About you

Tell us a bit about your organisation.

Empirisys provides data-driven solutions for companies in high-risk industries including construction, chemical processing and, increasingly, energy, helping to save lives, avoid loss and strengthen growth.

Empirisys was founded in 2020 by former Centrica Chief Engineer Gus Carroll, and ex-Centrica Data Science Director Peter Sueref. The company has enjoyed a meteoric rise, and is currently working with around 30 different organisations, including BP and Anasuria Operating Company, with turnover on target to reach £1.4 million by the end of this financial year.

We are based in Cardiff, but currently in the process of establishing a satellite office in Aberdeen.

What is keeping you busy?

We are currently at the pre-commercialisation stage of developing two pioneering software solutions for companies operating in high-risk industries – Boost and Detect, both of which uncover vital intelligence, refine it into unique insights, which are transformed into actionable solutions.

We are also busy providing a data science consultancy service, as well as process safety leadership.

What are your specialist services?

We intend to grow Boost to be the market leader choice for an AI technology-driven tool aimed at harnessing process/ behavioural based observations in the energy sector and across other industries.

A further opportunity is to grow Detect to be the market leader, retaining its USP of being the only AI-powered human factors software solution.

There is a challenge, certainly, around addressing negative perceptions of AI. After all, the reliability of AI tools rests on the shoulders of the humans who develop it! Our data scientists are well versed in the use of correct prompts and algorithms, as well as having access to large swathes of industry data – ensuring that our AI tools work accurately and reliably.

How would you describe the company culture? Do you have any specific shared values?

We have been named one of the top 100 small businesses to work with in the UK by The Sunday Times, which gives a fairly good indication of our culture! We are a people-centric organisation so it’s only natural that we look after each other. We share a passion for harnessing the power of bespoke data science solutions to transform organisations from within.

We reinvest significantly to expand our team, but also to ensure they can access training and development, and we have a successful graduate recruitment programme. As a result, we are proud of our excellent staff retention rate.

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About your OEUK membership

As an SME, how is OEUK membership helping your business?

We love adding to the conversation, and have particularly appreciated the opportunity to network and raise awareness of our brand among professionals in our target markets at OEUK events. For example, we presented the Step Change in Safety PSL survey industry findings at the ‘Process Safety Leadership Principles Forum held on 3rd Oct 2023.

We also attended the OEUK Decom Conference 2023 at St Andrews, which provided us with valuable insights into the latest trends, technologies, and best practices in decommissioning – extremely useful for helping to define our strategy going forward.

Which OEUK event have you enjoyed and why?

We recently attended the 2023 Decom Conference and found it to be a useful opportunity to connect with like-minded people, learn from experts and share our knowledge.

Future of the industry

What are the biggest net zero changes you have seen in our industry?

The majors are shifting from traditional fossil fuels to forms of clean energy. There is a massive shift towards harnessing sources of renewable energy, as well as on repurposing and decommissioning.

We are witnessing huge building infrastructure projects in emerging and renewable energy generation: hydrogen, offshore and onshore wind and carbon capture.

How do you see the industry looking in 20 years?

AI technologies will play an ever-growing role, especially in terms of collecting data, analysing and deciding on actions.

We have a huge challenge recruiting and keeping people in the energy sector with its fluctuations, something which may continue even with the drive towards renewables and net zero.

How is your organisation driving the transition to net zero?

One of our founding principles is to uncover valuable data, analyse it and deliver actionable insights which protect both people, plant and environment, and drive efficiencies across operations. Efficiencies that include reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

We have recently worked with Decom Mission to design, develop and deliver a survey designed to provide a snapshot of the supply network in the sectors.

Working together, producing cleaner energies