Beth Schultz

Shell Taps Big-Data From Way Down Deep

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mg237
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mg237   9/17/2013 12:19:40 PM
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I think there may be an error here. "Tens of thousadns of miles?" Back in 2009, the Deepwater Horizon crew drilled the deepest oil and gas well in the world (Macondo). And that only had a vertical depth of 35,050 ft., or more than six miles.

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BethSchultz   9/17/2013 12:28:44 PM
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Yes, thank you, that was an error. Should have been "feet," as it now should read, not "miles." 

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mg237   9/17/2013 12:39:36 PM
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Even that sounds excessive. Most wells in the Gulf of Mexico for example are in water depths of 5,000 feet or so. Sure the wells are deeper, but even at 20,000 to 30,000 feet. Does it really make sense to say "10s of thousands of feet?"

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PredictableChaos   9/17/2013 5:15:56 PM
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It's a quote, so now that it's correct, there's not much else to do with it.

Under 3000 feet of water and then 5000 feet of rock, the point is the same - the action is only accessible with instrumentation. No diver can 'see' what's going on. If something is amiss, we have to figure it out with the data and patterns in data.

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Phoenix   9/17/2013 11:56:21 PM
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It is really fascinating to find out more about how they use models and analytics to process data and predict things. I have always wondered how the industry operated. Specially the deep sea oil drilling. I look forward to your next articles on Shell.

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BethSchultz   9/18/2013 12:11:15 PM
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@Phoenix, deepwater activities are fascinating, aren't they? I think because we simply can't imagine what it'd be like to live in that world! I will definitely share more, not only on the data and the analytics but also on the culture hurdles. Stay tuned!

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Noreen Seebacher   9/19/2013 10:37:28 AM
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If more and better data can drive safety in an industry that had seen a spike in fatal accidents recently, it will be especially beneficial.

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TalkerZ   9/19/2013 11:15:42 AM
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I totally agree with that. My concern is only this: will people listen to the data and resist the urge to take shortcuts that could result in catastrophic incidents like the ones we have all heard about in recent years? 

The data is only as good as the people who follow it.

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BethSchultz   9/19/2013 3:13:22 PM
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We didn't really get into discussions regarding the benefits around safety, but you're absolutely right.

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SRS1   9/26/2013 9:08:38 PM
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It is fascinating and a bit gut wrenching since they are drilling into the ocean and when something goes wrong it will effect us more than we will ever know. 

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kicheko   9/19/2013 3:34:59 PM
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They are finally personifying data mining :)

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Too Shaken To Even.......
Louis Watson   9/22/2013 2:01:28 AM
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"What PAM is teaching us is that you can use statistics and advanced analytical solutions to actually de-convolve the problem...."



De-convolve ?   There's a new one.  I have no idea what this term is, so shocking to the senses - I don't even want to look it up !  ; )

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Noreen Seebacher   9/22/2013 8:26:25 AM
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I have to agree Louis -- that's a very strange word.

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BethSchultz   9/23/2013 9:28:36 AM
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Well, since my source used it and I was directly quoting him, I did look it up to make sure I understood what he meant. I figure he meant to become less convoluted, which I think is a word we're all much more familiar with. In turns out "convolve" means to "entwine," in math the meaning being to "combine (one function or series) with another by forming their convolution." So to de-convolve would be the opposite. 

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Louis Watson   9/24/2013 4:35:31 PM
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@Beth   Thanks for the definition.   Not too often a word causes a complete blank, but that one did.  Even though I have seen the word convolve, just never thought to phrase it's opposite as such.

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BethSchultz   9/24/2013 4:42:02 PM
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I thought maybe it was a term used among analytical sorts. Maybe not!

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