Kjetil Fagervic, Managing Director, Roxar Software Solutions, Emerson Process Management (Page 1 of 2)
Hello, Kjetil. Can you tell us what you decided to study and how that helped you map out your career?
My degree was in Electrical Engineering at the University of Surrey in the UK. I was originally planning on studying physics having a good aptitude for Mathematics. However, an interest in engineering and a desire to study abroad led me to the UK and Guildford. I ended up also taking a PhD in signal processing at the University of Surrey too with a particular focus on wireless communications. As well as the UK, I also spent a lot of time in Germany and became fluent in German.
What attracted you into the oil and gas industry?
With the advances in seismic, it was clear to me that this was a hugely exciting industry to be involved in with so much untapped potential. Seismic is critical to finding and producing the energy we need to power our homes and businesses today and I was excited to be a part of it. This spurred me on to join Schlumberger to work with time lapse seismic, and later on to work on their Ocean software development framework. 11 years later, I joined Emerson Process Management’s Roxar Software Solutions as Vice President of Product Development.
What do you believe separates high-performing companies from their less successful counterparts?
I would firstly say innovation and technological prowess and secondly having the discipline, structure and understanding of market needs to ensure that this innovation is captured and transferred into real-world products. Many companies have one or the other but it’s only the high-performing companies that can ensure a seamless transition from R&D to delivering real business benefits for the customer.
What is the most significant technological advancement(s) you have seen/experienced in your career to date?
There have been so many technological advances in the industry over the last few years. The two I would particularly point to, however, are the move towards integration and interoperability and the rise in seismic interpretation.
The rise in integrated software development platforms and improved software interoperability with different software packages and workflow operating alongside each other has enabled innovation and control to be placed into the hands of the users. There’s still much more we can do but we are already seeing significant changes.
Secondly, there’s the rise in seismic interpretation – the extraction of subsurface geological information from seismic data - as an application layer within the industry and as part of the reservoir modeling workflow.
Seismic interpretation today is providing a clearer picture of the subsurface than ever before and is yielding enormous benefits for the end user. We are proud that Emerson is at the forefront of incorporating seismic interpretation within the reservoir modelling workflow and ensuring that seismic interpretation is tightly linked to geological model building.
What technology will provide the next step change—in your opinion?
In the future, I would expect the cloud to have a huge impact on the oil and gas software industry and how we collaborate and access our data. It also has the potential to accelerate time to first oil, optimise reservoir management, and reduce asset and operating costs – a real step-change for the industry and one that we are already starting to embrace at Emerson.
How has the range of services provided by the G&G services sector changed and what has driven those changes?
Any drivers for changes in the G&G industry should come from the end-user – the customer. Customers today want an improving quantifying of geologic risk, the best possible representation of all data, a full seismic to simulation workflow, and the ability to make better reservoir management decisions faster. The G&G services sector has to change to meet these requirements and provide tools across the entire seismic to simulation workflow in order to achieve this. In Emerson’s case, this can include everything from seismic interpretation, structural model building, 3D gridding, facies and petrophysical modelling tools through to flow simulation, well planning and uncertainty modelling.