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TOTAL Chooses Sinequa to Accelerate R&D in Chemical & Refining

Since June 2011, a research center of Total Chemical Refining branch is equipped with Sinequa ES to facilitate access to the information contained in reports, patents, Oracle databases, security, safety and administrative procedures, etc.
November 26, 2013 - Sinequa is very pleased with the successful implementation of its search engine, first in the R&D of Total Chemical & Refining in Belgium and then across the whole business segment. Today, the users of the application confirm and appreciate the ROI in time saved.

Any chemical research laboratory has to deal with a massive amount of documents stored in specific information systems (such as a LIMS). Finding the right information in those documents, patents, and other scientific publications can be very tedious and time consuming, and the task gets even harder without a good knowledge of the organization of the storage (keywords and other metadata attached to documents), and practically impossible without a search engine with semantic capabilities.

The implementation of Sinequa ES has enabled Total Research & Technology to facilitate the search across 10 million documents and information contained in the Oracle database, while maintaining strict control of users' access rights, in order to respect the high level of confidentiality of certain research results.

Researchers can not only see which topics have already been investigated and access the results, but also look at the safety measures to apply when using certain substances and the corresponding administrative procedures. Sinequa’s semantic analysis capacity provides users with highly relevant results.

Joëlle Defour, from IS for R&D Centers and QC Laboratories at TOTAL, testifies that “the Total team has been pleased with the ease of implementation of Sinequa, the simplicity of use of the administration interface, and more generally with software quality. Collaboration with the Sinequa team was very pleasant; they have been good at passing on their knowledge. We are now independent from Sinequa in adapting the parameterization of our solution to new business needs and in evolving it further.

Total is a French multinational integrated oil and gas company and one of the six major oil companies in the world. Total is also a large-scale chemicals manufacturer.

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