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Digital Roughnecks is the podcast for oil & gas professionals who use technology to achieve autonomous operations. In particular, we focus on the impact that AI (artificial intelligence) on oil & gas operations.

Digital Roughnecks is the podcast for oil & gas professionals who use technology to achieve autonomous operations. In particular, we focus on the impact that AI (artificial intelligence) on oil & gas operations.


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Digital Roughnecks is the podcast for oil & gas professionals who use technology to achieve autonomous operations. In particular, we focus on the impact that AI (artificial intelligence) on oil & gas operations.






How to prevent ransomware

In this episode of Digital Roughnecks, we sit down with Steve Rutkovitz, President of Choice Cybersecurity to discuss:


Canadian Regulations

In part 4 of our regulation & ESG series, I interviewed Darwin Graff from West Country Energy Services, who outlines the latest updates to Canadian EPA and Alberta Provincial regulations. Inside this episode, we discuss:


How operators achieve autonomous operations with edge computing

In this episode, Mark Smith interviews John Kalfayan, VP of Energy at Hivecell, to discuss using intelligent edge devices in the oil & gas field operations. We discuss: How to deploy and scale your edge devices, even if you're not an IT or networking expertHow intelligent edge devices enable autonomous operations for oil & gas operators


New Proposed Federal EPA Regulations Part 3

In this episode, Mark Smith outlines 3 new proposed US legislation that will impact EPA regulations for all US operators. I give you the summary of each bill and what I think will be the impact on operators in the coming months/years: These include:


ESG & Regulatory Impact Part 2

In part 2 of our "new regulations that impact every oil & gas company" series, we focus on OGMP 2.0 (Oil & Gas Methane Partnership). OGMP 2.0 is a global, voluntary, association of 66 oil & gas companies that currently produce 30% of the world's oil & gas. In this episode, we cover:


ESG & Regulatory Impact Part 1

Episode 27 Inside this episode: David Conley and Mark Smith of sit down to discuss ESG & Regulatory impact in upstream oil & gas operations.


EP25 - How to use Energy AI to turn your SCADA data into money

In this episode, Sarah Tamilrasan, the co-founder of SotaOG, shares how they use Energy AI to optimize existing real-time data to:


EP24 – The Future of Autonomous Control Room Operations

Inside this episode: Vicki Knott, P.Eng, the president of CruxOCM shares how her SaaS company is enabling the autonomous control room of tomorrow. • Vick shares how our software helps midstream companies dramatically reduce the number of steps to start a pipeline by up to 99%. • She also explains how operators can squeeze more throughput from their pipelines, which could add $100 million in new revenue per midstream company! You can get all the links to our show notes by clicking...


6 Stages of Autonomous Operations

In this episode of Digital Roughnecks, Shirley Marquardt, Emerson’s Director of Digital Transformation, discusses the six stages of autonomous operations for oil & gas operators. You can see the video interview here: Emerson has helped hundreds of operators with automation, both offshore and onshore. This gives them some unique insight into the steps required to go from manual to autonomous operations.


Intro To Deep Learning With Mehdi Korjani

In this episode, we sit down with Mehdi Korjani, Director of AI at Clean Connect, to go through the basics of deep learning. Mehdi uses his experience and expertise in AI to explain what deep learning is, how it is different from machine learning, and how it is changing oil and gas. So if you want to learn more about deep learning, tune into this week's episode.


Using Python To Become The Next Digital Roughneck

In this episode, Hoss Belyadi describes his journey from roughneck to Digital Roughneck. Hoss uses AI & machine learning to solve problems in the oil & gas industry, such as preventative maintenance and extraction optimization. And his programming language of choice? Python. Hoss believes learning Python is one of the first steps to becoming a Digital Roughneck because you can take advantage of powerful machine learning algorithms to solve real problems. This is all broken down in his...


Creating Holistic Energy Intelligence With AI

In this week's episode, I sit down with the CEO of Sourcewater, Josh Adler. At the start, Sourcewater aimed to map and market the water needed in hydraulic fracturing. Today, Josh and his team have created AI and machine learning technologies capable of mapping nearly every commodity and process involved in hydraulic fracturing. In fact, Sourcewater can even detect drilling operations months before operators file permits. So if you want to see how Sourcewater's solutions can increase ROI...


How To Get Started As A Digital Roughneck

In this episode, Digital Roughnecks interviews Ryan Davies, a Network Engineer from Ryan is a true Digital Roughneck, starting his oil and gas career on the drilling side and now adding a computer science degree. Ryan talks about his journey to become a Digital Roughneck and provides specific recommendations on how to get started as a Digital Roughneck. Also, Ryan provides insights into the future role of the Digital Roughneck in the oil & gas industry plus the career...


The Four Keys To A Successful AI Project

In this week's episode of Digital Roughnecks, the DR crew breaks down a Forbes article highlighting the key factors for a successful AI project. Using their experience in AI, David Conley and Mark Smith provide concrete examples on how these key points play out in their company, Clean Connect. So if you want to start using AI in 2021, tune in to this week's episode to learn how to make your projects a success.


How To Find Opportunities For AI Solutions Without Being An Expert

In this week's episode, Mehdi Korjani, Director of AI at Clean Connect, rejoins us to take a deeper dive into the concepts underpinning AI and describes how to identify opportunities for AI solutions. Mehdi discusses the common themes in machine learning and AI to provide a foundational understanding of the concepts and to help you understand where AI can provide a powerful advantage to problem solving. So if you want to learn how AI can be leveraged to solve complex problems, tune in to...


Creating Novel Solutions For Oil and Gas With AI

In this week's episode, the director of AI at Clean Connect, Mehdi Korjani, discusses how he leverages AI and machine learning to create novel solutions for the oil and gas industry. Mehdi offers his expertise to unpack how AI and machine learning work and how they can be used to solve complex problems. So if you want to learn more about how AI is fundamentally changing oil and gas, tune in to this week's episode and visit Clean Connect at:


Automating Completions Operations On Your Multi-Well Plug and Perf Frac Site

In this week’s episode of Digital Roughnecks, Chad Van Buskirk, P.Eng., SPEC, CPDA from Intelligent Wellhead Systems (IWS) breaks down how IWS is pioneering a new generation of automated frac sites. Chad discusses common obstacles on frac sites and how IWS addresses these by reducing human error, increasing safety, and driving efficiency. So if you want to see how IWS can transform completions operations at your frac site, tune in to this week’s episode.


How to Equip Your Home Studio

I take you for a behind the scenes tour of my podcasting studio to look at the gear and software I use to produce the show. Many of you will be asked to host or participate in webinars, and eventually, you will want to be put on camera. Instead of using the default setup with a built-in microphone and laptop camera, you can upgrade your entire experience for a reasonable price. Go to to learn what I am using in my own studio, as well as some great...


EP13 - How To Monitor For Liquid Leaks Without Getting False Alerts for Wet Weather Conditions

For oil pad operations, it is critical there are no liquid leaks regardless of the time or weather. But the question is, how can you tell the difference between a pool of oil and a pool of water? In this week's episode, Digital Roughnecks discusses a new way to intelligently monitor for liquid leaks utilizing the FLIR Elara FC camera and Clean Connect's AI software. This week you will: If you want our free automation guide and have a chance to win a FLIR C5, go to:...