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Ocean Infinity acquires MMT to expand AUV and uncrewed vessel capabilities

The combined organization will maximize the potential of Ocean Infinity’s fleet of autonomous underwater vehicles, and the soon to be launched Armada fleet of uncrewed, low-emission, robotic ships.

Baker Hughes to strengthen its asset performance management portfolio with agreement to acquire ARMS Reliability

The acquisition deepens Baker Hughes’ industrial asset performance management capabilities and will expand the company’s industrial asset management offerings.

Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum and Schlumberger launch Egypt Upstream Gateway

“Egypt is in the process of launching the Egypt Upstream Gateway, a digital subsurface platform that will act as an up-to-date repository of the country’s subsurface data,” said H.E. Eng. Tarek El-Molla, minister of petroleum and mineral resources, Egypt.

Shell, C3 AI, Baker Hughes, and Microsoft launch the Open AI Energy Initiative, an ecosystem of AI solutions to help transform the energy industry

The initiative provides a framework for energy operators, service providers, equipment providers, and independent software vendors for energy services to offer interoperable solutions, including AI and physics-based models, monitoring, diagnostics, prescriptive actions, and services, powered by the BHC3™ AI Suite and Microsoft Azure.

Realizing intelligent, autonomous operations in well production

Jonathan Chong, Sensia

Improve efficiencies, reduce asset downtime and protect critical knowledge with AI-based production technologies.

What the consolidation in fracing means to its future

Brett Chell, Cold Bore Technology

How the recent consolidation of operators in the fracing sector will lead to a digital revolution.

Inmarsat passes 10,000-vessel Fleet Xpress installation milestone as data demand accelerates maritime digitalization

With ship data consumption doubling during 2020, Inmarsat launches new ‘Fleet Data Academy’ with partners and shipowners to understand full benefits of digitalization provided by a fast-growing ecosystem of applications.

Atlantic Offshore protects against cyber threats with fleet secure endpoint

North Sea operator Atlantic Offshore has put its levels of cyber resilience substantially ahead of approaching International Maritime Organization requirements for ship owners, after adopting Fleet Secure Endpoint from Inmarsat to protect against ongoing cyber threats.

Ensuring robust cyber defense for endpoint energy assets

Jarred Capellman, SparkCognition; Matt Stewart, Siemens Energy

Two industry-leading service providers have partnered to deliver a robust, AI-driven cybersecurity tool for operations-critical equipment and systems.

Siemens Energy, Buoyant Production collaborate on smart offshore facilities design

Siemens Energy AS and BPT have been successfully working together for the past two years, as part of the Oil and Gas Technology Centre’s ‘Facility of the Future’ study, developing and maturing Floating Normally Unattended Installation technology.

Marlink to acquire Panasonic’s ITC Global satellite communications unit

Upon completion of the acquisition, ITC Global will become a cornerstone of the Marlink Group, supporting the expansion of Marlink's global leadership in the energy and enterprise markets.

DNV GL changes name to DNV as it gears up for decade of transformation

The move comes after a comprehensive review of the company’s strategy as it positions itself for a world in which many of DNV’s markets are undergoing fundamental change.

Stena Drilling awards IDS fleet-wide rig reporting and performance analytics contract

Following successful six-month operational trials on Stena Spey and Stena Carron rigs, IDS will deploy its data driven TourNet Pro drilling contractor reporting service and drilling performance monitoring service, Anova DPM, across Stena Drilling’s fleet in Q1 2021.

CGG completes high-resolution Barents Sea seeps study for Norwegian Petroleum Directorate

To meet the requirements of the study, CGG Satellite Mapping custom-tasked next-generation SAR satellites to acquire a large collection of high-spatial-resolution SAR imagery at a high revisit frequency.

Beyond automation: Driving advances in autonomous drilling

Francis Besnard, Alexandre Jourde, Schlumberger

Well construction can benefit from available intelligent technologies, taking AI capabilities close to the action, where it encodes knowledge and captures learnings to improve drilling efficiency.

Industry’s first truly integrated MPD control system advances offshore drilling efficiency

Leonardo Correa, National Oilwell Varco; Robert Van Kuilenburg, Noble Corporation

A partnership between a drilling contractor and an OFS provider is taking MPD systems, which are fully owned and operated by the drilling contractor, to the next level with unique, integrated capabilities.

Executive viewpoint

Duncan Micklem, Yokogawa

Digital energy management: One certainty in a world of uncertainty

Wärtsilä helps Wintershall Noordzee mitigate offshore hazards with next-gen marine traffic monitoring system

Wärtsilä Voyage has successfully completed its first commercial installation of the state-of-the-art Wärtsilä Navi-Harbour WebVTS 5.0 software application. The system was ordered by Netherlands-based Wintershall Noordzee B.V. to provide greater safety for their offshore installations in the North Sea.

Google risks upsetting its employees with new Aramco deal

Google will start selling its cloud-computing services in Saudi Arabia through a deal with oil producer Aramco, risking a backlash from staff who oppose doing business with the fossil fuel industry or regimes accused of human rights abuses.

How standardization is driving design innovation

Ryan Bludau, Brett Robinson, Gilmore, a Proserv Company

In a world of lower oil prices, product developers are recognizing that quality and reliability must be backed up by efficient supply chains and serviceability.