Energy companies' data bases hold the potential for tremendous advantage. Moreover, they are growing exponentially, fed by a mounting array of sources including ERP systems, sensory networks, machine instrumentation, credit card transactions, loyalty programs, and increasing multi-media and other unstructured data. Yet analyzing and extracting value from large datasets has always been a problem due to the sheer volume of data and consequent "signal to noise" problems.

To unlock some of this value, BP have launched a "predictive analytics" initiative, investigating pattern recognition techniques that find correlations and relationships in large datasets. This form of analysis is not new, but pilots in previous years have not resulted in significant implementation. However, recent advances in computing power coupled with more sophisticated applications, easy-to-use interfaces and easier access to data, have made predictive analytics a more valuable, practical tool for wide scale corporate adoption. And now, with more data available from sensor enabled applications, predictive analytics presents an opportunity to make all aspects of our field operations more efficient and effective.

A particular distinction of these techniques is that the models used are data-driven, and do not rely on a fundamental understanding of the first principles involved. This means that predictive analytics can be particularly useful where the underlying scientific principles are complex and difficult to model precisely. Data driven models can be created with reduced effort and often without the need for in-depth skills used to create models from first principles.

To take advantage of these techniques, the Digital & Communications Chief Technology Office (CTO) has been leading a program to introduce predictive analytics across all business segments and operations in BP. In so doing, we have been working closely with our segment specific technology teams, FIELD OF THE FUTURE, Refining Technology and our Exploration and Production Digital & Communications Technology teams. Having established connections with over 50 "predictive analytics" vendors, CTO is working with business units and functions and have completed a number of proof of concept (POC) trials utilizing a variety of innovative vendor solutions

This paper describes a number of these POCs and presents the value proposition for data driven predictive analytics.

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