Digital Oil Fields Building Blocks

Management and Information

Overview Objectives

  • Discussion of the history, mission and vision of the Digital Oil Field (DOF).
  • Overview of new DOF technologies.­­
  • Demonstration of how new DOF approaches to people and organizations is helping build a more productive workforce.

Infrastructure Objectives

  • Describe DOF equipment operation, detailing the surface and subsurface equipment.
  • Selection process for wellsite surface systems to operate the subsurface equipment.
  • Distinguish the selection of the technologies for different applications.
  • Apply simple nodal analysis of subsurface equipment
  • Relate subsurface instruments to Production Engineering and Reservoir Management workflows

Field Data Capture and Data Management Objectives

  • Describe the Data Acquisition & Delivery Systems (DA&DS) end-to-end system used for DOF.
    • Detail the technical principles behind DA&DS
    • Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) engineering
    • Application Specific Control and Acquisition (ASCA) subsystems such as ESP, smart completions, etc.
    • Enterprise system (Plant Information system) and system interfaces
  • List DA&DS system components, architecture protocols, security, and theory of operation.
  • Describe methods and design options to adapt technology to oil and gas operations.
  • Define the network and system integration.

Workflow Objectives

  • Discuss common design criteria for developing sophisticated workflows in the management of digital oil and gas fields.
  • Identify innovative ways to adapt and collaborate to create workflow paths for the future.
  • Detail how standardization helps create a digital oil field.

Informed and Predictive Operation Objectives

  • Review industry experiences with tools and applications currently available
  • Identify next generation tools that progress from domain-specific to field-wide optimization
  • Discuss best-in-class practices and solutions
  • Examine case histories, challenges, and experiences from pioneers and champions who have invested in the implementation and development of these technologies as a model

Optimization Objectives

  • Discuss best-in-class field and reservoir management practices and solutions
  • Examine case histories, challenges, and experiences from pioneers and champions who have invested in the implementation and development of these technologies in reservoir management

Learning Level


Course Length

1 Day

Why You Should Attend

Digital Oil Field concepts and strategies are at the forefront of the changes in the Oil and Gas industry.  With the increasing efficiency demands on our profession, these concepts and strategies will continue to play an ever increasing role in the exploration and production of energy resources.

Who Should Attend

Reservoir, production, development and operation engineers, technologists, managers, vendors and others interested in an introduction to Digital Oil Field principles. Digital Oil Field professionals who would like to broaden their knowledge of DOF concepts, technology and options.


0.8 CEUs

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Mike Williamson is a senior reservoir engineering consultant with over 30 years of experience in both technical and managerial positions in petroleum engineering and information technology.  He has proven success in digital oil field development, project management, reservoir management, reservoir simulation, flow assurance, production engineering, economic analysis, and technology consulting.  Mike’s responsibilities include development, economic evaluation, management, simulation, production, and reserves analysis for onshore and offshore fields, both sandstones and carbonates. He has experience in Gulf of Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Southeastern USA, Alaska, California, Mexico, South America, China, Far East, Middle East, and Saudi Arabia with EXXON, Saudi Aramco, Chevron and other international and national oil and gas companies.