Eni launched a research platform “Cognitive Discovery” using artificial intelligence (AI) to aid hydrocarbon exploration following a multi-year collaboration with IBM, the company announced Wednesday.
The objective of the new platform is to support Eni's decision making during its initial exploration phase in order to significantly reduce exploration risks linked to geological complexity.
Eni explained that these data sets are processed into knowledge graphs using AI to contextualize and present relevant information to geoscientists to help them in their everyday work, improve decision making, and identify and verify possible alternative extraction scenarios.
"The research tool Cognitive Discovery works like an augmented intelligence assistant providing a more realistic and precise representation of the geological model of the subsoil while processing large amounts of geological, physical and geochemical data," the company stated.
Eni explained because hydrocarbon exploration is a complex and knowledge-intensive business that involves various engineering and scientific disciplines working together, geoscientists, in order to evaluate a basin, need to analyze large volumes of data to assess the presence and potential size of hydrocarbon accumulations from a broad spectrum of sources.
"This preliminary interpretative process is crucial to drive the initial assessment of a potential area and to identify viable opportunities for exploration via a drilling campaign," the company said.
By Gulsen Cagatay