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Updated On:06/01/2015
Information Technology

The search for hydrocarbons is on & technology has always been at the core of OIL’s activities. Induction of Information & Communication Technology as an enabler to the core functions of OIL has been a driving force.

OIL’s IT initiatives through various software solutions, state-of-the-art servers, optical fibre, satellite up-linking, terminals, platforms program developers, digital data, networking, workflow – has been enabling OIL to sail along the information superhighway...empowering employees and management to take techno-economic decisions so vital in today’s era of cut-throat competitions. OIL’s IT Department is responsible for providing a proper workflow where people have access to latest technology, which ensures accurate, timely and consistent transmission of data.

IT Vision
  • To transform OIL into an I² enterprise
  • Knowledge management through Information management

IT Mission
To achieve a high level of computerisation in the technical and commercial processes in all spheres of OIL’s activities, developing an Enterprise-wide Information system, creating local/ wide area connectivity across the organisation to provide network and data communication facilities, application of innovation and introduction of new technology by prudent IT resource planning in the most effective manner, continuous updation of knowledge so that the benefits of technology reach all levels of management as well as knowledge workers in OIL.

Preparing OIL to implement IT-based online systems requires a multi-dimensional approach incorporating user training, change management, motivation, etc. The philosophy of IT initiatives is to add the above with the practical experience of IT-enabled processes for the users to realise the potential of IT applications in all areas. In line with this, IT Department put in extra effort to develop and implement in-house applications in critical areas like Finance, materials, HR, production, drilling, geoscience, etc. over the past few years in a planned manner.

ERP and E & P Databank Initiatives
ERP: “Enterprise Resource Planning” had gone live from 01st December, 05, and implemented SAP ERP modules HR (Human Resource), MM (Materials Management), FICO (Financial Accounting & Controlling), PP (Product Planning), PM (Plant Maintenance), PS ( Project System ) , IS Oil (Industry Standard Solution), SD (Sales & Distribution), BW (Business Warehouse) , SRM ( Suppliers Relationship Management ) and EP ( Employees Portal ).

Successful implementation of ERP has helped OIL towards
a) improved efficiency, effectiveness in all business processes,
b) introduction of a cost management system at par with the best,
c) continuous improvement in productivity to gain entry into the league of the best achievers in the world &
d) introduction of the best management practices of the industry.

E&P: Exploration & Databank Project implementation is on. E&P Databank is based on a POSC Epicenter Data Model that Will Act as a Receptacle for All E&P related data. Once implemented, this data-center will be able to a) Store more than 100 Years of Invaluable E&P Related Data Possessed by OIL available in various formats into a common industry-standard format, b)Provide a Robust Central Repository of Data for the Geo-Technical Community, c) Convert Data Assets of OIL into Capital, as the Data could be Used Productively to Create Value for OIL

IT Business Continuity plan
To protect the vital company data from disasters like earthquake, fire, flood etc., organizations must build up redundant data repositories, preferably at geographically distant locations. As a part of IT business continuity plan, disaster recovery centre was set up in the Noida, UP. Continuous data replication of all of its business data takes place between the primary site at Duliajan, Assam and Noida, UP. Physical access to data repositories are being controlled by means of effective technologies like use of biometrics, CCTV monitoring etc.

The DR centre was inaugurated by the Chairman & Managing Director of OIL, Shri NM Borah on 18th September, 2009.

Human Face of IT

  • OIL’s FO Project has paved way for a Broadband Tele-communication Infrastructure in Entire North-East.
  • Annually about 50 Students pursuing Professional Courses are provided Project Based Training on Oracle Database, Web Technology. Networking etc. to give them the necessary industry exposure.
  • Lends Technical Help & Infrastructure in Programmes Organised by Various Institutions

IT Resources
IT Hardware: OIL has installed state of the art hardware in its Data center comprising about 50 servers including large number high end servers, 15 TB SAN storage, An automatic tape library system for backup and about 2000 PCs across various user locations spread across OIL’s operational areas.

LAN Connectivity: A Robust 100 BaseT LAN with Fiber Backbone at Duliajan Field HQs and Wireless connectivity to all remote locations like OCSs, Digboi etc supports more than 2000 nodes , handles applications ranging from Intranet, Internet, Email, SAP ERP applications , 2-Tier Client Server Applications on Oracle RDBMs, 3-Tier Applications.

WAN / Remote Area Connectivity: Wide Area Network connectivity connecting all other spheres of OIL by MPLS VPN through BSNL is in operation. A VSAT connectivity through BTVL shared hub services connects all Project offices as a fall back arrangement to MPLS

High Speed Internet Connectivity: A 24X7 high speed 4 Mbps link catering to approximately 1000 users is provided at OIL, Duliajan through STPI’s VSAT link.

Core Business Intelligent Systems: Seismic 2D/ 3D Data Processing Software “Promax” on SGI Power Challenge, Seismic Data Interpretation Software “GeoFrame” on SUN Ultra Sparc, Well-Log Interpretation “ELAN PLUS” on SUN, Reservoir Modelling Software “Petral”, Reservoir Simulation “Eclipse 100”, Well Testing Software “WellTest100”, SCADA System and a host of other systems.

Business Information and support Systems: In-house developed Oracle based Hospital Information System, Superannuation fund management system , Land information, GRPC Databse, Explosive Management Database, Intranet Portal Deployment, Corporate Website Deployment etc.

IT Expertise
Database: Oracle RDBMS - Oracle 8/ 9i/10g Database, Oracle Database Administration, Microsoft Access, Oracle Forms, Reports, Graphics Builder, VB.

OS: System Administration of Microsoft Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP, LINUX, IBM AIX, SUN Solaris, SGI Irix, HP Tru Unix

WebServices, Internet/ Mail Services: 3-Tier Application Deployment using IIS, Corporate Mail Services & Internet for 1000 Users.

The Road Ahead
The Road Ahead for OIL’s IT Mission is to
  • Steer OIL to I² Enterprise (“Informationalised” and “Integrated” in every aspect)
  • Facilitate Knowledge Management for Knowledge Workers
  • Integrate Technical & Business decisions
  • Venture into E-Business to Remain Competitive and Remain at Par with International E&P Companies
  • Continuously Upgrade IT skills and Technology thereby Consistently Improve Organisational Performance
  • Strive for implementing digital oil fields.