Saudi Aramco has embarked on an aggressive plan to implement the Intelligent Field infrastructure and workflows across all existing and new fields. Since the inception of the first Intelligent Field in 2003, the technology and processes have provided obvious benefits to Saudi Aramco and provide clear justification for a business case in favor of the Intelligent Field. Even with such obvious gains through the Intelligent Field implementations, very few, if any, attempts have been made to quantify the value and benefits of the program implementation in dollar terms. The exercise in quantifying the value is considered a step toward sharing the lessons learned within the dynamic environment of the energy sector. It also helps with understanding how new and improved sensors and communication technologies have combined with people and processes to transform the way business is done currently.
This paper discusses some of the reasons why the value determination in the Intelligent Field environment is such a challenge and why such an effort raises questions from all sides and how we can present more of such cases from around the world. Additionally, this paper will present some convincing cases, more relevant to the production engineering and operations environments, quantifying the benefits in dollar terms. By making comparisons between conventional fields and fully implemented Intelligent Fields using cases from within the company, the author highlights the value for the unconvinced individuals who still consider the Intelligent Field as somewhat of an additional load on their already stressed work schedules, where an overwhelming amount of data is available and where, sometimes, the most critical data is not available instantly.