As has already happened with most other industries in the past decade, the use of workflows in the E&P industry has only recently become increasingly prevalent. However, the way workflows are used in actual production operations is fundamentally different from other industries. The benefits of workflow in the E&P industry can lead to increased production and lower operating costs, and better use of scarce manpower resources, as discussed in the paper.
For workflows to be used in the E&P industry there are many important dependencies that must already be in place, based on the life of the asset as well as its maturity level. These range from process automation, data sources, and integration amongst others. In order to implementation a workflow within E&P, the steps needed to create and validate the workflow, taking an example such as production surveillance is covered.