Microsoft and energy services provider Halliburton have formed a “strategic alliance to drive digital transformation” across the oil and gas industry.
The companies said that the relationship will “combine the expertise of a global leader in cloud and digital transformation with a global leader in exploration and production science, software and services”.
Researchers and engineers from both companies will use Microsoft technologies in machine learning, augmented reality, user interactions and industrial Internet of Things, as well as Azure’s infrastructure and built-in computing capabilities to deliver integrated solutions across the energy supply chain.
Digitalisation of exploration and production
Areas of collaboration include applying deep learning to reservoir characterisation, modelling and simulation, building domain-specific visualisation for mixed reality, creating highly interactive applications, and fueling the digitalisation of exploration and production.
As a first step in the alliance, Halliburton, which operates around the world including the North Sea, has made its DecisionSpace 365 available on Azure, enabling real-time data streaming from IoT devices in oilfields and the ability to apply deep-learning models to optimise drilling and production to lower costs.
Halliburton at forefront
“Halliburton is at the forefront of the digital transformation occurring in the E&P [exploration and production] industry,” said Nagaraj Srinivasan, senior vice president of Landmark and Halliburton Digital Solutions. “We believe open architecture and community-based innovation are necessary to drive this fundamental change and we’re proud to work closely with an industry leader like Microsoft to deliver tailored E&P digital business solutions to our customers across the globe.”
The breadth and depth of this collaboration will allow the companies to apply voice and image recognition, video processing and AR/Virtual Reality to create a digital representation of a physical asset using Microsoft’s HoloLens and Surface devices. Additionally, the companies will use digital representation for oil wells and pumps at the IoT edge using the Landmark Field Appliance V2 and Azure Stack.
Jason Zander, corporate vice president of Microsoft Azure, said: “Halliburton is focused on delivering intelligent cloud solutions to drive the next generation of efficient oil and gas exploration and production. We are excited to bring the power of Azure’s hyperscale, hybrid and global cloud platform technologies to this alliance to enhance the value chain for our mutual customers.”