‘I have one of the coolest jobs in BP’ says VP Morag

Morag Watson, BPMorag Watson, BP vice-president digital innovation, UK

The 25 years Morag has spent at BP to date have taken her to Glasgow and Houston, via Colombia and Venezuela. Today, Morag is responsible for making sure that BP is taking advantage of the latest emerging trends in digital technology.

She explains: “I studied mathematics, computer science and music at degree-level. 

“There were 140 boys and 10 girls in my computing class and the top four were all girls. I use the skills and knowledge I gained there to understand the latest technological developments and how they might apply to BP. My role requires critical thinking to work out how to tackle some of BP’s opportunities and problems. 

“I love finding new ways to do things; I created a three-dimensional immersive visual environment that subsurface teams can ‘walk through’ and that we are using very successfully in BP as a tool to help us find more oil. I work with leading technology companies in Silicon Valley. I get to see things going on in labs that most customers don’t ever get to see, such as artificial intelligence, robotics and augmented reality, things that can transform our company, our industry and the world. 

“My job is to experiment and probe the latest and greatest technology coming out of the digital space – I have one of the coolest jobs in BP”


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