The fully connected aircraft meets the fully connected Oil & Gas platform

As the Energy industry is not the only one hit by the Digital wave, we thought that it might be inspiring to share information and learn from probably one of the most Hi Tech and advanced industries: Aerospace.

Following the French-Norwegian forum on digital competences and solutions transforming the Energy industry in Paris (May 31st), we extended our stay in France and invited a delegation of Norwegian Energy companies including an Oil & Gas operator, Oil & Gas suppliers, digital experts from NORWEP and the University of Oslo (SIRIUS) to participate in a workshop organised at Airbus Headquarter in Toulouse.

The main goal of the learning expedition was to get insights on the French Aeronautics/Aerospace Digital Transformation and study potential for digital cross industry cooperation between the Aerospace & Energy industries.

“Digital transformation is a race!” did our interlocutor in charge of the new Airbus digital platform tell us. Airbus is building one big platform consolidating all information about all products, and the key for a successful platform is to bring enough flexibility in term of adding and removing applications and its capacity to have a user centric conception. Part of the agility required in such processes is to be selective and not hesitate to rapidly kill unsuccessful ideas. One of the objectives is that the digital platform will lead Airbus to build a fully connected aircraft.

French and Norwegian participants of the workshop shared information about corporate organisation of DTO, ways of structuring digital platforms, cloud Vs. on premise data storage…

During the workshop, we identified several relevant topics showing synergies and potential for cooperation between the two industries. As this is the case for the Oil & Gas industry, Airbus must have zero default in operations. Both industries’ products face very harsh conditions during lifetime. The vision of fully connected Oil & Gas operations is not very far from the fully connected aircraft imagined in the future. We are addressing the same challenges and we all agreed that this first cross industrial meeting focusing on Digital Transformation was very valuable for both industries and that we need to go further, to learn from each other, think outside the box and stimulate Open Innovation.

The French-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce will work to organise a follow up, probably in Norway, as agreed during the workshop. We will inform our members and partners about this next event very soon.

For further information about this event and follow-up please contact Ludovic Caubet at Caubet(@)

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