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A weekly podcast on the impacts of digital technologies on the oil and gas sector

Jan 18, 2023

"We estimate that potentially 25 to 30% of the overall effort on  smaller brownfield projects is in just trying to find reliable records that can be edited and updated to address whatever project you're trying to do."

In this episode, I’m in conversation with Scott Mussbacher, who is the Systems Integration Business Unit Manager at Vista Projects, an engineering, procurement and construction company  based in Calgary. Construction engineering is critical to the  oil and gas industry because the industry is capital intense–pipelines, refineries, tanks, processing plants all need complex engineering to make them functional, safe, and cost effective. Scott is helping to reimagine the interface between the build phase of an engineering project and the operate phase – how does the information generated in build play a role in operations. 

"When a regulator visits, they give you a couple of weeks notice. And it's typically a big scramble to try to find the documentation, the maintenance records, the data sheets, and all the information about some asset in their sights."

Scott Mussbacher leads Vista’s System Integration team, and works closely with Vista’s Process Engineering and Project Management teams. Scott has a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering – both from the University of Alberta, and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA).

Scott is an expert in process engineering, project management and data-centric project execution. As the System Integration Manager, Scott leverages his expertise to guide the team through the development of digital twins for multiple clients in diverse industries. With his unique background, he brings a holistic approach to digital twins to enhance value from initial project conception through to operations and maintenance.

"An engineer does not want to be trying to find where their issues are, find where there's concerns. They want to be focused on innovative ways to solve those problems. And so you're really taking out some of the worst part of our job as engineers trying to find problems, and really focusing on the value added tasks for the project."

Scott has contributed to many client’s research and development programs by leveraging his graduate school education and experience in process engineering and management. Scott has also presented his research and expertise at multiple conferences and exhibitions.

Scott appeared on an earlier episode of Digital Innovations in Oil and Gas, and you might want to take in the previous episode.