Data, digital, and the race to second place
Daniel Brown: "Data, digital, and the race to second place: digital aspirations for the offshore energy industry"
In 2020, OEUK (joint with the Technology Leadership Board, ONE, NZTC, and supported by Deloitte) ran the first UKCS oil and gas data and digital maturity survey. The survey – the first of its kind – gave us our first properly evidenced insights into the progress of the digital revolution in oil and gas. It set in train a range of cross-industry initiatives, including the development of the first holistic Offshore Energy Data & Digital Strategy, which launched in June 2022. Recommendations arising are both long and short term – such as developing a set of unifying data principles for the sector, and an underpinning common data toolkit; and leveraging more effectively the mountains of data the sector has generated.
The Strategy also demands that action be evidence based, and so we launched the second data and digital maturity survey in the latter half of 2022. Adding The Crown Estate and Crown Estates Scotland to the survey partners, it now looks across the full range of offshore energies – wind, tidal, wave, etc., as well as oil and gas – and with a greater focus on the full energy supply chain.
What will the new survey show in terms of progress? How does digitalisation in oil and gas compare to digital in offshore wind? Is the race to second place still a thing, or more a memory? Join us to find out!
Daniel Brown is Head of Data and Digital at Offshore Energies UK, the representative body for the UK offshore energy industries. He is chief executive of OEUK's LOGIC subsidiary which has delivered collaborative digital services to industry for more than two decades - and is the Chair of the Society for Professional Data Managers (SPDM). He has been working in data and information since 1998, and in oil and gas since 2004.
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