(HOUSTON) ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki explored the transformational potential of digital technologies in the offshore industries at the Offshore Technology Conference 2019 in his presentation ‘Demystifying Digital’.
“The digital oilfield is a complex ecosystem of technologies, structures, people and processes operating in harmony. The development and operation of offshore oilfields is being greatly enhanced by digital technologies through improved data collection, analysis and real-time decision making. Performance and predictive analytics made on data-in-motion can dramatically improve safety, reduce cost, and enhance operational visibility and decision support,” said Wiernicki. “Technologies have helped us evolve – working smarter, becoming more efficient and delivering stronger results – and will be pivotal on our ongoing journey to a cleaner and safer future.”
He emphasized that safety thinking must evolve and adapt to the changes introduced by digital technologies.
“Today, we live in a world where safety focuses on the systems we see and can touch. Tomorrow, safety will focus on the systems that we don’t see, such as software and data,” said Wiernicki. “Cyber and software will become the third leg of the safety stool, joining structure and machinery, adding a new dimension to an asset’s safety system and recognizing that software is the safety system no one sees.”
Wiernicki was joined on the panel by Clay Williams, Chairman, President and CEO, NOV; Jannicke Nilsson, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Equinor; Greg Conlon, Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer, KBR, Inc. and Amr Elnashai, Vice Chancellor, Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer, University of Houston.
ABS, a leading global provider of classification and technical advisory services to the marine and offshore industries, is committed to setting standards for safety and excellence in design and construction. Focused on safe and practical application of advanced technologies and digital solutions, ABS works with industry and clients to develop accurate and cost-effective compliance, optimized performance and operational efficiency for marine and offshore assets.