How to manage the ‘data tsunami’


Technology is making great strides in enhancing the ability of maintenance workers to do their jobs more efficiently and safely, primarily through the manipulation of data, reports 10/12 Industry Report in its latest issue. Industry 4.0, robotics, AI, virtual reality, machine learning and a host of other tools are all playing a role in transforming the landscape.

Kyle Daughtry, digital and extended realities solutions architect at ExxonMobil in Houston, says the industrial space is heading toward a more visual way of working. He spoke earlier this year at the annual Tec Next Conference in Baton Rouge. Nearly 200 attended the two-day event, during which industry and technology experts gave brief, 15-minute talks about various technologies.

“Industry data is moving at exponential speeds,” Daughtry says. “And it’s a tsunami of data—there has been a 4,300 percent increase in big data from 2016 to 2021. That’s significant, since it ultimately provides the foundational point for visual transformation.”

The “digital reality ecosystem” is becoming the new way of working at ExxonMobil. Data is being captured in real time and in a variety of ways, then accessed and manipulated whenever and however needed. ExxonMobil is finding that most of that data is best interpreted in a 3D, not 2D, world. Read the entire story in the latest issue of 10/12 Industry Report.