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Digital “mall” for cloud data

The sales of seismic data via physical tapes and hard drives will soon be a past chapter for PGS. With expert help from Computas, they are now developing a digital “showroom” in the cloud. The change will be a great improvement for the customers, saving both them and PGS time and costs.

PGS offers geophysical services to support the exploration and production of offshore resources. The company acquires, processes and sells seismic data; in other words, PGS creates maps of what the seabed looks like for the oil industry.

Since the 90s, PGS has acquired data on what it looks like under the seabed. This is done by vessels pulling seismic listening cables through the water, picking up reflected sound waves generated by air cannons. With data acquisitions from several decades in different databases, the data that is stored is of varying quality. Computas helps PGS structure and contextualize all data in the Google Cloud Platform and Cognite’s Data Fusion platform, also called CDF, in a cost-effective and secure way with focus on data quality. This contextualization releases the data and opens up new usage areas.

Easier for both PGS and the customers

– The seismic and energy industry is high-tech, but still somewhat traditional in the way things are done. We want to make it easier and faster for our customers to retrieve the exact data they need. This is where Computas comes in with their expertise. They are good at cloud programming and know CDF, says Espen Grimstad, Project Manager for digitization in PGS.

Arrangements will be made to automate as much as possible, even with variation in the data sets.

We are now working on creating a universal and comprehensible format, to give our customers an overview window. With the help of Computas and their expertise in CDF, the seismic data is structured and made available, including all licenses and contracts, says Grimstad.

Interpreting large amounts of data

A lot of cloud power is needed to read and understand such large amounts of data, and this is what Computas helps us with in the cloud.

Interpreting seismic files is challenging; and previously, this problem has been left to the customer to solve. We will now assist PGS in putting it on a web interface to make it easier to follow, says Anders Elton, Senior Data and Insight Adviser at Computas and one of the experts who assist PGS.

Computas works with the latest of new data technology at PGS. Serverless services and modern CICD are new tools for data analysis.

At PGS, there is also room for trying out new services or methods that give an increase in value. PGS has a brilliant mix of greenfield and legacy, making it both challenging and fun working with this customer, says Elton.

Created tool for data understanding

The biggest challenge in the assignment has been data quality and capacity. Therefore, a designated tool was developed to aggregate and drill down into what the data actually looks like. In this way, Data Managers in PGS can answer questions from the customers’ various aspects of the data.

Through the change with which we assist PGS, they can streamline their sales and have more satisfied customers. In addition, it is easier to make relevant upsale, because you have an overview of the areas from which the customer has previously purchased data, says Elton.

A mall for the oil industry

Previously, the physical medium, i.e. disks and tapes, was involved in sales of seismic data. This meant that it took over one month to complete the sales. It is now possible to use automated processes to provide relevant data to geologists.

Traditionally, the customer bought a license and then received the data. But now, if the customer is interested in new data, PGS can, for example, offer subscription solutions where the customer over a period of time has direct access to data for the areas of interest, from their own PC.

As PGS now will have the data in the cloud, they can skip the delaying intermediary, which previously was to cut out the area of interest to the customer, and then write it on a tape and send it.

The physical handling of data disappears. This means that almost as soon as you place an order or change in the data basis, the change is effected quickly at the customer’s as well, says Grimstad and concludes:

Computas assists us in adapting for a kind of shopping center for our seismic data. They are in charge of construction and structure of the inventory, in addition to the transportation line. The Computas employees’ competence, knowledge and positive attitude have been crucial to PGS in achieving the goals of liberalization of our large MultiClient data sets. As we now continue the digital journey in the time to come, we trust a continued close relationship with Computas.