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vPatch and CES LLC.

Goal: Commercialize 4D SeisRes and our Lean Management Expertise.

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Vpatch Inc was a big data analytics loud-like computing environment bfore there were Cloud computing environments.
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Building Aggregation Is Smart (BAIS) is a technology for combining internal power management information with relevant external data to enable optimal power control decisions that reduce energy costs. The technology's two-tiered architecture comprises hardware modules for providing local power usage information to property managers and modules for aggregating information from multiple properties to obtain greater energy cost reductions. BAIS makes use of an additional technology called Secure Internet Protocol-Based Smart Adapter (See SIPSA TechReport) that enables secure bidirectional communication between a legacy power management system and the smart grid over the Internet. SIPSA can be used to both retrieve external information required to optimize power control decisions and to transmit local power usage data to other parts of the BAIS architecture.
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The mission of CES, LLC. (CES) is to introduce to Clients the best practices of Enterprise-Wide and Enterprise-Deep technology integration that we have developed over the years during our extensive dealings as entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs within the oil and gas business. Enterprise-Wide means enabling the linkage of technologies across project life cycles from conception of the idea, to discovery and appraisal, to development and operation of the asset. Companies who manage these linkages will deliver superior returns. Enterprise-Deep means the simultaneous coordination of work-, information-, knowledge- and decision-flow between the wide variety of technical disciplines required to make every project team successful. This cooperation combined with coordination between the teams, decision-makers, and other stakeholders in projects delivers superior returns.
DST requested that CES, LLC. submit a proposal for "the interface design, development, and installation of the interface between DST's existing database and an internet portal". We were asked to propose implementing the E-Business development in two steps: • A pilot project/development to be rapidly installed in only one of the DST group companies. • The installation of the entire proved system at a global scale. We were asked for a detailed cost and implementation time for the pilot project (first step), and approximate cost and time for the entire project. II. Executive Summary: CES, LLC. (CES) respectfully submits the following work statement and Quotation-for-Services for implementation of a four step pilot project for the creation of an E-Business for DST's worldwide tubulars (e-pipes). The cost will be $1,500,000 for 6 months, beginning on November 1, 1999. This proposal is submitted by CES on behalf of our alliance partner, The Boeing Company (Boeing), which will be a Time-and-Materials subcontractor. CES certifies that negotiations to enter into a binding contract with Boeing to provide the services described herein will be completed within 30 days of submittal of this contract, barring unforeseen events. Boeing's participation will require agreement to acceptable terms by all parties involved. The work statement below describes inh detail the steps of the proposed pilot project, which are: Step 1: mapping of oil company customer needs, priorities, and design requirements for the e-pipes web portal. Step 2: mapping of the macro process and information systems of DST, in the "AS IS" state.
Independent Producer Roll-up: The latest oil and gas price shock is driving significant structural changes throughout the oil and gas industry, especially in the upstream exploration and production sector of the international majors. Times of rapid change offer a window of opportunity for those companies that find new ways to achieve significant improvements in business performance. We believe the time is right for the propagation of quantitative business practices we have developed through working with the giant internationals to attain such performance breakthroughs into the small, independent oil and gas exploration and production business. We hope to lead the way toward a more productive future for this critical sector of the United States' economy. CES intends to assist in the roll-up of a choice group of these small producers, build a modern, balanced portfolio, and manage the production from this portfolio to optimize performance. Based upon our experience with the execution of this methodology in the major international oils, we expect an immediate 15%, and eventual 35%, improvement in margins for the new company over that of the roll-ups individually. Strategy We believe that a roll-up of small, independent oil and gas producers will allow us to develop a sound, diversified portfolio of properties that can be optimized to produce excellent business return as measured against any set of Wall Street business performance metrics. Our intent is to propagate technologies and techniques that we have used successfully with the majors and super-giants to the world of the small independent producer in order to sustain that segment of the industry for long-term survivability. It is evident to us that the portfolios of the small producer are not optimal in a modern business sense. We believe that a roll-up of several of these scattered, disconnected oil and gas producers will allow us to: 1. Combine a substantial range of properties and exploration plays into a single portfolio, analyze the interdependencies of the properties, and determine their true worth to the new company,
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The Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) was a multinational effort to explore and study the composition and structure of the Earth's oceanic basins. ODP, which began in 1985, was the successor to the Deep Sea Drilling Project initiated in 1968 by the United States. ODP was an international effort with contributions of Australia, Germany, France, Japan, the United Kingdom and the ESF Consortium for Ocean Drilling (ECOD) including 12 further countries. The program used the drillship Joides Resolution (JOIDES=Joint Oceanographic Institutions for Deep Earth Sampling) on 110 expeditions (legs) to collect about 2000 deep sea cores from major geological features located in the ocean basins of the world. Drilling discoveries led to further questions and hypotheses, as well as to new disciplines in earth sciences such as the field of paleoceanography. In 2004 ODP transformed into the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) (Wikipedia).
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Increased Productivity from Seismic Imaging Improvements: 2D baseline in 1986 to 3D to 1995 to 4D 1999.
Asset Tracking Supply-Chain Management After Cost Cuts, What Happens? Minimize Cycle-Time across Enterprise
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CES LLC Collaboration with Cidra, an UTC fiber optic spin out.
This proposal represents an opportunity to create a low risk fast track to address the global logistics e-commerce opportunity. The time frame envisaged is aggressive, but it is the only option in the highly dynamic world of e-commerce. DST has a need to develop an e-commerce based system to deliver tubular products around the world, resulting in increased market share for DST, and reduced inventory costs and downtime for its customers. Whilst Amazon.com may be able to deliver a book to a customer in Delaware in 24 hours, our goal is deliver pipe to a customer in Kazakhstan in a similar fashion. This solution is codenamed 'e-pipes'.
This proposal represents an opportunity to create a low risk fast track to address the global logistics e-commerce opportunity. The time frame envisaged is aggressive, but it is the only option in the highly dynamic world of e-commerce. DST has a need to develop an e-commerce based system to deliver tubular products around the world, resulting in increased market share for DST, and reduced inventory costs and downtime for its customers. Whilst Amazon.com may be able to deliver a book to a customer in Delaware in 24 hours, our goal is deliver pipe to a customer in Kazakhstan in a similar fashion. This solution is codenamed 'e-pipes'.
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A Lean Management System continually seeks perfection in performance. This aggressive learning is accomplished through specific processes and software, all of which must be in place. First and foremost, there must be a rigorous "Action Tracker" that records every decision and scores and follows the outcome of that decision. The actions must be linked to a system model that can re-compute and optimize performance in near real-time. Then rigorously enforce feedback loops that take these predicted outcomes and then suggest corrections based upon objective scoring of the predictions versus actual events. We believe that what we term Computer Aided Lean Management (CALM) is required to rigorously enforce the tracking of actions, the scoring of outcomes, and the back-propagation of corrections to the system performance needed in order to learn from such feedback loops. In our experience with Lean implementations, many of the tools and methods of Lean will be in place, but the action tracker, system model and feedback loop are always critical piece that are largely missing or disconnected one from the others. How to implement a way to measure performance and a rigorous means of adjusting the system to then improve performance is the key to successful Lean Implementations. CALM uses ideas from stochastic control theory, option theory, and machine learning to design a decision support system for the controller that optimizes business and engineering objectives simultaneously under uncertainty. Evaluating the Missing Pieces: In order to implement CALM, one needs: 1. Identification of the Business Capability: The organizational barriers and relationships for the specific project must first be described, and technologies and processes used by each critical process mapped. We will assume that this step is already done and the information transferable.
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vPatch's business focus is to implement wired processes that connect business decision-making and hydrocarbon reservoirs in real time to enable the use of portfoliomanagement, real-options, EVA and other modern techniques to plan and execute enterprise optimization.
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MY VITA as of June 1, 2020, with newest Patent Numbers issued for 5 new Continuation Patents.
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Even the best oil companies do not optimize their operations for maximum efficiency, let alone for maximum profit. People, processes and manufacturing must be wired together to produce such efficiencies and profitability. The image below represents our vision of a next generation of 4D Business Control System (BCS) for the upstream oil industry. Downstream and Power segments of the energy industry have well developed BCS's, but new technologies reflected in these have not yet made it into widespread use in the upstream. Computations necessary for risking and re-risking, real options, management-by-exception, portfolio and task management, and balanced score carding (the "upper arch of a business hierarchy) are calculated in most business units, but are generally not integrated in real-time and pushed to field sites (the lower arch) so that the efficiency and profitability can be optimized. vPatch Technology, Inc. has produced this next-generation 4D BCS that integrates SCADA data, analogs, models, and projections to produce dynamic cross-system optimization while anticipating equipment failures and other operational problems making use of data mining and visualization tools. The 4D BCS of the future that we envisage automatically ranks, guides, and warns by the use of "hotlists" customized to incentives for people with critical roles in the organization. Hotlist content is packaged on the web so actions are one click away. Hotlists are based on light weight, peer-to-peer web services, and they utilize task management, rule-based decision-making, decision trees, neural network agents and "credit-mapping" based on the Suitability Matrix (sm) to provide the action generator for the 4D BCS. In order to accomplish the computational tasks required by the next-generation 4D BCS, several inputs and outputs must be provided. Firstly, all important business processes must be brought into real-time two-way communications so that feedback control can work. This involves proper SCADA data feeds from internal and external generation facilities, combined with data such as strip prices, data-basing involving data historians and data warehousing, software application integration based on middleware and information dissemination based on the web, mobile devices, and information "push" based on lightweight peer-to-peer computing. Secondly, proper use must be made in real
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vPatch was spun out of our 4D Seismic Group at Columbia in 2000 to commercialize our development effort sponsored by Baker Hughes to do the next big thing in 4D Seismic: SEISRES coupled SEISmic & REServoir simulations along with a cross-simulator optimizer.
The archived website for vPatch is at:
Overview of the SeisRes Operating Framework that was commercialized by vPatch is at:
 
Roger N. Anderson
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Commercialize 4D SeisRes and our Lean Management Expertise.