Keeping Your SCADA Data Secure

June 16, 2015 // Posted by: The Well Optix Team

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.

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Topics: Industry Trends, Data Security

Reporting and Exporting Data from SCADA

May 19, 2015 // Posted by: The Well Optix Team

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.

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Topics: Data Security, Maximize Efficiency

How Secure is Your Well?

April 08, 2015 // Posted by: The Well Optix Team

Data security is a real concern for consumers and industry alike. Data breaches at major retailers have exposed the risks of data theft. For oilfield operators, the other risk is loss of equipment control. In December news came out about a data breach at German steel mill. The illegal entry caused an unscheduled shutdown of a blast furnace, resulting in significant damage.

So the question is, how secure is your well?

Operators are now commonly making their well data available for remote access by pumpers, engineers and others for maintenance monitoring and production analysis. The data is available to mobile devices, enabling field personnel to identify potential problems without having to physically visit each well.  This is a great efficiency gain, and can be quite secure when proactive steps are taken.

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Topics: Data Security, Remote Monitoring

Security Top of Mind at Mid-Continent Digital Oilfield Conference

March 05, 2015 // Posted by: The Well Optix Team

If there was ever any doubt whether oilmen are concerned about data security, it was dispelled at the recent Mid-Continent Digital Oilfield Conference held in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Hundreds of attendees buzzed with talk of retail data breaches and the implications for the oilfield. As a sponsor and event exhibitor, we were able to discuss key security concerns and how Well Optix helps address them.

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Topics: Industry Trends, Data Security

Digital Oil Conference in Tulsa, OK

January 28, 2015 // Posted by: The Well Optix Team

Well Optix will exhibit at this year’s Digital Oil Conference in Tulsa, OK. Kimberly Early, Well Optix Sales and Marketing Manager, will present at the conference on a topic that is considered to be a key issue in the digital oilfield - security. Make plans to hear and see the presentation of "How Secure is Your Well?". The two day event will be hosting its second year as a conference that focuses on how digital technologies have improved and changed the oilfield business on February 18-19, 2015.

SCADA has grown in importance within the oilfield over the last several years. More and more people are using it as a tool to remotely monitor their wells.  Being able to know the status of their wells 24/7 allows them to increase their uptime, saves them money on repairs, and can help increase their production by optimizing the performance of the well. 

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Topics: Industry Trends, Data Security

Pros and Cons of Remote SCADA Monitoring

December 17, 2014 // Posted by: The Well Optix Team

More and more, operators are gathering field data digitally using SCADA systems. Assets are tracked. Production is tracked. Increasingly, equipment performance is tracked and managed remotely.

There are many advantages to using remote monitoring in conjunction with pumping equipment.

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Topics: Industry Trends, Proactive Field Management, Data Security, Maximize Efficiency, Remote Monitoring

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