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.
If you have beam pumps and an interest in improving performance, consider adding SCADA remote monitoring. Beam pumps are in heavy use across the US for both conventional and unconventional plays. These workhorses must be monitored and controlled to optimize production and minimize cost.
Pumpers keep notes for every well. Historically these notes were made on paper—in journals or log books. These records traveled with the pumper from well to well, field to field, and office to home.
Most people of working age in the US have access to a smartphone. According to Pew Internet Project’s research, 58% of American adults have a smartphone as of January 2014. For those ages 18 to 29, 83% have a smartphone.
Given this high popularity of smartphones, it is time to leverage them in the oilfield. Team members can easily monitor wells using smartphones.
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Remote monitoring provides several distinct efficiencies for field management. These efficiencies benefit both the pumper individually and the operator collectively.
The number of wells continues to rise and those needing artificial lift now stand at 95%–virtually all wells must be monitored as a result. The need for efficiency is paramount.
Tablets are one of the hottest tech gadgets on the market and for good reason. They are lightweight, easy to use, fast and have multiple ways to connect to the Internet. In 2013 tablet shipments were up 52%, and tablets account for 25% of the total web usage, according to ‘Internet Trends 2014 report’ by Mary Meeker of KPCB. Mobile data traffic as a whole rose 81% year over year, according to the same report.
Over the course of the last year we have heard the same refrain over and over: help us connect our data. Oilfield equipment is complex and managing it for optimal field economics is no simple matter. Many individual components like sensors, controllers and drives can deliver data. Tie that all together and make it available for analysis anywhere any time and operators can gain the control they seek.
Topics: Proactive Field Management
Oil and gas operations increasingly involve SCADA for remote monitoring and control. These systems enable faster decision-making and action-taking, particularly when wells are widespread and fields are many.
SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) connects systems in one place to people (and potentially other systems) elsewhere. Pump drive monitoring and control is greatly aided by SCADA. Pumpers can review the status of all their wells, then prioritize the day’s travels based on what they learn. If authorized, they can also make control changes. When preset parameters like maximum torque are exceeded, pumpers are automatically alerted to the issue.
It’s In There: Reporting and Exporting Data from SCADA
There is a great deal of interest in capturing well data in a system that enables remote monitoring and control. We have written about the many benefits of this to all production personnel as well as business analysts.
Having a controlled and available data set provides tremendous power in terms of both daily management and strategic planning. The initial focus may be on dashboards that provide status and indicate problems. Beyond that, many operators are looking for systems that support robust data reporting and exporting.