This article first appeared in BTS Issue 2.

By Ryann Sim, Junior
Engineering Systems and Design

Internship at BP

BP’s global energy trading business – commonly known as supply and trading – connects BP to the world’s traded markets for oil, gas, power, refinery feedstocks and currencies.

At BP, I worked in the Core Data Strategy team, who are dedicated to improving the way the company looks at its massive amounts of data. Many oil majors tend to rely on outdated methods and software to keep track of their data, but this department aims to streamline all the data pipelines, while also improving on the efficiency of the company as a whole.

The first project I worked on was a dashboard that allows traders to automatically view and access historical price charts. After completing that, I created a framework that provided analysts and traders with a set of logical checks that could be used to validate data. Both the price dashboard and checking framework were built in Python using Jupyter Notebook.

Because these projects were so open ended, I used design thinking to generate insights from interviews with analysts and traders, which helped me create a prototype that satisfied all parties. The courses I took in ESD helped a lot, as a lot of what I worked on required statistical analysis and data wrangling.

Overall, the people were really friendly and there were a lot of learning opportunities provided to the interns. It was a great experience and I am grateful to BP and the colleagues I met along the way who guided me throughout this journey in the oil and gas industry.

With fellow SUTD interns

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