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The digital oil field aims to drive efficiencies across sectors of the oil & gas industry by enabling fast responses based on real-time data about onsite and remote processes. But what are the latest ideas, and who is publishing them?

Step 1: Analyze the landscape

A broad search in Scopus uncovers a rapidly growing body of literature (>1,300 documents) on the use of sensors in the oil and gas industry.

A broad search in Scopus uncovers a rapidly growing body of literature (>1,300 documents) on the use of sensors in the oil and gas industry.

Building on the deep indexing of Scopus records, the Refine results function provides a convenient overview of the most important keywords in this list of publications that are relevant to sensor type and function.

Step 2: Reveal trends

Targeted searches using those keywords highlight trends in specific topics. While publication numbers for many keywords have remained stable over the years (gray bars), the yearly tally of documents tagged with terms like drilling, temperature, flow, pressure, optic and real-time (orange bars) has significantly increased in the last decade.

Scopus allows saving results, which makes comparing them easy. Most of these documents discuss measurement-while-drilling (MWD) and intelligent completion technology.

Step 3: Identify experts and collaborations

Targeted searches using those keywords highlight trends in specific topics. While publication numbers for many keywords have remained stable over the years (gray bars), the yearly tally of documents tagged with terms like drilling, temperature, flow, pressure, optic and real-time (orange bars) has significantly increased in the last decade.

Scopus allows saving results, which makes comparing them easy. Most of these documents discuss measurement-while-drilling (MWD) and intelligent completion technology.

Her author profile in Scopus attests to her expertise, as evidenced by the number of documents she has authored, how often these have been cited, and an h-index of 21.

The co-author data that Scopus maps to Dr. Zhu on the topic of sensors in oil fields show collaborations with American oil exploration and production companies, as well as experts at the China University of Petroleum.

In the industrial sector, the multinational oil field service company Haliburton, has a strong publication record. Co-authorship data indicate substantial collaboration within the company, work with client oil companies around the world, and numerous smaller collaborations with a range of specialty service providers. Haliburton likely houses significant internal know-how on this topic but seeks external partnerships when needed.

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