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New report on digitalisation to be launched at OGUK webinar

15 July 2021

A new report examining the impact of digitalisation on data professionals will be launched at a webinar on July 22 hosted by OGUK, the leading representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry.

The report, commissioned by OGUK and produced by Robert Gordon University (RGU), draws on extensive research from different sectors and builds on findings from the 2020 UKCS Data and Digital Maturity Survey jointly conducted by OGUK, Technology Leadership Board, ONE and the Net Zero Technology Centre (formerly OGTC ). Following an analysis of the current digital landscape, delegates will hear RGU outline a Roadmap for digital skills.

Dr Daniel Brown, OGUK’s Data and Digital Lead, said:

“Data and digital skills are critical to the oil and gas industry, whether for efficient offshore operations or strategic decision making, but decision-ready data doesn’t come for free but from data professionals, delivering critical work to ensure reliable data is available when needed.
This important report will highlight the growing range of skills required to work successfully in data in the oil and gas industry and outline a roadmap signposting the way to help us embrace the challenges of the energy transition.”

The webinar will be chaired by OGUK’s Daniel Brown, with the findings of the report presented by Professor Simon Burnett and Fionnuala Cousins of the School of Creative and Cultural Business, RGU. Key speakers include:

  • Dr Alix Thom, Workforce Engagement and Skills Manager, OGUK
  • Dr Frédéric Verhelst, Head of Data Management, TotalEnergies EP Danmark A/S
  • Jenny MacDonald, Sector Development and Skills Planning Manager (Oil and Gas), Skills Development Scotland 

Simon Burnett, Professor of Information Management at RGU, said: “This has been a highly significant project to work on with OGUK. This research has clearly identified the critical role that data management professionals currently play in the oil and gas industry.”

Jenny MacDonald said: “The findings of this timely report will help us build on the energy sector findings outlined in the Climate Emergency Skills Action Plan which sets out the skills measures required for Scotland to take advantage of the net zero opportunities in front of us.”

The webinar takes place at 10am on July 22 will conclude with a Q&A panel with all speakers. To book a place visit OGUK’s events webpage here

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