Providing long term strategic direction and defining technology priorities for the UKCS

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To promote the use of data & digital technology to gain additional insight, support better decision making, reduce risk and improve efficiency across offshore energy sectors.


The workstream plan has three components which combine industry engagement, solution trials and longer-term industry strategy in Data and Digital:

  1. Industry engagement: a number of surveys (commenced in 2020) aim to understand the degree of digital maturity of the oil & gas and other offshore energy sectors, and what needs to be done to close critical gaps.

  2. Proofs of concept: aim at accelerating data and digital solutions in critical areas, through timely and focused pilots, bringing together asset operators and technology providers. A few of the proofs of concept are already sanctioned and have commenced, others are still in the planning phase.

  3. Data & Digital roadmap: An initial effort is ongoing bringing together data needs across offshore energy sectors to develop and communicate a comprehensive digital roadmap.

Accelerating this Data & Digital journey will create significant economic opportunities, ensuring our industry continues to be a strategic source of energy to the UK and an attractive place to work, developing cross-sectoral skills to tackle the big challenge of net zero.


Industry engagement to date has highlighted its digital immaturity across Data, People, Innovation and Technology. Overcoming barriers currently limiting data sharing among companies and increasing integration between offshore energy sectors will require further evolution of data infrastructure, tools and technologies to allow planning and operational data to be accessed and shared to meet the challenge of decarbonising and enable development of Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems.

2020 UKCS Data and Digital Maturity Survey

OGUK, NZCT, Opportunity North East, and the TLB launched a UKCS Data and Digital Maturity Survey report, ( delivered by Deloitte in 2020. With responses from over 70 organisations, the survey provided invaluable insight into the digital and data landscape across four dimensions: Data, People, Innovation, and Technologies.

2021 Data and Digital Maturity Survey Tailored Results

The 2020 UKCS Data and Digital Maturity Survey report was supplemented in early 2021 by Tailored Results Reporting and direct operator and supply chain company engagement. This offered specific feedback to companies that participated in the original survey through 1-on-1 engagements and revealed better understanding of the sector’s pain points and innovation opportunities.

2021 Data and Digital Maturity Survey Response

A response to the Data and Digital Maturity survey was completed later in 2021 highlighting the need for the oil and gas industry to acquire more “digital fluency” (the strategy, language and practices necessary to exploit digital opportunities), a step change in culture and behaviours comparable to changes in safety behaviours in the 90’s. It also revealed that, in most cases, bottom-up initiatives, rather than top-down leadership have driven progress in the sector to date. Without strong top-down leadership and support, organisations risk being left behind by digital disruption, and being out-competed by those more able to set organisational priorities for effective application of digital strategies and resources.

The survey activity above stimulated the progress of the two other part of the workplan:

Proofs of concept: Transformative opportunities, driven by digital concepts, and to be further informed by the Offshore Energy Data & Digital Strategy are being pursued. Those underway or under evaluation at the present time include:

  • Offshore Low Touch Energy Robotics and Autonomous Systems (OLTER): building a best-in-class offshore Industrial RAS (Robots and Autonomous System) centre in Scotland, focused on supporting the energy transition and positioning the country as an international leader in deploying robotic and automation technologies. There is potential for OLTER to become a vehicle for Data Trusts and Shared Analytics Platforms. See
  • Data Trust: driven initially from a well P&A campaign use case
  • Shared Analytics Platform: driven initially from a fabric maintenance use case
  • Well Log Re-analysis: subsurface
  • Offshore energy architecture
  • High Fidelity Simulation / Digital Twins: SMART Basin
  • Blockchain: investigating net zero certification.

Offshore Energy Data and Digital Data Strategy Taskforce, a collaborative effort to create an offshore digital & data strategy spanning oil & gas and renewables was launched in 4Q 2021 ( The initiative is chaired by the NSTA and steered jointly with OEUK, NZTC, CES, TCE, Renewable UK and the TLB. The Energy Systems Catapult and Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult are leading the Taskforce programme (, with ongoing cross sector engagements and publication of findings and recommendations in 2Q 2022.

The final report was published on 16th June 2022 and is available at this link.


2022 ESC OEDS Taskforce Report - Digitalising Offshore Energy Systems >

2021 Data and Digital Maturity Survey Response >

2021 Data and Digital Maturity Survey Tailored Results >

2020 UKCS Data and Digital Maturity Survey >

Digital is the next step change > (see article on page 40)

Offshore Energy Digital Taskforce Report Launch Webinar >