LONDON – A survey of digitalization in the UK offshore oil and gas industry suggests a need to promote collaborative working for transformational changes to take effect.
Oil and Gas UK launched the UKCS Data and Digital Maturity Survey in June, with support from Deloitte, in partnership with the Technology Leadership Board, the Oil and Gas Technology Centre in Aberdeen, and Opportunity North East (ONE).
Input came from a cross-section of more than 70 organizations and almost 40 individuals.
Deirdre Michie, OGUK chief executive, said: “This timely report provides industry with an invaluable baseline for developing the strategies we need to realize the huge potential for digitalization, enabling our industry to become more connected, efficient, and sustainable in the process.
“Digitalization is as much about culture as technology and the report highlights the importance of businesses working together to share ideas, challenge themselves and combine expertise to deliver the transformational change we need to spur our sector’s recovery and support an accelerated transition to net zero.”
However, Sir Ian Wood, Chair ONE, warned: “While the industry is strong in the technical aspects of digital, it lacks the innovation mindset and culture to be decisive in digital transformation in relation to its peers.
“It is encouraging to see a strong desire for collaboration but it’s still not strong enough and we need to pick up the pace in this area if we are to fast-track progress. It’s imperative that we use the findings to collectively tailor action and catalyze a more digitally focused industry.”