OTC: Panelists deliberate future of digital oil field

Industry members of an energy roundtable debated the direction of the future path of the "digital oil field" and what role information technology (IT) would play in oil and natural gas exploration and production companies' journeys down that path.The May 3 panel discussion, which was moderated by Bill Severns, head of research for digital E&P strategies with Cambridge Energy Research Associates, took place on the first of the 4-day Offshore Technology Conference in Houston.Over the past decade, the oil and gas industry—in developing the various, separate electronic infrastructure for use in its upstream and downstream operations—was "unknowingly weaving a digital fabric" t...

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