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Digital Field Management

3 – 5 June 2013

St. Petersburg, Russia | Hotel New Peterhof

Technical Agenda

The workshop is expected to include the following topic sessions:

Session 1: Digital Field—General Vision and Experience

This session will explore what the concept of the "Digital Oilfield" might mean for the Russian oilfield practice, including development, operations, and optimizations. The program committee seeks keynote speakers to describe a vision of the digital oil field, demonstrate its benefits, and show real-life examples. Through presentations and discussion, the participants will probe viewpoints among vendors and operators while sharing first-hand experience.

Session 2: Hardware Level—Measurements and Controls

This session will discuss grounding in various hardware aspects, using examples often applied below ground.  Presentations will cover both measurement and control devices and technologies and include topics such as permanent sensors deployed in wells, bottomhole pressure and temperature, artificial lift (ESP) sensors, distributed measurements with fiber optics, flowmeter measurements, and problems of reliable production metering. Topside measurements as a foundation for all subsequent decisions  (single- and multiphase flowmetering, pressure and temperature metering, etc.) is expected come to light in this session. Time will be given to presentations on sensors that improve safety and asset integrity.

Session 3:  Real-Time Surveillance and Management

In a torrent of unverified operations information, alarms and exception-based surveillance are only a few techniques to keep the operator focused on the most important signals. Additional techniques and solutions for data management will be presented while discussions will evaluate approaches making the most of real-time performance data. Topics will address real-time information collection, storage, and improved preparation for better presentations and later retrieval. Examples will also illustrate the efficiency of expert advice translated from the office to the field through Real-Time Operations Centers for Drilling or Production.

Session 4:  Data to Actions—Bytes to Barrels

This session will start exploring ways information is transformed into decisions and how it adds value to the business. Some presentations will describe data mining, descriptive/predictive analytics, and how performance management plays key role in field/reservoir management. Another subset of presentations will describe new and emerging types of data that can influence oilfield decisions—IVMS, autopilot planes, various intelligent in-line meters.

Session 5:  Optimization Through Modelling, Planning, and Design

Examples of applications and approaches that constitute "Digital Oilfield" in the most traditional sense—a representation of physical asset in cyberspace, ie a model or a set of models—will be explored in this session. Presentations will cover modeling flow in wells, reservoirs, and surface pipelines. Attention will also be given to "Shared Earth Models" and integrated models (reservoir, wells, surface facilities) with emphasis on information handling, verification, and data exchanges between models owned by various disciplines.

Session 6:  Enterprise Architecture

This concluding session will foster discussion on how oilfield companies (service and operators) can realize the most value of their physical assets by aligning information flows with core business processes of development and production. As a keystone, we would like to discuss the concept of Enterprise Architecture, which allows a company to build an information playing field as a whole and not as result of solving specific tasks at hand. Discussion will explore drawbacks and benefits of multi-vendor compared with single-vendor application architectures. Presentations will contain examples of efficiency gained by removing "information silos" between different functional areas (subsurface, drilling, productions, asset integrity) or introducing data quality checks at data entry points.