Industry downturn sparked improvement
Dramatic drops in the oil price and market volatility forced the oil and gas industry to rethink how they organized their operations. Improvement and cost-efficiency soon became a shared priority among operators, and digitalization was identified as one of the necessary improvement factors.
“Front Group were invited to participate in digitalization projects on installations where our consultants already had been part of the field development, and therefore had valuable insight about the facilities,” says Hollen.
One of the projects Front Group managed was the digitalization scope for Aker BP’s IvarAasen platform.
Handheld devices, digital twins and remote control
Front Group has experience from complex digitalization tasks such as:
- Digitalization scope
- Personnel and manning strategies
- Remotely controlled offshore installations
- Digital twins
- Digital handheld devices
- Machine learning
- Predictive maintenance
- Digital tools and digital interaction
Front Group’s advantage
Long experience from field development and operation in the past, combined with new hands-on experience from digitalization assignments. Ivar Helge Hollen is confident this is Front Group’s biggest advantage going forward. He believes there still are quantum leaps to be made for the oil and gas industry:
“It is a very old-fashioned industry. One example is that handheld digital devices have only recently been introduced offshore. But that also means there are many more opportunitiesto simplify and improve, with the use of new technology and sharing of data.Through our customers’ projects, we can contribute to developing the industry further, and that is exciting,” concludes Hollen.