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Microsoft, Schlumberger and Chevron announce collaboration

September 18, 2019 • Artificial Intelligence, Cloud Computing

Joseph C. Geagea, Executive Vice President, Technology, Projects and Services, Chevron. Image sourced from Grainger College of Engineering.

Joseph C. Geagea, Executive Vice President, Technology, Projects and Services, Chevron. Image sourced from Grainger College of Engineering.

On 17 September 2019, Chevron, Microsoft and Schlumberger, at the SIS Global Forum 2019, announced the industry’s first three-party collaboration to accelerate the creation of innovative digital and petro-technical technologies.

As part of this new collaboration, the three companies will work together to build Azure-native applications in the DELFI cognitive E&P environment initially for Chevron, which will enable companies to process, visualize, interpret and eventually obtain meaningful and vital insights from numerous data sources.

DELFI is described as a secure, scalable and open cloud-based environment that is said to provide seamless E&P software technology across exploration, development, production and midstream. Schlumberger and Chevron aim to combine their expertise and resources to speed up the deployment of DELFI solutions in Azure with the support and guidance from Microsoft. These companies hope to ensure that the software developments meet the latest standards in terms of security, performance, and release management, and are compatible with the Open Subsurface Data Universe (OSDU) Data Platform. The companies believe that building on this open foundation will amplify the capabilities of Chevron’s Petrotechnical experts.

The collaboration will be completed in three phases, starting with the deployment of the Petrotechnical Suite in the DELFI environment. This will be followed by the development of cloud-native applications on Azure and the co-innovation of a suite of cognitive computing native compatibilities across the E&P value chain tailored Chevron’s objectives.

Olivier Le Peuch, Chief Executive Officer, Schlumberger. Image sourced from Schlumberger.

Olivier Le Peuch, Chief Executive Officer, Schlumberger. Image sourced from Schlumberger.

“Combining the expertise of these three global enterprises creates vastly improved and digitally-enabled Petrotechnical workflows. Never before has our industry seen a collaboration of this kind, and of this scale. Working together will accelerate faster innovation with better results, marking the beginning of a new era in our industry that will enable us to elevate performance across our industry’s value chain,” said Olivier Le Peuch, Chief Executive Officer, Schlumberger.

“There is an enormous opportunity to bring the latest cloud and AI technology to the energy sector and accelerate the industry’s digital transformation. Our partnership with Schlumberger and Chevron delivers on this promise, applying the power of Azure to unlock new AI-driven insights that will help address some of the industry’s—the world’s—most important energy challenges, including sustainability,” said Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft.

“We believe this industry-first advancement will dramatically accelerate the speed with which we can analyze data to generate new exploration opportunities and bring prospects to [software] development more quickly and with more certainty. It will pull vast quantities of information into a single source amplifying our use of artificial intelligence and high-performance computing built on an open data ecosystem,” said Joseph C. Geagea, Executive Vice-President, Technology, Projects and Services for Chevron.

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