Technology Record - Issue 30: Autumn 2023

101 such as anonymised scatter plots to help users factor in multiple, often conflicting, targets into their working schedules. Such targets may include short-term versus long-term goals, or throughput versus optimisation. Gamifying these situations enables employees to better understand and navigate complex processes, enhancing decisions, performance and efficiency. How do autonomous operations integrate all these elements? The term refers to a digital function that automates tasks connected to observation, predictions and decisions within energy facilities and supply chains. Complexity, risks and digital maturity are taken into account. Digital technologies automatically answer questions such as what has happened or what is currently happening? When and where did it happen/is it happening? What scenarios could occur next? What outcomes do we desire? Displaying responses in a visually appealing, trustworthy and actionable way can be effective in improving the employee experience, which helps to attract and retain new talent. The digital technologies that deliver the best results here are a combination of digital twins, visualisation and workflow automation. They are designed to work well with smartphones, tablets, laptops, virtual reality headsets and video walls. The current cumbersome approach requires remotely accessing dozens of software applications separately when assessing equipment or facilities. The process is further hindered by formats that cannot be used across a diverse range of devices. Another challenge lies in balancing the pace of culture change, work improvement and technology deployment, all of which need to occur at speed and at scale. Digital technologies have contributed greatly to company performance and market valuation, while helping industrial companies to become the most attractive workplaces, particularly in the race to attract new talent. Here, it’s worth recognising that applying these methods requires considerable time and effort, often even years, to achieve their full impact. With many experienced workers set to retire within a few years, the industry must urgently address employee turnover and attract young talent by creating appealing work locations and environments. Hence, energy companies must adapt their strategies and use digital technologies in innovative ways to stay ahead of the competition, retain valuable employees, and attract the next generation of talent. AVEVA can help with its comprehensive portfolio of industrial solutions that leverage proven technologies at scale. An increasing number of these solutions are delivered on the Microsoft Azure cloud computing platform, ensuring advanced capabilities and scalability. Learn more about AVEVA's solutions for the oil and gas industry: Stan DeVries is the oil and gas industry principal at AVEVA Younger generations are getting involved with the energy industry thanks to digital technology and gamification Photo: Microsoft