September 10, 2019 by

GLJ Acquires Verdazo’s Machine Learning Technology & Consulting Practice

GLJ Petroleum Consultants has acquired the machine learning technology, software and consulting practice from Verdazo Analytics. Verdazo will continue to focus on its Business Intelligence software and services, and support clients by serving up machine-learning-ready data. In a recent partnership with GLJ on the Spirit River Machine Learning Study, it became increasingly evident that the need for consistent regional geoscience analysis was a challenge for most producers, particularly given staff reductions in a challenging commodity market. GLJ is well equipped to support companies who need a depth and breadth of geotechnical expertise to integrate into their reserves, development and completion optimization efforts. “The biggest opportunity in the industry to leverage machine learning is also its greatest obstacle… you need consistent regional geological interpretations to take advantage of machine learning’s ability to build understanding and inform completion optimization opportunities.” said Bertrand Groulx, President of Verdazo Analytics. “The breadth and depth of GLJ’s engineering and geotechnical expertise can really help companies accelerate new insights and capital efficiencies.” “Acquiring the machine learning software and methodologies from Verdazo gives GLJ a head start in incorporating machine learning technology into our reserves workflow, fully considering the impact that geology, reservoir and completions collectively have on...

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June 17, 2019 by

Bertrand Groulx presenting on machine learning at Calgary Petroleum Club

Verdazo Analytics President Bertrand Groulx will deliver a presentation on machine learning for the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) on June 25 at the Calgary Petroleum Club. The presentation is titled “Machine Learning: Usability, Stability & Interpretability.” Groulx is co-presenting with John Hirschmiller from GLJ Petroleum Consultants. During a fast-paced and engaging presentation, Groulx and Hirschmiller will show the bulk of their Spirit River Study from the SPE Subsurface Workshop. They’ll also explore trust-building approaches that include feature selection, interpretive visualizations, stability considerations, “What’s a good R2?”, and a Man vs. Machine simulation. The presentation takes place from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. To learn more about the presentation or to register, click here.

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May 31, 2019 by

Brian Emmerson delivering talk on machine learning for Darcy Partners in Houston

Verdazo Analytics’ Director of Data Science Brian Emmerson will deliver a talk on interpretable machine learning techniques in Houston, Texas on June 5th. The one-day forum is presented by Darcy Partners and is focused on analytics and the internet-of-things. Brian’s talk will focus on the ability of robust visualization techniques to investigate machine learning model predictions, with examples from North American unconventional resource plays. To learn more about the conference or to register, click here.

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May 13, 2019 by

Verdazo Analytics at geoconvention 2019, Calgary

There are three ways to see Verdazo’s team in action at geoconvention 2019 in Calgary. Marcelo Guarido will be presenting Machine Learning Strategies to Perform Facies Classification Tuesday May 14th at 9:00 am in the Glenn Room 206. Verdazo Analytics’ Director of Data Science Brian Emmerson will co-present The Importance of Geoscience in using Machine Learning to Predict and Optimize Well Performance – Case Study from the Spirit River Formation Wednesday May 15th at 10:35 in the Telus Room 104-105. You can also catch members of the Verdazo team at Booth 503 to learn more about our visual analytics and machine learning capabilities.

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April 14, 2019 by

Anton Biryukov of Verdazo Analytics places third in global machine learning competition

Verdazo Analytics Data Scientist Anton Biryukov took home third prize in a machine learning competition in March of this year. “Turn up the Zinc” was a crowdsourcing challenge to augment Glencore‘s efforts to predict zinc recovery at their McArthur River mine in Australia. The participants used the Unearthed platform and consisted of 229 global innovators from 17 countries forming 61 teams and submitting 1286 model variations over one month. “The Unearthed platform provides a great opportunity to polish my data science skills, while solving applied problems in the oil and gas and mining industries,” said Anton, who worked on the problem during his spare time. While most contest submissions were team collaborations, Anton chose to tackle the problem with the help of just one junior data resource. “For my team, third prize in this competition means motivation to try harder in the next challenge, plus new doggy treats for Junior Data Analyst Lumi.” Lumi and Anton discuss strategy For more information on “Turn up the Zinc,” click here.

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March 29, 2019 by

Brian Emmerson delivering presentation at Houston Machine Learning in Oil & Gas conference

Verdazo Analytics’ Director of Data Science Brian Emmerson will deliver a presentation titled “Applied Geosciences and Machine Learning – A Case Study from the Spirit River” at the Machine Learning in Oil & Gas conference in Houston, Texas on April 18, 2019. The presentation takes place at 11:45 a.m at the JW Marriott Galleria. Emmerson’s presentation will outline how the integration of geoscience and engineering data can quantify well feature impact and importance. He’ll also outline how delivering usable models can help user adoption and how the application of interpretable machine learning techniques can build trust. This is the fourth annual Machine Learning in Oil and Gas Conference. It takes place April 17-18. To learn more or register, click here.

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February 20, 2019 by

Brian Emmerson speaking on SPE panel on subsurface analytics

Verdazo Analytics Director of Data Science Brian Emmerson is a featured speaker at a panel on subsurface analytics at the upcoming Society for Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Subsurface Data Analytics workshop on February 27, 2019 at The Bow in Calgary. The panel, titled “An In-Depth Discussion on Subsurface Analytics,” also features Louis Fabbi of Fabi Analytics, David Fulford of Apache Corporation and Christopher Petr of CNOOC International. Verdazo Analytics President Bertrand Groulx will co-moderate the panel. The panel will explore the successes, challenges and opportunities the future of subsurface data analytics holds, including existing datasets that are underutilized in the industry and how to overcome obstacles to leverage them using new and evolving technologies. The panel takes place from 4:00-5:00 p.m. on February 26-27 at The Bow in Calgary. To register for the workshop or for more information, click here.

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February 20, 2019 by

Bertrand Groulx presenting machine learning case study at SPE workshop

Verdazo Analytics President Bertrand Groulx will present a machine learning case study at the Society for Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Subsurface Data Analytics workshop on February 27, 2019 at The Bow in Calgary. The case study utilizes GLJ Petroleum Consultants’ Spirit River regional geologic study and incorporates both geoscience and engineering data to characterize which geological, reservoir and completion data contribute most significantly to well production performance. John Hirschmiller of GLJ will join Groulx for the presentation. As part of the presentation, Groulx will outline how machine learning models provide objective, analytical means to interpret large, complex datasets. The presentation will provide interested parties with practical applications of machine learning, particularly for assessing the commercial viability of resource development, optimizing completion designs and informing reserves evaluations. Groulx’s presentation takes place from 8:00-9:30 a.m on February 27th. The SPE workshop takes place February 26-27 at The Bow in Calgary. To register or for more information, click here.

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December 14, 2018 by

Bertrand Groulx busking in the +15 for YYC Tech Gives

Above: Guitar-slinger Bertrand Groulx in his busking home in the +15, flanked by Don Chenery, Senior Business Analyst and Dean Anderson, Machine Learning Business Development. Verdazo Analytics President Bertrand Groulx has been playing a mix of Christmas songs, rock favourites and even an original as part of a multi-day busking engagement to raise funds for YYC Tech Gives. All funds raised are being donated to The Calgary Food Bank. Groulx – a longtime amateur guitar player and singer – has raised almost $2500 in his first two days busking over the lunch hour between Brookfield Place and Bow Valley Square. The gigs actually mark his first-ever public performances. His setlist has included: Good Riddance, English Girls, Another Lonely Day, Hey Jude, an original song called Just Right, along with a host of seasonal favourites like Blue Christmas, Silver Bells and Jingle Bell Rock. Bertrand will perform again Monday December 17 and Wednesday December 19. We hope you’ll come down to cheer him on – and drop a few bucks in the guitar case for YYC Tech Gives and The Calgary Food Bank. Or, you can donate to Verdazo’s YYC Tech Gives page online.

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December 5, 2018 by

Tyler Schlosser wins SPE Technical Excellence and Achievement Award

Everyone on the Verdazo Analytics team would like extend congratulations to our own Tyler Schlosser, the 2018 recipient of the SPE Calgary Section’s Technical Excellence and Achievement Award. In his role as Verdazo Analytics’ Senior Technical Machine Learning Advisor, Tyler made impactful contributions to the Calgary section of the SPE, its members, and our industry. We invite you to join us in celebrating Tyler’s accomplishments at the upcoming Data Analytics Breakfast event at the Calgary Petroleum Club on January 10th from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Here is just a small sampling of Tyler’s notable contributions: Machine Learning: Practical Use in Upstream Oil & Gas Machine Learning: Is it really a Black Box? Machine Learning: Finding the signal or fitting the noise?

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