AGR Petroleum Services Pushes Boundaries With Launch of Hi-tech Group
AGR Petroleum Services (AGR) has launched a new collaboration to
develop cutting-edge computer technology to dramatically reduce
costs during oil and gas projects.
The company has joined forces with North East IT firm Codify to
consider ways of using multi-touch computers to revolutionise the
energy industry. The working group, called Envision, has been set
up in response to a major lack of software applications for the
computers which only became available on the UK market in
Multi-touch computers, such as Microsoft Surface which the
company has recently acquired, are groundbreaking computers which
respond to natural hand movements and real-world objects. Without a
need for a keyboard or mouse, they encourage people to interact
with digital content in a simple and intuitive way.
Ian Burdis, vice president of well management at AGR, said:
"This is incredibly new and exciting technology and we really want
to push the boundaries with it. It's much more than a gadget coffee
table - it has the potential to transform our activity.
"We believe that multi-touch computers will have the same impact
the Internet had 15 years ago and totally change the way we work.
That's why we've established the Envision Working Group with Codify
to find ways to incorporate multi-touch computers into our everyday
A key focus of the group, which also plans to work closely with
students from Robert Gordon University's IDEAS Research Institute,
will be to develop a new tool which will allow engineering teams to
step away from a computer screen and instead take a hi-tech
hands-on approach to interacting with information and data. It is
anticipated the technology will provide a real alternative to
expensive visualisation rooms which engineers currently use during
planning stages of projects.
The Envision Working Group is coordinated by AGR's Vice
President of Information Technology, Chris Ferrier and Codify's
Managing Director, Mark Griffiths, with support from AGR's
subsurface and well management engineers and IT experts as well as
input from Codify's programmers.
They will be creating bespoke software applications for Surface
which will provide a cost effective solution to visualisation rooms
while ensuring engineers have all of the necessary information at
their fingertips. The technology is expected to become a key tool
for AGR's own engineers with a view to rolling it out to the market
place at a later date.
Mark Cook, AGR's Director of Reservoir Management in the UK,
said: "Multi-touch computers have huge implications for our
subsurface reservoir study work. Having the ability to use advanced
visualisation technology at our own office will greatly improve the
way our teams work, integrate data and share knowledge." The
development process is already underway with the first software
application expected to undergo trials by spring next year.
Ian Burdis added: "We pride ourselves on being at the forefront
of new techniques and embracing new technology. We have pioneered
the concept of Rig Campaigns and launched groundbreaking risk
management software. We want to now build on that and Surface
provides an excellent way for us to remain at the forefront of our
"Developing tailor-made applications for multi-touch computers
offers huge potential for us to significantly raise the bar in all
areas of our activity. We are very excited about the prospect of
working with Codify again and look forward to seeing the outcomes
of our collaboration."
Mark Griffiths, Managing Director of Codify, said: "It's
fantastic that AGR has recognised the value that this new
technology can bring to the energy sector and we look forward to
developing software options with them. We have worked closely with
the company for almost five years and have helped develop a number
of applications for them in that time. This latest project will
enable us to draw on our extensive understanding of their activity
to produce applications which could significantly improve
collaborative projects within the oil and gas industry."
AGR specialises in providing engineering and geosciences
excellence. It provides support to oil and gas companies throughout
the lifecycle of petroleum assets and is particularly active in
prospect generation, exploration drilling, field development, field
operation and field abandonment.