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Water Management Techbook 2018

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4 | April 2018 | WATER MANAGEMENT: OVERVIEW has stimulated 34 of its Delaware Basin wells with recycled water. According to John Williams, executive director of technology for Bosque Systems LLC, only about 10% to 30% of water is being recycled for reuse, but he expects that amount to more than double over the next two years. Williams said more companies may adopt water recycling and reuse operations if they were more willing to embrace change in their typical operations than they traditionally have. "It's a challenge to get all of the people involved in the decision-making process in the same room to learn about new technologies that have emerged in the industry," he said. "That limits the ability to introduce new technologies and also the means to keep innovation from being commoditized before it is completely developed." Digitalization of water management Like many other sectors in the oil and gas industry, water management is embracing digitalization. Its proponents and those who operate in this space— companies like Digital H2O and Veolia Water Tech- nologies—say an analytics-based approach helps producers more easily find supply and streamline their water management operations. "We see the power of Big Data in water treat- ment, just as in any other industry," said Veronique Bourgier, Internet of Things business development director for Veolia Water Technologies. "Technol- ogies exist today that were not available even five years ago." Veolia's primary digital offering in water man- agement operations is its Aquavista suite. Its com- ponents feature a cloud-based monitoring and reporting tool, a performance optimization tool that applies algorithms and benchmarking metrics, and a suite of intelligent software and holistic systems that offer online control, monitoring and forecasting. Bourgier said water systems already compile a significant amount of data that enable system automation and are available to onsite opera- tors through digital control systems and human machine interfaces. "The innovation is the cloud-based platform on which the data can be orga- nized, monitored remotely and utilized in algorithms and benchmarking tools that are not available at the plant level," she said. "It is the com- parison of data from multi- ple plants all over the world using the same processes that enables us to use the analyti- cal and benchmarking tools for optimization. The data are already being collected; these new tools enable us to put it to use for the benefit of our customers." Digital H2O's Water Asset Intelligent platform is an online cloud-based data system that leverages predic- tive analysis and interactive mapping to analyze publicly available oil and gas and water regulatory findings as well as completion and pro- duction information. The program allows users to identify oilfield water market opportunities to reduce costs. Scott Rothbarth, Digital H2O data analyst, said although the oil and gas water industry produces large quantities of data, those data are often difficult to obtain. Digital analytics systems facilitate better access and understanding of those data, he said. Bosque Systems' operations work to sterilize water by removing bacteria before injection for fracturing operations. (Photo courtesy of Bosque Systems)

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