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Technology and Innovation

IHS Upstream technology and Innovation offering delivers independent analysis of technology advances and trends along with their potential tactical and strategic implications on costs.

It provides a set of proprietary frameworks and data resources that allow member companies to evaluate the impact of technologies on their existing portfolios as well as on potential investments. Through the research and analysis provided, the offering allows companies to assess where they stand in relation to industry peers.

They key set of themes which anchor the research agenda include: Digital Oilfield of the Future, Technology screenings, Industry technology and innovation trends and Regulatory-driven technology developments.

Technology and Innovation offering from IHS includes:

Digital Oilfield of the Future

  • Semi-annual DOFF member workshops
  • Framing the digital oil field within a strategic context to broaden its appeal and thereby accelerate adoption
  • Identifying key opportunity areas (e.g. asset classes, functional activities), outlining possible approaches and quantifying potential benefits
  • Highlighting common technical and organizational challenges, and plotting paths to overcome them
  • Investigating world-class deployments to outline their approaches, identify their key success factors and document their value

Technology Screening

  • Deployment criteria and recent technical developments, including field trial results
  • Receptiveness scorecard by asset/region segments
  • Quantifying technology impacts (e.g., recovery factor increase) by resource segment to provide guidance on investment and deployment prioritization
  • Identifying and tracking signposts on the path to large-scale

Upstream Spending and Industry Trends
Comprehensive and detailed view of spending and supplier trends.

  • Global Upstream Spending
  • North American Upstream Spending
  • Industry Trends

Technology Trends

  • Updates on technology development trends e.g. spending levels, areas of focus, sources of innovations and organizational strategy, along with the business and technical factors influencing them
  • Deep dives into key technology development trends along with guidance on how best to position one’s organization to benefit from them
  • Best practices for accelerating technology adoption by shortening the cycle from field piloting to broad deployment, reinforced by actual industry case studies


Industry Success Stories

IHS Energy Blog

Apr 25

Russia geopolitics and energy: Observations from CERAWeek

This is a collaborative article by Carlos Pascual, Matthew Sagers and Thane Gustafson. Candidate Trump promised a sea change in US-Russian relations, but questions about Russian interference in the US elections and myriad Congressional and FBI investigations have dropped an Arctic chill over any possible warming. The broader security and co

Apr 19

Knowing the current leaseholder is critical to identifying growth opportunities

In a resilient, competitive market, you need to understand the leasing picture to analyze the competitive landscape and identify new opportunities. As a company man or as an independent contractor, a landman needs access to information that can be readily viewed, sorted, exported, mapped and analyzed. Being able to coll

Apr 12

Mapping the western Canadian crude oil market complex

Canada poised to add to new crude supply from its complex production matrix. In 2017 Canada will become the 5th largest producer of crude oil in the world. As the Canadian crude oil industry has grown it has become increasingly complex. Production ranges from extra-heavy crude oil as thick as molasses from the vast oil sands regions of Alberta

Optimizing costs through improved CAPEX and OPEX discipline

Operators looking into operating and capital expenditures need to look broadly. They need to take the time to analyze their operations, and extended supply chains at a granular level and surgically cut costs to boost efficiency if they are to achieve long-term growth, profitability, and competitive advantage.

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