Industry Event Explores the Opportunities of the Internet of things Going Offshore

This month, the Oil & Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC) and the Scottish Innovation Centre for Sensor and Imaging Systems (CENSIS) hosted a joint event ‘The Internet of Things (IoT) goes Offshore’, which explored the potential opportunities for the industry.


On 4th October, more than 170 industry delegates attended the fully-booked half-day seminar to learn more about the IoT revolution and the latest communication protocols designed to benefit offshore platforms.


The jointly-hosted event was held at H1 Hill of Rubislaw and featured a number of guest speakers and interactive demo stands showcasing services and the latest sensory technologies for the offshore sector.


Following an opening address from OGIC CEO, Ian Phillips, and Dr Graham Kerr, Technical Director of CENSIS, speakers from OGIC, CENSIS, Tampnet, Robert Gordon University, Doosan Babcock, Dashboard, Spartan Solutions and BP shared insights and analysis on the benefits of increased connectivity and the opportunities this presents for offshore platforms in the North Sea – both now and in the future.


Ian Phillips, OGIC CEO said: “The roll out of 4G technology across the North Sea offshore sector has huge implications for the industry in so many areas. From agility to adopt new technologies to the ability to assess Big Data and communicate offshore analysis and results in real time, it is vital that the North Sea remains globally competitive and incorporates relevant technology across business operations. The technology is already here and the Internet of Things is shaping our industry for the better.”


Dr Graham Kerr, Technical Director of CENSIS said: ““The potential applications of IoT in the oil and gas industry are endless – it is a huge opportunity for the North Sea to drive efficiency, cut costs, and maintain competitiveness. The Internet of Things could allow the entire oil and gas supply chain to improve and optimise a range of processes, for example, implementing predictive maintenance strategies or significantly reducing non-productive time. This technology will play an important role in shaping the future of the energy sector.”


Vendors exhibiting at the event included the SME companies Beringar, Blue-Gentoo, Corrosion Radar, Cults Telecom Services, Intelligent Plant, RAB Microfluidics, Secarma, and Upturn (iChart).



Presentations available to download

Welcome and introductions:
Rachael Wakefield, BDM, CENSIS
Market Drivers :: the needs of the oil and gas industry:
Ian Phillips, CEO, OGIC
Connectivity Offshore :: the enabling technology:
John Main, Sales Manager and Øyvind Skjervik, Chief Architect, Tampnet

How IoT will power the digital transformation of Oil & Gas:
Dr Graham Kerr, Technical Director, CENSIS

Vendor introductions of sensors available:

Beringar, Mark Sorsa-Leslie
Blue-Gentoo, Chika Uduma
Corrosion Radar, Mehrdad Silatani
Cults Telecom Services, Tim Everitt
Intelligent Plant, Steve Aitken
RAB Microfluidics, Rotimi Alabi
Secarma, Paul Ritchie
Upturn (iChart), Alison Graham

Instrument health monitoring tool :: Monitoring instrument performance with data analytics on large data volumes:
Graeme Gordon, Doosan Babcock
Industrial Condition Monitoring:
Alastair Maclachlan, Dashboard

Mobilising the silent army :: An Operations and Maintenance case study:
John Glen, Spartan Solutions


Exhibitor list handout



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