In order to successfully generate benefits from programmes such as BP's FIELD OF THE FUTURE, the supporting IT architecture and connectivity must meet the specific needs and challenges of the digital oil field. Developing IT architecture that can be efficiently deployable at scale across a global and dynamic organization is fundamental. BP has extensive experience in researching and deploying large scale IT architecture for the digital oil field.

This paper will discuss, and illustrate with examples:

  • BP's approach to Field Digital Infrastructure and respective implementation, focused on high bandwidth connectivity, low latency and high availability, in order to address the increasing data requirements of programmes such as BP's Advance Collaborative Environments (ACE).

  • BP's experience in deploying over 1,800km of fibre in regions around the world, including Azerbaijan, North Sea, Gulf of Mexico, Alaska and with additional hydrocarbon basins being actively planned.

  • How standardization is playing a key role in BP's deployment activity and allowing the FIELD OF THE FUTURE programme to happen at scale and at pace.

  • Digital security challenges that need to be overcome as process control and the corporate network meet to allow free data flow

  • The important role Service Orientated Architecture plays in BP.

  • BP's active commitment to promote and support the development of industry standards such as PRODML and WITSML

  • How IT disciplines and technology developers have worked together during the creation, design, implementation and operation of BP's FIELD OF THE FUTURE programme

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