The information obtained from Subsurface Characterization underpins many decisions made at every stage of the E&P lifecycle. Considering it as a service to other domains and disciplines, or defining it as a symbiotic relationship, is not particularly radical.
It is however this subtle but crucial change in perspective that is needed if we want to unleash the potential of all the technologies available to us today and reshape the way we work as an industry.
How we acquire, process, store, access, share and update subsurface data and knowledge is key to all other advances we will make as an industry. From enabling a faster assessment of an opportunity’s potential and planning a smarter placement of wells, all the way through to executing more intelligent and efficient operations.
This shift in perspective is changing how we do things at Schlumberger. We are providing new tools to our product lines and developing new practices together to prove how this new way of working is possible across domain boundaries.
The Rig of the Future is our ambitious vision of what lies beyond that efficiency ceiling. Its first manifestation is a program that focuses on the hardware side of rig technology. But that is just the beginning. What we want to do is connect physical and digital worlds, both on the rig and below the surface.
This is a limited series of executive insight pieces in which industry thought leaders will share experiences and views on the future of E&P.