Q: In your work with predictive analytics, what behavior do your models predict?

A: In the upstream oil and gas industry, there is need for predictive analytics at various phases of oil well lifecycle.  Predictive analytics plays a critical role in detecting events that could lead to increased cost of operations. Predictive analytics is also important to predict Black Swan events as well.

Q: How does predictive analytics deliver value at your organization? What is one specific way in which it actively drives decisions?

A: Upstream oil and gas is also referred as exploration and production (E&P) industry and focuses on health and safety across its operations. Predictive analytics plays a significant role in keeping this safety indicator score high for the organization and provides insights for intelligence based risk management.

Q: Can you describe a successful result, such as the predictive lift of your model or the ROI of an analytics initiative?

A: The operational cost depends on the drilling efficiency.  Drilling efficiency depends on rate of penetration (ROP). ROP is defined as advancement per unit time while the drill bit is on bottom and drilling. ROP is considered one of the most critical performance qualifiers. ROP depends on many factors like the weight on bit, the rotating speed, the lithology, the formation drillability, etc.  Predictive models that include these factors help provide lift in ROP which can also help improve significantly return on investment for drilling operations.

Q: What surprising discovery have you unearthed in your data?

A: In the E&P domain there are two important metrics – Non-productive time (NPT) and Invisible Loss Time (ILT). NPT occurs throughout the different phases of drilling, production and reservoir management.  Predictive modeling helped us in determining the root causes of NPT and ILT.

Q: Sneak preview: Please tell us a take-away that you will provide during your talk at Predictive Analytics World.

A: Predictive analytics is used in many industries successfully with much ease. However, the oil and gas industry has one of the most complex operations of any industry. Many challenges and opportunities exist in this industry that can benefit from predictive and cognitive analytics on E&P big data.


Don’t miss Dr. Priyadarshy’s conference presentation, Challenges in Leveraging Predictive Analytics for Big Data in Oil and Gas on Monday, September 28, 2015 at 2:40 to 3:25 pm at Predictive Analytics World Boston. Click here to register to attend.

By: Eric Siegel, Founder, Predictive Analytics World