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Schlumberger, How to Strengthen Technology Innovation

Schlumberger identification and estimate partners, extensive cooperate with oil and gas industry inside and outside college, research institutions, traditional users, non-oil leading enterprises, and aiming to seize the opportunity to obtain technology actively participate acquisition share holding, accelerate the technical innovation of enterprises.

The world famous oilfield services company Schlumberger to accelerate technical innovation, is cooperating with a number of traditional and non-traditional partners. Schlumberger asset optimization science adviser David Rossi last week in USA society of Petroleum Engineers(SPE) said in the Digital Energy Conference, the company is currently working on the development of advanced digital oilfield technology.

Rossi worked at Schlumberger for 30 years, half the time engaged in technology research and development, half the time engaged in digital oilfield technology. He said, Schlumberger internal research team is strong, but there will be more opportunities to combine external innovation and internal research, a company can not monopolize all good idea. The company’s goal is to develop new technology into commercial applications, including increase company innovation efficiency, shorten new product time on the market, improve product performance.

In order to strengthen technical innovation, Schlumberger technology research on the one hand reply on universities and research institutions, on the other hand also reply on oil and gas industry’s traditional partners and users. Moreover, the company continues to seek cooperation with companies outside the oil and gas industry, to promote the company’s technical innovation. In addition, Schlumberger through acquisition to expand technology holdings, using other industry technology in oil field.

At present, Schlumberger worldwide involved in more than 250 university cooperation, to carry out different project technology research, relating to oil, earth science, information science, software and cognitive science research. It is worth mentioning that, company cooperate with two universities in Magnetic Resonance Imaging. In cooperation with the University of Cambridge, by blocking the water flooded reservoir, enhance oil recovery. In collaboration with the Massachusetts General Hospital, is to oilfield develop technology used to improve medical scanning, at the same time using experience of medical experts to explain the MRI, help oil and gas industry production.

Acquisitions and join activities through acquire technology as the goal, Schlumberger accelerate expand oilfield technology service plat, develop new products and services, and through new integrated software solutions, enhance the company’s software platform. Since 2011, Schlumberger has completed more than 15 acquisitions, enhance the company’s technical service business.

Over the past 6 years, Schlumberger staring signs of new technologies, catch the early investment opportunities. Through litlle shares involved in other business cooperation, Schlumberger look for new concept suitable oilfield and its industry application. For example, Schlumberger cooperate with a company to develop a high-energy laser technology used for underground or under the sea, this technology has the explosion technology and mechanical cutting technology incomparable advantages, can make the underground operation and well abandoned operation occur disruptive change.

Rossi said, since 2008, Schlumberger evaluated and confirmed more than 1500 new companies, completed 18 earlier trading, this initiative has become a catalyst to enhance the company’s technology, to promote technology idea into a commercial reality. Schlumberger also through capital venture investment strengthen the relationship with non-oil sector entreprises.

Project and user is the third way of Schlumberger to develop technology. Innovation performance in this respect is, both company’s resources and experience in combining, in order to solve the technical challenges of high complex Basin. Currently, Schlumberger has cooperation project with each of 10 largest users, theses users include Saudi Aramco, Chevron. Schlumberger is developing highly advanced well completion system with Saudi Aramco, this is a kind of intelligent electric completion system, can optimize multi-line oil and gas production wells. The cooperation project between Schlumberger, Chevron and Total company, INTERSECT commercialization of technology is a high resolution reservoir simulator.

Schlumberger also cooperate with company outside the oil and gas industry strengthen technological innovation and development. Company is cooperating with NVIDIA global industry leaders in visual computing technologies, developing of high performance computer system for the oil and gas industry, provide high performance cloud computing infrastructure for real-time earthquake. Currently, Schlumberger with its high performance computing cluster, among the top 5 in the world’s 500 largest computing station.

Schlumberger is also working with Google, using Google glasses in oil and gas operation and maintenance, thus no longer used computer hand-held devices, then can provide a list of commands, data and connected digital of company knowledge to the workers, Schlumberger is Google’s first partner to carry out oil and gas application partner. Schlumberger has 150 foreign partners in the global oil and gs industry, which enrich the company’s global network.


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