The distance between field assets and operators continues to grow, creating more need for automation - specifically for predictive analytics. SCADA systems are critical for monitoring the performance of your assets, for example with artificial lift operations.
Oilfield Trends Series:
Well Optix and the Internet of Things (IoT)
In the previous article we took a look at the great shift change and how Gen Z will impact the workplace.
Everyday devices have become smarter as sensors and other electronic devices have been added to them. Cars have built-in computers for fuel efficiency adjustment, appliances have the smarts to sense temperature, time and so on.
In the previous article we took a look at the influence of oil prices on Well Optix and the move to smaller projects with strong ROI.
The mobile revolution has enabled the workforce to become more efficient. As mobile devices have become more sophisticated and workers are more tech savvy it becomes a requirement for applications to keep up with modern interfaces. Applications that were once data centric will become increasingly visual, with charts and graphs that can be configured and customized.
This article is the first of a four-part series on oilfield trends for 2016. We encourage your feedback and perspective on the future of automation.
With the oil price at dramatic lows, does it really make sense to invest in automation? Yes it does!
Things are moving fast in the oilfield. Even in the midst of a downturn, automation continues to be a key investment because of the clear return it offers. The overall trend is clear—producers investing in field automation can count on a reduced cost per barrel through better maintenance prioritization and well optimization.
Remote monitoring allows operators to respond more quickly to problems in the field. When drive alarms are activated, the contact roster is immediately notified. This reduces downtime by enabling operators to respond as soon as problems occur. Great, right?
One obvious benefit of SCADA monitoring in the oil field is better control of well site equipment. Better control means smoother operations, fewer failures, longer maintenance cycles, lower costs and so on. All very beneficial to pumpers and their employers.
Sometimes it is most convenient to interact with a drive through its physical interface right there on site. Other times it would be much more effective to interact with it using a smart phone, tablet or laptop somewhere away from the well. SCADA is the means to capture and communicate well data to a centrally available system in support of this remote monitoring and control. But how easy is it to put a drive on SCADA?
Pumpers are an extraordinary asset in the oilfield. They are the eyes and ears of the organization, spotting issues and fixing them—sometimes even before they become big problems.