Ora Platform World Tour

Read highlights from our past events

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We brought the Ora platform to you

We toured the world to give you a chance to experience the Ora intelligent wireline formation testing platform. Our subject matter experts visited locations around the globe to provide you an overall introduction to the Ora platform, discuss your reservoir challenges and show how the platform can solve them, and present case studies in a collaborative networking setting. Scroll down to read highlights of past events.

Due to COVID-19, upcoming world tour stops have been postponed, as Schlumberger's priority is to focus on safety. Learn about our virus outbreak response within the company and the communities where we live and work.


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Past Events

City: Houston, TX, US

Date: March 5, 2020

The Ora platform did it again! Marking the 3rd stop of the world tour, the Ora intelligent wireline formation testing platform was launched successfully in a technical session at the Toyota Center in Houston, TX, on 5 March 2020. The event was attended by 60 customers across 20 different operators.

NAO HSE Manager Dave Lawrence presented a safety moment regarding COVID-19 at the beginning of the event. North America Offshore Geomarket Manager Steve Kaufmann then welcomed customers and officially opened the event. In his welcome speech, Steve highlighted that the Ora platform is the realization of Schlumberger’s digital vision leveraging downhole digital hardware and cloud-native software, built from ground up to enable customer success and performance.

Engaging presentations of the Ora platform overview and case studies were then presented by Simon Edmundson and German Garcia, followed by an interactive Kahoot Quiz hosted by Chris Babin. For the next hour, customers interacted with various experts including Oliver Mullins, reservoir fellow, and Ashers Partouche, Ora platform program manager. Customers also experienced the Ora platform through the interactive model; virtual reality; 14 posters of key features, applications, and case studies; and 4 screens containing various information and animations.

At the end of the night, everybody enjoyed watching the NBA game between the local Houston Rockets team and LA Clippers. The event was definitely a win for the Ora platform, Schlumberger, and our customers.

Ora Platform World Tour Houston
See highlights of the technical session held 5 March 2020, preceding the Houston Rockets vs. LA Clippers game.

City: Al-Khobar, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Date: 14 January 2020

The Ora platform world tour in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was held at IPTC 2020, the first time IPTC has been held in the Kingdom. It was a momentous event in the region for Saudi Aramco, Schlumberger, and the entire industry. The event was attended by Saudi Aramco management, including VP of Petroleum Engineering and Development Nasir K. Al Naimi and Chief Petroleum Engineer Mr. Waleed Al Mulhim, along with petroleum engineering management*. Mr. AlNaimi and Schlumberger KSA Geomarket Manager Ziad Jeha opened the Ora platform launch in Saudi Arabia by cutting the ribbon, marking a new era for reservoir characterization.

In his opening speech, Wireline President Djamel Idri introduced the Ora platform which leverages digital hardware built from the ground up and a digital ecosystem as the first realization of the Wireline 4.0 vision. Djamel thanked Saudi Aramco for its support in deploying the platform in the Kingdom, including some of the first Ora platform field tests which played a significant role in its development. Wireline PSD Manager Bayan Tawfeek Molah further highlighted the key Ora platform jobs for Saudi Aramco which were completed successfully in challenging conditions previously considered impossible. The group then watched an immersive Ora platform 360 video and moved to the Ora platform interactive model where Wireline Evaluation Services BDM Najib Gharib explained the key features and applications of the platform’s digital hardware.

To commemorate the platform’s launch in the Kingdom, Nasir, Djamel, and Ziad cut a specially designed cake of the Ora platform, and an appreciation plaque was presented to Saudi Aramco.

For the broader audience of Aramco and other attendees, an interactive quiz and presentation of the Ora platform was held by Ora Marketing Manager Gunjan Khatri and Wireline Reservoir Product Champion Simon Edmundson.

Following the launch event, a special event was held where Wireline VP-Marketing & Technology Guillaume Borrel presented appreciation plaques to Saudi Aramco subject matter experts for their collaboration and constructive participation in qualification of several new key wireline technologies in the Kingdom.

*RMD Manager Naji Al Umair, Saudi Aramco RDSD Manager Khalid Zainalabedin, and RDD General Supervisor Abdullatif A.Al Omair.

City: London, UK

Date: 10 December 10 2019

Attended by more than 40 customers from Europe and Africa, the first Ora platform world tour event was completed successfully on 10 December 2019 at Schlumberger's London headquarter office. The tour was opened by Guillaume Borrel, Wireline Marketing & Technology VP, followed by several presentations of the Ora platform overview, case studies, and intelligent planning. The engaging Kahoot! quiz session ended the presentation session and energized customers before starting the social networking session provided with food, drinks, and entertainment.

Ronny Hendrawan, Lead Global Account Director, closed the event. Good conversations took place between the Schlumberger sales team and customers. At the end of the event, multiple customers gave positive feedback about the event, how excited they are with Ora platform capabilities, and how they can address their reservoir challenges.

Ora Platform World Tour: London Highlights
The world tour introducing the Ora platform kicked off in London late last year—see what the excitement's all about in these highlights from the event.

Meet the Ora platform experts

Simon Edmundson

Wireline Reservoir Product Champion

Simon Edmundson is the product champion for Schlumberger Wireline Reservoir Services, a position he assumed in January 2017. Prior to his current role, he held the position of Wireline Account Manager for UK wireline operations and before that performed wireline field service manager roles in both Netherlands and Angola. After joining Schlumberger in 2003, he spent his first 5 years as a wireline field engineer based in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2003, Simon received a master of engineering degree in mechanical engineering from Imperial College, London.

Outside of Schlumberger, Simon is an experienced Arctic expeditioner. He won the 500-km 2006 Polar Challenge skiing race to the North Magnetic Pole and has completed two unguided kite-skiing crossings of the Greenland Ice Sheet.

Oliver Mullins

Schlumberger Fellow, Reservoir Fluids, and SPE Distinguished Lecturer

Dr. Oliver C. Mullins is a Schlumberger Fellow and member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering. He led the inception and development of downhole fluid analysis (DFA) in well logging and is now pioneering the newly codified discipline of reservoir fluid geodynamics (RFG) for novel, unparalleled reservoir evaluation. RFG accounts for processes dictating fluid and tar distributions in oilfield reservoirs.

Recognized with the George A. Olah Award in Hydrocarbon or Petroleum Chemistry from the American Chemical Society and the Gold Medal from the SPWLA, Dr. Mullins is the author of an award-winning book on DFA, coeditor of three books, author or coauthor of 280 papers, and coinventor on 130 allowed US patents. In 2020, he was selected as one of 34 SPE Distinguished Lecturers, being nominated by his peers and selected by a special SPE committee based on the quality, timeliness, and relevance of his presentation. He is Fellow of two professional societies and is Adjunct Professor of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University.

German Garcia

NAO Reservoir Domain Champion

German is a reservoir domain champion for Wireline Reservoir Services in the North America Offshore Geomarket. Since joining Schlumberger in 1998, he has worked in technical positions in North America, Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East. German holds a degree in petroleum engineering from the National University of Colombia and a master’s degree in petroleum engineering with project management from Heriot-Watt University. German is currently responsible for assisting operating companies in deepwater Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean with the acquisition of critical reservoir dynamic data to derisk high capital investment decisions.

Richard Jackson

Reservoir Domain Champion

Dr. Richard Jackson is currently a domain champion and reservoir engineering adviser for Wireline Reservoir Services in the Houston Domain Center for the Western Hemisphere. He was a wireline technical director in his previous role for reservoir engineering and management in Paris, France. Other positions include reservoir engineering adviser and wireline reservoir domain champion for sub-Sahara Africa (SSA); India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka (INM); and Nigeria and the Gulf of Guinea (NGA). Prior to his assignment in NGA, he was a senior reservoir engineer for Schlumberger Oilfield Services in Muscat, Oman (2001-2006), and a senior reservoir engineer for Schlumberger Evaluation & Production Services, Ltd., in Aberdeen, UK (1997-2001).