The commercial application of Intelligent Well Technology is fast approaching the ten year milestone. Expanding the range of advanced completion and monitoring products with particular focus on reliability engineering has been the main theme for this sector. As this technology has matured, research focus has shifted to Intelligent Field or Smart Field concept studying the potential of wide-scale automation and optimization.

This paper describes the development of Intelligent Well surface control systems, aimed particularly at providing automation and optimization of well based processes as a means to achieve advanced well management. A simple layer model is proposed describing an increasing level of control and automation.

Data standards and connectivity are discussed as the vehicle to achieve wide-scale integration of advanced well management, as this capability is portrayed as one of the stepping stones of Intelligent Fields.

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