WITSML is a key enabler in an increasing number of real-time workflows. This is particularly true for integrated operations within the growing numbers of onshore operations centers. Two years ago WITSML was a technology known by few and actively used by even less. Now the SIG steering the standard has grown to 51 companies.
The starting point for most companies in using WITSML is to bring depth data into their asset databases. For many this has become the norm. Early adopters like Statoil are broadening their use into a wider range of wellsite operations. Within asset teams a standard data delivery mechanism allows integration of new tools and workflows, letting Geologists and Engineers make use of real-time data within their familiar desktop applications. It also enables centrally managed data delivery services letting them focus on their areas of expertise, not data gathering.
New technology and processes in these areas are helping operators make the next big step from real-time remote monitoring to real-time remote control.
For growing numbers it is now not enough to receive a visual representation of the data. They expect data to be delivered in real-time via a standard format.
WITSML also brings operators the opportunity to standardize data delivery workflows, to clarify contractual requirements to providers and to establish and measure realistic data delivery KPIs.
Within Schlumberger WITSML enabled workflows are well established, answer products for drilling optimization and interpretation utilize the standard via a unified WITSML client. This reduces software development cycle time and simplifies data gathering.
WITSML is becoming established, bringing proven advantages to real-time workflows. Continued uptake of the standard will enhance the competitive advantage of service companies and the operators utilizing it. WITSML is here to stay and should be supported more widely within the industry.