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?
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.
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.