Microsoft’s new Middle East and Africa center of excellence for Oil and Gas in Dubai, drives digital transformation for the industry, a one-of-its-kind facility globally. The Center of excellence helps companies in the sector take advantage of the latest trends such as the Internet of Things (IoT), advanced analytics, modern productivity and cloud computing.
According to the 2016 Upstream Oil and Gas Digital Trends Survey by Accenture and Microsoft, 80% of upstream oil and gas companies plan to increase spending on digital technologies in order to help them drive leaner, smarter organizations.
"Digital transformation is top of mind for executives in the Oil and Gas industry, which is why this center of excellence was built," said Omar Saleh, director for Oil and Gas at Microsoft, Middle East and Africa. “With AVEVA, we provide our customers with specialist knowledge and access to solutions that enable the creation of some of the world’s most complex oil & gas plants, vessels and offshore facilities.”
Workshop attendees can see how AVEVA ENGAGE puts immediate and simple access to information at their fingertips. It seamlessly connects engineering documents, models and data to an ultra-high definition 3D visualization of an asset on Microsoft Surface Hub, a powerful team collaboration device designed to advance the way people work together naturally. Surface Hub encourages the multi-discipline consensus building and decision making needed when building and operating complex oil or gas facilities.
Delegates at the technology workshops learn how access to trusted asset information is critical to improving operational and incident-free performance. When engineers are provided with accurate, reliable, and regulatory compliant asset information, it results in efficient decision making, improved asset availability and increased safety.
“Throughout an asset’s life cycle, accurate and relevant information is essential to decision making. AVEVA is redefining how, in oil and gas, companies can access and retrieve this information, using Office 365 to tear down the interdisciplinary boundaries.” explained Mohamad Awad, Regional Vice President for AVEVA. “In these workshops we will be able to show how this technology is helping our customers to cope with the increasing pressures of lean design, capital stewardship and operational reliability.”