The application and adoption of collaboration centers in the exploration and
production (E&P) industry have increased significantly in the past decade.
The benefits of collaboration-center use have been clearly identified including
the delivery of cost-effective and fully integrated multidiscipline field,
reservoir, and well management decisions.
Saudi Aramco has established a number of collaboration centers that directly
capitalize on large-scale, multidiscipline, value-added technical and business
collaborations. These centers, for instance, cover areas of exploration,
geosteering, real-time drilling, field development, and production and
intelligent-field management. Tangible economic and technical benefits of such
collaboration encompass improved recovery, improved technical workflows,
technology innovation, enhanced staff-skill-set development, and significant
reduction of critical field-development-study cycle times. This paper outlines
Saudi Aramco's experience from 5 years of using multidiscipline collaboration
workrooms with a focus on facility design, technology (software and hardware)
support, and lessons learned.
Advances in interactive, high-performance technology solutions (hardware and
software) and easy-to-use visual communication technologies present additional
opportunities to extend and enhance the value-added impact of collaboration
centers, including virtual collaboration. The need for physical, localized
centers will be discussed, compared, and evaluated in the context of
virtual-collaboration-center potential. The paper presents a "checklist"
methodology for collaboration-center design, layout, support, and maintenance
incorporating the challenges of continuous technology advancement and
multidiscipline project complexity.
© 2011. Society of Petroleum Engineers
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- Original manuscript received:
1 June 2011
- Meeting paper published:
21 April 2011
- Manuscript approved:
12 July 2011
- Published online:
12 December 2011
- Version of record:
16 December 2011