Monitoring system for reservoir pressures in Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) consists of several components in the workflow. These include such processes as well bore surveillance plan, data acquisition from well bore surveys, data conversion into well-designed formats, data validation checks, flow of the formatted data into database, processing and analysis of total data for appropriate reporting. The reports on reservoir behavior may then be used for making informed decisions.

A review of the existing pressure monitoring system in the organization revealed some opportunities for improving the information system. This was found to be especially the case, since it was recognized that the corporate database that serves as a common platform for storing many different classes of data, could now be utilized efficiently to support an improved information system. Potential areas of improvement were found to lie in areas such as, increasing the speed of process flows, improving the value of the information itself and improving the user-friendliness of the overall system. These factors were taken into account while formulating an approach for system improvement.

Accordingly a series of software applications were developed in-house to improve the pressure monitoring system. The overall design was tightly integrated with data support from the corporate database. In terms of technology, the new system offered solutions through an integrated interface and provided flexibility in information generation on the basis of a variety of criteria that can be selected on-line. Such features offered versatility in the diagnostic capability of the system.

Deployment of this new monitoring system will be complemented by a training program where potential users will be shown how to access the system with ease and comfort and on how to derive the value-enhanced information through a faster work flow.

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