Survey to assess UK offshore industry digital capabilities

June 4, 2020
A UK consortium has launched a survey to assess the take-up of digitalization in the offshore sector.

Offshore staff

ABERDEEN – A UK consortium has launched a survey to assess the take-up of digitalization in the offshore sector.

Participants in the consortium are Oil and Gas UK (OGUK), the Technology Leadership Board (TLB), the Oil and Gas Technology Centre (OGTC), and Opportunity North East (ONE).

The UKCS Data and Digital Maturity Survey, with support from Deloitte, will question companies, organizations and individuals in the UK on their digital strategies, use of technology, data practices, capability and training, and the innovation processes they are using to develop a digital idea.

Deadline for responses is June 16. The collected data will be shared in confidence across all four participating organizations, with OGUK planning to use the findings as the basis of an industry workshop planned for September.

Deirdre Michie, OGUK chief executive, said: “Smart use of data, advanced analytics and digitalisation brings greater visibility and clarity to support strategic decision-making, helping to improve North Sea competitiveness.

“The data and insights generated by the survey will give the four participating organisations invaluable insight of the sector’s digital skills and the cultural behaviours required to deliver the digital transformation we need to help realise our net-zero and lower carbon economy ambitions.”

Sir Ian Wood, chair ONE, added: “ONE’s focus is on activity that will maintain momentum, support the region to prepare for the recovery and maximize oil and gas recovery alongside the region’s opportunity for the fast development of energy transition.

“The output of the survey will help shape and develop a distinctive EnergyTech proposition, designed to bring new ways of thinking and working across the energy sector and in turn catalyze demand across our region’s digital companies.”

Colette Cohen, CEO of the OGTC, said: “This collaboration will provide a valuable insight into the current status of North Sea digitization and help focus future investment and deployment of appropriate technologies to fully unlock the potential of the region.”