RGU Launches 'Big Data' Center for Oil & Gas Industry

Aberdeen's Robert Gordon University (RGU) announced Tuesday that it is launching a data technologies center that will focus on 'Big Data' analytics, particularly for the oil and gas sector.

The new Centre for Smart Data Technologies has been set up to help the industry secure "huge efficiencies" from the use of analytics to extract added value for processes such as increasing speed to first oil as well as enhancing production, improving asset maintenance and reliability, reducing risks in health, safety and the environment and reducing costs.

The center will launch with a core team of up to 10 research staff, alongside business development and administrative support that RGU said builds on its expertise in data modeling, smart information systems and knowledge management.

It will provide a collaborative facility involving academic and industry partners, where there will be purpose-driven research aimed at solving key technical challenges in the monitoring and management of subsea fields, RGU added.

RGU Principal Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski commented in a statement:

"As the enormous potential of data analytics is increasingly recognised by industry and by government, RGU intends to play a leadership role in securing the benefits for the oil and gas industry. This will enhance the standing of the university, but will also support Scotland's plans for economic growth and success."



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