Periodic field measurements and surveys often result in an abundance of data that needs to be analyzed to assist in optimizing the field production. Without a proper approach to managing and interpreting the data, valuable information that may be realized from the data can easily be overlooked.

This paper presents the design and application of an automatic production monitoring system that can be set up on a spreadsheet utilizing the spreadsheet's data operation and graphical capabilities. The program can be used as the ‘first pass’ screening tool to evaluate the production performance. Based on the historical production data incorporating the user-specified criteria, the current performance of each well is categorized as ‘normal', ‘damaged’ or ‘under-performed'. The potential production increases that may be realized by working over candidates in a typical oil field can also be estimated. With the innovative multi-scale plotting and field-wide mapping techniques, the program can provide the reservoir or production engineers with a gross scoping tool for a high-level overview of both individual well behavior and field-scale performance.

In this paper, the design considerations of the program, the advantages and disadvantages of its features, and field examples illustrating its applications are discussed.

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