Digital transformation of existing processes using technologies such as big data, advanced data analytics, machine learning, automation and cloud computing will enable continuous performance improvements within the operational sphere. The application of the technology will link the physical and digital world, providing a digital model of physical assets and processes. It will represent the evergreen, wholly integrated digital asset model - from reservoir to export pipeline.

The Brage operations team identified processes with the highest potential for digital transformations during an initial opportunity framing workshop. Based on pain points and business needs, the clear emphasis is in the areas of production & well performance optimization, high-spec live-data visualization, as well as the entire flow of information from database integration up to dashboarding.

Strong reliance on an improved data infrastructure and IT/OT performance will require close cooperation with the IT/OT team. New solutions will be aligned with and integrated into already identified global solutions.

The improved acquisition of data, together with the integration of already existing ‘Digital Twin’ technologies will enable the first redesign of work processes. Prioritization of processes to be transformed will be mandated by their business impact as well as possibility to scale to other Wintershall Dea assets too.

Focus areas, such as Slugging, Digital Production Engineer, Intelligent Maintenance, Dashboarding and Planning/Scheduling, were defined as more and more ideas evolved. Individual processes such as water injection and scaling surveillance were made more time efficient and transparent. The vision is to bring all processes together into a customizable and collaborative dashboarding solution.

Intended completion of the first phase is Q4 2019. The following phase will be the execution of a larger scoped technology implementation that will be defined in detail by then.

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