors.
In addition to our own staff, we have
access to other senior personnel who
are former members of major oil and
gas operators and service companies
and we have developed a business
model that allows them to work for
us on a part-time basis, as required.
This is often attractive to people who
may have retired from the industry
but are keen to stay involved and
connected, and we are able to benefit
from their significant experience and
knowledge. When working for us,
they adopt our business methods and
work processes and we encourage
advisors to integrate fully into the
client organisations so that they are
seen as members of the client teams.
Many overseas clients, in particular, are
very keen to have industry figureheads
available to them.
Repositioning our delivery
As with many businesses supporting
the energy sector, we are on a
journey to reposition our delivery.
We are transitioning from software
development alone to providing
integrated products and specialist
services. We now enable our customers
to monitor their drilling, completions
and production operations remotely in
real time on any device, using secure
cloud technology.
We also offer experts who monitor
client operations remotely in our
offices, thus optimising performance
and safety. This satisfies the growing
demand for turnkey solutions.
Additionally, we are investing in
products and services for real-time
integrated asset management that
are designed to digitally transform the
way customers manage their assets.
Our further goal is to transpose our
products and services into green
energy sectors.
We now
enable our
customers to
monitor their
drilling,
completions
and production
operations
remotely in real
time on any
device, using
secure cloud
technology
Collaborating with other
discipline experts in a
vCWE

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This article was sponsored by Geologix. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss.

Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss

Even by the standards of the day –this has been one of the most exciting and unpredictable years in British politics.

The leadership election we’ve just seen marks a huge moment in our country’s history. This government is taking a decisive new direction, embracing the opportunities of Brexit and preparing our country to flourish outside the EU.

As international trade secretary, I’ll be driving forward work on the free trade agreements that are going to be a priority for the government. Free trade isn’t just an abstract concept bandied around by technocrats. It is crucial for a strong economy and for the ability of families to make ends meet. Free trade benefits people in every part of our country, as British firms export to new markets and people doing the weekly shop have access to a wider choice of goods at lower prices.

The essence of free trade is in the title: freedom. It’s about giving people the power to exchange their goods without heavy government taxation or interference. Commerce and free exchange are the engine room of prosperity and social mobility. I’m determined to tackle the forces who want to hold that back.

One of my priorities is agreeing an exciting new free trade deal with the US, building on the great relationship between our two countries and the Prime Minister and US President. But I’ll also be talking to other partners including New Zealand, Australia and fast-growing Asian markets.

And with the EU too, we want a friendly and constructive relationship, as constitutional equals, and as friends and partners in facing the challenges that lie ahead – a relationship based on a deep free trade agreement. Our country produces some of the world’s most successful exports, and the opportunity to bring these to the rest of the world should make us all excited about the future. It is this excitement, optimism and ambition which I believe will come to define this government.

For too long now, we have been told Britain isn’t big or important enough to survive outside the EU – that we have to accept a deal that reflects our reduced circumstances. I say that’s rubbish. With the right policies in place, we can be the most competitive, free-thinking, prosperous nation on Earth exporting to the world and leading in new developments like AI. To do that, we’ll give the brilliant next generation of entrepreneurs the tools they need to succeed. Since 2015, there has been a staggering 85 per cent rise in the number of businesses set up by 18 to 24 year olds – twice the level set up by the same age group in France and Germany. We’ll help them flourish by championing enterprise, cutting taxes and making regulation flexible and responsive to their needs.

As we do that, we’ll level up and unite all parts of the UK with great transport links, fibre broadband in every home and proper school funding, so everyone shares in our country’s success.

2019 has been the year of brewing economic and political revolution. 2020 will be the year when a revitalised Conservative government turbo charges the economy, boosts prospects for people across the country, and catapults Britain back to the forefront of the world stage.



Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss
Secretary of State for International Development