The Intelligent field is the oil industry's new trend that enables continuous monitoring and optimization of individual wells and overall reservoir performance. This is achieved by integrating fields’ real time data in the reservoir management business processes. The results from this integration are anticipated to increase production rates, identify opportunities for higher hydrocarbon recoveries and reduce operating costs and future capital expenditures.

Saudi Aramco has embarked on implementing the Intelligent Field (I-Field) initiative through new pilot projects in Qatif and Haradh increment III fields. The objectives of the pilot projects are to provide real-time diagnostic capabilities, highlight and address implementation challenges, and develop a comprehensive architecture for I-Field implementation in Saudi Aramco fields.

This paper discusses the implementation approach of the intelligent field initiatives in Saudi Aramco. It will shed light on the challenges encountered and will present the process and methodology of developing the roadmap of the "surveillance layer," the first building block of Saudi Aramco's I-Field architecture.

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