Within the Exploration and Production (E&P) industry much focus has been on the application of "Smart" technologies. Deployment of these technologies has frequently focused on new field developments, where costs of installation and training of users are included in the overall field development cost.

However within the Royal Dutch Shell group of Companies ("Shell") a significant volume of hydrocarbon production comes from mature assets, where the business case for such large investment is not always clear. The level of installed instrumentation and it’s condition on these platforms, whilst not impacting on the integrity of the asset, is not always optimal for the implementation of "Smart" technologies.

Globally within Shell two programs, Well and Reservoir Management (WRM) and Smart Fields Foundation Mark I ("Mark I"), are being deployed to a number of assets. These programs focus on "fixing the basics" and deploying a minimum "foundation" level of smartness to support field management best practices.

The successful implementation of Mark I requires new ways of working for all members of the asset; from offshore operators through to onshore petroleum engineering staff. Using a set of integrated applications and processes, it is only when these changes are fully embedded that the production and other benefits expected by the project are realised.

The authors describe both the technical installation and subsequent implementation of Mark I on the Nelson platform in the central UK sector of the North Sea. The topics covered include; challenges in the installation project, changes to the way operations are executed in the asset, organisational changes and the development of a support structure to ensure the Mark I applications remain sustainable. The paper documents the benefits realised from an implementation that is focused on changes in peoples working practices with minimal capital investment.

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