Wood and IBM in digital products partnership

Aberdeen-based oil and engineering giant Wood plc and IBM announced they have entered into an agreement to “conceive and offer compelling new digital products and services that will advance operational efficiencies for customers in industrial and energy markets.”

The firms said the multi-year agreement “combines Wood’s engineering innovation and industry expertise with IBM’s advanced market leading technologies in areas such as artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain and analytics.”

They said the pressure on asset intensive industries is increasing, and development investments, especially for brownfield infrastructure, have further added to the cost and complexity of projects.

“Additionally, more stringent regulations and requirements are increasing industry constraints,” said Wood.

“In this new economic environment, digital technologies are critical to ongoing success.

“The collaboration will ultimately expand to a broad spectrum of industries – including those where Wood and IBM are deeply engaged, such as process industries, automotive, nuclear, clean energy and mining.

“Wood and IBM will look to develop solutions and explore new ways to apply AI and advanced Platforms to improve productivity and expand Digital insights.

“Wood delivers comprehensive services to support its customers across the complete lifecycle of their assets, from concept to decommissioning, across a range of energy, process and utility markets combining unrivalled technical knowledge with a drive for outstanding delivery.

“IBM is a global cloud platform and cognitive solutions company with capabilities in data and analytics, IoT, mobile, blockchain and security to help clients around the world and across every industry.”

Bob MacDonald, CEO, Wood Specialist Technical Solutions said: “Building on Wood’s experience in asset development and innovation, this will dramatically advance, and differentiate, our digital skills.

“By combining Wood’s engineering innovation, understanding of client operational objectives and domain expertise with IBM’s market leading advanced technologies such as cognitive, blockchain, and Quantum, we will help unlock new insights, to learn from and make predictions on data.”

John Sullivan, IBM Business Services Leader for the Industrial Sector, said: “Across asset intensive industries, the next industrial revolution is being led by digital technologies that are challenging existing business models.

“Together with Wood we are embracing this industry opportunity to deliver new Industry Solutions and Services that improve operational efficiencies, advance digital capabilities and build innovative ecosystems.”