Oil and gas companies increasingly require environments that support real-time E&P business processes, where wellsite information, applications, and experts can be linked with operational managers and decision makers in one place so that daily operational parameters can be viewed and decisions executed. Most companies believe that making decisions in real time while leveraging global resources and infrastructure will help to improve their field productivity while reducing costs.

Project team members are often collocated to ensure open communication and planning. However, since E&P activities often take place in remote and hostile parts of the world where it may not be possible or economical to deliver all the required resources and personnel, global operations with dispersed personnel frequently require such operations support centers to be "virtualized." Reliable and secure information flow is central to ensuring success in the contemporary oil field.

In a previous paper, the authors outlined the significant challenges of process, networking, security, hardware, and software infrastructure encountered in creating and supporting these integrated operations centers. These challenges include the end-to-end IT infrastructure such as wellsite and field IT, the design of the work processes to be supported, and the business model for company implementation.

This paper discusses some of the progress that has been made in meeting these challenges over the past year, with particular focus on the actual applications that support oilfield operations.

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