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USC Integrates the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) into Petroleum Engineering Education and Training

The Petroleum Engineering program and the Energy Institute at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering have developed new educational programs in the advancing application of informatics technologies to oil and gas systems and operations. Included are important emerging technologies such as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), big data and analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning, and the evolution of field automation and control systems. This spring semester, a new graduate-level course in “Petroleum Informatics” has been added to the established USC PE curriculum in Smart Oilfield Technologies. Along with an existing graduate course in “Cyber-Physical Security for Oil and Gas Operations”, this course will enable petroleum engineering students and industry professionals to build their knowledge base in these rapidly expanding technologies impacting oil and gas.