The future of our industry will be determined by our ability to radically improve industrial yield and safety while cutting carbon output. Technology plays a central role. At BHGE, we are inventing “smarter” products and services by focusing our research efforts on new materials, digital solutions and more sustainable technologies.
DELIVERING A DIGITAL FUTURE
From robotics to virtual reality, we are leveraging emerging digital technologies to drive faster, more accurate decision making across the industry. We are using drones for autonomous inspections to reduce costs and improve safety by preventing operational downtime and allowing access to hard-to-reach places. We have created smart helmets equipped with a video camera and remote connections for field engineers to connect with office-based engineering teams who provide faster, more reliable answers during operations. And, our 3-D virtual training lab in Florence, Italy, allows our customers to train on new equipment before it is even built or installed.
SOLVING BIG ISSUES AT THE MOLECULAR SCALE
We are using new materials, designer chemistries and nano-molecular technologies to develop new products and applications at lower costs. For example, we leveraged nanotechnology to create frac plug components that disintegrate downhole, eliminating the need to mill them. This leads to reduced time, risk and cost. New elastomers have been engineered to improve the performance and reliability of our drilling motors.
ADVANCING MANUFACTURING WITH 3-D PRINTING
Additive manufacturing is enabling us to unlock new designs and processes that drive down product development time and improve supply chain efficiencies. In 2017, we 3-D printed approximately 3,820 product parts and manufacturing tooling, including drill bits and fuel gas premixers for our leading gas turbines. Additive manufacturing will simplify, localize and improve parts manufacturing to help us better support our customers.
We are investing in and beginning to commercialize solutions to reduce the industry’s greenhouse gas footprint. For example, we are fusing advanced sensing, analytics, and robotic platforms to help our North American customers monitor, model and mitigate methane emissions related to their operations. We also transform oilfield2 emissions from a waste stream to value stream by capturing CO2 from in-field power generation sources to supply enhanced oil recovery operations.