Preventing surprises in deepwater drilling

An interview with Regina Mayor, Global Head of Energy with KPMG and Sophie Zurquiyah, founder and CEO of CGG

Regina Mayor

Regina Mayor

Global Head of Energy, KPMG in the U.S.

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Sophie Zurquiyah

Sophie Zurquiyah

Chief Executive Officer, CGG

Podcast overview

CGG, a French-based global geoscience technology leader, is defined by the many smart scientists that help energy companies understand the earth’s subsurface. This knowledge helps de-risk oil and gas explorations.  Sophie Zurquiyah, CEO, sits down with Regina Mayor, KPMG’s Global Head of Energy, to discuss how her company, through high-performance computing, creates very detailed images of the structures deep below the earth.  Guided by those images, clients can then make better investment decisions around where to locate wells, avoid hazards, and minimize the environmental impact of drilling.

Topics discussed include:

  • How geophysical sensors on the sea floor collect the data required to generate large scale, high-resolution images
  • Progress around capturing carbon and methane emission leaks
  • How physics, geoscience, and machine learning technology, software algorithms and huge sophisticated high-performance computing serve advanced data processing
  • How digital transformation allows data to be delivered and consumed seamlessly into client information systems
  • The challenge of retaining and motivating a highly educated workforce with prized skills
  • The journey she took from aerospace engineer to head of HR, head of IT, and ultimately CEO – and the unexpected lessons learned through those roles.

The views and opinions expressed herein are those of the interviewees and do not necessarily represent the views and opinions of KPMG LLP

Preventing surprises in deepwater drilling
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