All technology and new concepts evolve at different rates. Adoption is driven or slowed due to costs, complexity or accessibility. This was true for the automotive industry, computers and is also true for the digital oilfield. Using travel as an analogy it is easy to conceptualize technology adoption hurdles that have occurred. The evolution of getting from one place to another changed from travel by foot to traveling by car. Similarly the evolution of information and data transfer evolved from hand writing or the use of a type writer into the computer and digital age. In fact our industry has undergone its own evolution to help improve the extraction of hydrocarbons. One such evolution in our industry has been slowed. This is the movement of personnel from the well site to the web site.

With the growth of the global oil industry, there is a greater need to have experienced personal monitoring and analyzing the real-time data that is gathered. This growth in demand has lead to a vacuum in availability of experience necessary to perform this analysis on a daily basis. To fulfill this global void, the accessing the data and rig site remotely came into play more than 20 years ago.

Although this concept of removing the personal from the rig site isn't a new one, recent increase in technological capabilities of communication, increases in the complexity of data sets, and an increase in the quantity of experience personal have driven the industry to relook at the option of remote utilization. This paper will not detail the big crew change or attempt to promote the value of the movement of personnel from the well head to the office. Rather this paper will provide, by means of a case history, an example of how to reduce the complexity involved well site ‘demanning’. The case will illustrate a simple staffing and support methodology. The case will illustrate what was done, technology used to effect the change and describe the outcome

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