Scientific engineering is a discipline that streamlines the achievements of fundamental sciences to enable optimization of industrial processes. Gazprom Neft's Science and Technology Center started developing this area of expertise in 2012.
Gazprom Neft's innovation circle includes leading Russian and foreign universities, academic centers, technology parks and high-tech equipment manufacturers. Seeking to combine intellectual capabilities of specialists working for the Company and for its technology partners for tackling specific business challenges, STC has set up the scientific engineering division.
An example of successful implementation of scientific engineering projects is the development of innovative materials in a joint effort of experts in physics, chemistry and information technologies. For instance, in 2018, a shared project of Gazprom Neft, Skoltech and Institute for High Pressure Physics of the Russian Academy of Sciences delivered the first specimens of a super-hard material that is hard as a diamond, but significantly cheaper to produce. New super-hard materials will be used to make drill bits.
Spectral geological modeling is another example of introduction of scientific engineering practices within STC. As a field of science, spectral analysis is based on the fundamental mathematical tool of spectral decomposition of a signal. This method is widely employed in chemistry, radio physics, nuclear physics, acoustics and other fields of science, but it has not been used in geology until just recently.
Scientific engineering helps achieve great successes in digitalization. STC has successfully delivered a project where deep machine learning methods were used for recognition of images, including subsurface features on seismic maps, such as river beds.
Scientific engineering is employed to address strategic planning issues, and for this purpose STC is developing the portfolio analysis discipline. This is an area of expertise that allows looking into the possible scenarios and options of asset development and enables long-term and mid-term planning.