Einar Landre and Jørn Ølmheim, Statoil
by Jacob Tate, Mount St. Mary’s University
Einar Landre presented an experience report at the last morning session titled “Systems of Action: A Stack Model for Capability Classification.” The subject matter of this presentation delved into the importance of structuring a class of systems that can observe phenomena or processes and then interpret this data and make intelligent decisions.
Landre suggested that humans are often the weak point in a decision-making process because they are easily distracted, they can be irrational, and ethics and morales can get in the way of efficiently creating solutions to problems. Replacing human decision makers or giving them the support of intelligent simulators and advisors built with software can be crucial in avoiding disasters and furthering the advancement of business processes and profitability.
To help architect these systems of action, Landre and his team developed a capability stack with perspectives ranging from technological to user to product integration. The stack works from the building blocks of physical processes and machine learning all the way up to the best actions for control and safety and the best action for the business using the system. These physical and logical capabilities help to design successful systems of action that can analyze data, recommend the best possible action, and, perhaps more importantly, monitor the effects of these decisions and re-plan if necessary.
Can computers replace human decision makers? Landre also remarked that the oil industry, while high-tech, is simultaneously old-fashioned, and the team will dial up automation as they gain the trust of the humans in the system.
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