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Data-Driven Oil Fields 2017

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JANUARY 2017 | DATA-DRIVEN OIL FIELDS | EPMAG.COM 24 Hydrocarbon operations are spread far and wide, often in remote areas. Either on wellheads, storage tanks, pipe- line inlets or terminals, buyers and sellers gain unattended access to oil supplies through a LACT unit. Until recently, accounting for these buyer/seller transfers has been a far less sophisticated process. Most LACT units have little au- tomation and even less network connectivity. Texas-based Trigg Technologies worked with Rockwell Automation to bring its LACT units into the digital age by developing a turnkey, asset-performance-management solution, leveraging the Microsoft Azure cloud platform. Software applications combine real-time and historical data into dashboards that provide contextualized informa- tion on transfers, overall oil quality and well productivity over time. These measured variables and diagnostics can be seen from any location via a secure internet connection. With information automatically pulled from the LACT control system to populate e-tickets, billing errors are vir- tually eliminated. Trending capabilities also allow site and operations managers to better understand the type of oil coming out of each well. This allows them to plan for long- term production across a number of wells or they can mix oil from a variety of wells to produce a more consistent product. Data drives oil and gas companies into the future The potential for data and analytics in oil and gas is grow- ing every day as more companies tap into it. For example, companies are beginning to explore the use of real-time production allocation. Rockwell Automation is working with a producer to capture real-time, multiphase flow volumes from all of its existing wells. This will enable operators to monitor data and allocate production to individual wells, specifically pin- pointing assets that are under producing and improving overall productivity. That's just the beginning–the possibilities are unlimited. More advanced oil and gas companies are looking to inte- grate this field data with production planning and accounting systems to enable timely and accurate oilfield production reconciliation. As more companies seek to capitalize on their data and make the journey to The Connected Enterprise, the deci- sions they make along the way will be critical to realizing long-term business benefits. Accessing and monitoring assets from upstream, midstream and downstream operations, and merging disparate oilfield data into streams of actionable information are essential to remaining competitive. The space continues to grow with new technologies and smart devices. Working with a third-party auto- mation and information provider, such as Rockwell Automation, can help oil and gas producers on their journey. n John Genovesi is vice president and general manager, Information Software and Process Business, for Rockwell Automation. Remote-access technology can be used to monitor remote wellheads, pump stations and storage sites, all from a centralized location. This can help reduce safety risks and costs associated with sending workers to manually check in on these systems. (Photo courtesy of Rockwell Automation)

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