The energy industry should embrace the power of AI

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There’s no reason to fear the extra muscle and acceleration that artificial intelligence offers the geoscience industry, writes Mark Brownless, chief technology officer at Geoteric, a global specialist in AI seismic interpretation.

The power of artificial intelligence (AI) is transforming the art of what is possible across the entire energy sector, from oil and gas to offshore wind and carbon capture and storage (CCS) . Incredible advancements in AI have come with people joining forces to accelerate crucial energy projects; human experience and expertise have so far informed the journey of AI and will continue to shape its future.

However, like any changing industry, barriers to adoption have formed. In the energy field, there are concerns about the impact of AI on jobs – there are fears that experience will be eclipsed by algorithms, expertise sidelined by automation and humans replaced by machines.

Energy professionals with a long track record of accomplishments have understandable concerns that have somewhat delayed the adoption of what AI has to offer segments, including seismic interpretation.

In fact, the power of AI to deliver fast, high-quality results puts the geoscientist at the center of the asset team. All seismic data collected, for example from new surveys, angle stacks and azimuths, can be effectively analyzed to bring value to the business in a timely manner that can positively impact decision-making .

The time saved from a faster interpretation by the geoscientist can be redirected elsewhere in the project. AI accelerates rather than replaces decades of accumulated industry experience and enables better decisions that ultimately lead to better underground projects.

Power at your fingertips

The power of AI is obvious. At Geoteric, for example, we have achieved a 95% reduction in fault interpretation time. Overall project timelines are reduced from years to weeks, which is only possible with AI.

In terms of seismic surveying, AI technology opens the door to using 100% of the data collected over time, rather than just a fraction, and provides a solid foundation of information to integrate into a landscape. more holistic interpretation, which geoscientists can achieve in less time.

The result is maximized returns on actual and historical investment, as well as the increased profitability associated with reduced operating costs and the avoidance of unnecessary drilling – think better quality drill targets and more high chance of success, with reduced project cycle times and reduced platform downtime.

And the benefits extend to net zero travel, reducing the environmental impact of oil and gas, providing critical insights for CCS over time, and establishing unparalleled early visibility of potential impacts of shallow geology on infrastructure. proposed offshore wind turbines.

Work together

At its core, AI consists of powerful digital tools that add richness, detail and complexity to the process of generating better information and understanding. It is about enabling decisions that reflect all dimensions and all possible horizons, with a minimum of bias, by offering the maximum number of reliable options and with the highest level of certainty.

And it goes beyond the here and now. AI opens several new doors that benefit the overall shape of any project. This extends to information and understanding that might previously have been considered sub-seismic and invisible to even the most experienced human eyes.

The AI ​​also works over time. Historical and existing datasets can provide valuable new information while eliminating the need to recommission or re-record new data and can provide additional perspective.

Eyes on the Prize

There are many examples of AI application in the seismic landscape.

INEOS, for example, wanted to better understand a structure in the Danish North Sea hidden by a shallow cloud of gas. The company secured multiple stacking datasets of varying angles and azimuths over 100 square kilometers, but faced tight deadlines.

Geoteric quickly delivered a highly detailed, multi-volume structural framework with unprecedented, bias-free accuracy, all in just two weeks.

For bpx Energy, the challenge was an unconventional game in the Eagle Ford and Permian basins, which required detailed and precise interpretation to avoid faults in the overburden and stay in the sweet spot while geopiloting, or target naturally fractured areas to maximize production.

Rather than years, the results were delivered by geoteric AI Faults in just days, providing the foundation for updated reservoir models based on fault interpretations in challenging data.

The operator was able to optimize well trajectories, reduce the risk of shallow hazards and avoid drilling difficulties.

deep impact

AI, seen through the prism of the Geoteric vision, represents nothing less than a fundamental and comprehensive shift in the energy sector workplace. It has the ability to transform the way we approach projects in the industry and is a game changer in terms of reliability, visibility, speed and reach.

But technology also works with industry, enabling those with decades of experience and expertise to achieve more. That’s why Geoteric AI is fast and easy to use, has a low user training threshold, features an enhanced visual interface, and offers seamless integration with third-party solutions.

AI has been shown to be accurate and efficient, that it can reduce risk and reduce cost on any project, anywhere, even in the most complex geology.

Geoteric believes these results build confidence and trust in AIestablishing an impact far greater than the individual elements could achieve on their own.

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