Innovations in various collaboration technologies are helping companies to make the Intelligent Oilfield (or DOFF) a reality. Core to the Intelligent Oilfield are collaborative environments (or remote operations centres) – a high-tech, communications, visualization, and audio-enhanced monitoring or control room that enable more effective data collection, monitoring, communications and knowledge & information sharing. These environments are designed to help resources make more informed decisions and to take the appropriate actions across the enterprise. In addition, they enable alignment, focus, and a common understanding to help prioritize opportunities.

There are currently two differing philosophies for the implementation of these centres – an asset-based centre that services a single asset; and a central hub model that services multiple assets. Each approach has its own particular merits and potential pitfalls. Although there is no single right answer, certain considerations are recommended before construction begins that could assist in determining the most appropriate approach for the given circumstances. Factors such as corporate culture, employee skill base and complexity of workflows can have a huge impact on the success of the final choice. Without such an evaluation, many efforts will continue to be burdened or opportunities will be deferred or lost.

The paper proposes to look at the circumstances in which each approach has been adopted and consider the pros and cons of each and some of the factors that will influence the design choice.

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