22 April 2021
Los Angeles, CA

 

Are you looking to scale AI projects from proof-of-concept to organization-wide deployment? Join Michael Krause, Beyond Limits Sr. Manager of AI Solutions, for The Innovator’s Playbook: From R&D to O&G. This talk will discuss the roadmap for successfully putting R&D into practice, from identifying the business case to data management, modeling, and deployment.
 
Check out this talk to learn how to define the business case, why AI is only as good as the data it’s built on, and the importance of domain expertise for improving implementation.
 
 
 
 
For nearly forty years, CERAWeek has been providing an integrated framework for understanding what’s ahead for global energy markets, geopolitics, and technology. Participants include senior executives, government officials, thought leaders, academics, technology innovators, and financial leaders.​ 
 
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE BENEFITS OF COGNITIVE AI HERE.
 
 
 
 
16 March 2021
Los Angeles, CA
 
 
Beyond Limits is inventing the future at NVIDIA GTC on April 12-16, 2021.
 
GTC is where prestigious scientists and industry pioneers share their breakthroughs in AI, data centers, accelerated computing, healthcare, intelligent networking, game development, and more. Join us at this virtual conference for AI innovators, technologies, and creatives.
 
 
Beyond Limits CTO of Industrial AI, Shahram Farhadi will be speaking on Leveraging GPU-accelerated Hybrid AI Frameworks for Energy on Monday, April 12.
 
Hybrid AI frameworks have seen widespread adoption across industries recently. These frameworks allow the integration of legacy simulation engines and domain knowledge with modern deep learning (DL)/machine learning (ML) solutions. The GPU-accelerated training of industrial-scale, high-fidelity DL models allows for accurate predictions while honoring constraints from related physical equations; domain knowledge offers transparency and explainability.
 
Shahram’s talk gives an overview of hybrid modeling paradigms using an upstream example of a novel GPU-centric field planning solution. This solves the problem of determining drilling locations, given reservoir geological characteristics, to increase efficiency and value while reducing environmental impact. Hybrid solutions combine simulation-based reinforcement learning with a graph-based, knowledge-driven advisor. Shahram will discuss hybrid modeling benefits and show runtime benchmarks on A100 GPUs – then end with an outlook for hybrid AI and HPC-based workflows across energy, including power and utilities.
 
 
Beyond Limits Senior Machine Learning Scientist, Vidyasagar will be presenting a technical session on GPU-accelerated Deep Reinforcement Learning for Field Planning on Tuesday, April 13.
 
Recently, GPU-accelerated reinforcement learning (RL), using deep neural networks, has gained significant traction. Vidyasagar will describe RL applied to the sequential decision-making of well placement in the upstream energy industry. High-fidelity simulations of geological subsurface reservoirs are coupled with the placement of sources/sinks corresponding to wells; the goal is to maximize net present dollar value (NPV) obtained through cumulative production. Due to high-resolution grids and combinatorial explosion in the number of possible spatiotemporal steps, the optimization routine is intractable and requires high-performance computing (HPC) strategies to solve realistic systems.
 
The presentation will summarize industrial benchmark results where A100 GPUs accelerate training and inference aspects of reinforcement learning, yielding significant performance improvements and ideal NPV solutions. Finally, Vidyasagar will outline the future of deep RL in the context of HPC in energy.
 
 
LEARN MORE ABOUT BEYOND LIMITS AND NVIDIA’S PARTNERSHIP HERE.
 
 
 
 
11 March 2021
Los Angeles, CA

 

The current pace of AI innovation is accelerating in the energy sector, jump-starting a need for high-performance AI. Join Shahram Farhadi, Beyond Limits CTO of Industrial AI, along with Marc Spieler, NVIDIA Global Director of Energy, for this CERAWeek Lyceum talk that discusses why high-performance computing resources are critical for new AI paradigms in the energy industry, especially the computationally heavy upstream sector.
 
Check out this talk to discover:
 
 
 
 
 
For nearly forty years, CERAWeek has been providing an integrated framework for understanding what’s ahead for global energy markets, geopolitics, and technology. Participants include senior executives, government officials, thought leaders, academics, technology innovators, and financial leaders.​ 
 
 
LEARN MORE ABOUT BEYOND LIMITS’ PARTNERSHIP WITH NVIDIA HERE.
 
 
 
 
11 March 2021
Los Angeles, CA

 

Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions are providing industries unparalleled opportunities to be at the forefront of digital transformation by optimizing human decision-making to achieve ideal operational performance. Join Yonatan Hagos, Beyond Limits CPO, for this CERAWeek talk on Revolutionizing Human Decision with AI and Digitization.
 
Check out this talk to learn how AI is used to embed knowledge and expertise in critical work processes that augment human decision-making, ultimately driving transformative efficiency.
 
 
 
 
For nearly forty years, CERAWeek has been providing an integrated framework for understanding what’s ahead for global energy markets, geopolitics, and technology. Participants include senior executives, government officials, thought leaders, academics, technology innovators, and financial leaders.​ 
 
 
LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW AI IS FAST-TRACKING ENTERPRISE AI ADOPTION HERE.
 
 
 
 
08 March 2021
Los Angeles, CA
 
 
Digital transformation and the age of Artificial Intelligence (AI) have begun. Crucial next-steps involve using AI to transform big data into strategic business outcomes for the oil and gas industry. How can operations, market analysis, and business support teams within upstream, midstream, and downstream industries benefit from this AI transformation? How will AI and machine learning (ML) technologies pave the way for a more sustainable future where the oil and gas industry is concerned?
 
Join AJ Abdallat, CEO at Beyond Limits, Morag Watson, VP & Chief Digital Innovation Officer at bp, and Bill Scudder, SVP AIoT General Manager at AspenTechnology, for this Agora Studio panel at CERAWeek 2021.
 
 
 
 
For nearly forty years, CERAWeek has been providing an integrated framework for understanding what’s ahead for global energy markets, geopolitics, and technology. Participants include senior executives, government officials, thought leaders, academics, technology innovators, and financial leaders.​ 
 
 
LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW OUR AI IS IMPACTING THE ENERGY SECTOR HERE.
 
 
 
 
18 February 2021
Los Angeles, CA

 

Beyond Limits joins CERAWeek Virtual 2021, The New Map: Energy Climate, and Charting the Future, on March 1-5.
 
For nearly forty years, CERAWeek has been providing an integrated framework for understanding what’s ahead for global energy markets, geopolitics, and technology. Participants include senior executives, government officials, thought leaders, academics, technology innovators and financial leaders.​ 
 
Beyond Limits CEO, AJ Abdallat joins the panel, The Future of AI in the Oil & Gas Industry with Morag Watson, VP & Chief Digital Innovation Officer at bp, and Bill Scudder, SVP AIoT General Manager at AspenTechnology. The panel will be moderated by Camilo Rodriguez, Analytics & Data Science Lead at HIS Markit.
 
Panelists will discuss the oil and gas industry’s next steps for using AI to transform big data into strategic outcomes and how operations, market analysis, and business support teams within upstream, midstream, and downstream sectors can benefit from such advanced digital transformation. AJ recently spoke at Web Summit and the SPE EnGenious conference as well.
 
Beyond Limits CTO of Industrial AI, Shahram Farhadi will also be joining Marc Spieler, NVIDIA Global Energy Director for the Lyceum talk, High-performance AI in Energy: Today’s Impact & Tomorrow’s Outlook.
 
Shahram and Marc will explore why the current pace of AI innovation is accelerating in the energy sector and how this has jump-started a need for high-performance AI. During the talk, viewers will learn why high-performance computing resources are critical for new AI paradigms – including AI using GPUs, discussing how it all works using real-world examples. The talk will close with a dialogue about potential impacts on the industry, including decarbonization and company commitments to becoming net-zero by 2050.
 
You can read more about how Beyond Limits is expanding industrial AI in energy with Nvidia here.
 
Beyond Limits CPO, Yonatan Hagos will also join fellow thought-leaders at the CERAWeek Agora for his talk, Revolutionizing Human Decision with AI and Digitization. Yonatan will discuss why Cognitive AI is necessary to optimize human decision-making and how the energy industry can benefit, using real-world examples in upstream and downstream.
 
Beyond Limits Senior Manager of AI Solutions, Michael Krause is another expert joining fellow industry leaders at the CERAWeek Agora for his talk, The Innovator’s Playbook: From R&D to O&G. Michael will share what it takes to bring AI from the lab to deployment at operational scales in the field, and why energy companies can expect to see AI projects accelerate in the coming years. Not long ago, Michael also spoke at the Go Digital Energy event and was featured in a recent installation of Data Den.
 
 
 
 
 
21 January 2021
Los Angeles, CA

 

The WE3 summit connects global thought-leaders who are embracing change and defining the dent we should put in our water-energy future by focusing on the intersection of sustainable transformation, investment, innovative technology, and regulation for our economic recovery.
 
 
AJ Abdallat, Beyond Limits CEO, joined Deepak Garg, CEO of Smart Energy Water, for the panel: Accelerating Digital Transformation with Artificial Intelligence.
 
 
Check out the panel below to learn more about the way AI is being used in the water and energy industries.
 
 
 
 
 

Want to learn more about the impact of AI in Energy? Take a look at our AI Energy Solutions here.

 
12 January 2021
Los Angeles, CA
 
During a time of great uncertainty for many industries and, indeed, the world itself – Web Summit gathered founders and CEOs of technology companies and fast-growing startups, along with policymakers and heads of state, to ask a simple question: Where to next?
 
Beyond Limits CEO AJ Abdallat discussed The Past, Present, and Future of Cognitive AI during his recent Web Summit talk. Check out this video to learn the history of AI and what advancements we can expect to see in the coming years.
 
 
 
 

Want to learn more about Beyond Limits’ Cognitive AI technology? Take a look!

 
 
15 December 2020
Los Angeles, CA
Author: Jesus Bouzada, Beyond Limits Product Manager – Refinery

 

This panel recap and review was contributed by Jesus Bouzada, Beyond Limits Product Manager, Refinery, from his own expertise, perspective, and point-of-view.

 

Last September, Hydrocarbon Processing hosted the IRPC Americas conference. On the second day of the conference, there was a panel discussion on digitalization. The purpose of this review is to assess the state of digitalization in the energy industry, covering the panelists’ observations and my own views, as Beyond Limits’ Refinery Product Manager, on some of the topics. Throughout the review, you will learn how Beyond Limits can help you in your digitalization journey.

Lee Nichols, Hydrocarbon Processing Editor-in-Chief, facilitated the panel. Panelists included Ron Beck, Aspen Technology Market Strategy Director, Joe McMullen, AVEVA Value Chain Optimization Marketing, and Marty Gonzalez, bp Discipline Leader – Intelligent Operations. I have the pleasure of working with Marty on regular basis as part of the implementation of Beyond Limits technology in bp. I regard Marty as a true innovation leader in the energy industry. So, I am really pleased to write about this topic.

 

Why Digitalization

First and foremost, let us agree on what digitalization means in this context. Digitalization is a loaded word that has been used with different meanings. Gartner describes it well for the purpose of this panel: “Digitalization is the use of digital technologies to change a business model and provide new revenue and value-producing opportunities.”

During the panel, the impact that the current environment is having on the industry, with COVID-19 and its consequences on the economy, was discussed at different times. Joe also warned of other challenges the industry will undoubtedly face going forward including another pandemic, regulations, disruptive innovation, and renewable energies.

Joe quoted Leon Megginson, a 20th-century economist. Mr. Megginson wrote that “It’s not the strongest of the species that survives but the most adaptable.” Panelists agreed that the ability to be agile will set apart the companies that survive.

In Joe’s opinion, improving collaboration leads to agility. He said that what’s important to a successful digital transformation is understanding where your silos are and where you can improve collaboration. I agree that collaboration is critical, and I would add transparency as another important factor. However, I believe that agile is a mindset (based on agile principles). It is a different way to do business, so organizations that want to become agile need to go through a culture shift.

Whether we want it or not, things are changing. The key to agility is to embrace change. This takes us back to the definition of digitalization: “… the use of digital technologies to change… “ Digitalization is not about technology, but about how technology enables change in the business. Digitalization is a transformational tool for agile organizations, especially during a rapidly changing, ambiguous, turbulent environment like the one we live in today.

Tech is part of our everyday lives, and the new generations coming into the workforce have been raised surrounded by technologies. Embracing technology becomes not only a matter of running a more profitable business, but it becomes a matter of tapping into the talent pool of the new generations and, in essence, staying in business.

 

Challenges to Digitalization

In other disciplines such as software development, which I know very well, or even car manufacturing, embracing change is in their DNA.

As an example, Toyota paved the way for the car manufacturing industry with its Toyota Way mindset. Other car manufacturers followed suit and the Lean movement was born. Lean heavily influenced the Agile methodologies of today that are widely spread when it comes to software development.

Many other industries, including Oil and Gas, have tried to embrace the Lean way of thinking. However, the way of thinking “if ain’t broke, don’t fix it” is ingrained in more risk-averse industries like Oil and Gas. Nevertheless, things are changing. The recent crises, first the 2015 downturn, and now COVID-19, have served as a wake-up call. Crises can also be seen as opportunities.

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01 December 2020
Webinar Air Date: 11 November 2020 
Los Angeles, CA

 

Revolutionizing Human Decisions with AI & Digitization
 
AI solutions are providing the refining industry unparalleled opportunities to be at the forefront of digital transformation by optimizing human decision-making to achieve ideal operational performance. Recent challenges have accelerated a shift to AI-led efficiency plans in downstream. But how exactly is that efficiency achieved, and how can you trust in this new path to automation?
 
This innovation webinar spotlights why refinery teams need to implement AI systems that focus on optimizing human decisions with an explanation of how this approach leads to truly efficient operations.
 
Check out this video to learn:
 

 

 

Want to learn about Beyond Limits AI and how it’s digitizing refinery operations? Click here.

 

24 September 2020
Los Angeles, CA
 
 
Beyond Limits CEO, AJ Abdallat participated at ENGenious Online, along with some of our AI experts, to share insights into how digitalization and AI strategies can benefit the energy industry. A key takeaway from ENGenious is that the energy industry’s relationship with AI & digital transformation is proving to be crucial for organizations to continue delivering value and more effectively managing their response to the unique demands of today.
 
Watch this video to understand how AI is being used by the energy industry to elevate efficiency through more proactive monitoring of equipment, resulting in increased risk identification and mitigation.
 
 
 
 

Interested to learn more about the role advanced AI is playing in the Energy Industry? Head to our Energy Solutions page to get started.

 
 
17 July 2019
Author: VentureBeat Transform 2019
Originally recorded by VentureBeat and posted to YouTube.

Beyond Limits CEO AJ Abdallat took the stage at Transform 2019 with VentureBeat Founder Matt Marshall to discuss how our approach to cognitive AI is accelerating business using technologies originally developed for NASA space missions.

AJ highlighted how our cognitive AI technology works to solve large-scale problems in the world’s most demanding industries. Explainability, a key challenge in today’s AI industry, was featured when Beyond Limits Technical Head of Industrial IoT Kristin Lennox demonstrated our latest solution the Beyond Limits Cognitive Refinery Operations Advisor.

Interested in seeing AJ, Kristin, and our innovative technology in action? Watch the video below or on YouTube!