In my last blog, we explored how cloud technologies offer real business value to your refinery. Our experience is that once people start using the cloud, a cascade of potential opens and the value grows exponentially.
That said, digital technology and analytics sometimes holds out a false promise of replacing some of the difficult decisions and analysis that refiners have to make with a computerized solution. Companies that try this often spend a lot of time re-inventing the wheel and struggling to replicate even basic human functions.
A better approach is to build on top of what already exists, for instance using existing simulations to validate input data for analytics, and feeding simulation outputs into data mining. A systematic approach providing insights that support the decisions that are already being made, built into existing work processes is more likely to succeed than starting from scratch and working a new way.
Furthermore, before embarking on ‘new’ digital technologies, consider how to extract the most value out of ‘traditional’ digital technologies such as simulation, advanced process control and manufacturing execution systems (potentially by leveraging new technologies too). This can often provide a level of focus and quick wins which are much more powerful than embarking on new technology implementation from scratch.
At KBC, we believe that the cloud is primarily about collaboration and is an enabler for the next generation of digital tools but ensuring that you are using your old technology in new ways is the key to making future vision a reality.
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Jon Allwood, Head of Asset and Digital Transformation
When speaking to leaders in the energy and chemical industry there are three questions that define the conversation. They are keen to know the challenges of digitalization, what's the most disruptive change and what's new. Our Head of Asset and Digital Transformation gives his view.Read full article
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Duncan Micklem, Strategy Director
The speed of business has been rapidly re-writing the job description of an engineer in the oil and gas industry in recent years. The world is becoming more and more short-term oriented. The proliferation of big data being transmitted in real-time at ever rising velocities has compressed the timelines for decision-making. The pressure to deliver immediate results in terms of safe, reliable and profitable operations has intensified.Read full article
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