More than 300 Gazprom Neft employees have now started working at the company’s “Zifergauz” digital transformation centre, located in the historic “House 12” building on New Holland island. The new centre brings together cross-functional teams working on projects in industrial digital transformation.
Activities at the Zifergauz are directed at finding solutions for changing traditional business processes and improving their efficiency through cutting-edge technologies. The main projects at the centre include digital field-exploration and development solutions, remote-controlled drilling technologies, industrial automation, logistics robotisation, and management of the Gazprom Neft Arctic fleet. Nine laboratories have been established at the centre, covering artificial intelligence (AI), robot and drone control, 3D-printing, testing of new services, and the development of industrial gadgets and sensors.
The Zifergauz is also the headquarters for the “Artificial Intelligence in Industry” science and education centre, established by Gazprom Neft together with the St Petersburg City Administration and St Petersburg State University, ITMO University, St Petersburg Electrotechnical University, and the State University of Aerospace Instrumentation. The centre is charged with developing cognitive information technologies and supporting professional education in this area.
The company has used the latest technologies in developing the interior space at the new centre, allowing the company to increase office-space energy efficiency by one third. For example — sensor-based water-usage systems are cutting consumption by as much as 50%, while bio-dynamic lighting means high productivity is maintained throughout the full working day. Recycled aluminium foam and more than 100 tonnes of environmentally friendly glass were used in building new walls and staircases at the Zifergauz.
A new public area, accessible to all visitors to New Holland, will open at the Zifergauz in 2021.
“The Zifergauz forms part of the major technology cluster Gazprom Neft is developing in St Petersburg. More than 10 of our innovation centres are already in operation throughout the city, each of which has a developing ‘ecosystem’ of partnering universities, technology companies and start-ups around it. The Zifergauz is no exception: digital solutions are going to be developed here — including in AI — that will be available for use both by ourselves, and the oil and gas industry, as a whole. I am confident that this work is going to make a major contribution to achieving what is a common goal for both our company, and the City Administration — securing St Petersburg’s status as Russian industry’s technological capital.”Alexander Dyukov Chairman of the Management Board, Gazprom Neft/span>
Who built the Zifergauz? Sixty-two construction and engineering companies were involved in this project, in addition to Gazprom Neft. A full 3D scan was made of the house, and a “digital twin” created, involving almost one terabyte of data. The architectural design was developed by VOX Architects.
How has House 12 changed? The Zifergauz is located at House 12, the fourth building to be restored as part of the “New Holland: Cultural Urbanisation” project. It was built in