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.
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.
There are many advantages to using SCADA to monitor injection pumps. Variable frequency drives provide precision control of pump operations for greatest efficiency. SCADA allows you to remotely monitor the pump and associated tank to ensure any problems that arise can be dealt with quickly.
While the concept of the digital oilfield is not new, several trends are converging that should accelerate technology adoption. These trends are:
- Increasing production variability
- Increasing recovery costs
- Mobile technology adoption
Combined, these trends are pushing operators to move faster toward fully automating their fields and connecting them to the rest of the company through remote monitoring and control.
Trend #1: Increasing production variability
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