bpx energy Uses AWS to Edge Closer to a Net-Zero Ambition
“The key benefits of adopting AWS Control Tower included enhancing bpx energy’s security posture, enabling enterprise governance at scale, and providing increased scalability.”
Chief Technology Officer, bpx energy
“Our Vision Required a Change by a Factor of 10, Not an Incremental Move”
Achieving Real-Time Data and Beyond
Collaborating with solutions architects from AWS, bpx energy began constructing a complete cloud data system that consolidated its SCADA systems and historians into a cloud data lake. The business used the data lake to optimize operations through ML and gather real-time edge intelligence at its oil wells. The new infrastructure required a complex array of AWS services, including the early adoption of AWS Control Tower, which provides the easiest way to set up and govern a secure multiaccount AWS environment. “The key benefits of adopting AWS Control Tower included enhancing bpx energy’s security posture, enabling enterprise governance at scale, and providing increased scalability,” says Matthews.
Amazon SageMaker, a fully managed ML service, was key to achieving bpx energy’s goal of gathering real-time data from its oil fields. Previously, the company had been unable to run ML due to legacy hardware and low bandwidth in the field. Amazon SageMaker provided virtually unlimited computational horsepower to quickly develop ML algorithms.
bpx energy then paired Amazon SageMaker and AWS IoT Greengrass—a service that seamlessly extends AWS to edge devices to enable them to act locally on the data they generate. Based on oil well data generated by Amazon SageMaker, AWS IoT Greengrass can signal employees to act in real time—for example, if a technician needs to make a manual intervention like an equipment set point change. The service can also perform automated control responses, like emergency shutdowns.
Matthews says that the benefits of adopting AWS services continue to ripple across bpx energy. Information and operations technology ownership costs significantly less while providing the company improved cybersecurity, a greater capability for real-time artificial intelligence control and optimization, and a more efficient data flow for business intelligence. Best of all, bpx energy now has real-time data solutions that enable engineers or algorithms to make immediate decisions.
Creating a Net-Zero World
About bpx energy
Benefits of AWS
- Reduced information and operations technology ownership costs
- Strengthened cybersecurity
- Used real-time data solutions to enable engineers or algorithms to make immediate decisions
- Integrated multiple business units into a unified data environment
- Increased scalability
AWS Services Used
AWS Control Tower
AWS Control Tower provides the easiest way to set up and govern a new, secure, multi-account AWS environment based on best practices established through AWS’ experience working with thousands of enterprises as they move to the cloud.
Amazon SageMaker helps data scientists and developers to prepare, build, train, and deploy high-quality machine learning (ML) models quickly by bringing together a broad set of capabilities purpose-built for ML.
AWS IoT Greengrass
AWS IoT Greengrass is an Internet of Things (IoT) open source edge runtime and cloud service that helps you build, deploy, and manage device software.