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PERMIAN BASIN: TECHNOLOGY 40 | October 2018 | service reports from their handheld tablet devices. These crews can also retrieve information from field instrumentation and access work instructions and job safety analyses at the field level. All this job and equipment information is then loaded into our PUMT Portal so that customers can generate specific reports and trends." The contractor also is now using artificial intelligence in the region to assist with personnel safety as well as production optimization. The company is installing facial recognition tech- nology in its work vehicles to help reduce the amount of time their drivers' eyes leave the road in the truck-heavy region. On the production side, Weatherford's Fore- Site production optimization platform is a digital breakthrough that optimizes production in this basin, according to the company. The platform analyzes historical data to predict failures, which can revolutionize the way operators plan their intervention campaigns. "We are constantly updating models in the platform with real-time data from the basin," Guajardo added. "As a result, the platform pro- vides actionable intelligence for Permian-specific challenges so that our customers can optimize output from these assets." Water works Not unlike oil infrastructure, the expansion of water systems in the Permian remains an ongoing and dynamic project, especially for water manage- ment companies like Select Energy Services. With 575 miles of flat hose and over 350 pumps in the region, Select's footprint in the Permian is expand- ing in step with the company's suite of offerings, many of which are tied into the provider's Aqua- View monitoring network. "In the Permian Basin we do a great deal of produced water transfer," said Nate Banda, vice president, technology for Select Energy Services. "Produced water is recovered everywhere, but not at the scale of the Permian and certainly not across such distances. The largest driver for our auto- mated pumps was the need to mitigate the risk of transferring produced water across longer dis- tances. Our automated pumps have been very pop- ular in the Permian and they are largely deployed there. It is our area of highest demand for produced water transfer." The pump's onboard sensor system allows detec- tion of burst lines, closed valves and any overpres- sure or underpressure situation. Discharge and recirculation valving can trigger throttling down and closing of valves in the event of a line break or other damage. The pumps log a history of pres- sure readings and use trending to predict possible pressure issues. "This concept has played very well in the Permian," Banda noted. "We now have auto- mation actively working to prevent a spill." Beyond pumps, Select also deploys an auto- mated manifold for fracturing used almost exclu- sively in the Permian Basin. Pumps move the water into the manifold, which uses level sensors The Magnus RSS improves directional control when drilling in tight target windows. (Photo courtesy of Weatherford)

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