ConocoPhillips enlists 3D printing for supply efficiencies on Alaska’s North Slope

Seeking to shortcut extensive lead times for critical parts at its remote Kuparuk outpost, the energy giant turned to 3D printing, which, coupled with data and AI, could have far-reaching impact on the industry.

The harsh, remote landscape of Alaska’s North Slope does not evoke thoughts of digital transformation. At yet when it is home to many of your company’s assets, as is the case for ConocoPhillips, sometimes the best IT strategy is to bring technologies closer to the edge.

“Aside from being extremely cold, working on the Slope presents major supply chain challenges,” says Pragati Mathur, chief digital and information officer for the energy exploration and production stalwart. “Carlo had an inkling that 3D printing could really change the game.”

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