Wood Group today announced that it is collaborating with the Centre for Applied Data Analytics (CeADAR), located at University College Dublin (UCD), to launch a new data analytics capability to deliver significant savings for the energy and industrial sectors.

Wood Group is an international energy services company with around $6 billion sales and operating in more than 50 countries. The Group has three businesses, Wood Group PSN, Wood Group Kenny and Wood Group Mustang, providing a range of engineering, production support and maintenance management services to the oil and gas, and power generation industries worldwide.

Wood Group Kenny (WGK) will work with CeADAR to develop predictive analytics for deployment particularly in the oil and gas industry. This will initially be targeted at brownfield engineering services and will strengthen WGK’s existing services in the area of measured data analysis.

By tracking the integrity of system components, the service already delivers significant savings to clients through problem detection and optimisation, leading to reduced inspection, intervention and maintenance costs.

Bob MacDonald, CEO, Wood Group Kenny, said, “Maximising productivity is a strong focus, even more so in the current low oil price environment. The accelerated development and deployment of advanced analytics capabilities will provide a significant enhancement to our existing brownfield engineering service line in 2016. This specialist technical capability will allow Wood Group Kenny to handle data more efficiently and deliver a greater volume and variety of cost saving insights to our clients.”

CeADAR, funded by Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland, is a market-focused technology centre for the innovation and application of big data analytics and visualisation with industry partners. Led by UCD, in partnership with University College Cork and Dublin Institute of Technology, CeADAR specialises in accelerated development and deployment of technologies such as data management, predictive analytics, machine learning, real time analytics and visualisation.

CeADAR is headquartered at NexusUCD, the Industry Partnership Centre at UCD.

Dr Brian Mac Namee, Principal Investigator, CeADAR, said, “For CeADAR, working with Wood Group Kenny provides a great opportunity to apply the latest data analytics techniques to large, interesting, real world datasets, and to see this application make a difference to Wood Group Kenny’s business.”

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