A joint venture of US-based oilfield services company Baker Hughes and software provider C3.ai has launched the first in a series of artificial intelligence (AI) software applications for oil and gas operations that the companies say uses machine learning to spot anomalous conditions that can lead to equipment failure and interrupt both upstream and downstream processes.

The application, dubbed BHC3 Reliability, uses “deep learning predictive models, natural language processing, and machine vision” to aggregate data from many sources throughout a plant in a “system of systems approach” that alerts operators to potential equipment failure and recommends actions, Baker Hughes said.