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Turning Brown Fields Green: Digital Oilfield Implementation Challenges in Mature Fields

27 – 28 November 2012

Abu Dhabi, UAE | Beach Rotana Hotel

Session Abstracts

Session 1:
Reasons, Drivers, and Triggers to Change? Where are we today?

Operating companies are at different stages in the journey of introducing Digital Oil Field
Technologies and methodologies. The purpose of this session is to understand and share the
incentives used by companies to justify completed, brown field projects and explore the reasons, drivers and triggers that could prompt a move from an Evolutionary to Revolutionary pace of change. Are these changes tracked through tangible, measurable KPIs, or is there simply a belief that this is the right way forward? Is regulation a driver for change? Taking facilities that were not designed to include digital oilfield technologies and retrofitting them takes courage and commitment to change. The session will endeavor to capture and summarize the key drivers from different perspectives of brownfield implementation and characterize them into the following areas:

  • Surveillance for downtime reduction
  • Artificial Lift Optimization
  • Refocus time and skills
  • Production Increase/Decline reduction
  • HSE/Reduction in Travel Time/Cost/Exposure
  • Integrity Monitoring/Environmental
  • Knowledge Capture
  • Reduction of operating cost
  • Reduction of equipment failure rates/PM
  • Well Test Optimization
  • Reduction in chemicals use
  • Production Allocation
  • Reservoir Management
  • Improve Measurement accuracy/sharing data
  • Others that may arise in the course of the conference

Session 2:
Technology, Applications, and Processes

A critical factor in developing an implementation plan for a brown field is to understand what level of Smartness or Intelligence is appropriate for the particular field. In this session the group will split into teams of 8-10 and explore the opportunities to apply DOF technologies and methodologies to a particular type of brown field.  A DOF technology strategy and implementation plan will be developed for the field, supported by past experience of successes and failures. An option being considered is to feed the proposed plan into a field development scenario game to identify the syndicate with the winning profitability (see below). Each team will feed back in plenary their proposed plan, together with past successes and failure that support the plan (min. one of each).

Session 3:
Decision making for Reservoir Recovery, Wells and Facilities Integrity, Production Optimisation and OPEX Reduction

This session will explore the decision making processes around the reservoir, well optimization and facilities, looking at how the new portfolio of analytical and visualization tools such as surrogate reservoir models, surveillance by exception using historian real time data and SharePoint orchestrated workflows can be brought together to support the decision making process. The purpose of this session will be to look at how the new capabilities  can be used to support faster and more effective decision making.

The participants will split into 4 large groups, each addressing a different theme. The groups will define the problems or opportunities and agree the methodology for reaching improved decisions. What analysis is required, what type of tools is available and what information is required to feed the process?

Some issues that group may want to consider are:

  • The role of orchestrated work flows in supporting better decisions. Barriers to their implementation.
  • Real time KPI’s and their impact on management processes.
  • The role of reservoir modelling, high fidelity dynamic facilities models and network models in supporting faster decisions.
  • The role of well models in looking at well surveillance by exception for producers and injectors
  • Quick wins v/s long term all-encompassing solutions

Session 4:
Human Capital Challenges and Management of Change

Session Manager: Yahya Mohmoud, Accenture
Human Capital and Management of Change are often identified as the biggest challenges to successful Digital Oilfield Implementation. These challenges determine whether an organization yields short term performance gains or builds long term sustainable efficiencies and gains into their operating model. This session will touch on several aspects and attempt to define best practice guidelines on the following topics:

  • Demographics, Competency and Motivation
  • Management of Change and Stakeholder Management
  • Organizational Structure and Governance Models

Session 5:
Road map to success and value generation/creation.

In this final session we will try to compile a roadmap for “Turning Brown Field Green”, using the findings from the previous sessions.  The session will highlight possible quick wins, but also take the triggers from session one to compare;

  • ‘Incremental v/s big bang’ or ‘evolution v/s revolution’.

The output from the session will be a high-level summary of the workshop findings.