The Digital Engineer is Oil, Gas' Future

What is a Digital Engineer?

The new crop of engineers are privy to new technology (the latest and greatest technology that has created the American shale boom), new speed of applications and solutions and workflow that are allowing one to gain greater insight to tackle the challenges of the industry moving forward.

"The trend of field instrumentation is incredible," the report added. "Today you have massive data available in onshore, ultra deep offshore, but how the industry uses that data is what counts."

The challenge that the industry faces is how will experts gain greater insight of a reservoir to come up with more oil and gas, and produce oil safer; and according to this report, the answer is the young engineer.

"The next generation will be more IT fluent – the petroleum engineers, the geologists will be friendlier to the IT technology. Today's generations have better networks at home than they do at work," according to the report.

When this new engineer searches for data compiled 10 years ago in their company's search engine, they can't find what they need, so they rely on the human network. They seek out the person who remembers when the study was done. However, this human network will be extinct in the next decade.

"This is an IT literate generation with high IT expectations when they enter the workforce, so why isn't this the 'A' day of digital oilfield information?" the report added. "The technology vendors are baffled why the oil and gas industry is slow to take up this new technology."

Skills Employers Should Look For

"The newest engineering grad has to be better than the last generation with regards to their technical expertise but in addition, they need a breath in economic, international business, culture, change management, and IT in order to become a well-rounded professional that will be successful in this industry," AWPA said.


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