Digital for the Front Line Worker in Oil and Gas

Definitions, Key Technologies, Impacts
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Rating: 4.9 out of 5 (21 ratings)
395 students
50min of on-demand video
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Gain an understanding of what digital is
Understand why digital is important for the industry
Learn how digital projects are different from traditional engineering projects
Understand the impacts of digital on jobs
Discover the impacts of digital on the individual worker


  • An operations role in the oil and gas industry
  • No experience with digital is required


Are you a front line worker in oil and gas, and being expected to work with new digital technologies on the job? Are you wondering why your company and the industry is investing in these tools? Are you interested in how innovations like wearables (like smart watches and goggles), smartphone cameras, smart tools, robots and sensors will impact your job?

If you answer YES to these questions, then this course is for you. This series of short lectures covers the basics of digital for the front line worker (field service workers, rig workers, fabricators, welders, mechanics, technicians, contractors, operators, and supervisors — basically anyone who works principally in oil and gas operations).

Front line workers are in the upstream (oil and gas exploration, production), midstream (crude and gas pipeline operations, gas plants, shipping), and downstream (LNG plants, refining, wholesale).

The course presents:

  1. a simple definition of digital,

  2. why digital is important for individuals working oil and gas, their companies and the industry at large,

  3. how digital solutions are developed for use in oil and gas,

  4. the impacts that digital has on jobs in the industry, and

  5. the impacts that digital will have on you, the front line worker.

By the end of the course, you’ll have a much better understanding of digital and its impacts on the industry, and the impacts on you as a professional.

Who this course is for:

  • Front line workers in oil and gas (upstream, midstream, downstream)
  • Oil and gas operators
  • Field service workers
  • Rig workers
  • Technicians
  • Contractors
  • Supervisors of workers in oil and gas


Author, Professional Speaker, Trainer
Geoffrey Cann
  • 4.7 Instructor Rating
  • 1,754 Reviews
  • 4,627 Students
  • 2 Courses

Geoffrey Cann is an international author, professional speaker, trainer, and broadcaster to the Oil and Gas industry. Following an early career with Imperial Oil, he became a partner at Deloitte, where he carried out hundreds of consulting assignments in Canada, the US, Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, China, Australia and the Caribbean over a 30 year career. Today, he specialises in digital innovation in Oil and Gas, teaches a 1-day seminar on digital oil and gas, produces a weekly article and podcast on digital issues in energy, and has published his first book, Bits, Bytes, and Barrels: The Digital Transformation of Oil and Gas, available on Amazon. He is a contributing author to Machine Learning and Data Science in Oil and Gas: Best Practices, Tools and Case Studies, available from Elsevier.

His latest book, Carbon, Capital, and the Cloud: A Playbook for Digital Oil and Gas, was released in March, 2022.

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