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Digital twin technology and analytics - paving the way to flow assurance

January 21, 2019

Alessandro Speranza, Product Champion

Whilst previously upstream producers have focused on managing their assets for maximum production volume, in the current business environment the main thrust should be on growth. One key growth pathway is flow assurance in pipelines and networks. Here, Alessandro Speranza, Product Champion at KBC, explores how effective KPI setting, analytics and digital twin technology will drive flow assurance.

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The value of Digitalization

January 14, 2019

Duncan Micklem, EVP Strategy and Marketing

For many beginning their Digitalization journey, there is a strong pressure to deliver something big using one of the latest buzzwords – IIoT, Industry 4.0, Cloud, Edge, Big Data, Analytics. Proponents of this input-oriented approach risk applying technology for the sake of technology, without realizing its true value. Here we explore the outcomes and how Digitalization can deliver and sustain true value.

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Digitalization - Upstream's 'electric car' moment

December 7, 2018

Duncan Micklem, Strategy Director

A plant’s success is balanced on the collaboration between its engineers yet differing attitudes towards correlation-based analytics has driven reservoir engineers and process and production engineer’s worlds apart. Here, KBC's Duncan Micklem discusses how Digitalization could be the key to bridging this gap and unlocking trapped value within the upstream oil and gas industry. <br/>

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IMO 2020 - T minus 180

December 3, 2018

Mel Larson, Principal Consultant

The IMO regulation has given the industry a valid reason to improve itself. As the 2020 deadline approaches, changes to operating strategies are needed to make the most out of what will be a significant impact.

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Turning Vision 2050 into a reality

November 27, 2018

Stephen George, Chief Economist

Europe’s refiners, through their industry organization Fuels Europe, have set out their long-term ambitions in a new program called Vision 2050. The outlook sees them staking a claim to remain at the center of transport fuels supply, the petrochemicals industry, renewable fuels and energy - even as Europe’s Energy Union strategy mobilizes a low-carbon, sustainable energy transition. Here, KBC's Stephen George explains how refiners can turn Vision 2050 into a reality.

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Why the time to Digitalize is now

November 6, 2018

Duncan Micklem, Strategy Director

Rising operational costs, a retiring knowledge pool and aging, inflexible infrastructure are just three of a number of threats the process industries currently face. These challenges, however, can be resolved if plants adopt an efficient Digitalization strategy. Here, Duncan Micklem, Director of Business Strategy at KBC, argues why urgent action needs to be taken and the time to Digitalize is now.

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IMO 2020: The start of a new era

November 1, 2018

Mel Larson, Principal Consultant

IMO 2020 is a big change to the refining industry, but clearly it is just the start. With market uncertainty and continual regulatory impact, looking at the longer term and doing fundamental business strategies well is the only play. Read more in this blog by KBC Principal Consultant Mel Larson.

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Improving energy and sustainability with cloud-based services

October 12, 2018

Tim Shire, New Solution Strategy and Launch

We’ve seen a huge rise in the number of refiners adopting cloud-based monitoring services in recent years. Tim Shire, New Solution Strategy and Launch at KBC, discusses ways to fully utilize these services to improve energy and sustainability.

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The KBC Xchange and Simulation Software User Conferences

October 2, 2018

Christopher Williams, Event Manager

It’s no secret that the refining industry relies heavily on KBC’s software. So, it was particularly pleasing to hear the captains of the North American refining industry sharing why they find our products and services incredibly valuable at our recent user conferences.

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