Spring 2017

BP eyes new visualisation technology from R2S

BP has been the first oil major to pilot the use of R2S Mosaic on its Clair platform north of Scotland.

R2S Mosaic, the latest generation of Return to Scene’s award-winning visualisation technology which was launched last year, has undergone its first field trial with BP.

BP’s Clair oilfield, where the trial was undertaken, is the largest undeveloped hydrocarbon resource in the UK continental shelf (UKCS), with an estimated eight billion barrels of oil in place.

The pilot on BP’s Clair platform, west of Shetland, began last October with the R2S Mosaic capture of the platform’s production and cellar decks. The completed project was delivered on schedule in January.

As explained in the Autumn issue of Pelican, R2S Mosaic uses specialised photography and spatial awareness to provide a completely immersive 360 degree visualisation of an asset or location which allows you to ‘walk around’ the whole facility without actually being there.

It enables asset owners, operators, and their suppliers to view, assess and measure anything from specific project areas to entire platforms without the logistical and cost constraints of repeated survey trips. This makes it particularly useful for use in hazardous environments and offshore assets as it dramatically reduces the cost of routine site inspections. It also provides an intuitive visual data hub - a single point of access from which to streamline the management of data between the multiple information management systems utilised across oil and gas.

Return To Scene began working with BP in 2009, and with a global agreement in place, R2S has been rolled out across assets in the North Sea and US Gulf of Mexico. The team is also working on major projects in Canada.

BP is a pioneering adapter of visualisation technologies and it was the collaboration between its Digital Innovation Organisation team and Clair’s operational team that provided a green light to the R2S Mosaic pilot. This not only ensured the cost-effectiveness of the project but it helps BP meet its technology strategy goals as well as wider industry objectives of efficiency, innovation and collaboration. Return To Scene believes it is helping BP to achieve these goals through this ongoing relationship.

BP is undergoing a full assessment of the functionality, value and application of R2S Mosaic with a view to adopting it at scale. If successful, this would see greater uptake across BP globally. 

Martin MacRae, Return To Scene’s head of product development says:

‘Client led research and development is central to our business and it’s incredibly exciting to be working with BP on this pilot project. This process will provide us with essential intelligence that will allow us to consider any modifications that may prove valuable to BP and our other oil and gas industry clients.’  

Although R2S Mosaic is based on the same principles as the previous award-winning version it includes many additional features and functionalities designed to optimise workflow, improve understanding and increase efficiency.

Ruth Christie, Return To Scene’s business development director adds:

‘The focus on R&D and relationship-building with clients such as BP helps us to ensure that R2S Mosaic and other deliverables continue to meet the project-critical requirements of our customers and the future challenges of the market.’

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