Shell’s Smart Fields programme has built elements of Intelligent Energy into the key field developments over the past ten years. Considerable value has been achieved, from new technologies, new ways of working and global implementation. Various technical solutions have been deployed and new ways of working pursued. New fields in development go through a screening, to identify intelligent energy elements valuable to their project. High value has been achieved from solutions in production surveillance and optimisation, smart wells, real time monitoring and optimisation and time lapse reservoir surveillance. As we progressed in our Smart Fields journey, the focus of the Smart Fields programme has shifted from "selling" individual solutions to achieving the "Appropriate Level of Smartness" (ALoS) in all our key projects & fields.
Integration and new ways of working are required to be successful. Collaborative Work Environments (CWEs) have been implemented on a large scale, mostly focusing on the production and field surveillance area and on the real time drilling monitoring. CWEs have improved the cooperation across the boundaries between disciplines and between office and field locations, enabling faster and better decision making. Strong focus has been placed on embedding the changes into the organisation. Business value is achieved only when solutions and new ways of working are adopted and maintained.