Biota Technology, a pioneer of industrial genomics, spotted a disruptive business opportunity: Apply innovations in medical and scientific DNA sequencing and genomics to industrial use, specifically for subsurface exploration in oil and gas.
The Biota team knew that being first to market with industrial genomics was critical to success. Their innovations could be greatly beneficial for customers, especially energy companies under pressure to improve capital efficiency and reduce operating costs while also challenged with gathering, tracking, and integrating diverse data, something Biota excels at.
However, due to the complexity of genomes and biological material, Biota's genomics vision was extremely difficult to accomplish and scale. Microbes add a data layer needed to characterize the fluid movement in an oilfield, so drillers know which layers of the subsurface are producing oil and gas. Biota surveys subsurface microbes at different locations, depths, and times, and organizes them into DNA markers. A single Biota sample has around 20,000 sequences describing around 100 DNA markers. In practice, Biota stores and categorizes hundreds of thousands of microbial data points and then analyzes the data so it can be used for informed business decisions.
To become the first industrial genomic company, Biota Technology needed a comprehensive analytics solution. The company turned to TIBCO Spotfire analytics for its extensive capabilities for supporting partners and customers who want to create custom analytics and data science applications.
Biota provides genomic monitoring solutions that can improve ROI, increase operating margin, and reduce risk. It is the pioneer of industrial genomics aimed at commercializing Biology as a Data Business.
Using TIBCO Spotfire analytics, Biota integrates multiple data sources, visualizes multifaceted data, and queries this data synchronously—providing a single workflow log analysis of a well or group of wells.
Spotfire data transformations, data relations, and markings are critical to providing a holistic view of oil wells. The software simplifies data structures into intuitive visuals and quickly queries them. Biota’s engineers can then provide customers with logs and conclusions so they can make decisions.
With Spotfire software, Biota launched Genesis AI, a platform for developing the digital oilfield by syncing and analyzing multiple data sources into a single, clean workflow. Biota’s total fluid contribution log—which accurately assesses fluids in subsurface depths—is the flagship capability. Genesis AI combines cross-reference DNA data, probability log data (based on the microbes present, the likelihood that an area has water and oil), and oil and gas metadata to provide customers with a comprehensive, live narrative of the subsurface. The results bring insight into development progress and opportunities.
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