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Best Innovators is Exploration & Production’s in-house innovation competition. It’s been around for more than 20 years and recognizes employees, regardless of field, who have developed innovative projects. Every entry is reviewed based on a variety of criteria, including its innovative nature, technical contribution, simplicity, whether it can be reproduced elsewhere and cost culture.

So Best Innovators throws an annual spotlight on our innovativeness while striving to inspire others to follow suit. We want our employees to identify with the winners and innovate themselves.

Changing the face of industry through innovation and digital transformation

Cutting costs and enhancing productivity, by combining teamwork with unique technological know-how without compromising personnel safety. We take a closer look at these challenges with Kevin McLachlan, Senior Vice President, Exploration at E&P.
Deepwater drilling rigs - Exploration Production - Total

Achieving the Impossible in South Africa

Push back the industry’s technical limits to drill our Brulpadda-1AX exploration well

3D Printing experimentation on PLA (Polyactic acid) - Exploration Production - Total

3D Printing

Additive manufacturing technology for our operating equipment

Seismic data on the Polarcus Nadia measurement room - Exploration Production - Total

Wavelet Packet Compression (WPC)

Data compression for increasing Pangea supercomputer’s performance

Onshore Drilling Rig - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - Exploration Production - Total

Well Test Log

Obtain a continuous permeability log to monetize unconventional fields at a lower cost

VSD Atex platform - Exploration Production - Total


Our new mobile control module to maximize the output of mature offshore fields

Welder on the Girassol platform - Exploration Production - Total

Cold Hull Repair

Ensuring FPSO integrity in a minimum amount of time, safely and without interrupting production

Cables on the Tungsten Explorer - Moho Nord - Exploration Production - Total


A standardized architecture for deep offshore wells based on pooling and optimizing resources

HPC supercalculator - Pau CSTJF - Exploration Production - Total

A Robot to Speed the Accounting Close Process

A software robot technology to optimize our accounting processes and make them more reliable

Internal inspection on a heat exchanger technical plateau - Exploration Production - Total

Air Skate

A skid system based on virtually frictionless air film technology

Operator working on a platform under construction - Exploration Production - Total

The Jacket Crawler robot

An offshore robot for offshore platform inspection, maintenance and modifications

Best Innovators Awards - Exploration Production - Total

Best Innovators 2018

The 10 E&P Innovations Rewarded in 2018